Peanut butter is one of my favourite things in the world. They don’t really do it here in Italy. You can find it but it is over priced and normally some over-sugared American style. I like mine with one ingredient: peanuts. So when I was in London recently I picked up a big tub. Sadly it is almost finished, but I am luckily heading back in April.
Peanut butter has a sort of nostalgic comfort, perhaps that is its biggest draw. It works well with so many ingredients and as both sweet and savoury, although I do lean towards the former.
Here are some of my favourite ways to consume this wonder:
As the primary ingredient in my go to cookies that I make for a quick birthday present or take along to a party.
1 cup peanut butter, 1 cup sugar, 1 egg. Mix together and form into small balls. Use a fork to press down and bake for 6-8 minutes. Bam!
As a speedy and easy pancake topping. Especially with limited access to sliced brown bread and no toaster. If you want to make it a bit more interesting how about this peanut butter mousse and banana.
The perfect addition to a smoothie. My favourite is 1 small banana, a tablespoon of peanut butter and a milk of your choice. It feels like dessert. In fact I sometimes have it as dessert.
A great snack on apple.
How do you like your peanut butter?
A new restaurant, Brew, has opened up in Wimbledon that we have now tried twice. Both times for brunch (which as you know is my favourite meal of the day). It does serve this vital meal all day so you know it is already going to move up in my estimations.
The first time we went was during vegan January and staff were very helpful in sorting out a vegan friendly breakfast option for me (although I realised later that sourdough bread wasn’t vegan – doh). This time round I went for the full on non-vegan blueberry pancakes with maple syrup, caramelised banana and creme fraiche. I have to say pretty darn delicious. Mr had the eggs florentine which he seemed pretty pleased with. They also do nifty milkshakes in cute milk bottles that the Housemate enjoyed.
The decor is simple and clean and the staff (as mentioned) are friendly, the prices are a little hefty for breakfast but worth the occasional visit. They are also lunch and dinner options but there don’t seem to be a high number of veggie options.
There is a second location in Battersea as well as some international venues if you care to sample some of their fares.
Yup this is what weekends are for. We met a group of friends at the Breakfast Club in Hoxton for brunch on Sunday. Delicious if slightly sickened after that monster of a pancake stack. The decor is nothing new now, although I still have a fondness for mismatched furniture, mid-century lampshades and what appear to be family portraits on the wall. Do these people in the pictures now they are on some restaurant wall somewhere? The food was good and incredibly filling. Some good options for vegetarians too.
After a week of debaucherous eating I have decided to be a week-time vegan (with the occasional cheese at dinner time). I’m an emotional eater especially when bored so the main reason now is to stop me eating rubbish while at my slightly boring job. I hope that the motivation is strong enough. Hopefully my blog will hold me accountable.
[Pictures taken on my camera phone. You can follow me on instagram at @mycreative.]