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London Eats: Tayyabs, Whitechapel

25 Sep

Established in 1972, Tayyabbs has long been serving the people of east London the most delicious Pakistani cooking around. It’s a firm favourite with my friendship group, as with a BYOB policy you can go stuff your face, drink your own wine and pay no more than £20.

My absolute favourite dish is the spiced and sizzling lamb chop platter, I also find the naan breads so flavourful and fresh. The curry is amazing full of lamb (or chicken) and all with their own spicy twists. My only criticism is that they can be a little greasy. It must be said, the atmosphere is simply mad. Even with a booking there’s crowding, pushing shouting and often chaos. The restaurant greeter does have it all in hand (usually) and when you do eventually get a table – you will be shouted at in the nicest way possible to place your order. They always remember i without writing it down, even for tables of 11! It’s not for the faint hearted if you want a quiet corner – go elsewhere. Typically its fun folk getting together and a lot of laughter and joy. There is always the obligatory table of suited ‘*rhymes with Anchor* banker types who are just that bit too loud, grating and vulgar. Just ignore those and you’ll be okay!

Here are some pictures to entice your taste buds:

Verdict: 9 / 10

83-89 Fieldgate St, Whitechapel, London E1 1JU
Top Tip: Booking in advance is absolutely necessary www.tayyabs.co.uk

Pancake Day!

9 Feb

With Pancake day (Shrove Tuesday) upon us I thought I’d include an easy recipe for you all to use. You can’t beat making your own, it’s so cheap! The kits in shops seem cheap, but ultimately flour eggs and water will always work out better value.

Easy Recipe

100g plain flour
2 large egg
300ml milk
1 tbsp sunflower or vegetable oil, plus a little extra for frying
lemon wedges, to serve (optional)
caster sugar, to serve (optional)


1) Put flour, eggs, milk and salt into a bowl, then whisk into a smooth batter.
2) Set a frying pan to medium heat and spray with 1 cal spray.
3) When hot, cook your pancakes for 1 min on each side until golden, keeping them warm in a low oven as you go.
4) Serve with lemon wedges and sugar, or your favourite filling. Once cold, you can layer the pancakes between baking parchment, then wrap in cling film and freeze for up to 2 months.



Get Fit Feb

5 Feb

Get Fit Gadgets

I am not easily motivated to get out there and get exercising. I know that for some people it’s enjoyable, it releases endorphins and makes them feel good and they thrive upon competition, sport and the exercise package. The end goal of losing weight is the only thing that can push me to do it! It takes up my precious time of which I have so little at times feels like a sacrifice. If I go for a run even with a sports bra it gets a bit ‘bouncy’ and when you try to exercise while very unfit you just feel like a sweaty, slow mess. I do love shopping however. So while I believe that you can get fit for free (run, walk, bike ride all the classics) I do like the idea of a few gizmo’s to get me going.

I recently tested out the Monster iSport earphones (iSport Intensity RRP £69.99 available at www.shopmonsterproducts.co.uk, John Lewis, Harrods, Selfridges, Apple, Dixons Travel and Currys) After all when you listen to music you can almost trick yourself into thinking that exercise is fun! It’s a great morale booster and can help to set the tempo for that last mile of the run, or that harder part of the cross trainer program. My typical ear phones tend to fall out, and this set have a patented sports clip to hold this in place. The sound quality is amazing, and the hot pink a definite style bonus in my opinion! (Don’t worry they are available in other colours including black too)


Verdict: A high quality 9 / 10 for the product, but only a 7 / 10 for value. Yes, I know that headphones are very expensive – but I still can’t help but feel that with (albeit absolutely terrible quality) seta available in the 99p store, prices are a tad over inflated.

Best of Books
Gadgets aside, we all know that we are what we eat. Or we eat what we are. Or we eat what we want? Hmm, my dieting advice is a bit mixed up! It is for this reason that I would advise getting a diet plan either online or in book format and sticking to it. Some may work better than others, but all of them work if you stick at it!

