Something Red

Every bride needs something red.

I spent the morning wedding shopping and came away with a big crimson bag full of Valentino.

Keeping with the scarlet theme, next stop was a healthy booze-free lunch at a much-loved fave of mine, Ottolenghi.

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It seems like you can’t turn around without seeing one of Ottolenghi’s best-selling cookbooks everywhere you go – but have you ever looked at those recipes? The simplest salad has like forty ingredients! Ain’t nobody got time for that!

In London we are so fortunate to have a few of these delis from which to grab a scrummy lunch that would otherwise take half a day to prepare!

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Seared beef fillet with horseradish and green peppercorn sour cream sauce | Mixed green beans with red onion, chilli, mustard seeds and herbs | Jersey royals with yellow peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, feta, basil and mixed herbs

Seared beef fillet with horseradish and green peppercorn sour cream sauce | Mixed green beans with red onion, chilli, mustard seeds and herbs | Jersey royals with peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, feta, basil and mixed herbs

Roasted eggplant with walnut yoghurt, herbs and walnuts | Roasted cauliflower with wild garlic pesto, bitter leaves, parsley, chilli and toasted sourdough breadcrumbs | Green maftoul and moghrabieh with pistachios, friend onion, cumin and rocket

Roasted eggplant with walnut yoghurt, herbs and walnuts | Roasted cauliflower with wild garlic pesto, bitter leaves, parsley, chilli and toasted sourdough breadcrumbs | Green maftoul and moghrabieh with pistachios, fried onion, cumin and rocket

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Beautiful food!

And holy moly! So good.

Too bad the weather wasn’t nearly as nice. Thankfully, the staff had plenty of wooly blankets on hand – in the perfect color!

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My sugar detox was put to the ultimate test surrounded by all this sweetness!

Aren’t these blackcurrant meringues a thing of beauty?

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Ultimately, I couldn’t resist the charms of this seductive little tart!

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Nearly as tasty as my version!

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It was time to keep moving.

… After I picked up a few of these mini-meringues on my way out.

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What a gorgeous day to paint the town red!

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