Miso Mushroom Noodle Soup

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Winter.

Some of ya love it. Some of ya firmly dislike it (I thought hate was a bit of a strong word…)

Coming from a gal whose Winter doesn’t normally get anything near or below zero, I’m currently kinda a fan of it. (But I’ll give you my full review and feelings about it after the cold has settled in in January… apparently I’m in for a bit of a cold surprise…)
Call me crazy! But there’s nothing better than the excuse of a cold wet day to stay in doors, cook, read (and binge watch series.. who am I kidding..) and enjoy the sweet sport of doing absolutely nothing.
In the wise words of Jack Johnson “Can’t you see that it’s just raining? Ain’t no need to go outside”.
Preach it bruddaaa ^^

And amidst the cold (and recently having a legit ‘nose blocking cold’) my tummy always crys out for the warm comforts of soup. The stuff that ‘sticks to your lungs’ and gives you the feeling you’ve just had a heater put inside you (in the least wierd way possible… hmm totally forget is said that…)

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The other not-so-perks of Winter include when your boiler breaks so you have no hot water or heating for the weekend… I’ve seen warmer days…. BUT thanks to my mass stock up of this Miso Mushroom Noodle Soup I was kept in good spirits!
(Supported by the fact I chilled.. but not literally… in another nearby heated flat in the company of curry…. oh yah Lamb Korma)

This soup is the answer to all your cold winter problems.
It’s got that broth sort of vibe with my pal Miso paste, combined with a tone of immune boosting ginger, veggies (mushrooms you are my hero) and noodles … cause noodles make everything better… along with a good garnish of coriander.
So it’s light and hearty all in one! Sorta an oxymoron… but you’ll totally get what I mean when you eat it.. in the wonderful coziness of your own abode… warming the cockles of your heart.
Ahhh bliss!!
Just what you need to solve the Winter confusion and shock when it starts to get at 3.30pm… yah.. I’m still adjusting… what even is sunlight these days??

MISO MUSHROOM NOODLE SOUP
serves 4

Ingredients
20g porcini mushrooms (in 1/2 cup boiling water)
2 tbsp olive oil
4 cloves garlic, diced
4 cm piece ginger, grated
300g button mushrooms, sliced
1 1/2 litre vegetable stock
5 tbsp miso paste
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 x 150g wok ready noodles
3/4 cabbage, finely sliced
80g snow peas
1 cup bean sprouts
1 chilli, finely sliced, half for soup and other half to garnish
1/2 cup coriander, plus more to garnish

Method
1. Pour boiling water over the porcini mushrooms in a small bowl and set aside. Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over a medium heat, and stir in the garlic and ginger for a minute or until nice and aromatic. Add the mushrooms and continue to cook until soft.
2. Add the stock to the pot, then stir in the miso paste, soy sauce and bring to the boil. Add the porcini mushrooms and noodles and cook for a further minute, until the noodles are warmed through. Stir in the cabbage, snow peas, sprouts and chilli. Cover and turn down the heat for the veggies to slightly cook (will only take a minute or so).
3. Serve with an extra garnish of chilli and coriander. Enjoy!

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Milli’s Spanish Pop Up

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It appears I’m getting in the habit of popping off the internet for extended periods of time without a hello or goodbye…
My sincerest apologies ladies and gents. As I’ve discovered in the past month, I need

a) more hours in the day (and perhaps more sunlight would help too.. dark at 4.30pm whaattt evvennnn)
b) TO STOP HITTING THE SNOOZE BUTTON…. it will only end in tears…. and stubbing your toe on the bed… on the regular…
c) and wearing warm layers seems practical at first, but when you half awkward power walk and sprint between streets on your way to the station and work… you will end of taking off these layers, lugging them everywhere, and damning the day you thought wool was smart choice in autumn… whilst wiping sweat from your brow like your fighting off a fever

them first would problems…

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BUT
I’ve been galavanting sprinting about, having the best & craziest last month… maybe, possibly, potentially, ever.
And for a minute I’m gonna do the ‘WOW TIME FLYS’ thing but for reals. Where on earth did October go?

For 2 weeks of October, I was sooooooooooooo (x 100000) lucky enough to land an internship at Jamie Oliver Magazine, and get the most amazing experience of seeing what goes on behind the scenes to put it all together.
Recipe testing and the food styling (don’t get me started on the prop collection) was an absolute highlight, as well as meeting all the friendly, welcoming and passionate people behind the mag.
Just imagine a place where you can chat about food, non-stop, all day (and maybe do some taste testing along the way…).
Yah, it was pretty much heaven. Literally does not even feel like any sort of work. Just good old fashioned fun!
You just can’t put a price on these experiences.

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THEN
the gorgeous Milli Taylor (amazing caterer, cookbook author, blogger, supper club host and now POP UP RESTAURANTEUR aka the definition of talent) who I’m lucky enough to work with, had her 2 week Spanish Pop Up in Soho! It was, for real you guys, 2 of the most amazing weeks being Milli’s chef and part-time sing-along-buddy alongside the gorgeous Rosa Rigby, and Milli’s hardworking bro and mum.

