FLORAL WORKSHOP AT WEST ELM WITH 5FTINF

5ftinf West Elm Floral Workshop London

At the beginning of the year I decided that I needed to do more outside of work.  For anyone who has a business or a busy job or even kids sometimes you find that you don’t do things for you and your life revolves around just one thing!  For me, working from home seems to take over my life and so this year I’m doing more things for me.  For me to have fun and learn new things outside of the four walls of my home!

5ftinf West Elm Floral Workshop London

 

5ftinf West Elm Floral Workshop London

I follow the beautiful and amazing West Elm shop on Instagram and saw that they were running a workshop on Valentine’s day.  As I mentioned in my Hawker House post, we’re not a Valentine’s household so it was a great way to spend the day.

5ftinf West Elm Floral Workshop London

 

5ftinf West Elm Floral Workshop London

The workshop was held in the Market area at West Elm on Tottenham Court Road and organised by the wonderful Phillipa Stanton of 5ftinf.  I arrived and had a cup of coffee and felt like everyone knew each other but then figured out that they all just follow each other on Instagram so were virtual friends!  There were beautiful flowers and tables set up with each person getting their own little goodie box with a heart from Holly Bell and beautiful apron by Emma from Sew Recycled.

5ftinf West Elm Floral Workshop London

The box had a huge amount of things in it, gold scissors, a packet of Pastiglie Leone sweets, personalised pencil, a 5ftinf card and a notebook plus lots of other lovely bits and pieces.

5ftinf West Elm Floral Workshop London

Philippa gave us a quick intro and we had the materials to make a heart wreath, button hole and a fascinator.  She gave us some great ideas and there were so many beautiful flowers, herbs, twigs, wires and filler flowers to create our own masterpieces.

5ftinf West Elm Floral Workshop London

We were told that less is more, something I tell my students all the time, so that was always in mind.  Every time I wanted to add something extra I thought ‘do I need that?’.  She also told us to view out viewfinder on our camera / phone to make sure what you’re making looks good as it’s easier to get a feel for it and although it seems strange it really did work!

5ftinf West Elm Floral Workshop London

 

5ftinf West Elm Floral Workshop London

 

5ftinf West Elm Floral Workshop London

 

5ftinf West Elm Floral Workshop London

The workshop lasted two hours but was so relaxed it felt like I had been there all day and I met some lovely ladies too.  After the session I had a wander around the actual shop and had to drag myself out – amazing finds and you could seriously do some damage to your bank account buying cushions, trinkets and stuff for the home.  If you’ve never been I’d definitely recommend it and make sure you follow Phillipa on Instagram too!

5ftinf West Elm Floral Workshop London

5ftinf West Elm Floral Workshop London

 

5ftinf West Elm Floral Workshop London

 

5ftinf West Elm Floral Workshop London

 

My finished wreath, fascinator and button hole!

5ftinf West Elm Floral Workshop London

 

The beautiful live wall at West Elm – 209 Tottenham Court Road, W1T 7PN

West Elm Wall London

 

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HAWKER HOUSER STREET FEAST

Hawker House Street Feast

I’m always keen to try new food places in London and I love the street food scene.  I think we’re so lucky to live in London and have all these new exciting food ventures so accessible.  I had seen Street Feast on Instgram and when I saw it had a new residency coming up I thought it would be great to do for Valentine’s Day.  We’re not massive Valentine’s Day people in our house so the thought of going out for dinner and being served heart shaped things and surrounded by soppy couple (think Miranda and Carrie in the SATC film!) fills us with dread.  So doing something more relaxed is more our thing and I knew that Street Feast would be that.  I’ll apologise in advance for the dark pics taken from my iphone but it was dark in there and I wasn’t going to carry my slr to dinner like a right idiot!

All housed in an old converted building in Haggerston it was really easy for us to get to on the trusty overground.  I got slightly panicked on the way there where I read that you should arrive before 7.30pm or after 10pm as it gets so busy and we were due to arrive at 7.45pm!  However, it was fine, the only issue was that we had to pay because we arrived after 7.30pm.  It’s only £4 but next time I’d arrive just before 7.30pm to avoid paying.

Hawker House Street Feast

It wasn’t as busy as I had feared it would be.  It was buzzing and there were no free seats straight away but that was fine it just wasn’t rammed and uncomfortable.  First up was the bar, Mr Rock Bakehouse was pleased that they sold beer on tap and for £5 it wasn’t bad for a pint.  I decided to go for a cocktails which was £10 and tasted of fruit juice so I felt pretty seen off.  It was meant to have vodka, cranberry, lemon and prosecco in it and it was pre-made and poured from an old plastic bottle and there was not a single bubble in my drink!!  Next time I’ll stick to wine!