Dukan Diet 2
Dukan Diet 2 (available on Amazon for around £8) is a follow-up to the original Dukan Diet book by Dr Pierre Dukan, and is a programme which consists of seven steps and allows the user to join a new food in to their diet each day. An example week would be:

Monday – protein only
Tuesday – protein + vegetables
Wednesday – protein + vegetables + fruit
Thursday – protein + vegetables + fruit + bread
Friday – protein + vegetables + fruit + bread + cheese
Saturday – protein + vegetables + fruit + bread + cheese + carbs
Sunday – Celebration Meal


Verdict: 9 / 10. Low carb diets see fast results, but by incorporating different foods on different days this diet doesn’t leave you feeling cheated. It fits in very well with the working week also, saving you money at work on posh lunches and allowing you to have fun at the weekend.

Back to Basics Diet – Seven Weeks to Change Your life
The Back to Basics Diet book by David R Hack is a low fuss guide, looking at the science behind obesity. Again focusing on long-term lifestyle changes this plan is no ‘fad’ and definitely worth a try!
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Verdict: Another 9 / 10 this book makes sense, and if oe has the willpower it will certainly help with weight loss.

Best of the shakes
Sometimes a detox week for me means protein shakes. Like them or loathe them, it provides a strict regime which on weekdays typing away ensures that I do not eat cake or chocolate. I’ve tried various brands, and while pricey (This kit will set you back £62!) Protein World’s Slender Bender Kit  is by far the tastiest. it tastes like melted vanilla ice cream, and goes well with water, milk or yoghurt. Yum!

Verdict: 9 /10


Christmas Foodie Gifts

13 Dec

Galloway Lodge chutney and jam

When putting together Christmas hampers this year why not include delicious homemade preserves. Some are very easy to make but if you want a time saving cheat gift order from the Galloway Lodge range. Their Elderflower and rhubarb preserve is one of the most delicious that I have tasted. Nice and thick and not too sweet it’s worth the splurge price of around £2.95 for each item. Available at galloway-lodge.myshopify.com
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Verdict: A yummy 8/10

Luxury Food

For a luxury sweet treat this year treat yourself to a splurge on MerangzChristmas Decadence Bites – a limited edition gift box of six mini meringues in six festive flavours.
Priced at £ these delicious boxes of naughtiness cost around £5.95 and can be purchased at www.merangz.co.uk and Selfridges (Manchester and Birmingham) / Kitchen Garden, Birmingham / The Ludlow Food Centre, Shropshire /St Peters Nurseries, Worcestershire / Packington Moor Farm Shop, Lichfield.





Verdict: A yummy and unique 9/10


Valentines Preparation

10 Feb


They say that the way to a mans heart is through feeding him well. Combine that with mans other favourite consumable – alcohol – and you get cocktail cupcakes! I tested three different cake types oozing spirits and fruity flavours that replicate cocktails. Not only were they delicious but the recipes are easy to follow too. “Caketails – Intoxicating Cupcakes for Grownups” by Jill Collins and Natalie Saville can be purchased at Waterstones or on Amazon and offers all of the guidance needed to make delicious cupcakes for your sweetheart.




Verdict: A yummy, boozy 9/10

If cakes aren’t your thing and you’re more of a Cookie Monster, I love these heart shaped cutters available from Asda

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Handcrafted with love

1 Feb

My all time favourite gift to handcraft this year is the ‘sweet tree’ this new craze is very popular with weddings and now they are even stocked in waitrose. In Waitrose however they are £22. I made this lovely specimen for only £3, using materials that I had around the house.

Yum yum!

Yum yum!

Free Pizza!

5 Oct

The upkeep of a bustling social life is not cheap, you can 2 for 1 your cinema trips, lastminute.com your theatre visits and happy hour those cocktails, but ultimately living in London is expensive! This is why you should never turn down a chance of a free meal, and in this case GoodFella’s are offering a free pizza. Simply Register with the link below, and when it comes to the print option, you can press ‘do not have a printer’ and get the coupon posted to you. That should save a couple of quid on the weekly shop, and strategic coupon gathering can really pay off.


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