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National Coffee Day celebrate South Indian Coffee

During the Christmas break I travelled to South India and as an avid coffee drinker was delighted to see the coffee plantations and find out a little more about growing coffee. One of the main area’s within southern India for coffee growing is Wayanad which is an area known for its national parks, wild elephants […]

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fresh honey dessert

Fenchurch bees & honey

Believe it or not we have 2 hives on the roof at our venue at Fenchurch Place and last week I was fortunate enough to get a visit. So after getting kitted out with my full bee keepers outfit, ensuring every zip and piece of skin was covered out we went onto the roof for […]

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Ethos vegetarian eating in the West End

  We are always striving to keep up with the London trends and make sure our offerings in the venues reflect that. Today we visited a brand new opening on Eastcastle Street in town and the entire menu is vegetarian, but as they state on their web site this isn’t your average falafel, risotto fare this food […]

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Why buy Icing sugar?

To be honest with you, I have always purchased icing sugar for convenience but as the price of sugar is constantly rising quicker than a Victoria sponge something needs to be done. With a little effort and a spice grinder. Why not just make your own icing sugar? Most food processors come with a spice […]

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Scotch pancakes

Auntie Liz’s Scotch Panakes

Scotch Pancakes I have a lot to thank my Auntie Liz for but one of them is making these delights, i remember sitting in her scullery waiting for these coming straight off her 60cm, 1″ thick cast iron griddle. As i write this, the smell of the buttermilk and lemon are embedded in my memory. We sat there like sea gulls […]

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Inspirational dining trip to Peruvian restaurant Andina in Shoreditch

On Thursday 7th January ’16 the chefs from our Monument venue went out for lunch to get some inspiration and ideas for the upcoming months menus for Monument. With the emphasis of catering for the healthy eaters and special dietary needs in mind, we chose to visit Andina, a Peruvian restaurant in Shoreditch. We were […]

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How to shell a coconut

All the hype in supermarkets and adverts is about coconut oils and its properties but I prefer it fresh. I find most people avoid fresh coconut as they find it ‘challenging’ to remove the shell without smashing it everywhere. I have produced a short step by step video on how to get the shell off your […]

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Shoreditch Food Tour

Working at etc venues 155 Bishopsgate and being right on the doorstep of shoreditch it’s absolutely criminal that none of us had taken time to visit it’s nooks and crannies.  The last food tour some of our chefs took was in Soho and all of us guys missed out on that tour as business comes […]

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That’s not a cake, this is a cake!

Today at etc venues, 155 Bishopsgate we have a fantastic event taking place with this very special cake. I have never seen such a cracking piece of work. Im not sure im looking forward to cutting this later, happy back to the future day! Below is a full selection of photo’s from all angles, @Bigalchef       […]

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Malteser cake..mmmmmmm

For this fun cake you will need 5 bags of maltesars, 500g of unsalted butter, 500g of caster sugar , 500g of self-raising flour and 10 eggs. Start by creaming the sugar and butter till light and fluffy, slowly add the eggs and keep mixing while adding the eggs, once the mixture is to 1 […]

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