The Sipping Room In Canary Wharf

Canary Wharf at the weekend is so fantastic because its like a different world. During the week its full of all those business men and women who all probably work in finance and is so busy and non-stop. However at the weekend all these people are probs chilling on their yacht on the Thames in Marlow or enjoying a country break in the Cotswolds…… this means its nice and quiet at the weekend and the perfect place to go for food.

We think Canary Wharf looks a bit futureistic, even the train station is pretty cool and then as you come out the station all those sky rise office buildings with floor to ceiling glass. There are lots of eateries here and also lots of shops too!

The Sipping Room was our brunch spot of choice, it is located in West India Quay which is just a 5 minute walk from Canary Wharf station. The Sipping Room is a Drake and Morgan restaurant and from what we can tell it seems they offer a standard brunch menu across all their restaurants/bars.

It was mid-October on a beautiful autumn day, the sun had definitely decided to put its hat on that day!! We asked to sit outside to make the most of the glorious weather and that was no trouble at all!

There is lots to choose from on the brunch menu (which is available at the weekend from 11am – 4pm) and its very varied so everyone will be happy! There is the all day breakfast menu which includes items such as pancakes, avocado on sourdough, full works, veggie works and eggs Benedict.

There are also plates to start or share which include burrata and a meze board. For brunch you could also choose a burger or a dish from the grill. See what we mean, lots to choose from! There is also a breakfast menu (which includes boiled eggs and soldiers!) and an all day menu which includes pies!

Anyway back to what we actually ate! As it was brunch time and we hadn’t had breakfast as we had been at a gym class we opted for the brunch menu and also just because we love brunch!

Rach went for the buttermilk chicken and waffle as she has never had it before and was intrigued to see how the elements all worked together. This was served with a waffle, topped with avocado and then a buttermilk chicken breast with chilli maple syrup. The combination worked so well together, and the size of the chicken was very very generous! As I love avocado I wish there was more avocado on it!

Annie went for the avocado on sourdough but changed the poached egg for scrambled egg. The staff were more than happy to make this change which was nice! It was really tasty and the portion size was great, sourdough bread would have been better than just a slice of white but you can’t have it all!

We then enjoyed our brunch with a juice each, Rach went for sweet greens (kiwi, pineapple, cucumber, orange) which was really refreshing, we would definitely recommend!

Annie went for for L’Orange (orange, mango, avocado), I had never tried avocado in a smoothie before so I was really intrigued! It made the smoothie really creamy and the orange and mango overpowered the flavour of the avocado. Both were refreshing and delicious and made us feel all summery in the lovely sunshine.

We popped inside as this is where the toilets were located. We loved the decor of the inside there were faux fur blankets over most of the chairs and it looked like a little winter wonderland!

The bar was located at the front of the restaurant, just as you walked in the door. The staff were all incredibly friends at The Sipping Room and answered any questions we had

The toilets were very clean and there were plenty of cubicles, we love the fact Drake & Morgan have sweets in the rest rooms! This time they had a huge pot of quality streets, they really are getting into the festive spirit!

We would definitely recommend visiting! The Christmas menu looked delicious and we already have our eyes on it!

The Somerville Hotel Breakfast Review

It’s no secret that we absolutely love breakfast, it’s our favourite meal of the day and although there are many arguments about whether or not it actually makes you a healthier human for eating it we know it makes us feel fantastic.

Breakfast sets us up for the day so when we found out breakfast was included in our hotel stay at The Somerville in Jersey we were ecstatic. Breakfast on an average day is great but breakfast at a hotel is even better.

The view from The Somerville restaurant is truly breath taking, it overlooks St Aubins bag and on a clear day you can see for miles.

The Somerville breakfast spread certainly didn’t disappoint, it was a self-service buffet and there was a lot of choice. Upon arrival at the restaurant we were shown to a table and the waitress took our tea and coffee orders and asked us if we would like some toast which of course we did.

We asked the waitress if they had any dairy free milk for our coffee and she said yes, we were pleasantly surprised! We love the fact more and more hotels are offering soya milk (it’s so delicious in coffee).

The continental breakfast on offer at The Somerville was pretty impressive and it resulted in us going up time and time again. We don’t like mixing our food you know how some people will go up to the breakfast buffet and pile their plate with some eggs, croissants, fruit, cheese you name it they have it piled high on one plate, we honestly couldn’t think of anything worse instead we just opt for a number of different courses.

There were a selection of fruit juices including; orange, apple, grapefruit & tomato juice which were all incredibly fresh.

There was a large selection of spreads and jams you could have with your toast including Marmite and Nutella (two of our favourites) the Jams came in those cute little jars something that we love when visiting a hotel and there were so many flavours including; marmalade, strawberry, blackcurrant and clear honey.

