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Conquering cuisines

Posted by Young Ladies About Town
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on Monday, 17 June 2013
Indian, Chinese, Italian…How many different cuisines have you sampled?

According to research conducted by continental food brand unearthed®, the majoirty of Brits try between just one and seven different cuisines in their lifetime. And with 193 countries in the world each producing their very own delicacies, this means that few of us discover the range of delights available.

Last week, unearthed® set out to smash this standard (and set a new world record while they were at it) by creating and hosting the biggest ever tasting menu. Over a 24 hour period, one dish from every country was presented to a stream of eager samplers. A team of four chefs spent 130 hours prepping and cooking the dishes, which included everything from English strawberries and cream to Korean rice cakes to Zambian toasted ants (yes, really!)

We Young Ladies About Town dropped in on the feast for an hour, during which we tried Bulgarian Ayran (a salty, yoghurty beverage), Cambodian Longan (a fruit like a lycee), Jamaican Goat Stew (a hearty flavour, similar to lamb) and Australian king prawns (as you’d expect!) We left just before the Congonese grass hoppers were served…

The event was opened to the public over the weekend, with all proceeds going to Action Against Hunger.

Rumour has it that a cookery book featuring all 193 recipes is in the pipeline. Just to whet your appetite, here’s the recipe from Portugal (ant-free, we hasten to add). Enjoy!

Portugese Chicken and Chorizo Casserole

2 red onions
200g chorizo sausage
200g chicken breast
1L chicken stock
Half savoy cabbage, shredded
2 large tins chickpeas, drained
Juice one lemon

1.    Heat dash olive oil in large saucepan. Add chicken, sliced onions and diced chorizo.
2.    Cook gently until soft, about 10 minutes. Season well.
3.    Add stock. Bring to boil. Add cabbage and chickpeas and simmer 4-5 minutes until cabbage is cooked.
4.    Serve in bowls with squeeze of lemon juice and drizzle of olive oil.

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Beauty starts from within...

Posted by The powder room
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on Tuesday, 14 August 2012
beauty spinach
We've all heard it before, and we all know it to be true. Even the prettiest of faces can become quite plain if not backed up good character.

But the old adage can also be taken quite literally. That is, what you put inside you has a direct and specific effect on how you look.

There are a whole host of delicious foods which will add zing to your skin. Introducing these to your diet is not only easy, but it will do far more than any topical application of cream ever could.

Top nutritionist Amanda Ursell has put together a list of the best beauty-enhancing foods. Says Amanda: 'Research has begun to reveal how vitamins, minerals and super nutrients in food can help from improving skin smoothness to improving skin elasticity and counteracting some of the sun’s ageing damage.


Tea tour

Posted by Young Ladies About Town
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on Thursday, 12 April 2012

Every hotel worth their (fine sea) salt is amping up their Afternoon Tea menu. With The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee fast approaching and the tourism juggernaut of the Olympics following suite, traditional Britishness is very much in vogue. In short: tea is in.

The InterContinental on Park Lane has recently launched two new menus to mark the occasion. Specially designed by Executive Chef Paul Bates (who, I’m told, has a close friend in her Majesty’s kitchens), the Royal-Tea in inspired by the Queen’s taste preferences. The tea starts with a delightful Dubonnet and gin, and features an impressive spin on classic British puddings including Victoria Sponge, Eton Mess and – her Majesty’s favourite – Coffee and Walnut Cake.

The other menu is the Botanical Tea, which I had the pleasure of sampling. The hotel is located opposite the expansive green of Hyde Park, which inspired the chefs to create a spring-themed tea which brings the outdoors in. Nature and clotted cream is a perfectly charming combination.

A special mention must go to the pear and juniper palate cleanser which is a unique addition to the tea. Delicate, sweet and an explosion of juiciness, it is a feat of culinary creativity. There is a specially designed tea blend from the London Emporium Tea Palace which is wonderfully fragrant. In fact, with all the botanical goodness, you could almost convince yourself that the afternoon tea is healthy.

Meanwhile, The Athenaeum Hotel in Mayfair has recently been awarded The Tea Guild’s coveted award for the Top London Afternoon Tea 2012. This charming hotel was a favourite of the Queen Mother (she used to lunch there with friends) and is an absolute bastion of style and service.

The lovely Irene Gorman, Head of The Tea Guild, was effusive in her praise: “Taking tea at The Athenaeum Hotel gives a demonstration of exactly how special afternoon tea has become. It is an experience to cherish, aided by delightfully friendly, efficient and knowledgeable staff, and with delicious food and teas faultlessly presented.'


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