baked vanilla cheesecake with lemon curd
I know I haven’t blogged for a week… and I know that’s like a millenia for me, but y’all gotta understand, I’ve been busy. I figured I’d better post something though because I received an email from a reader yesterday saying that the last time I gave you guys one week’s silence, I was in hospital having major surgery.
So for the one (or more) person/s who care, I’m ok… just a little tardy
Aside from being crazy busy with work right now I’ve also been utterly distracted this week because on Wednesday 13 April 2011, little Jasmine Wen Xin Lee arrived in this world, blessing my life in a more magical way than she can possibly imagine. I became an aunty for the first time and even though she’s on the other side of the world, god, I’m in love. This is little Jasmine with her dad, my brother Jason:
HOW AWESOME IS SHE?! I know she’s not my child, but somehow she’s suddenly the most precious thing in my life right now and I literally spend every free minute staring at her photos. Literally. I can’t wait to cuddle her for real. But before we go on, two things I need to make clear:
1. Yes this is still a food blog, not a baby blog.
2. No you cannot eat Jasmine.
Anyway, three days before this tiny little person changed my life, I was at Bill’s in Covent Garden brunching away. Unfortunately Bill’s here in the UK is not affiliated with Bill Granger’s chain of café’s in Sydney, so no famous ricotta hotcakes and sweet corn pancakes, but that’s not to say the Bill’s here isn’t good either. Because it is.
Bill’s vegetarian breakfast (poached eggs, tomatoes, hummus, mushrooms,
guacamole and sweet chilli sauce all served on toast)
eggs royale (with thick hollandaise sauce on the side)
grilled vine tomatoes with basil pesto, rocket & balsamic on toasted ciabatta
side of baked beans
The brunch dishes are delicious, surprisingly even the vegetarian option. Panu had that and I’m so down for it next time! Our friend David ordered the eggs royale (which was great, with thick gloopy hollandaise sauce – if that’s what you like) and I had the grilled vine tomatoes. Why just tomatoes? Well, because after tackling #MEATEASY the previous night and experiencing crazy stomach aches afterwards, I thought it was all I could deal with.
Who knew tomatoes could be so tasty? Generously seasoned and garnished with balsamic, it’s probably the first all-tomato dish I’ve had
And yes we had dessert. What? It was after midday. Panu had the cheesecake, which was good. As for me… well, I ordered the lamington and when it came out pink, I knew it was all wrong. Lamingtons are meant to be coated in chocolate and it’s one of those things which you just shouldn’t mess with. They messed with it. I failed it.
Ok, going back to stare at Jasmine now. Ciao!
Bill’s Café, Restaurant & Store
St Martin’s Courtyard
London, WC2E 9AB
0207 240 8183