There was a selection of fresh pastries including croissants, pan au raison, cinnamon swirls and pan au chocolate which looked really delicious but we didn’t actually opt for pastries this time (shock horror).

In the fridge section there was a selection of Muller yoghurts, plain Greek yoghurt and pre made yoghurt berry pots which were delicious. Next to the yoghurt was an assortment of fruit; berries, grapefruit, Pineapple, watermelon which we put on top of our yoghurt.

The smoked salmon was also in the fridge and we nearly missed it the first time, but spotted it last minute and tucked in right away. Smoked salmon is an all time favourite so we always make sure we opt for that especially when in Jersey, the fish is always so fresh and tastes incredible. There were several cold meats and cheeses as well.

The cereal selection included; rice krispies, corn flakes, wearabix, museli, bran flakes and all bran so if you are hoping for coco pops then sadly you will be dissapointed. You can order porridge as well from one of the waitresses or waiters.

The cooked breakfast had everything you would expect including: bacon, sausage, black pudding, hash browns, cooked tomatoes, mushrooms, scrambled eggs, fried eggs and poached eggs could be ordered.

Overall we would definitely rate the breakfast, it was delicious and set us up for the day ahead!

Christmas Day Breakfast 

We actually cannot believe that Christmas has come around so quickly, how are we already thinking about what we are going to eat for breakfast on Christmas morning, its mad. We did however think it would be the perfect opportunity to share with you a little recipe that will help start your Christmas morning, nothing fancy just keeping v simple, v quick and most importantly vv tasty.

Christmas breakfast has always been quite a big deal in our households, we always start our Christmas with a super yummy breakfast and a glass or two of champagne. Christmas Day always revolves around food and every meal has got that extra bit of magic added to it usually in the form of champagne in our houses. We have therefore decided to jazz up our breakfast up this year to make it that little bit more special and went for waffles topped with cream cheese and smoked salmon YASSS! If you wanted to you could even shape the waffles into snowflakes or Christmas trees!

recipe below makes 5 waffle so double or tripple the recipe if you have more mouths to feed.

Ingredients
125g Plain Flour
½ tsp Caster Sugar
½ tsp Baking Powder
¾ tsp Mustard Powder
¼ tsp Smoked Paprika
½ tsp ground pepper
210ml Milk
65g Unsalted butter
2 Medium eggs

Method
Place the flour, sugar, baking powder, mustard powder, paprika, salt and pepper in a large mixing bowl.
Mix until all ingredients are combined
In a separate bowl, whisk the milk, butter and eggs.
Make a well in the dry mix, and pour the wet mix into it gradually, whisking until fully combined
Leave the batter on the side for 5 minutes
Switch the Waffle Maker on and lightly oil, close the lid and allow the waffle machine to heat up
Once the waffle maker is hot enough pour the mixture into the centre of each waffle
Close the lid and leave to cook for 4 minutes, without opening the lid
Open the lid of the machine carefully and remove the waffle
Repeat with the remaining batter and keep the rest of them warm in the oven on a wire rack to ensure they do not become soggy

Pumpkin Protein Pancakes

We were recently browsing the isles of  homesense (which is something we do on a regular basis) and came across the Halloween isle, of course we had to stop and take a look. As we were looking we came across a pumpkin cookie cutter and imediatly thought we could make some pumpkin pancakes using it. The cutter was super cheap it only cost us £1.99.

So that is exactly what we did one Saturday morning after the gym, we came home mixed up a batter and got flipping. The cutter was fairly big so we had to make sure we made the pancakes fairly big, we didnt cut them into shape until they were cooked.

We decided to make protien pancakes this time and added some Wheybox toffee protein to add some flavour. You can make them with any flavour protein we have used vanilla & white chocolate in the past and they both taste fab.

For toppings we decided to go for stewed cinnamon apples and some cinnamon cream cheese which tasted bloomin fantastic.

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You can find the ingredients we used for the pancakes below (we made 3 extra large pancakes. its really simple add all the ingredients into a mixing bowl and whisk until combined. Melt some butter or coconut oil in a hot pan, add a ladle of mixture and allow the pancake to cook on one side before flipping (you should see bubbles appear). Enjoy with whatever toppings you choose!

Ingedients
50g Oats Blended
1 Egg
1tsp Baking Powder
1 Scoop Protein Powder
100ml Almond Milk

Toppings
Stewed Apples with Cinnamon
Cream Cheese with Cinnamon

Coffee & Maple Walnut Banana Loaf

As you have probably already guess by now we absolutely LOVE banana loaf. We make it ALL the time whenever we have some left over bananas that need to be used up. Our recipe is so simple and takes no time at all! In fact we made the one below before work one morning that’s how quick and easy it is.

