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est. 2007

Archive: Mar 2009

  1. Wee Easter finds: Hand-painted Rococo chocolate


    Rococo collage

    Clockwise from left: hand-painted gentleman hare, made with dark and white chocolate, £30; hand-painted dark chocolate egg with Japanese bird design, filled with a mixture of Grand Cru ganache-filled mini eggs and truffles, £25; and hand-painted egg with leaping hare, filled with Grand Cru ganache-filled mini-eggs, £18.95, all by Rococo chocolates.

    Rococo shops in London:
    321 Kings Road
    London SW3 5EP
    Tel: 020 7352 5857
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    Opening hours:
    Monday 12pm – 5pm
    Tuesday to Saturday 10am – 6:30pm
    Sunday 12pm – 5pm

    5 Motcomb Street
    London SW1X 8JU
    Tel: 020 7245 0993
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    Opening hours:
    Tuesday to Saturday 10am – 6:30pm

    45 Marylebone High Street
    London W1U 5HG
    Tel: 020 7935 778
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    Opening hours:
    Tuesday to Saturday 10am – 6:30pm
    Sunday 12pm – 5pm

  2. Wee Easter finds



    What do you think of my first collage-y Easter thing-y? I've got a folder full of Easter finds and was thinking of palatable ways of serving it up. There's more to come, but I thought I'd have a play with these ones first.

    1. Egg trinket box, £5, from Paperchase.

    2. Tin of glitter vintage-style Easter postcards, £10, from Willow and Stone.

    3. Painted egg decorations, £3 for a pack of six, from Paperchase.

    4. Mini feltidermy bunny brooch, US$25, from Girl Savage’s Etsy’s shop.

    5. Chick iced biscuit, £1.49, from Marks & Spencer.

    6. Alessi Cico egg cup, £9, from John Lewis.

    7. Easter crackers with confetti, £8 from a pack of six, from John Lewis.

  3. What to take home: Charlene Mullen cushions



    I first spied Charlene Mullen’s exquisite hand-embroidered work at the East London Design Show in December. And being the London-obsessed lass that I am, I made a beeline for her monochrome cushions featuring iconic London landscapes.


    Transcending a purely functional role, each graphic “piece” is beautifully crafted with extraordinary attention to detail. And with Mullen drawing inspiration from Victorian Christening gowns to prison tattoos, it’s no wonder her work appears simultaneously both modern and vintage.


    In London, you can find her cushions at Liberty, Sigmar and Linley. She is also stocked in Le Bon Marche in Paris and Scoop in the U.S. Otherwise, purchases can be made through enquiries to her website.


  4. London must-eats: Raclette at Borough Market



    There’s much to love about living so close to London’s Borough Market. It’s become our little Saturday morning ritual, where we take it easy and wander around the stalls, check out the new produce, and make a beeline for Konditor & Cook for a “real” coffee (because Monmouth's always too busy). But sometimes? I’m not quite sure how living in such close proximity to cheesy heaven, aka Kappacasein’s raclette stand, is advantageous for my arteries.


    The premise for a Swiss raclette is ridiculously simple: a white carb celebration of melted Ogleshield cheese, new potatoes, baby gherkins and pickled onions. But it’s also ridiculously delicious – and the long queues are a testament to this fact. The plus side of the waiting time is that you get to watch the whole mesmerising raclette-making process, which involves scraping hot, bubbling cheese onto your pile of potatoes and gherkins. Oh lordy!


    I especially love the acidic, crunchy baby gherkins, which contrast beautifully with the creamy, cheesy potatoes.


    They also make the most unbelievably good toasted cheese sandwiches with Montgomery cheddar, onions, leeks and garlic on Poilâne sourdough.

    Kappacasein is at Borough Market on Fridays 10am-6pm and Saturdays 9am-4pm, and can be found just opposite Southwark Cathedral.

    Borough Market
    8 Southwark Street
    London SE4
    Nearest tube: London Bridge
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