Comfort Food Book Launch and Christmas features for JamieOliver.com

Jamie's Celebration Cake

It’s rare for me to venture out these days, juggling three children is proving to be, hmmn, quite a challenge. However, I did manage to jump on a train and head into the big smoke for a night out in London, getting home just before my carriage turned into a pumpkin at the stroke of midnight! The event that lured me into town Jamie Oliver’s Comfort Food book launch at his cookery school, Recipease in Notting Hill.

As you may imagine, this was a party and a half, with a lavish display of Comfort Food-style celebration cakes, as well as a selection of savoury recipes from the book, including Irresistible Pork Buns, Polish Kiełbasa (there’s a recipe for how to make your own at home in the book), Beef and Barley Buns, Massaman Curry and hand-made Ravioli. There was also craft beer, wine and bespoke cocktails on tap. And if that wasn’t enough, we were also offered cured meats from Cobbled Lane Cured and following the success of the Truffle Cheddar experiment, we were treated to more Westcombe Dairy cheese.

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Review: Winter Dining at Pizza Express, Westfield London

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The mention of a new Carbonara Pizza on the Autumn/Winter menu at Pizza Express caught my attention in an email recently. The merging of two of my favourte things – Carbonara and pizza on one plate. Why was this not something I’d tasted before? A marriage made in heaven in my books and one that didn’t disappoint on flavour when I tried it at Pizza Express in Westfield, London.

Of course, there is always more on the menu to tempt you at Pizza Express than pizza, not least their signature Dough balls – available in a sweet form (Snowball dough balls) this Christmas. Founded in 1965 by Peter Boizot, Pizza Express was the first to bring pizza to the UK high street. It’s always a great option for a bite to eat with a friend, or with the children and the service is usually friendly and efficient.

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Review: The Samsung Food Showcase Fridge Freezer – Our favourite features

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So, after taking off the doors to fit it into the house and then re-fitting them, I’m pleased to say that our Samsung Food Showcase Fridge Freezer has settled in well and is behaving itself very nicely. My intended ‘first impressions’ post ended up being a lengthy look at all the various features that the Food Showcase offers. In this post, I just wanted to highlight a couple of our favourite features from a family perspective. Of course, for me, a decent-sized fridge freezer has proven to be a real asset. I’m getting into the habit of freezing more and seem to be keeping everything well organised so that there’s now minimal waste. The ‘ShowCase’ element of this latest Samsung fridge freezer model is the dual door to the fridge side, which allows a thinner front door section to be opened to reveal the items you’re most likely to grab, with the inner door allowing access into the main body, or InnerCase, of the fridge. This clever feature has meant that we’ve had some very happy snackers….who are able to access their own snack drawers, accessible directly from the Show Case front section.

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