We would suggest enjoying a slice when it is warm and freshly baked because it just tastes unreal!

When littles emailed us to ask if we we would like to take part in national bake week using their coffee we jumped at the chance! Our flavour of choice was the maple walnut coffee and we instantly new it would taste amazing in our refined sugar free banana loaf (original recipe available here).

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Ingredients
1 1/5 Ripe Bananas (you will use the other half for the topping)
200G Oat Flour (we just blend oats that we already have in the cupboard)
8g Chopped Walnuts
1 tsp Baking Powder
100ml Milk of your choice we went for Almond
3tsp Little’s Maple Walnut Coffee mixed with 20ml water
1tbsp Coconut Sugar

Topping Ingredients
5g Oats
1/2 Banana
1tbsp Coconut Sugar
5 Finely Chopped Walnuts

Method
Pre heat your oven to 180oc
Line your loaf tin and grease with melted coconut oil or butter
Add 20ml boiling water to the coffee granules in a mug or measuring jug
Blend the oats until they are fine and resemble flour
Chop one of the bananas in half length ways and set one half aside
Mash the 1 1/5 remaining bananas in a mixing bowl
Add the oat flour, baking powder & walnuts
Once combined pour in the milk and stir well
Add the coffee mixture and continue to stir until combined
Pour the mixture into the loaf tin
Cut the remaining half of the banana length ways and place on top of the mixture
Sprinkle the handful oats, chopped walnuts and coconut sugar on top
Bake the banana loaf for 30 minutes until cooked through
When cooked let cool and enjoy with a Little’s coffee

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Caravan Brunch Review

Caravan is situated just a short walk away from the station in the kings cross Partnership Development. We walked from Baker Street as it was only a 30 minute walk but had to walk through kings cross station to get to Caravan.

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We visited Caravan one Sunday on a beautiful sunny day, we arrived at 11AM and headed inside to ask for a table, we opted to sit outside because of the lovely weather and were told it was a 30 minute wait which was fine by us we were not in a rush anyway.

We headed to the bar to order a drink while we waited to be seated. We had only been waiting for 10 minutes when the waitress came over and told us our table was ready- amazing.

The bar area was pretty cool it wasn’t in the middle of the restaurant but it also wasn’t situated at the back so you could walk the entire way around the bar and order from both sides which was quite cool.

The toilets were communal at Caravan, there were separate cubicles for males and females but the rest was communal. We have started to see this more and more in London so maybe it will become the norm soon.

The inside is rather dining room like (this definitely isn’t a bad thing we love it), there are long communal tables which immediately reminded us of being back at school. The high ceilings and pipes that are on display gives Caravan an industrial look which gives it a slightly edgy vibe.

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The atmosphere inside was energetic and lively it looked like everyone was having the best time whilst potentially recovering from the night before with great food in a vibrant establishment. If we were not able to get a seat outside then we would have been more than happy to sit inside on the long communal tables.

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It was so lovely being able to sit outside in September (especially as it had been so cold the week before), but we soon noticed that it wasn’t so great for taking photos (dam shadows), we actually ended up putting our food on the floor in the shade to get a decent photo of our food oh the things we do for a good Instagram shot.

Annie ordered the Banana, Date, Tamarind, Cocoa Nib, Almond Milk smoothie it was very sweet and almost tasted quite artificial. Rach went for the Cucumber, Apple, Parsley, Spinach which was quite watery and sadly was no where near as good as her homemade green juices.

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If we are completely honest we didn’t love the juices we both didn’t enjoy them as much as we had hoped and didn’t end up finishing them either. They cost £4.50 so below average for a juice or smoothie in London but if we were to return to Caravan we would definitely opt for an iced coffee instead.

For food Annie ordered the Chapel and swan smoked salmon, soft scrambled egg on grain toast which was absolutely incredible. They were very generous with the portions and it kept me full for the rest of the day which is always a bonus. This dish cost £9 which is actually very good value for London considering it had smoked salmon on it.

Rach ordered the Avacado, Chilli, Lemon & olive oil on sourdough bread but she also added a side of bacon which was undeniably delicious and they were very generous and gave three thick slices of bacon. The dish cost £7 and the bacon was an additional £4 so again it was only £11.

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Over all we were really impressed with Caravan and we loved the relaxed and quirky vibes. We would definitely recommend a visit, there is so much more on the menu that we need to try so we are sure we will be back again soon.

Plum Crumble Baked Porridge

Autumn is definitely on its way and the colder mornings have left us wanting a warm bowl of porridge. We are definitely missing the summer but we are enjoying not getting the porridge sweats in the morning, if you know you know!

At the weekends we always enjoy tucking into a scrumptious bowl of baked porridge experimenting with lots of different ingredients. This time we decided to go for a plum crumble baked porridge which was absolutely delicious and probably one of our favourite ones yet!

