“MAAD – Plant Based” just opened their second vegan take-away

Ellie & I got the munchies last night. We felt like burgers. Five Guys, whom we used to love, had disappointed us too many times during the past year and none of the other big chains had done much for us lately. So we ended up ordering vegan burgers for the first time in a while. We had not heard about “MAAD – Plant Based” before, but the food on all their pictures on Deliveroo looked delectable. A quick google search revealed that they had only opened their first take-away in Wood Green a few months ago. “Our” venue in Strutton Ground, half-way between Victoria Station and Westminster Palace, a minute’s walk from St James’s Park tube station, was their second venue and brand-new. Three more burger joints are going to open within the next few months in Hackney, Richmond, and Ilford, an amazing success story so far.   We […]

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Ebury by Fat Macy’s take-away – Good food and love the idea

We recently heard about a new opening in the area called Abbots Manor, kind of where Chelsea, Belgravia and Pimlico meet, half way between Victoria Station and Chelsea Bridge on Ebury Bridge Road. I decided to stop by and check it out on one of my recent morning runs. The large, wooden, turquoise building sits just opposite London’s by far biggest recent development, the Chelsea Barracks. It’s impossible to miss it. Ebury by Fat Macy’s opened about two months ago during the Covid lockdown. Due to the pandemic, they only offer take-away for now, and only a reduced menu focused on breakfast, lunch and coffee. I was the only customer at the time and was greeted very friendly by the two staff, who assisted me in choosing the right dishes for myself while I was sipping a pretty decent flat white (£2.40). I opted for the spiced akkawi cheese sandwich […]

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It’s the wife’s or girlfriend’s birthday? Kova Patisserie is an idea for breakfast.

It’s Ellie’s birthday today, so I ordered some cake from Japanese-French Kova Patisserie this morning. I don’t normally eat cake, but I remembered that Ellie had banged on about Kova following several visits with her girlfriends over the past few years, so it seemed a safe guess. Kova’s tiny flagship café opened over five years ago on January 2016, during the height of the London matcha craze. Since then they’ve been famous for their matcha mille crêpes. Wafer-thin layers of French crêpes alternating with matcha-flavoured custard cream. I get easily bored when people talk about cake and I recall very vividly how terribly bored I was when Ellie spent the best of ten minutes describing the structural details of Kova’s matcha mille crêpes to me a few years ago. Can’t decide? Order three different cakes. In order to keep her from getting that monologue started all over again, I decided […]

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Sierra Leone Potato Leaves Plasa

Today I tried my hand at Sierra Leone potato leaves seafood plasa for the first time. One of the companies I’m involved with in my day job is a money remittance firm with a focus on Sierra Leone, hence the connection. Plasa means stew or soup, by the way, and refers to a dish with a lot of rice on which some seafood and/or meat, vegetables and sauce are added. It is perhaps the most typical Sierra Leonean dish. Another very common variety of plasa is made with cassava leaves instead of sweet potato leaves. I believe this recipe to be reasonably traditional in terms of the preparation process. I watched dozens of youtube videos and read plenty of cooking blog posts. It is also traditional in that it uses a ton of Maggi, just like most people in Sierra Leone seem to. On the other hand I use readily-available […]

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Garfield would kill for this Lasagna Recipe

This recipe is for 4 persons. It involves 20 minutes of work and 40 minutes of baking, 60 minutes from start to finish. It requires only very basic skills, so everyone can do it. In Germany, where I grew up, most people make lasagna at home on a very regular basis. As a matter of fact, most German cooking books I’ve seen contain one or more lasagna recipes, just like they contain recipes for Viennese schnitzel, Hungarian goulash, or three dozen French dishes. While all Germans are aware of the foreign origin of these dishes, they consider them to be German dishes nonetheless. Perhaps a bit like us here in the UK (I’m a dual British-German citizen), when we consider chicken curry, Beef Wellington, or Mulligatawny soup to be British dishes.   Photos for illustrative purposes only. Ratios and amounts of ingredients are different from recipe. The following recipe is […]

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