Over here at Greedy HQ we love cheese. Unfortunately, there isn't a decent cheesemonger to be found in Camden for love nor money, or certainly not one that we know of.
However, at the bottom of Regent's Park nestled next to our other favourite supplier, the Ginger Pig, in the heart of affluent Marylebone lives this little treasure.
Simply named La Fromagerie, this place is a real gem. It's part-deli part-tasting cafe and has the most amazing cheese room around. Full of all sorts of cheeses from all over the world, it's not cheap but always good and you won't be disappointed. Especially if you try the Epoisse.
Address: 2-6 Moxon Street, Marylebone, London W1U 4EW
Les Greedy Cochons were recently asked to help cater the launch party for the Camden-based creative hub Collective.
We of course jumped at the chance and got thinking about what we could prepare. We settled quite quickly on the idea of sausage rolls (a great favourite of Mr. Greedy Cochon), but of course they had to be something a bit special. We weren't about to whip up your hum-drum, mass produced, boring old sausage rolls. Oh no! These were going to be based on English classics, from Scotch Eggs to Stilton, we wanted it all.
Presenting - The Sausage Roll Laboratory, five different types of sausage rolls for your epicurean pleasure.
Check out our pictures below and some snaps of the event itself, including a peek at the delicious canapés prepared by our joint caterers Dirty Apron (more on those lovely ladies at a later date).
Above is our trusty timer that made sure that none of the sausage rolls got burnt, and below is the logo that we came up with for the Laboratory.
Above are the very tasty Dirty Apron canapés and below is the makeshift cocktail bar by The Shop, who were serving up some delicious and rather strong concoctions in jam jars.
Later on there was a fashion show for the Collective-based clothing brand Love Mayka, featuring dancers from the Royal Ballet, a fantastic idea and a great twist on the traditional catwalk.
The Crown and Goose is a real gem in Camden Town that despite being very central is often overlooked. Don't get me wrong, this pub is certainly buzzing at peak times, but is still relatively unknown by a lot of Camdenites.
Every good neighbourhood deserves a good Chippie, and Camden's finest is hands down Oliver's Fish and Chips on Haverstock Hill.
Take your pick from cod, haddock, tuna or salmon (to name but a few) either in the traditionally battered style or coated in Matzo breadcrumbs, prepared right there and then in front of you. And if that doesn't tickle your fancy, then also offer a great selection of fish on the grill - simply pick a fish and a sauce/ topping and you're good to go.
The food is delicious and the setting is lovely, and if Haverstock Hill is too far to travel then on the weekends you can also find them at Camden Lock market.
It's worth noting that this is a fish and chip shop that truly lives up to it's name, there are no pukka pies or battered sausage to be found here, so fish haters beware. However, for all you Celiacs out there you will be happy to learn that Wednesdays are Gluten-free. Cool, huh?
The Ginger Pig is an absolute haven for meat lovers. With shops in Marylebone, Shepard's Bush, Hackney, Waterloo and in Borough Market, it's fair to say that when in London, you're never far from a Ginger Pig.
Marylebone is our closest and one of our favourite places to stock up on food for our regular meatfests. We are not going to list what you can buy here because it would simply take too long, but it's safe to say that you won't be disappointed. From speciality sausages to steak to oxtail, they've got you covered. As well as the plentiful meat counter, they serve up pre-prepped and ready to eat food like pies, pates and sausage rolls.
Now with Christmas on the horizon, not only is the Ginger Pig the perfect place to pick up your Christmas turkey, goose or whatever, but it's also a great little place for gifts. They do butchery courses, gift tokens and have even released their very own cook book.
It's not for nothing that they supply some of London's best known restaurants.
I love almonds. From marzipan to caramelised almonds, from almond fingers to almond apple pie, you name it, I love it.
So you can just imagine how much I love Amaretto. Almonds, sugar and alcohol - I mean c'mon, this is the nectar of the gods.
Here in the UK Amaretto isn't hugely expensive, so homemade amaretto isn't really a cheaper alternative, but making your own does mean you win bragging rights with your friends and that you can adjust the recipe to better fit your palet. This recipe is so quick and so delicious that in no time at all you will find yourself whipping up batches for all your friends.
A great addition to your alcohol stash or a fantastic Christmas gift for an almond loving friend, you are going to love this.