Da Paolo Restaurant, London


A couple of days ago we went to watch War of the Workd in theatre, it was brilliant! 

Whilst there we wanted a niche little place to eat and we happened to stumble across the cute little Italian/Mediterranean place.

It was tiny, gally style with maybe the capacity to sit 30 people (although there was another equally sized room downstairs) and had a real rustic feel to it. The staff were friendly and prompt.

I opted for a duck pasta and Jones chose the special, monkfish risotto. My pasta was delightful, a thick, seemingly homemade pasta with a delicately flavoured creamy sauce which really let the strength of the duck come through. I can’t speak for Gav but there was a clean plate!

With a bottle of Chardonnay our bill came to £60, not bad for two in London.

If your around, pop in!


Smoked haddock and Parma ham risotto

Cook book, Easy Everyday Fast recipe book, Fish, Food

A perfect Sunday afternoon dinner.

Picture this. It’s brisk and bright outside and after sprightly, nippy dog walk, we come home to a toasty house. We crack open a bottle of Chardonnay (of course) and I whip up this scrumptious dish.

This is a great recipe for s number of reasons, it’s pretty fast for a risotto, it’s creamy and it has huge depths of flavor from the fish and ham. I highly recommend this dish, it’s wonderfully satisfying and rather filling.


Risotto Allo Zafferano

Cook book, Food, Foodie, Jamie Oliver, Jamie's comfort food, Vegetarian

Gavin requested I make a Risotto as he has become quite taken with them as of late.

So I “eeny meeny miny moed” my way through my recipe book collection and landed on one of my most recent additions – Jamie’s comfort foods.

He didn’t fail me and I found this recipe for a risotto, all be it a rather simplistic one.

Now I wasn’t sure if this would hit Gav’s culinary craving as it lacked his most desired ingredient….meat!!

However, he blooming loved it!

I enjoyed it but not quite as much as Gavin, I found it too have an almost synthetic taste, not sure why but it didn’t take me enough to put this on my “to do again” list.