Let us know if you decide to make this bowl of goodness because trust us it will leave you wanting to go back for more, who doesn’t love eating something that tastes like dessert for breakfast?

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Ingredients
40g porridge oats
1 or 2 plums depending on the size
50ml Almond milk (or any milk of your choice)
1tsp peanut butter

Method
Pre heat the oven to 180oc
Destone the plum and chop into small slices
In a small mixing bowl add in all the ingredients and stir until well combined
Pour the mixture into a ramakin dish
Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes making sure the top is golden brown
Enjoy with a cup of coffee or tea

Cherry Bakewell Baked Porridge

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We recently we visited Bakewell and it inspired us to make some cherry bakewell baked porridge. If you have never heard of Bakewell it is 18 miles from Sheffield in the Peak District. Bakewell is a quaint little village full of cafe’s and bakeries that sell cherry bakewells (surprise surprise)!

Baked porridge is ridiculously easy to make and if you have never tried is before we suggest you do because it is SO delicious! the oats go all fluffy and cake like when put in the oven and its a perfect way to start your morning because who doesn’t want cake for breakfast?

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Ingredients
40g Oats
1/4 tsp baking powder
1.5tsp Almond butter
& Pitted cherries (we used frozen)
50ml almond milk
Small handful of flaked almonds

Method
Pre heat your oven to 180oc
Place your oats & baking powder into a mixing bowl and mix
Add the remaining ingredients and stir until ingredients are combined
Place your mixture into a heat proof ramekin dish
Sprinkle some flaked almonds on top
Place in the oven for 20 minutes
Enjoy!

Sticky toffee apple baked porridge

We have been experimenting a lot recently with our baked porridge so we opted for a sticky toffee apple baked porridge this time around. Sticking toffee pudding is a traditional pudding in the UK which we often reach for when choosing a pudding so we thought why not create our own healthy version that is suitable for breakfast.

Let us know if you decide to make it we love it when you recreate our recipes! Make sure you tag us in your photos on Twitter and Instagram!

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Ingredients for the porridge
50g porridge oats
1 small braeburn apple
1tsp cinnamon
1tsp Groung ginger
2 dates chopped
2tsp ground almonds
1tsp baking powder
50ml Almond milk

Ingredients for the topping
4 dates
20ml Almond milk
Left over apple cut into chunks
1tsp Cinnamon

Method
Pre heat the oven to 180oc
Finely grate the apple into a small mixing bowl but leave a small amount behind as you will need this for the topping
Add all the dry ingredints into the mixing bowl and stir until combined
Add the almond milk and stir
Place in the oven for 30 minutes until the oats are cooked
Whilst the oats are cooking place the chunks of apple and cinnamon into a sauncepan
Cook the apples on a low heat until soft
Place the dates and almond milk into a blender and blend until combine
Remove the oats from the oven and top with the apple chunks
Drizzle the toffee sauce on top

A Jersey breakfast guide 

Jersey has some delicious breakfast spots and as you know we are breakfast lovers so we had to include them in a speedster blog post! (We didn’t go to them all during this stay but we have sampled the menu on previous trips). Jersey folk have always gone out for breakfast it has been the thing to do way before the trend set in the UK.

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La Braye- We visited La Braye for the first time during our visit and the food was so delicious. There was lots of choice on the menu and I was spoilt for choice. I was considering going for the porridge but thought I should probably try something different seeing as I eat porridge almost every morning at home. I opted for the smoked salmon and scrambled egg which was so tasty. The crushed avocado on toast also looked amazing so I definitely know what to order next time.

El tico Beach Cantino- We loved El Tico when we visited back in May but we didn’t get the chance to visit this time around. The food is amazing and the portion sizes are incredibly generous. They serve full English breakasts, porridge with a selection of toppings, granola, pancakes, cinnamon toast and the list goes on and on. The view from El Tico is stunning as it looks out onto St Ouen’s bay where you can watch the surfers surf the waves.

Colleens- this is a relaxed beach cafe, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Colleens cafe is located in St Ouen’s and it is only a stone throw away from the beautiful golden sanded beach. You can dine both inside and outside if the weather is on your side. This is definitely a firm favourite of ours and pancakes were delicious.

Nude Food- We haven’t actually eaten in Nude foods but we popped in at the weekend as we wanted an iced coffee. Unfortunately they didn’t sell iced coffee but whilst we were in there we happened to notice how delicious the menu looked. It was a fitness bloggers heaven the menu was full of healthy and wholesome brunch foods.

MOO- This trendy spot can be found in St Hellier just off of the main highstreet. We would say this place is best if you want to take your smoothie or shake away as it is quite small inside. The smoothies they have on offer look delicious and they would be the perfect post workout refuel.