Easy like a Sunday morning.

These Fall Cinnamon Persimmon Pancakes are a perfect morning treat in the lead up to Christmas.

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Easy, peasy, persimmon squeezy – they can be made in a matter of minutes, and are so simple you’ll probably wonder why you have never tried it before.

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Using a basic pancake recipe, adding some slices of persimmon and a sprinkle (or a dash, depending on preference) of cinnamon; voila, you have pancakes with a very wintery twist.

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Using cups and spoons only to measure the ingredients, it requires no messy weighing of all sorts:

  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • One persimmon (at least)
  • Ground Cinammon
  • Maple Syrup (to serve!)

In a bowl, mix the flour, sugar, salt and baking powder. Make a ‘well’ in the centre and pour in the milk, oil and egg. Combine, mix and stir until smooth!

Now, slowly add as much ground cinnamon as you wish…

Slice the persimmon into thin slices (aim for no bigger than half a cm really), and heat a lightly oiled frying pan over a medium heat.

Place one slice of the persimmon in the middle of the pan and flip a couple of times for about 20 seconds maximum, before scooping one spoonful of batter onto the pan, on top of the persimmon. Brown on both sides and serve up hot with maple syrup! This recipe gave me the chance to use my mouth-watering Maple syrup from Maine…

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Things you may spot during an early morning in Paris:
A local patisserie overflowing with Parisians, fresh baguettes tucked under one arm; early risers on their usual commute to work, some taking the Metro, some cycling outside in the fresh air; couples and friends perched on wicker chairs outside of gloriously red cafes, sipping on strong espresso before beginning their day.

 

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And if you were about last weekend, you could have spotted me and my other half, wandering around at the crack of dawn trying to find petit dejeuner… (or brekkie as we know it here)

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We were staying in the gorgeous & theatrical Sasha Hotel near Pigalle. Early Sunday morning we scoured the streets for breakfast, passing the warming patisseries, tempting us in with the aromas of fresh pastries flowing out onto the pavement.

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Despite briefly living in France during my younger school years, this was actually my first time staying in Paris – and I loved everything about it. The city scene is both busy and beautiful, with incredibly old buildings and sights around every corner; yet never overwhelming. It is somewhat calmer, and has a much slower pace than London (certainly more so than New York) and so it still holds familiar traits of the small town France that I know so well.

And on that Sunday morning, after much indecisiveness, we settled on Cafe Indiana, falling in love with its iconic Parisian style; the royal red decor and wicker seating.

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French breakfast anyone? I’m a sucker for freshly squeezed orange juice and freshly baked bread.

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…But we couldn’t leave it at that. Eggs, bacon and sausages on the side will also do just fine, thank you…

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It’s important to have a big breakfast if you plan on walking a lot. We used public transport twice over 3 days, and realised that you see more of the city if you walk rather than traipse underground on the metro.  Download Google Maps to your phone and it will be your new best friend (and some comfy shoes)

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Of course, whilst in Paris, one must go up the Tour de Eiffel. Not exactly Parisian, but a tourist must do!

The views are breathtaking and well worth the wait. However, the queues are often long so buy a ticket in advance if this is something you really wish to do.

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And after too much tourist-ing, I think a glass of champers is in order.

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Luckily, the Hotel Sasha offers champagne every night for all guests… *fistpumps*

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Here are some little snaps from the recent Hoxton #bloggershangout.

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We arrived a little early so decided to grab a brunch nearby, and where else to have pancakes than our favourite – The Breakfast Club.

Probably the most common and popular place to eat pancakes in London, but also one of the best.

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I always get the pancakes in berries, as did the girls, but I decided to try the bacon and pancakes last week.

I’ve been here a good few times before, and they are usually tiny. But this Hoxton restaurant is definitely my favourite out of all Breakfast Club venues! So spacious + no queues = perfect. I would definitely head here over the other venues.

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On our way to the Bloggers Hangout venue we passed so may amazing looking restaurants, cafes and buildings… That really is Shoreditch for you! I really intend to spend a lot more time in Shoreditch whenever I can rather than the usual West and Central London.

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What was your good deed today?

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We arrived at the Bloggers Hangout to find that the place was rammed. Once in, we were greeted with yummy cocktail samples from Cocktail Mania, and lots of teas and nibbles to sample.

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There were so many stalls everywhere and it took a while to get around them all, so I won’t write about them all. But my favourites from the day were probably the tasty Moringa Tea, amazing Ark Skincare, Cranes Cambridge Cider and CoYo so definitely check them out!

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On a cold, frosty morning, I can’t imagine anything better than hot, steaming coffee and a warm brekkie.

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On Friday, me and my friend headed into East London for a change (we live in South West London). We have a little ‘breakfast bucket list’ and Sunday in Barnsbury has definitely made it to the list.

This place truly was way too good to not share it with you…

 

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Do not be fooled by it’s location: a pretty, quaint little London street surrounded by iconic town houses. It may not be in the middle of Piccadilly Circus or Shoreditch, but this teeny café is as busy as any other central London restaurant. We arrived at 10am and had to queue and wait for about ten minutes, but the delish food we had coming for us was well worth the wait.

 

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Once sat down at the somewhat cramped, yet cosy table, we were brought water and menus. I knew straight away what to order: French Brioche Toast, Cream, Bananas and Salted Caramel. My friend opted for a savoury brekkie and had the Eggs Florentine.

 

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Looking out onto a sunny London street with a warm coffee in one hand and a forkful of caramel French toast in the other, it is probably one of the best ways to start a morning in London town.

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With a full stomach, we were ready to start the day.

Strolls around Barnsbury and this area of Islington is surprisingly pretty, especially on a sunny day. And this day, the sun had decided to show its face (although the cold, frosty air remained…)

Go to Caledonian Road Station from here and take the train one stop down towards Camden Road, where we decided to spend the rest of the day in the markets. Just remember to ‘tap in’ on your oyster card, me and my friend forgot here and got charged the maximum fare… duh.

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Perfect Fridays.

 

WHAT: Sunday, Café

WHERE: Barnsbury, Islington

WHEN: Everyday except Mondays (because who does Mondays anyway right?!)

PRICE: Small meals = £4+, decent sized meal = £9+ , Coffees = £2+

 

 

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Yesterday morning me and my friend went for a breakfast in a new spot; Covent Garden. I have been to Covent Garden many times, most of my memories are when I was looking for potential London Universities, me and my mum would go here and grab an amazing pizza at Jamie Oliver’s Union Jacks in the amazing Market Halls.

However The Ivy Market Grill is one of my new favourites. We decided to grab breakfast here whilst London was still sleepy.

Proper freshly squeezed orange juice (amazing), eggs royale and eggs benedict. Mmm.

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Inside the place was so pretty though so I would like to go back for dinner at some point, check out the menus online it looks amazing! I could not fault the service of the waiters and waitresses, they were so friendly and chatty, yet dressed so formal in suits and black dresses.

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Covent Garden is currently in the process of becoming all Christmas-y (eep!) … yes, I am one of those people who love the build up for Christmas even if it is still November…

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The Market Halls Christmas Decs are looking pretty fine…

I know it’s still Autumn at the moment but I couldn’t resist; Covent Garden put me in a slight Christmas-y mood. It just had me thinking about all of the Christmas themed blog posts I shall be posting in the upcoming two months…

 

What: THE IVY MARKET GRILL

Where: 1 Henrietta St, London WC2E 8PS

Price: (based on meal for two) Around £28+

Rating: 4/5

 

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