Category: Food

The All Tomorrow’s Parties Russian salad!


This is a delicious Russian salad that my friend Madina introduced me to! She brought a giant bowl of it to ATP with her for us to snack on before commencing lots of beers and bands. Apparently in Russia they make tons of the stuff and keep it for days to feast on. I know why, because it is VERY tasty. Perhaps it doesn’t look like the most attractive thing in all the land but I thought I’d recreate it and show you how to make it. Good for your Christmas and New Years hangovers..!

What I made this evening would last a couple of days as a snack or for 2/3 people as a main meal.

You will need:

♥  4 Carrots
♥  5 Medium sized potatoes (I used marie piper, but use any)
♥  3 Hard boiled eggs
♥  5 Mini pickled gherkins
♥  6 Spring onions
♥  1 cup full of frozen petit pois (or fresh!)
♥  A handful of fresh chopped Parsley
♥  1 Lemon
♥  Mayonnaise
♥  Salt and pepper to season

1. Peel your carrots and potatoes and chop them into tiny pieces. Boil them for 10-15 mins or until soft. Also cook your peas (a couple of minutes).
2. Finely chop up your boiled eggs, spring onions, parsley and gherkins. Mix them all together in a large bowl.
3. Drain your peas, potatoes & carrots and mix together with the rest in the large bowl.
4. Stir in 3 tablespoons of mayonnaise, a squeeze of lemon juice and some salt and pepper. Season to taste!
5. Serve with a bit more chopped parsley on top and ta-da. Delicious dins!


Paris pt. 2 – Deyrolle and Blueberry sushi

We visited Deyrolle which is an amazing shop in Paris! You can buy all the taxidermy in there. They had a giraffe, a polar bear and other big bears, if you had over 20k of euros to spend, this is the place! They have drawers and drawers of beetles, bugs and butterflies that you can select and get put in beautiful boxes too.
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(I got told off for taking photos… iphone photos i’m afraid! Would have loved to have photographed EVERYTHING in there!)

Earlier in the week we watched Jiro Dreams Of Sushi which is an incredible documentary based around sushi master Jiro Ono who is still running his business of amazing Michelin Star sushi at the age of 85! It is very inspiring and also made us hungry for Sushi.

I read about Blueberry Maki Bar online and it was in the top 10 reviewed restaurants out of nearly 10,000 on Trip Adviser so we visited! It did not disappoint. The food was perfect, and I don’t really even like sushi..
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Feeling rather drunk and full of food we rode the metro back to near our hotel.

Paris – Mama Shelter & Eiffel Tower adventures

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We arrived at our hotel Mama Shelter (which is amazing!!) and settled in nicely..
It was not the best weather in the world but we did the most touristy thing you can do and went to visit the Eiffel tower! And what a wonderful fella he is..
I decided the Eiffel tower looks like the Blackpool tower (check out my northern points of reference!)
We walked and explored and ended up in Jardin des Tuileries..DSC_3277
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And visited the Opera in the rain..
Hungry as always, we ate pizza and drank beers in the Pizzeria at Mama Shelter, it was delicious.DSC_3336 DSC_3338 DSC_3344
And drank more drinks!DSC_3353DSC_3348

Amsterdam pt. 3 – Rijksmuseum & Dutch pancakes

The Rijksmuseum museum had just opened again in April after almost ten years of renovation, so we visited!DSC_3139
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A Mondrian YSL dress!DSC_3217
You know you’re a designer/illustrator when the thing that excites you the most in this museum is the style guide. Oh god. LOVE. The colour palettes are also designed based on the most famous paintings in their collection. Amazing!DSC_3203 DSC_3205 DSC_3208
Afterwards we ate delicious nutella, banana, strawberry and cream filled pancakes!
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Amsterdam pt. 1 – Everyone has blue eyes.

The view from our airbnb apartment! We arrived Sunday afternoon, and I actually got on the plane with no valium (minor miracle). We walked to the red light district and ate some delicious pizza..
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The canals! It’s so easy to get lost in Amsterdam. Every street is a canal! DSC_3063 DSC_3064
We drank fizzy wine in the apartment, ready to go out!DSC_3104DSC_3099 DSC_3103
We read about Door 74 online, a kind of secret cocktail bar! It was great, I drank champagne.DSC_3107
We paid ALL of 2 euros to see some not-very-sexy people fucking.DSC_3119 DSC_3013
Albert Heijn’s breakfast! I love foreign supermarkets..DSC_3024
Bikes everywhere!