LIFESTYLE

FIVE FAVOURITE FINDS #6

15 JANUARY 2021
You may or may not have gathered but we're pretty obsessed about all things edible - and a few more things too! As we regularly stumble upon some great finds, food or no, and we thought we'd share our favourites with you!

Happy New Year! We took a little break towards the end of 2021 as we were knee down in the renovation of our very first flat, located in London. After a festive break we're back refuelled and ready to take on 2022, and our very long list of house jobs. Here are our recent favourite finds that are brilliant for January, be it for that extra pick me up shot or that shooting blues. 

1. kick things up with turmeric shots

Feeling a little under the weather? Our favourite discovery when we need that extra boost in the winter months are shots! No, not that kind, as our uni days have long passed (how fast does the time go!?). We've instead swapped weekly tequila shots for turmeric shots

Whenever we feel a runny nose approaching or a bit of a slump we reach for these colourful Moju Turmeric Shots. The little bright orange bottles look tantalising, but let me tell you YOU WILL FEEL IT. Made using whole food ingredients cold-pressed into a single dose, the shot delivers a real spicy boost and enlivens you right away!

We have so far tried the turmeric and vitamin D shots from the Moju brand and they are a hot hit in our house. On our radar are their Vitamin C and their new prebiotic shots. How about you, have you tried turmeric shots yet?

2. beat the winter blues with live jazz at the plaquemine lock

Always on the lookout for some live jazz, I was delighted to find this brilliant spot in our neighbourhood. Located near the Regent’s canal in Angel, Plaquemine Lock looks inviting with its turquoise tiled front, abundant greenery and coral chairs.

The casual pub has live music on Mondays, Tuesdays and Saturday-Sunday for brunch with an everchanging cohort of Blues and Jazz performers. We thoroughly enjoyed the lively yet soothing music played that evening.

The food, centred around Creole and Cajun dishes is authentic and comforting whilst being unpretentious. The restaurant, we learned later, was set up by Jacob Kenedy, also known in London for his cooking at Bocca di Lupo and Gelupo (my absolute favourite ice cream shop) in Soho. Interestingly, there is personal history behind this venture, as his great grandfather built a lock in the Louisiana town of Plaquemine, from which the pub’s name stems from.

This might explain the relaxed and family atmosphere you can experience there, leisurely enjoying your plate of gumbo or jambalaya whilst tapping away along with the tune. Plaquemine Lock is an excitingly different addition to the Islington food and live music scene, and definitely, somewhere you’ll find us at recurringly.

3. brilliant brunch & brew at ozone coffee roasters

Being both heavy coffee drinkers, and like 95% of the London population, brunch fans, we never tire of scouring the capital for great brunch spots. Turns out, the Kiwis (and Aussies) do it best, and none is a better example than Ozone. Coffee Roasters.

Whilst we’d been frequenting the original Ozone near Old Street for some time, we had yet to try their second location near London Fields in Hackney. We jumped on the occasion of being up early on a Saturday to head there. From the outside, the large forest green building is hard to miss, whilst inside the plywood booths with their green upholstery are minimalist yet cosy.

With at least 7 different brewing styles, from the reassuring long black to the batch brew, or v60 for the connoisseurs, the coffee selection is here to impress, and indeed, it does! You can pick from different coffee origins too, which come accompanied with a little informative card that expands on the sourcing and coffee producers.

The same attention to detail can be found with the food, which is seasonal and has a focus on sustainability. We had the Turkish eggs with labneh and mushrooms on toast with a poached egg which were both scrumptious. This spot is definitely not to miss if you’re after a tasty brunch and brew!

4. de buyer silicone mat: reusable baking sheet

With Christmas around the corner, I received this De Buyer Silicone Baking Mat, which had been on my list for some time. I jumped at the occasion to try it last week, making a galette des rois, and can confirm that it is even better than I had anticipated.

The main reason I was after this pastry mat was for its reusability. Made of silicone-coated fibreglass, the mat is highly heat resistant and durable, meaning I can significantly reduce my use of disposable baking sheets. However, what I was not expecting was the fact that it visibly IMPROVED my bakes too!

As it is a little like a mesh, it helps distribute heat evenly and, to my delight, helped my pastry get super crisp underneath. And, frankly, who here isn’t after a delightful crips pastry bottom? Now I understand why it is so often used by professionals! If you enjoy baking, I simply cannot recommend it enough, both for its sustainability and effectiveness! 

5. get preserving with the modern preserver's hands on classes

Sam and I LOVE pickles, especially in the form of krauts and kimchis. Not only does it do wonders for your gut health, but it also adds an addictive side pep to pretty much any meal, that we can’t get enough of.

Eager to know the secrets behind such delicious foodstuff, we embarked on a preserving and pickling class, led by Kylee Newton, the founder of preserving brand Newton & Pott. With over 8 years of experience in pickling and preserving and two cookbooks, it is fair to say that Kylee is pretty knowledgeable about the various method to make fruit and vegetables last.

During our class, we followed Kylee’s demonstration and learned how to create two types of pickles: a quick gin, pepper & cucumber pickle and a red cabbage ferment. She delved into the process for each as well as the tips in ensuring fermentation success for our kraut. Our class was 2h30, but it frankly could’ve gone on for much longer considering how much more I wanted to learn!

This was our first try at pickling, but certainly not our last, now that we had a taste of it. Is this something you already do or want to learn? 

How About You?

What have been your discoveries and these last few weeks? Let us know as we always enjoy hearing what you stumbled upon as we get to discover lots of new things!

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