I wanted to do pinto bean chilli from River Cottage Veg book this weekend and the only reason I ended up doing it today was that the avocados for the accompanying guacamole had ripened. Well, it ended up being the perfect meal for a cold and rainy day. I made tortillas to go with it all, using Dan Lepard ‘s recipe from Short and Sweet, here they are:

20120923-183801.jpg Totally misshapen but I guess that comes with practice and it was my first time making them. Pinto bean chilli was very, very good, just in the blue pot in the back of photo. Glad I made quite a lot of it.

Earlier today, went back to Heron Tower to have breakfast at Duck and Waffle, views still great, despite the weather, food less so, which is a shame because they write it up so wonderfully on the menu and then they don’t execute it all that well. Posting a photo of the gherkin from Heron Tower, looks a bit small in comparison, no? Again, lomo makes it all look so much better than reality


Soya and linseed bread

Freshly baked (and still warm as I type):

Good crunchy crust and great texture with softened rolled oats and linseed inside. Also mix of wholemeal and white bread flour and made with soya milk. ¬†Recipe from Dan Lepard’s Short and sweet.

Had it for breakfast, still hot so that butter melted into it. I love all sorts of things for breakfast but nothing can really beat freshly baked bread with butter.

Also posting a couple of pictures from a long walk yesterday, 11 miles or so of the Capital Ring going anti-clockwise from Clissold Park in Stoke Newington and up to Hampstead Garden Suburb, taking in Finsbury Park, walking along a disused railway line between Finsbury Park and Highgate – which I never knew existed, then Highgate woods, Cherry Tree wood, across Lyttleton Playing Fields, then left the Capital Ring path, walked through Big Wood and finally down across Hampstead Heath and Parliament Hill to get the ginger line back home. Hundreds and hundreds of people on Parliament Hill.

Think it’s rather marvellous that you can walk through so much greenery and woodland in London. We did this in the afternoon, in baking heat, which didn’t matter so much as there was lots of woodland to cool off in. Only took a couple of photos:

Having a break under a big old oak tree, Lyttleton Playing Fields, kids were playing cricket just to the right of us.

Graffiti-ed part of an old station platform on the Finsbury-Highgate railway line, now a nature reserve. Parts of this walk, around Crouch End were pretty popular but mostly very quiet.

Bread pics were instagrammed and I used more lomo for walk pics – unfortunately, more lomo, one of my favourite camera apps, doesn’t really do anything for bread and baking otherwise I’d be using it all the time!


Accidental light

So I love how half of London is a building site at the moment, let’s make it all sparkly and shiny and new for the Olympics next year and let’s make it super difficult for people to get from one place to another. Great. Anyway, I am frequently passing King’s Cross station, where the front is currently being renovated and I love how imposing this looks at night covered in scaffolding but it’s impossible taking a decent picture of the site from a bus. Last night’s attempts:


You can see the hand rail and the lights in the bus just at the level of where the clock is at King’s Cross, it’s like the clock is emitting some strange light. Love it!