December 2, 2014

Christmas Stuff

CHRISTMAS MARKETS: December’s here, which means Christmas markets are opening thick and fast. To find the closest one to you, check our Christmas markets and fairs listing.


CANDLELIGHT MUSEUM: On the first Tuesday of every month, Sir John Soane’s Museum near Holborn stays open late to let visitors explore the building by candlelight. The event is always extremely popular, with long queues, so we recommend getting there early to get your free ticket. Free, just turn up, from 5.30pm 


OPEN STUDIOS: Eel Pie Island Artist Studios in Twickenham have a rare open day, giving the public a chance to access the private island, see artists at work and buy or commission work. Free, 10.30am-5.30pm, 6-7 December

November 10, 2014
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Dish of the Week – Chocolate Melting moments

Hello to all Zebra tenants and families.

These melt in the mouth chocolate biscuits are really a chocolate lovers dream.

The biscuits have a very short texture almost like a shortbread, but the whipped chocolate filing is a delicious combination.


We used milk chocolate for the filling but I think dark would have worked well.

Do be careful when melting the chocolate for the filling not to overheat the mixture, if overheated the chocolate and butter will split.


These melting moments are for serious chocoholics, so enjoy.


Happy baking


Guten Appetit



Chocolate Melting moments biscuits (makes approx 15 cookies)


175g butter

50g caster sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

125g plain flour

25g cornflour

25g cocoa powder (sifted)


For filling

100g good quality chocolate

2tablespoons cream



Pre heat the oven to 180c. Line two large baking tray with baking paper


  1. 1.In a large mixing bowl cream together the butter and caster sugar and vanilla extract until pale and fluffy.
  2. 2.Sift the plain flour, cornflour and cocoa powder into the mixing bowl.
  3. 3.Using a metal spoon fold them into the mixture until the ingredients are well combined.
  4. 4.Using a teaspoon put a small amount onto the baking trays so that you have 30 dollops (each biscuit has two sides)
  5. 5.Bake for 12-minutes .
  6. 6.Remove from the oven and place on a cooling rack.
  7. 7.Place the chocolate and cream in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. Stir them until melted.
  8. 8.Remove from the heat and leave to cool completely.
  9. 9.Spread the filing on the flat side of half of the cooled biscuits with a palate knife and sandwich each one with one of the remaining biscuits.



October 31, 2014

Fireworks’ Night 5 November

Fireworks’ Night 5 November

“Remember, remember the fifth of November... “

Fireworks’ Night is also known as Bonfire Night or Guy Fawkes' Night. It's a British tradition dating back to the Gunpowder Plot of 1605, when Catholic conspirator Guy Fawkes tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament and King James I.

To this day, it is customary for the cellars in the Houses of Parliament to be searched by the Yeoman of the Guard before each State Opening of Parliament. This is also a reminder of the religious upheavals in Britain and Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries

The anniversary of Fawkes' arrest on 5 November is celebrated each year with fireworks and bonfires. Effigies of Guy Fawkes ("the guy") are often burned on top of the bonfires. You can look forward to firework displays across London which are now largely held on the weekends before or after 5 November.


Here are three displays which are held relatively close to our residences.

  • Battersea Park, Queenstown Road, SW11 4NJ - Saturday 8 November 6.30pm £10 – under 10s free
  • Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way,  N22 7AY – Saturday 1 November  3.00pm-11.00pm - £8, children£5.50
  • Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, Se11 5HY – Friday 31 October 6.00pm-10.00pm Free


And if you know of any other displays near you post the details on our forum/blog

October 27, 2014

November Art Exhibitions

Schizophrenogenesis at Paul Stolper
Damien Hirst returns to his theme of pharamaceuticals with some oversized tablets and packaging. It’s no Tate exhibition but it feels like a lighter side to Hirst, though the restrictions on how close you can get to the works are unnecessarily strict. Until 15 November, free.


Richard Tuttle at Tate Turbine Hall and Whitechapel gallery
Observant visitors to Tate Modern will have noticed that the turbine hall has remained empty for some time, but now it’s filled with a colossal sculpture of what appears to be a giant plane by American artist Richard Tuttle. It’s impressive in scale but not as captivating as previous turbine hall installations. Tuttle also has a retrospective at Whitechapel gallery mixing textiles with poetry but it’s a largely abstract and inaccessible show. Whitechapel exhibition until 6 December, admission charge. Turbine Hall until 6 April, free.


The Bad Shepherd at Christie’s Mayfair
Since Christie’s closed down the Haunch of Venison gallery, it’s put on some excellently curated exhibitions in this Bond Street space. This is no exception as masterpieces by Jan and Pieter Bruegel are juxtaposed with contemporary works by the likes of Sarah Lucas, Jeff Koons and Thomas Schutte. A favourite was a painting of the festival of St. George facing off with a dragon made of cigarettes. Until 16 January, free.