Happy Valentines Day from Me & Fanfare Ciocarlia

Happy Valentine’s Day to all. Whether its love of a person, music or food you cannot contain, surely today would be the day to celebrate that?

Why not combine all three loves for the ultimate Valentine’s day indulgence.

Turn up the stereo and dance to this song (soundtrack to one of the greatest love stories ever told, Fatih Akin’s ‘Gegen Die Wand’) with the person you love after trying out one of Fanfara Ciocarlia’s Romany recipes.

Two new ones added today: Cheesy Polenta Dumplings and Romany Stuffed Peppers.

A Piece of Italy in South London

There are those types of places which you don’t know whether you should share with others or not purely for selfish reasons. Capitan Corelli on Battersea Park Road is one of them. Very rarely do I venture saaaaaf of the river Thames but for real Southern Italian fare I find myself stepping into highly nostalgic territory.

The smell of real Ragu which is at the heart of most Southern Italian homes, is the first thing to greet you as you open the door and usually accompanied by greetings in thick Sicilian accents.  As the coffee machine whirrs, a man with a towel slung over his shoulder and slicked back hair angrily prepares espresso cups. If this was Italy, he’d have a cigarette hanging out of his mouth. Read on…

Pizzica in Mayfair, W1

One blustery Autumn evening in the back streets of Mayfair I heard the beat of a tambourine dancing on the air. When I near La Masseria I see people spilling out onto the streets, chattering like sparrows at dusk… Read on…

Portobello & Golborne Road – West Sometimes IS Best.

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As a West Londoner I don’t have to travel far for a fiery culture fix.

Read about Portobello and Golborne Road, West London’s eccentric and worldly hot-spot here

SariBlue – One of Everything Please!

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Its amazing what or who you find on the internet. A fantastic product, a common friend or a kindred spirit.. Click here to read about SariBlue..

Welcoming the Autumn

What better way than to eat it!

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Three new Pumpkin recipes posted… Pumpkin Antipasto, Pumpkin, Ricotta and Hazelnut salad and salt & pepper pumkin seeds.

Watermelon, Roses and Leyla – A New Story….


   “Please fetch me some fruit from the market, dear.” Mr Khalil called out to his young wife, Leyla, as he lay on the bed. It was a hot afternoon in the Medina and Leyla welcomed the chance to escape.

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Easy Coconut & Choc Pastries

Memories of Crete!! Check out these Coconut and Chocolate pastries – they’re so easy to make.. Yum yum..

Fanfare Ciocarlia says “Pofta Buna!” – Enjoy Your Meal

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The great Fanfare Ciocarlia have been kind enough to share their favorite recipes with NazarBlue!! Read more…

Maison Souss, London W12

Maison Souss Sweets

Honestly, some of the best Middle Eastern sweets I have found in London’s entirety.

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