It was all about honest spanish tapas. Delicious, hearty and man, so flavoursome! I pretty much ate the same thing everyday there… and nup, I’m still not sick of ‘potatas a lo pobre’, ‘squid ink croquetas’ or literally anything on the menu.. I kinda still want more… maybe right now… (man that Ox Stew is calling my name).
Perfectly cooked steak, paprika, garlic, chilli and potatoes, eggs and bags full of flavour were the name of the game. I know… it sounds tempting just reading it, doesn’t it.

So much hard work and love was poured into the restaurant, and after hearing the feedback, Milli has smashed it out of the water! There’s really nothing like an amazing team, delicious food, so so so many laughs, and friendly diners to make the days fly by and keep us powering on to the end!
It was such an honour to work for such fantastic people!

One thing is for sure, this isn’t the last you’ll be hearing of Milli! This gorgeous gal is going places!
(here insta is @millitaylor for updates!)

Sooooo here are some pics I took to give you all a little visual taste of the amazing food!

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What’s been goin’ onnnnnnnnnnn ~ exciting news!!

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I have issues…..
and by that I mean timing issues (and no… I have no idea what you mean by food addiction issues….)

I am chronically late. All the time.
Without a doubt I will be anywhere from 5mins to 45mins late to everything. Nope, never early, always bloomin’ late.
This is serious guys.
I try, I realllllllyyyyyyy try. But for some reason, I just “can’t stop mother natures’ vindictive fury” (insert unintentional She’s the Man quote).
I poorly misjudge my time, and always end up arriving somewhere sweaty and out of breath, not cool man, nooooot kewlll. (cause you just gotta sprint to places in public… sometimes…).

BUT! This ain’t all me/ I have a scapegoat excuse. I read somewhere on the internet (of course a reliable source… may or may not of been a random Facebook link) that there actually are some of us who think a minute goes longer than it does THUS we are late.
BOOM. Proof in the pudding.
I don’t hate you if i’m late…. I just have a severe misconception of what a minute is. yeah.
A minute is 80 seconds right? haha I kid. But seriously, not a joking matter Bec.

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So anyways…. I’m talking about timing cause… well slightly unrelated segway… I gotta say “i’m sorry for my absence!!”
Yep, I definitely said I’d be posting more here in London, but look what I’ve done…. told a bit of a boo boo and well, for the sake of my segway, been mega late in posting!
But again, my reason; I’ve been crazzzzayyyy busy!! (good busy I promise… I wouldn’t work 7 days a week if it wasn’t!)

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If you didn’t know, I’m a part-time nanny, and around a month ago I got a job working as a part-time barista/waitress in a newly opened cafe ‘Chief Coffee‘!
Being apart of the opening was such an ah-mazzz-ing experience! Fab people, fab coffee! Win win friends!
Anyways the exciting news is that, thanks to the wonderful and supportive staff at Chief Coffee, Daisy and the Fox is going to be launched as a business!!
LEVELS OF EXCITEMENT PEAKING RIGHT NOW!!
Pretty much, I’ve been given the ah-mazzz-ing opportunity from Chief Coffee to sell my Daisy and the Fox original products at the cafe!
We’re talking cakes, tarts, gourmet sandwiches, sweet & savoury (creativity implossssion!!!)  you name it!
(and expect to see the Daisy and the Fox classics to be amongst them… enter Chocolate Salted Caramel Cake with Macadamia Praline)
Looking into the big ol’ long term, I’d love to expand this as a business to market stalls here in London as well as catering – but baby steps is da way!

The whole idea of this right now is a bit of a ‘pinch me’ moment!
A year ago, let alone, 2 months ago when I hoped the plane to London, I never imagined this happening and everything falling into place!
How many times can I say ah-mazzz-ing and excitement?! Once more! (could I use more exclamation marks?? 😛 )

granger & co{Ricotta Hotcakes with Banana and Honeycomb Butter ~ Granger & Co — new favourite cafe!)

But, as of this Saturday I’m off on my 5 week venture of Europe!!
Reunited with my best friend and sister, excitement levels are even more peaking.
Seriously, pinch me?

Unfortunately, I’m not going to be able to bring my whopper of a heavy camera backpacking, but I’m still gonna have my mini canon at the ready! Prepare to be travel picture slammmmmmedddd!!
You can follow my instagram for daily updates on the trip until I get back – wooooo!!

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So when I get back from the trip, I’m going full throttle in the kitchen! Expect some foodie goodies from Daisy and the Fox to be sold at Chief Coffee from October-September 2015. (Of course I’ll keep you all updated here and on instagram)
And while we’re on the topic, if you have any business enquiries at all, i’d love to hear from you at: daisyandthefox@gmail.com (

Until the next post!!
Have happy days my friends!!
(and I’ll leave you with these pictures I took on some mini london day adventures to Notting Hill, plus some photographs I took for Chief Coffee! and yep, it’s got a pinball lounge. = 1000 point bonus)

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