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Breakfast Tacos in Bed

Charlotte Hu

* Disclaimer – I was gifted a bed and mattress from Eve. All opinions are my own.

Ever since my first visit to Mexico a few months ago, I find myself craving tacos all the time. Inspired by our tacos al pastor cooking class, I decided to create a simpler version to be enjoyed in bed on a lazy Sunday morning. I'm a firm believer that – as long as you slap on a fried egg and serve with coffee – almost any dish could be enjoyed for breakfast.

Breakfast Tacos in Bed with Eve | Skillet & Shutterbug
Breakfast Tacos in Bed with Eve | Skillet & Shutterbug

½ tsp coriander seeds
½ tsp cumin seeds
6 peppercorns
1 ancho chilli
4 tbsp white wine vinegar
1 cup pineapple juice
½ tsp dried oregano
1 tsp paprika
Salt
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 small white onion
400g lean pork mince
4 corn tortillas
4 fresh large eggs
2 tbsp butter
1 large avocado
3 limes
Fresh coriander

Add ½ tsp coriander seeds, ½ tsp cumin seeds and 6 peppercorns to a tadka pan. Toast on a low heat until the spices just begin to smoke, then grind into a fine powder using a pestle and mortar. Deseed and remove the spine of 1 ancho chilli. Toast for a few minutes in a saucepan then add 4 tbsp white wine vinegar, 1 cup pineapple juice, the powdered spice mix, ½ tsp dried oregano, 1 tsp paprika, a pinch of salt and 2 cloves of finely minced garlic. Simmer until the liquid has reduced by half. Blitz the contents of the saucepan into a smooth marinade paste.

Dice 1 small white onion and fry in a skillet with 400g lean pork mince. Once the meat has browned, add the marinade paste and mix well. De-glaze the bottom of the skillet with a splash of water, simmer off the excess liquid, then set the pork aside.

Heat 4 corn tortillas for a minute in the microwave, then wrap in a tea towel to keep warm until ready to assemble your tacos. Fry four fresh eggs in a little butter. To each tortilla add: a generous serving of pork, 1 fried egg and some slices of avocado. Serve with fresh coriander and lime wedges. Buen provecho!

Breakfast Tacos in Bed with Eve | Skillet & Shutterbug
Breakfast Tacos in Bed with Eve | Skillet & Shutterbug

What a perfect way to celebrate our new bed. It's serendipitous that, just as I was starting to consider updating my mattress, Eve got in touch with a collaboration request. I feel giddy with how comfortable the Hybrid mattress is, and love the minimal grey Scandi design of the bed-frame. It even got a teeny seal of approval from Bramble!

Breakfast Tacos in Bed with Eve | Skillet & Shutterbug
 

A short video of us enjoying the tacos in our new bed (risky, sure, but worth it):

 

Perilla

Charlotte Hu

* Disclaimer: I was invited to dine as a guest. All opinions are my own.

I moved to London 13 years ago as a bright-eyed uni fresher. I distinctly remember being told that "if you go south of the river, you'll get mugged", so proceeded to live in Angel for 6 years. (It doesn't help that the very first time we ventured south, to Ministry of Sound, a few friends were actually mugged.) Over the years, I've lost enough naïvety and patience to call myself a proper Londoner. I've explored and fallen for many neighbourhoods across south London, and bought my first flat in Stockwell. I just feel a lot more at home down here, y'know? Here in the dirty south I have everything I need, including an abundance of incredible food. It's an easy journey to Camberwell, Peckham, Brixton, Tooting, Dulwich, Balham... so it takes somewhere really special for me to agree to trek across town.

Step in Perilla.

Perilla in Newington Green | Skillet & Shutterbug
Perilla in Newington Green | Skillet & Shutterbug
Perilla in Newington Green | Skillet & Shutterbug

Perilla is based in Newington Green, a heart-stopping hour away from where I live. But, after this incredible lunch, I'm already plotting my return. On a miraculously sunny Saturday, I met Milly and Tom a short while before the restaurant opened (so we can be those oddball food photographers without disturbing other diners). I was so impressed with chef Ben Marks' imagination. His ingredients are simple and fresh; the dishes vibrant and well-balanced.

Perilla in Newington Green | Skillet & Shutterbug
Perilla in Newington Green | Skillet & Shutterbug
Perilla in Newington Green | Skillet & Shutterbug

On the table – homemade seaweed sourdough with braised greens and goats cheese; skate roasted on the bone with laver butter and beach cabbage; burnt onion and cultured cream soup with roasted nuts; rib-eye steak with salted blackcurrant hollandaise; grilled and pressed radicchio with blood orange and sheep's curd; stuffed Maris Piper with shiitake and hen of the wood.

Perilla in Newington Green | Skillet & Shutterbug
Perilla in Newington Green | Skillet & Shutterbug
Perilla in Newington Green | Skillet & Shutterbug
Perilla in Newington Green | Skillet & Shutterbug
Perilla in Newington Green | Skillet & Shutterbug
Perilla in Newington Green | Skillet & Shutterbug
Perilla in Newington Green | Skillet & Shutterbug

Desserts – Baron Bigod stuffed with braised pine nuts; grilled herb and honey creme caramel; citrus and Douglas fir tart.

Perilla in Newington Green | Skillet & Shutterbug
Perilla in Newington Green | Skillet & Shutterbug
Perilla in Newington Green | Skillet & Shutterbug
Perilla in Newington Green | Skillet & Shutterbug

Perilla is located at 1-3 Green Lanes, Newington Green, London, N16 9BS. The building used to be a launderette; and I have all of the heart eyes for its high ceilings, exposed beams and cozy decor. You won't be disappointed!

Charming Bordeaux with Airbnb

Charlotte Hu

* Disclosure: Airbnb kindly covered my expenses. All opinions are my own.

While the Beast from the East was creeping across Europe, we narrowly managed to squeeze in a break to Bordeaux before all hell (in the Brits-can't-handle-2-inches-of-snow sense) broke loose. It was my first trip to this city, and boy did I fall hard for its charm. The folk are friendly and patient, even when faced with my pathetic French vocabulary. Bordeaux eateries serve unbelievably delicious food in humble and unpretentious settings: I definitely recommend Le Chien de Pavlov, La Tupina and (of course) all of the canelés. We also stumbled upon Hangar Darwin, a former military barracks turned into an ecological collective that is home to over 130 organisations, united in their common goal of reducing their carbon footprint – a must-visit.

There were a number of stunning Airbnb listings around the city but, as soon as I laid eyes on this one, that was that. Located in the historic centre, it was the perfect base as most spots I wanted to visit were within walking distance. A short video of out adventure:

Charming Bordeaux | Skillet & Shutterbug
Charming Bordeaux | Skillet & Shutterbug
Charming Bordeaux | Skillet & Shutterbug
Charming Bordeaux | Skillet & Shutterbug
Charming Bordeaux | Skillet & Shutterbug
Charming Bordeaux | Skillet & Shutterbug
Charming Bordeaux | Skillet & Shutterbug
Charming Bordeaux | Skillet & Shutterbug
Charming Bordeaux | Skillet & Shutterbug
Charming Bordeaux | Skillet & Shutterbug
Charming Bordeaux | Skillet & Shutterbug
Charming Bordeaux | Skillet & Shutterbug
Charming Bordeaux | Skillet & Shutterbug