Pasteis de Nata, or Portuguese custard tarts

Pasteis de Nata, or Portuguese custard tarts post image

These little custard tarts present something of a problem. They’re best cooked very quickly, at very high temperatures, so that the top and the edges scorch in an attractive way. That means that ordinary ovens probably aren’t going to cut it, but that pizza oven out in my back garden might just. That thing is [...]

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Egg, by Michael Ruhlman

Egg, by Michael Ruhlman

Fried, scrambled, poached, boiled? This is going to be difficult, isn’t it? No, no. It’ll be fine. Eggs = breakfast, right? Yes, that’s right. They do equal ‘breakfast’, but that’s the mere tip of the iceberg. All of those ways are superb ways to eat an egg, but egg-appreciation can’t just stop with a couple [...]


The Troubadour, Earl’s Court, London

The Troubador cafe, Earl’s Court, London

Eating breakfast in a hotel is a tedious, expensive and predictable business, to be avoided when possible. I discovered The Troubadour about a decade ago whilst wandering round trying to avoid just this problem, and I’ve been back there every now and again ever since. Opened in 1954, The Troubadour is the last remaining of [...]

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