TILT – 30 January

This week has been a bit rougher so it’s nice to actually sit down and come up with three really nice things that I’m thankful for this week.

  • Date nights!  Last weekend (in addition to N’s blokey-pamper-day that I booked him) I took N out for drinks and dinner in the city.  We hit up LAB Bar, Salsa and then for dinner the super fabulous Leon de Bruxelles.  We’ve been to Leon in Paris loads of times so I knew the food would be amazing.  We also discovered our favourite, all-time cocktail there–L’Atomique (aka crack in a glass).  We were home by 10pm and just relaxed after that… what a great Saturday night!
  • Two words:  Zucchini (or courgette for the Brits!) pasta.  No joke.  N bought himself a cute little julienne peeler and on Monday night we tried spaghetti made from zucchini!  I wasn’t expecting to like it as much as I did but honestly?  We’re already trying to come up with ideas to use it for next week!  Apparently squash works well as pasta too!  As a tasty bonus, I used our leftover pork from Sunday’s roast to make Jamie Oliver’s Slow Roast Pork Ragu from Save with Jamie (which we use weekly).  And my goodness that was a slice of tasty heaven.
  • I did a spot of baking on Sunday and made my first ever berry cobbler.  It was also our first ever dessert made in our Lodge cast iron pan (which I adore).  Check that baby out:
oozing goodness...
oozing goodness…

Doesn’t that just make your mouth water?  We used a combination of the recipe found on the Honest Abe blog and the video on the Lodge MFG website featuring the adorable Jane Gaither:

For the batter, instead of using white flour we used wholemeal, which is why the cobbler came out a bit darker.  I also added some cinnamon in addition to the nutmeg the recipe calls for.  I think next time I’ll use a smidge less berries but otherwise this dessert was so amazingly yummy.  Even my mother in law approved!  I’m going to try the same batter with chocolate chips sprinkled on top at some point soon.  Delish!  I’m also going to attempt a pineapple upside down cake (my arch nemesis) in a few weeks.  Maybe.  Gawd I’m gonna have to roll myself around like a beach ball after a few weeks!

Do you bake in cast iron?  Send me your recipes! I’m dying to try out some new ones!


If you’re interested in getting in touch, tweet me at @stephanie_khani or @londondiaries1.  Alternatively you can email me at emailthelondondiaries [at] gmail.com.

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