Summer salads

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The scorchio weather that has reigned in London for the past few days has been amazing and is a true testament to the impact good weather has on mood and food. My local cafes are offering up the most delicious salads and plates of fresh seafood to entice the sun-loving clientele here in south-west London. So lucky to be part of a community that cares about quality, organic produce, great menus and happy staff. Here are a few of my local favorites in case you are finding yourself in my neck of the woods:

Green Swede Favorites

The Victoria Pub

Nestled in the leafy part of East Sheen village, this pub is sort of part of the furniture for anyone who’s got children in the local school. Whether you come in the morning with your laptop to do work whilst having one of their amazing coffees or hang out for lunch enjoying one of their lovely salads o this place is always welcoming and friendly. Particularly loved this Asian squid salad with bean shoots, edamame, chilli and peanuts. Gorgeously fresh and crunchy this will be a favorite for a while…

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Bhuti

Spa and wellness, vegan cafe, yoga and meditation centre located in central Richmond. Love, love, love this place and will choose to come here for a daily special salad or soup with a large glass of green juice. Their chefs do wonderful recipes and are very friendly and informative. Top place!

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Stockholm

On the slopes of East Sheen you’ll find Goran and Majvor’s lovely Swedish restaurant serving up super fresh daily specials and home-made cakes. With birch clad walls and shelves filled with Swedish delicacies this cosy, authentic restaurant will transport you back to Scandinavia in an instant. The super friendly staff will explain the menu and recommend local specialties such as Skagenrora, a super delicious and home-made dill and seafood concoction which is served on toast. A classic summer dish that brings emotive memories to any Swede living abroad.

The Robin Craft Cafe

Love this tiny cafe with a small outside space in the back.  Great coffees with different milks should you not want dairy. Their daily specials include Asian salads, spring rolls and gluten-free cakes. A lovely place to hang out and watch the world go on the slopes of East Sheen.

Yuma Sushi

Small sushi cafe in the heart of Richmond in one of the lovely alleys leading to Richmond Green. This place makes handmade sushi and salads as well as daily specials which are super fresh. Lovely seafood and seaweed salads as well as soups. Take away is a good option if weather is good – bring a blanket and sit on Richmond Green and enjoy people watching.

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Happy sunbathing! xx

Musings…

imageWith Brexit reigning supreme in our media, uncertainty is lingering like a bad smell and permeating our psyche – especially among those of us who are not British citizens. How will it affect us and what does it all mean for the future? These were things I was pondering on the plane back from a blissful stay in Lisbon a few days ago, filled with new thoughts and experiences.
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Bhuti in Richmond

When I swapped LA for Twickenham in the 90’s, I thought I had died and gone to hell. Don’t get me wrong, central London and the English countryside were always amazing.  Suburbia, however, not so much. There was a curry house, a Chinese and a fish n’ chip shop.  In those smoking days everyone went to pubs (pre-gastro) to socialise as well as to eat (kidney pies with chips anyone?!) and sit on sticky velvet sofas. Boys huddled together in one corner, girls in another. To say I was unhappy would be an understatement.  If I could have been teleported back to California I would have. But I had moved to the UK for love of the man who was to become my husband and I was going nowhere. I had to embrace it. (more…)

Protein Rich Bean Salad with Quinoa

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Protein Rich Bean Salad with Quinoa

More rain anyone? As I’m curbing my desire to switch on the heating, I’m amazed how much our dietary intake is dependent on the weather. Sunny skies? Green juice and salads in all varieties feels like the most natural thing to ingest. However, on a rainy, cloudy day with a chill in the air, like today,  a warming stew seems more in keeping. As it happens, my slow cooker is on as I write and a veg stew is on tonight’s menu. I may even put the fire on… Brrrr. (more…)

Fennel and Avocado Summer Salad

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Finally sun! It may or may not have been the coldest and greyest of springs but whatever the facts may be – it has felt like it to me. Last week I even put the fire on in the sitting room – in June!! The minute the sun is out of course I go totally salad mad – anything can find its way into my salads and often do. My current plant crush is fennel which is not only incredibly tasty but also has a lot of benefits especially for those with gastric issues. Irritable bowl syndrome anyone? Part of the parsley family fennel can be used in a variety of ways so don’t be afraid to experiment with both the plant and the seeds. (more…)

Pea and Cauliflower Bowl

If I was in my twenties, my girl crush would be Deliciously Ella. She has single-handedly changed the face of what a vegan may look and be like which is no small matter.  If in the past you would have let your imagination run riot and conjure up a physical manifestation of a vegan, Deliciously Ella would not have been it, let’s be honest. (more…)

5 minute vegan Pad Thai

 

 

I’m impulsive and impatient when it comes to almost everything. No long thought out plan for me – instead I fly by the seat of my pants in the hope that my intuition will guide me in the right direction through life. This applies to cooking too. Occasionally I plan but mostly I open the fridge and hope there is enough in there for me to do something with, and quick. (more…)