Review: Fancy afternoon tea at home? Over the years, I’ve had some warming tea infusions and eaten a lot of scones and finger sandwiches in various charming spots in the city. During this extended period of lockdown and staying indoors, this is one of the experiences I was missing the most but thanks to @sejskitchen Sej’s Kitchen, I had a box of afternoon tea delights delivered to my door.
I was treated to a parade of perfectly rectangular finger sandwiches, quiches, tarts, scones and tweezer-precise cakes and meringues.
The savoury box contained the BEST egg mayo sandwiches along with some classics such as cheese and pickle, cucumber and cream cheese sandwiches. The veggie quiche was delicious and the hummus was beautifully smooth, complimenting the cheese bites and the salads.
In the sweet box, the buttery scones came with thick clotted cream, delicate homemade raspberry jam and fresh fruit. They were fluffy and flakey with golden tops and held well together in order to spread our accompaniment. The stars of this box were the salted caramel chocolate brownie and the chocolate tart- both absolutely divine and moreish. There were also other gorgeous sweet treats such as mini doughnuts (who doesn’t love mini doughnuts) cream puffs (wonderfully light and airy) and tastefully crafted meringues.
If you’d like to create your own afternoon tea experience at home, definitely get a box of these delights from Sej’s kitchen. Check out her lockdown menu here.
Food Review: Chiringuito, Bethnal Green.
For years, I’ve been searching for a restaurant in London that does a decent Pan Con Tomate and ay carramba!! Chiringuito in Bethnal Green masters this dish to perfection, topping it with my favourite- manchego cheese which makes it an instant winner.
On a warm day, you can visit Chiringuito and sit on their rooftop terrace. Take in the serenity of the park and views of St John on Bethnal Green church. The contrast between the hustle and bustle of East London to the calm, leafy views of the church is simply incredible!
The food and cocktails are fantastic and you are certain to be welcomed with friendly service. The good news is, knowing the unpredictable weather in London where staying on the rooftop may not be feasible, there’s space indoors to have an equally good time!
I ordered the Pan Con Tomate (of course), roasted Aubergine with vegetables (vegan) and had the delectable cocktails- Il Capitano with Tequila and a surprise cocktail with a whisky base that was not featured on the menu and was a daily special. Absolute gem of a restaurant for the summer!
My passion for food, particularly trying the vegetarian dishes from different cuisines stems from the advantage of living in London. The diversity here is remarkable. You can head to another part of town and try an authentic dish from a country that is 6000 miles away.