Month: October 2010

Lantana – the best brunch in London?

The Greedy Diva recommended Lantana when we met up shortly after I had visited her hometown of Melbourne. I told her how impressed I was with the breakfasts, brunches and cafe culture in Australia and how frustrating it is to come back to London and not have great food like that widely available. Put it this way, there isn’t a Starbucks on every corner over there. I was in Australia for a month and in that time visited Perth, Melbourne and Sydney. Most of the places that I ate served delicious food and I didn’t have a bad meal (apart from the Vietnamese that some of you may have read about). I was excited by the fact that most places, even little convenience stores sold what appeared to be delicious, delectable homemade banana bread and (I am told) great coffee. Two places that really stood out for me were Fringe in St Kilda, Melbourne and The Food Pharmacy in Dunsborough. Above is French toast with fruit compote and creme fraiche at Fringe. Being a food …

Duck Egg Lemon Curd Cake

Why have I never used duck eggs in my baking before?! I tried Clarence Court duck eggs in a lemon curd cake over the weekend and I have to say, I’m converted! A sponge baked with duck eggs is lighter, fluffier and richer than a cake baked with chicken eggs. The duck egg yolk has more fat than a chicken egg (which makes the cake richer) and it’s white has more protein (meaning fluffier when whipped). I decided to bake a simple lemon sponge and I filled it with lemon curd. The result? Try it for yourself! Ingredients 200g self raising flour 200g golden caster sugar 200g unsalted butter 4 duck eggs (I substituted one duck egg for one chicken egg) zest of one lemon 1 tsp baking powder 2 tbsp milk Method 1. Pre heat oven to 180degrees c 2. Cream butter and sugar together 3. Sift in the flour and add all of the other ingredients. Whisk together until the batter is smooth and creamy 4. Spoon into a cake tin and bake …