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Brunch at St Clements - Parsons Green {Review} - 201 New Kings Road, London

I’ve mentioned it before and I’m gonna say it again: I LOVE BRUNCH.

As a maple syrup enthusiast, it’s the perfect opportunity to seize that bottle and get pouring – pancakes, waffles, crepes and baked oatmeal all become way better with some syrup. The thing is, I’m perfectly capable of making some kickass pancakes myself. I’ve been disappointed many a time from ordering pancakes because a) they’re always boring as heck in the UK (the word ‘buttermilk’ is the most extravagant it gets) and b) NOT ENOUGH MAPLE SYRUP. They usually give you a drizzle of syrup already on the plate and when the dish itself costs more than a bottle of the stuff, ummmm I’d like a bit more. I’m a maple monster, guys. Plus drizzling it onto the pancakes? That’s a big no-no for me (unless it’s for aesthetic reasons, yo). I like to have a little puddle of syrup for dipping cos then you get to taste all that tree sap goodness.

Big pancake rant over. Sozza for that, had to get it off my chest and also explain why I keep ordering eggs at brunch places.

So yes, the primary reason is the pancake disappointment (although I WILL keep searching for a good pancake place in London) the secondary reason is that I suck at cooking eggs. I even had to come up with my own method for frying eggs because it was the only way I could make them the way I like.

Enter this new series on here – it’s brunch review time! I’m going to be going around London hitting up some fancy cafés and brasseries all for the sake of pancakes and eggs. If you have recommendations you’d like me to check out, please tweet me that jazz! I’m also working on a ‘London’ page on here for visitors! It’ll have little tips and my personal fave places with hyperlinks to any reviews I do.

Brunch at St Clements - Parsons Green {Review} - 201 New Kings Road, London

 

First up, St Clements – a relatively new café in Parsons Green, a little area in my West London borough of Hammersmith & Fulham. It borders on Chelsea so I knew the vibe would be quite chic with that messily-organised edge. Weck jars and tinted bottles stacked up on shelves, big beautiful salads and sky-blue tiled tables. Not an overly-extravagant pastry in sight but a large variety of goodies from brownies to streusel cake, you know, the type of thing your mum would make for you as an after-school snack. This was just to my liking!

Me: Of course I had to have a coffee so I went for my usual, a cappuccino – I was pretty impressed that they had a proper barista there as evident from the latte art, because I’ve only ever experienced this in places where the primary reason to go is the coffee. It wasn’t as strong as I would have liked (although I did have a cold so that probably contributed) but it had a good amount of foam, they used organic milk and the coffee had a great flavour so thumbs up from me!

He: Freshly squeezed orange juice and no complaints about it. Orange juice is pretty much always a fail-safe option.

Me: I was feeling the avocado vibe so I went for a pretty simple choice of fried eggs piled atop some thick, crusty sourdough and served with rocket, chilli flakes and an avocado half. The eggs were perfectly cooked – runny yolk and crispy edges with NO gross, undercooked egg white, thank goodness. As they have a griddle just behind the counter the eggs were piping hot, and as cold fried eggs suck I was very pleased by this. The only thing I would have liked more is if I had a bit of flaky salt to mash up with the avocado, 1/4 of which was also bruised. Sad face.

He: Is always hungry so ordered probably the heartiest dish on the menu – two eggs baked in a personal skillet with chorizo, tomato and spinach served with the same chunky, delicious bread. I had been eyeing this dish on the menu too and was planning to taste as much as possible so insisted on eating some. Again the eggs were great with a perfectly runny yolk, a quality which can be difficult to get when you’re baking them as it’s really easy to let the eggs go too far. The sauce was quite rich but not too acidic and, as I think eggs don’t stand up to acidity very well, it was appreciated. Surprisingly we both found that the flavour of the chorizo didn’t come through very much. It could’ve been that the type of chorizo used was a mild because I really couldn’t taste that smoky, spiciness which usually dominates any chorizo-infused dish. If you’d ordered it mainly for the paprika flavour of the meat I’d say you would’ve been disappointed, but it was still completely delicious in its own right.

Brunch at St Clements - Parsons Green {Review} - 201 New Kings Road, London

Unfortunately I didn’t get to try any of the treats in the photo above but, as I’m 200% sure I’ll be going back, I’ll have plenty of opportunities to do so in the future! So if you ever find yourself in Parsons Green, hungry and needing a caffeine boost, I’d recommend moving your legs asap past that Pain Quotidien by the tube station and over to this charming café.

