Lisa C

Lisa is very much the culinary brains behind LondonPiggy. She grew up in north London and her love of food is matched by her passion for travel. She's already visited every continent, with the exception of Antarctica. C She's currently working on an exciting new project, visit Parmstar.uk

My definitive NY style cheesecake recipe

I dreamed of making a cheesecake reminiscent of Junior’s but what I ended up making was slightly different. For a start, I really didn’t want to have to make the sponge base which Junior’s has. I know it makes for a lighter base but I didn’t want it to end up with a soggy bottom after a day or two. …

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Chiltern Firehouse

That’s right, good quality food and not it’s not even horrendously overpriced. No wonder this place is so packed. Ever since its opening there’s been a real flurry of excitement surrounding Chiltern Firehouse. For a start you just can’t get in, not quickly anyway. We had to book six weeks in advance for a Sunday afternoon. This is due, in …

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A beginner’s guide to London dim sum

Introduction to dim sum… Dim sum may seem a million miles away from corn flakes or bacon and eggs but in Hong Kong and it’s breakfast.¬†Over here, of course, it’s generally more of a lunchtime option and one of our favourites at that. I always think it’s a shame when I see people in Chinatown during the day ordering from …

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Recipe test: Black forest gateau

This recipe is from Felicity Cloake’s ‘perfect’ column. Black Forest Gateau reminds me of childhood birthdays, when my parents used to buy a frozen one every year from the local Cash & Carry. This one tastes a lot better, believe me. Ingredients¬† (Serves 8-10) For the pastry layer (if using) 60g plain flour 5g cocoa powder 25g caster sugar 40g …

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Piggy’s Bakewell Tart

This is a bit of a mish-mash of recipes. I’ve used Ottolenghi’s recipe for sweet pastry and Felicity Cloake’s recipe for the filling. The culmination of both was a success, if a lemony one. I should have omitted the lemon zest from the tart filling as there was some in the pastry too. This makes double the pastry quantity needed …

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Recipe Test: Peanut butter & chocolate tart by Pitt Cue co.

The other day, I was flicking through the Pitt Cue co. cookbook, looking for some inspiration. As well as being basically an A-Z of how to smoke and BBQ meat, it also has a surprisingly good dessert section. I quickly decided to make an adaptation of one of their sweet treats. Despite there being several good options in the cookbook, …

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Banoffee pie – Ever popular and super simple

The banoffee pie. It just has to be the ultimate crowd pleaser. Even I’m a fan and I don’t even particularly like bananas. It’s also possibly the simplest dessert to make. No cooking required, just basic assembly! Ingredients 250g digestive biscuits 75g unsalted butter 8 tbsp Nestle Carnation caramel 2 large bananas, sliced 300ml double cream 25g icing sugar Few …

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Nutella Cheesecake

It was a friend’s birthday a little while ago so we decided to make her a special cake using her favourite ingredient – Nutella. This recipe is an adaptation of Nigella’s peanut butter and chocolate cheesecake. However, we found the original recipe to be far too sour so it’s been drastically altered. One of the riskiest things to do when …

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The Ropewalk – Maltby Street Market and St. John Bakery

The Ropewalk on Maltby Street may not be the biggest street market in London but it’s definitely one of the best. We’d been meaning to pay them a visit for quite a while, then one day we saw something that sprung us into action. Somebody had tweeted a picture of the most amazing looking doughnuts. We soon discovered that they …

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Beef and stout stew with potato cobbler

This is a bit of a mish-mash of two recipes from The Hairy Bikers but it turned out really well! I was initially intending to make their beef and stout suet pudding but after failing to find a suitable pudding basin, I went to plan b. Instead I topped the stew with potato cobbler. This was taken from one of …

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