Cocktails Hawker House Street Feast

We first started at Baba G’s for some indian fusion.  We had the Baba G Pachos (poppadom nachos) and the chicken tikka nuggets.  Amazing start, the pachos were so light a crisp sat on a bed of red cabbage salad and drizzled with a minty yoghurt, sweet mango chutney and something very spicy that made me break a little sweat.  Really tasty though!  The chicken tikka nuggets were also really good, loads of flavour and freshly cooked and juicy.

Baba G Hawker House Street Feast

Baba G Hawker House Street Feast

After that we decided to have a little wander around to see what we’d eat next.  There were loads of options – burgers, lobster, pulled pork, ribs, mac and cheese and Korean burritos.  I found a spot to sit down and decided to go for the Yum Buns and went for one each of the roast duck and the shredded pork.  Soft steamed buns and crunchy crisp fillings did the trick.  Another hit!

Yum Bun Hawker House Street Feast

 

Yum Bun Hawker House Street Feast

My biggest observation was this was more for groups of friends rather than couples (unless you both want to queue and then look for a seat after).  I found we spent a lot of time apart, not that we have to be together the whole time but if I came back (and I have plans to!) I think a group of friends would be better.  Boys can queue for food with their beer and girls can sit, drink and chat!

We went up to the third level and were going to go for the spicy sausage but they had sold out (bit rubbish at 8pm) so decided to go for a Boom Burger.  My only complaint was the queue was really really slow.  The burger was a mini burger with bacon, cheese and a chutney served with plantain chips.  Really good and a great end to a fab evening.

Boom Burger Hawker House Street Feast

 

Boom Burger Hawker House Street Feast

 

Hawker House Street Feast

ABOUT STREET FEAST

Street Feast is London’s pioneering night market. Every Friday and Saturday we bring together London’s best street food traders, chefs and restaurants, and serve giant festival-style pint-sized cocktails, craft beer and great wine, for quite a unique eating experience.

Since launching in May 2012 we have transformed car parks, breweries, warehouses, old tube stations, and builders merchants to create a whole new way to eat, drink and hang out.

If you fancy going further information can be found on the Facebook page

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SLOW COOKER PULLED PORK

Pulled Pork Rub Recipe

 

The craze for pulled pork and bbq is still going strong.  In every food market or event there’s always a bbq stand which is selling pulled pork and ribs.  It’s also become popular and a staple in lots of restaurant menus too.

I’ll admit, I like pulled pork but not in large quantities, I’m definitely much more of a rib person!  I always like to try some from someone else’s plate i.e. Mr Rock Bakehouse but whenever I’ve ordered it I’ve got bored of it and found it quite rich.

We had some friends over for dinner and I wanted to make something ahead so that I wasn’t worrying too much about it during the day so I decided to use my trusty slow cooker (one of the best wedding presents and more stories to come about that!).  I found the pork rub recipe on Pinterest and it sounded like it would taste good, if you’re a Pinterest user you’ll know that some things just don’t look right so it’s always a risk!!

Pulled Pork Slow Cooker Recipe

I bought a large shoulder of pork and mixed all the herbs and spices the night before.  I removed the excess fat from the pork and then rubbed the spices into the pork and into all the nooks and crannies and put it in the fridge overnight.  To be honest for a shoulder of pork to feed 4 (approx 1.2kg) you only need to use half the spice recipe and you can keep the rest for the next time.

The great thing about the slow cooker is that all you do is throw everything in and just wait for it to cook.  I placed half a cup of water at the bottom of the pan and then placed the pork and in and cooked it on high for 8 hours.  The longer the better with a slow cooker.

Pulled Pork Slow Cooker Recipe

 

The result was a delicious pork that was lightly spiced with a slight bbq smokey flavour.  I served mine with confetti corn (corn and peppers pan fried together), sweet potato chips and homemade BBQ sauce.

Pulled Pork Slow Cooker Recipe

 

Pulled Pork Plate 2
Recipe

For the rub

1 tablespoon ground black pepper
1-2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
2 tablespoons chili powder
2 tablespoons ground cumin
2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon dried mixed herbs (or oregano)
4 tablespoons smoked paprika (you can use normal paprika but I like the smokiness!)
1 tablespoon table salt
1 tablespoon granulated sugar

1.2kg boneless shoulder of pork

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1. The day before mix the rub ingredients together in a bowl and then rub all over the pork and place in a dish covered with clingfilm and rest in the fridge overnight

2. When you’re ready to cook, pre-heat your slow cooker to high heat.  Add half a cup / 100ml cold water to the bottom of the slow cooker

3. Place the pork in the slow cooker, put the lid on and cook for 8 hours until the pork falls apart

4. Serve with sweet potato chips and corn or you can put the pork in buns and serve

Enjoy!

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