St Clements Cafe 
Brunch and coffee for two – around £25
201 New Kings Road,
Parsons Green,
London
SW6 4SR

Triple Chocolate-Vanilla Swirl Crumb Cake 057

Cake is a celebration food to most people – you’ve probably heard the phrase ‘a party without cake is just a meeting’ – so I thought it would be ever so appropriate to make one for celebrating Jessica from How Sweet It Is’ virtual baby shower!! If you haven’t heard of her blog somehow you know I’m going to tell you to go read it, pronto, especially if you’re in need of some serious food porn inspiration and a good laugh. Jessica is the sweetest, most upbeat person and I’m pretty sure her kid will have the happiest life ever (who wouldn’t when you get to eat the food she makes every day). Now, I’ve never been to an actual baby shower before but if it consists of a bunch of friends making hella food and eating it together, I’m game. Sounds like the only type of party that should exist to be honest.

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Healing Green Tea & Chickpea Soup with Garlic Tortilla Triangles

A problem I’ve discovered from hanging out with freshers* and going to freshers’ parties is that it’s really really easy to become ill.

You might remember that I visited Leeds a couple of weeks ago when I wrote my post about mini lemon cakes. What I didn’t know as I sat there blabbing about food is that the next day I’d have the ‘flu. Ahhh I was so blissfully unaware. A 35p packet of paracetamol, a lot of travel tissues and a few mugs of Lemsip and I was on the mend…or so I thought.

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Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin and Rye Bundt Cake

Now that I’ve broken the metaphorical cake-seal on the blog in my last post, it seems that the floodgates have opened and all I’m making is cake. There’s this pumpkiny one (because I had yet to make a pumpkin recipe this season), a maple pecan one from Linda Lomelino’s NEWLY TRANSLATED CAKE BOOK!!!! (coming soon…) AND this carrot cake I made for Design Sponge (piccies below). It’s been advantageous for me because I usually get what I call #cakerage during these cake baking sessions. It’s always all fine up until the frosting time. Then I break down and want to give up and eat the cake with my hands, animal-style.

I did get…a bit angry…maybe…when the frosting for my carrot cake starting melting after the sun came out to say hello :| ugh of course. Then I learned that if you put desiccated coconut on the edges of cakes it doesn’t matter if it’s messy as heck cos nooo one will knoooow shhhhh. The whole process went a lot smoother for subsequent cakes so I have a bit less hate in my heart for making layer cakes now!

Carrot Cake Carrot Cake

I made this Chocolate chip, Pumpkin and Rye cake for the GB chefs blog so if you want to surf the cake wave with me, stop over there to check out the recipe – or just look at the snaps here and feel all cosy and autumnal. Then go get yoself some hot chocolate just because.

Meanwhile I’ve got a cookie recipe and two savoury recipes (lasagne and soup! because right now I want all of that kind of hot, curl-up-with-a-blanket food to eat whilst catching up on Homeland) that are also in the pipeline for el blahg so stay tuned, chickies :*

Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin and Rye Bundt Cake

Small Batch Lemon Cakes (Gluten Free + High Protein)-2

 

Hello lovelies, I’m up in Leeds this week living the pretend-uni-life in my friend’s halls (she actually is at uni here though). I’ve got spag bol simmering on the stove and Swedish chocolate cake batter ready to go into a cake tin – I’m totally ready for this semi-adult life.

I thought it was about time I posted a cake recipe on my blog though, I mean it’s been a really long while since I’ve made anything cakey on TWC. I did have a gluten-free Swiss Roll recipe up on GB chefs last week but you probably didn’t see that SO I made some mini loaf cakes!

read on to get the recipe!

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I’m in Chicago this week and headed down to New Mexico next week but I still need to tell you about my book launch! I’ve already instagrammed and facebooked it but if you haven’t seen the details yet here ya go! The book launch will be held at the West Elm London store (Tottenham Court […]

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Top With Cinnamon, The Cookbook!!

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It has been about a year since I started making my book and today is when I finally get to tell you as much info as poss about it. Mainly I wanted to show you the cover, cos unless you’ve looked it up or seen it on instagram you probably have no idea what it […]

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GIVEAWAY + Grain Free Matcha Granola and Iced Coconut Matchaccinos

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No, that’s not what you might think it is – it’s actually granola (which is addictive as heck). I veeeery nearly called this Munchies Granola and then thought I should maybe not do that. Let’s save the weed puns for the comments sections, yeah? K Cool. It IS green but that’s due to the heavy-handed sprinkling […]

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