We've Moved!!!!

Saturday, 5 March 2016

So we've moved home! Find us over at www.nicolarichman.com for more recipes, reviews and restaurants...

POND Dalston and Manhattan Project Cocktails.

Monday, 9 November 2015

A couple of weeks ago I got to try a new little double team about town. Over the autumn Manhattan Project have taken up residency in the Hawaiian setting of POND Dalston to introduce some wacky takes on classic cocktails to their menu. The brainchild of Felix Cohen, Manhattan Project breathes a breath of fresh air over the traditional drinks menu we see so often. With crazy descriptions and combinations that not only have not only are rarely seen but will definitely make you giggle. This is definitely a place to visit.

image courtesy of Kapranos PR

My Hangover Preventing Juice.

Sunday, 8 November 2015

Fruit and vegetables really can work wonders for the body. They are packed full of vitamin and nutrient goodness ready for the taking. As this is the second in a pair of posts that I am doing in partnership with Thrive Magazine, using the lovely Juico Matt Silver Slow Juicer they sent me, I thought that I would put all this goodness to the test.

Juicy Cocktails.

I was recently approached by Thrive Magazine to take part in an exciting little juicing project using the Juico Matt Sliver Slow Juicer. I have spent my past few days in a juicing frenzy, thoroughly enjoying the fruits of my labour. I really do enjoy juicing, it is a great way to quickly get in your 5-a-day, however it is unfortunately one of those things that I have a habit of neglecting when things get busy. Therefore this project was the perfect excuse to rekindle my love for a juice.
In return for trialling it, I was gifted one of the Juico juicers. Despite this, I can definitely unbiasedly say that I really was impressed with the product. It certainly has a number of key features working in its favour. As well as looking pretty sleek on your island, the Juico UNO slow juicer is one of the slowest on the market. I realise this may not sound like a good thing, but when it comes to juicing, it definitely is. By moving slower than most conventional juicers, any friction in the juicing process is significantly reduced. This means that you get the most available nutrients from your fruit and vegetables and none are lost to heat.

Toasted Oat Porridge with Stewed Rhubarb and Orange.

Monday, 20 July 2015

A big bowl of porridge in the morning is the go-to for many. The convenience, speed and slow energy releasing properties of oats make them a breakfast favourite. However in the spirit of throwing caution to the wind, every now and then, it is nice to jazz up that humble bowl of oats that we know and love. Toasting the oats is a very quick and easy way to do this. It adds a lovely warmth to the oats as well as a toasty, nutty flavour. Combine that with a pinch of cinnamon and your bowl of porridge is quickly transformed. This recipe is perfect for vegans or those who are dairy/gluten-free, by using almond milk and coconut yogurt (I use RudeHealth and COYO respectively) you keep the dairy at bay. But for those of you who eat everything, normal cow’s milk yogurt and milk can easily be substituted in and it will be just as delicious. I have to admit, I made this recipe a while back, when blood oranges were in season so they are in the picture. Unfortunately for us, their season is quick – blink and you miss it, so for the rest of the year, just use your regular orange and it will be just as delicious. You really can be creative with this porridge and add whatever takes your fancy, I have just given you the backbone recipe and a couple of ideas but the toppings can be left completely up to you…

Vietnam and Cambodia Part Two...

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

As many of you know, I have been back for a little while now. Unfortunately though in the whirlwind of Glastonbury, Goodwood and generally catching up on life after six weeks away, this post ended up being just a little bit belated. Despite this, I still wanted to give you one last insight into our wonderful food adventures, so now, as I am still recovering from possibly the craziest, most sparkling weekend of my life at Glastonbury, I thought there was no better time.

Our last three weeks of travelling were spent in Vietnam, which as far as I am now concerned, has some of the most delicious and diverse food out there. We pretty much travelled the entire country, South to North and this gave us the most amazing insight into everything culinary the Vietnamese have to offer.

Hoi An was arguably my favourite place that we visited. It is a beautiful old port, centred around a river, which every evening is adorned with colourful lanterns. The food in Hoi An was equally some of the best we had. Suppers rarely cost more than £1 but it was some of the best food I have ever eaten.  Keen to learn the secrets of the vietnamese food ourselves, we took part in another day long cookery course, a little like the one in Cambodia. Trip Advisor quickly becomes your go-to for any advice and in Hoi An, Van's Green Bamboo cookery school comes the most highly recommended with hundreds of rave reviews. We started our day perusing the market at Hoi An. Synonymous to any other market in Vietnam, I fell in love with the one in Hoi An. These markets are crazy, hot dens of activity but in all cases, the food is the star or the show. Beautiful greens with names I had never heard of, live seafood, meat slaughtered only that morning and bowls upon bowls of every type of noodle you could think of - I could have quite easily spent hours wondering their streets.

Vietnam and Cambodia so far...

Sunday, 21 June 2015

I apologise I have been quite MIA recently. I have been meaning to blog for a good couple of weeks now but I am afraid this whole trip has been such a whirlwind, I haven't quite had the chance. So this morning, as my body has decided to wake me up earlier than most and I am sitting alone by a palm tree lined pool, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to update you on what's been going on. 

For those of you who don't already know I'm currently on a little trip. Well actually a big trip, which is turning out to be one of the most wonderful experiences. My lovely friend Leah and I have taken ourselves off to SE Asia for 6 weeks to do a little exploring and I can safely say, halfway through, I have loved every minute of it. 

We have packed an awful lot into our first 3 weeks (mainly spent travelling around Cambodia up to now)...far too much to list in a blog post. So I thought, instead, I would pick 3 of my favourite food experiences...as food is, after all, what this blog is all about. If ever you are this side of the world, I would highly recommend any or all of these, they were truly brilliant experiences.