Month: April 2010

Gooey chocolate chip cookies

I have always been a cookie lover. My favourite ice cream ever since I can remember is cookie dough Haagen Daaz ice cream. When my dad used to bring me down to London as a child I wouldn’t leave until we had visited the Haagen Daaz cafe in Leicester Square and he had bought me two scoops of the stuff. It’s no surprise then that when I make cookies I like eating the cookie dough just as much as the finished product. It has been my quest to make the perfect googey chocolate chip cookies after many a time making ones that snap very easily. Best eaten warm out of the oven with a scoop of velvety vanilla ice cream scooped and just melting on top. Ingredients 120g unsalter butter, softened 50g golden unrefined granulated sugar 75g unrefined light muscavado sugar 1tsp good quality vanilla essence 1 large egg, lightly beaten 160g plain flour 1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda 100g good quality dark chocolate (I like 70% Lindt), roughly chopped Method 1. Preheat your oven …

#PizzaTuesday at Franco Manca

Franco Manca has long been on my radar but a visit to the Chiswick High Road branch was my first. I had tried and failed to visit the Brixton branch before I went to a gig at the academy, not realising that they close at 5pm due to being situated in Brixton Market. Pizza is fast trending in London and I am becoming less scared of being torn to shreds when my answer to peoples question of what is my favourite meal being pizza. Of course I don’t mean Dominos or Pizza Hut but there are many fantastic authentic pizza restaurants popping up all over London. Daniel Young, the brains behind #PizzaTuesday talks so passionately of a dish that was once thought of as the easy and, pardon my expression, chavvy choice. He referred to Pizza Express as the Starbucks of the pizza world, hugely popular but there are better and more authentic pizza establishments popping up around London. I do agree with him but i’m still drawn into Pizza Express once every couple of …