Rosa's Cookbook

I’ve had a love affair with Rosa’s [Rosa’s Thai Cafe] from the very first day I stepped into its happily crowded and steamy doors in the heart of Spitalfields on a winter evening five years ago.

I was meeting friends for a long overdue catchup after work but downtrodden with a cold, wasn’t feeling my best. As I shrugged off my coat and cast my gaze at the tables next to me dotted with fragrant delights and let the gentle hum of the busy room wash over me – transporting me to the comforting warmth of the East, I slowly began to feel revived.

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Since then that day if in the vicinity of a Rosa’s – I have picked it over any other venue – never tiring of its mouthwatering sweet, spicy and sour fare.

The spicy Beef Salad with both its cooling and warming properties got me through my pregnancy cravings [see my ad-hoc Spicy and Sweet Thai Salad Dressing inspired by this from last year]. The soul-soothing Vegetarian Tom Yam soup sated me when I went off meat – and the Beef Mussaman curry with steamed sticky rice and hot gunpowder chillies [on request] filled me with goodness when I needed comfort food… not to mention the succulent summer rolls I could eat by the dozen when I am feeling healthy.

Started as a street-food stall in Brick Lane in 2008, the group was founded by husband and wife Saiphin and Alex, and now runs to six sites across London, including in Soho, Spitalfields, Chelsea, and Carnaby Street, serving plentiful bowls of home made Thai food with a modern twist.

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The librarian and Martha Stewart in me loves having a cookbook hanging around the house for comfort but there is rarely one that is well thumbed. I have been waiting since that day five years ago for this cookbook and just cannot wait to dig in and make it my own.

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Stunningly photographed so you can practically smell the basil and the chillies emanating from its pages, the book is as simple as it is stunning. Despite the complex flavours of Thai dishes the recipes and ingredients are to my relief surprisingly accessible with the most exotic ingredient the ‘taro root’. Everything else from the 14 ingredient exotic list like green peppercorns, pea aubergines and pandan leaves I am pretty sure you can find at your local Waitrose!

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You can pick up Rosa’s Thai Cafe: The Cookbook at any good bookstore and follow their great Blog [which includes cooking tutorials] and their mouthwatering Instagram here.

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Nothing signals the beginning of Christmas in London more than a sparkly new store opening – last year excitement was at its peak with US Homeware brand West Elm which filled a lonely corner of Tottenham Court road with joy and American charm.

This year a new Anthropologie joins its Regent Street and Kings Road counterparts on charming Marylebone High Street. In my opinion there can’t be enough Anthropologies in London… as always an intoxicating and unique retail experience the new Marylebone offering didn’t disappoint. The store combines two beautiful historical spaces on the high street and maintains many of the original features which contributes to the store’s artisanal atmosphere.

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Cosy yet expansive, the store is spread over two floors and comprises of the brand’s signature beautifully styled vignettes and treasure troves of glistening tableware, trinkets and unusual offerings – with this December being all the more resplendent like some Dickensian fantasy.

Last nights opening also featured a workshop by up-cycling ceramist Lou Rota – who guided participants to adorn vintage plates with her signature flora and fauna, jewellery making by luxury jeweller Catherine Zoraida and topped off with delicious festive cocktails by Sipsmith. Wheeee! Joyeux Noel!

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33-34 Marylebone High Street
London, W1U 4PT

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Navigating London Design Festival with a four month old baby on the blistering September city streets was no mean feat, but hell bent on getting my design fix during the design worlds version of fashion week, I was determined to make it work! Here are my highlights from the week’s festivities.

Newbie Taiwanese Studio IF ‘s striking chandeliers immediately caught my eye at Tent London with its simple and intuitive beauty. Delicate copper and glass combined to create ethereal clouds of bubbles which when used with a pulley system lit up in a whimsical sequence.

British designer Sue Pryke launched a covetable collection of hand-carved Oak chopping boards with leather details in collaboration with outdoorsy brand Wild and Wood, I love their stylish simplicity.  Prices start from £30.

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Cute contemporary hand mirrors by Czech brand Oaza.

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I wrote about being taken by illustrator Louise Wilkinson’s work last year when she had just launched her first collection, so it was lovely to rediscover her again at Tent. She exhibited a beautiful range of patterned textiles with a fun folksy feel which on closer inspection contained witty narratives hidden within!

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I was delighted yesterday when I received an email from the press office of a shop close to my heart. On the corner of peaceful Portland Road in London sits this gem of a kitchen and dining store stocking French provincial goods. Summerill and Bishop was a place I was sent to a lot when I was assisting on interior magazines to source beautiful cutlery, or antique linens.

I used to relish the time spent in there, being as hushed and sleepy as the store was. Anyway, as is the case with treasures of shops like these, they tend not to need great websites, however as the email informed me, they now have a online shop! For those of you who can’t visit this glorious shop, the website allows you to purchase gorgeous French oven to tableware, a vast range of Spanish and Portuguese cookware, antique French bistro glasses and so much more. My favourites have to be the deep shiny copper pans which are bound to make my cooking taste better!

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It’s so great to see one of our favourite interior shops hit London! Brighton based contemporary lifestyle retailer The Lollipop Shoppe launches a new branch this month in Old Spitalfields market in the East End of London.

Designed by leading architects Found Associates, the store is spread over two stories and has been stripped back to its former Victorian glory, gently marrying the old and the very new. I can’t wait to take a peek in person!

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