January 30, 2015

Staying Power @ V&A (16 February – 24 May)

This photographic display pictures ‘Black British Experience’ during 1950s and 60s. The new project aims to increase the number of black British photographers and images of black Britain in the museum collection, celebrating their contribution to the history of Britain.

January 22, 2015

Earl Grey Pan Glazed Salmon with Lemon Courgetti

After all the Christmas indulgence we are continuing our January health kick and our new favourtite cookbook is THE ART OF EATING WELL by Helmsley and Helmsley. So much of a favourite that we even bought their new spiralizer which has been a huge hit in our house (even with veg dodging children)


Earl Grey Pan Glazed Salmon with Lemon Courgetti

This aromatic dish infuses delicate flavour by poaching the salmon in Earl Grey tea. Lemon courgetti makes a fresh and zingy accompaniment



Serves 4

Salmon & glaze

  • 12 tea bags of Earl Grey tea/18g of Earl Grey tea leaves
  • 300ml boiling water
  • 4 tbs maple syrup
  • 4 tbs butter
  • sea salt
  • 4 salmon fillets 500g

Courgetti & dressing

  • 4 large courgettes
  • 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2-3 tbs lemon juice
  • 2 large handfuls rocket, finely chopped
  • 2tbs Parmesan cheese, finely grated (maybe more)
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper




  1. Place the contents of the tea bags in a teapot, cover with 300ml of freshly boiled water, stir, cover and leave to steep for seven minutes.
  2. Use a fine mesh strainer to strain the tea into a medium/large frying pan/skillet (large enough to fit the salmon fillets in one layer) and stir in the butter and maple syrup.
  3. Bring the pan to a medium simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the liquid has reduced by roughly half. Set aside to cool slightly.
  4. Meanwhile wash the courgettes and top and tail. Use a spiralizer or julienne peeler to make the courgetti – or use a regular vegetable peeler to slice the courgettes lengthways into very wide pappardelle-style ribbons. You might want to cut the long strands in half to make them easier to eat.
  5. To make the dressing whisk the olive oil and lemon juice together in a large bowl until emulsified (or shake in a jam jar). Stir in the chopped rocket and grated parmesan and season with black pepper. Taste and add more lemon if needed.
  6. Add the courgetti to the bowl, toss through the dressing and set to one side.
  7. Season the salmon fillets with sea salt and then place into the pan of tea glaze. Gently cook the fillets in the tea glaze on a medium heat for five minutes. Turn and cook for another four minutes on the other side until just pink inside (or when no resistance when pierced with a skewer).
  8. Serve the courgetti onto four plates and top each with a piece of salmon. Finish with a drizzle of leftover tea glaze from the pan.
January 19, 2015

Salmon & Pasta Bake

Salmon & Broccoli Pasta Bake

 Hello to all Zebra tenants and families.

This is a really easy healthy dish to make.

My daughter is not particularly fond of fish and she found this recipe to make herself.

The combination of pasta veg and salmon baked with a cheesy topping for perfect for fussy eaters.


She left out the sun dried tomatoes the first time she made it,  but I tried it a second time and would recommend using these as it really adds to the flavour.


Happy cooking


Guten Appetit



Salmon and Broccoli Pasta Bake Recipe – serves 4




  • 250g penne
  • 300g broccoli florets
  • 25g butter
  • 25g plain flour
  • 600ml milk
  • 100g mascarpone
  • 8 sun-dried tomatoes sliced
  • 10 fresh basil leaves roughly torn
  • 4 skinless boneless salmon fillets, halved lengthways
  • 50g mature cheddar, finely grated


  1. 1.Heat the oven to 190c or 170c fan. Cook the pasta in salted boiling water for 6 minutes and the broccoli and boil for a further 4 minutes.
  2. 2.Meanwhile put the butter, flour and milk in a pan and simmer whisking, to make a thick smooth sauce. Remove from the heat and stir in the mascarpone, tomatoes and basil.
  3. 3.Drain the pasta and broccoli, mix with the sauce and season well.
  4. 4.Put the salmon in a single layer in an ovenproof dish 30x20x6cm, spoon in the pasta mixture on top and scatter with the cheese.
  5. 5.Bake for 30 minutes until golden . 
January 15, 2015

Progress with Anson Road Development

We hope to finish the garden flats in the next 2-4 weeks. We’ve pre-let a number of them already. We’ll still be completing landscaping and external work after that and probably the last job we’ll do will be the redecoration of the common hall at 83 and its re-carpeting.

The new laundry,  which has bigger machines (2 washers and 2 driers), should also be ready quite soon.  Because this is essentially a commercial laundry there will be a charge for its use, as there is in all of our other buildings.

There’s no further update on the second phase of the development over the road at Carleton Road which is due to begin in late March 2015.