Throw it in salads, drop it in a coffee or slap it on your skin... is there anything you can’t do with coconut oil?
standard.co.uk — You can cook with it; make salad dressings with it; heal sores with it; slather yourself in it; soften your lips and hair with it; whiten your teeth with it; even "pull" (wash your mouth out) with it. Is there anything you can't do with coconut oil?
The badass baker: how 'Cupcake Jemma' of Crumbs and Doilies amassed nearly 250,000 subscribers on YouTube
standard.co.uk — The evidence lies with Jemma Wilson. This pretty 35-year-old tattooed baker is the face of the CupcakeJemma TV channel, which has more than 230,000 subscribers as part of Jamie Oliver's FoodTube. She's also the owner of the new Crumbs and Doilies cupcake shop in Kingly Court near Carnaby Street and consequently nearly 36,000 people (including a strong cohort of 13- to 18-year-old girls) also follow her crumbsanddoilies Instagram feed.
standard.co.uk — Plates are so 2014. Eating at The Manor restaurant in December, a wooden box arrived on our table at the end of the meal. Now, in my experience, wooden boxes are where you put cutlery, food scraps or perhaps even soil and flowers. But not here.
standard.co.uk — Inside sits a large, mustard-coloured Serrano jamon. But this is not jamon as you might have seen offered by one of London's experts - Enrique Tomas, Jose or Brindisa - where you can buy it (Serrano and Iberico) for between £95 and £700. This one is available from Lidl for £39.99.
standard.co.uk — Standing in the kitchen one Monday night I'm picking bits of aubergine off the ceiling, the toaster, the oven, myself and the floor. All of this would be fine were it my kitchen, but having arrived in this flat in Highbury and Islington just 24 hours ago, I am faintly embarrassed about the mess I've made.
standard.co.uk — Best in show. Made fresh daily with velvety milk chocolate and lots of nutty clusters and fruit. Have one with a cuppa. £4 each, 28 Greek Street, W1; maisonbertaux.com Melrose and Morgan Small, sticky, crunchy, lovely. The dark chocolate ones are winners.
standard.co.uk — Sweet, very moist, unpretentious design, and the icing has a good chew to it. Handmade in Hackney. Find it: £40 for 1.5kg cake or £18 for four in a box, cakeliberation.com The Dessert Deli "Now that's the taste of Christmas," proclaimed one colleague of Laura Amos's port and orange cake.
standard.co.uk — What we say: an exemplary winter hideout, this has an enormous open bar, plenty of seating (either on leather banquettes in the sitting room area, at the bar or one of the three high tables), low, flickering lights and walls lined with stacks of vinyl plus two enormous vintage speakers from which electro-swing, old hip hop and jazz tinkle gently out.
standard.co.uk — Expensive, and so French that it's almost like you're in a part of Paris. Huge selection, with French staff happy to recommend anything as required. Find it: Old Spitalfields Market, Spitalfields Traders Market, 107b Commercial Street, E1; androuet.co.uk PAXTON & WHITFIELD A classic, with quiet staff with a wealth of cheese knowledge which materialises the more questions you ask.
standard.co.uk — Following an Evening Standard-Google panel debate about the possibility of achieving "a tech-life balance" we bounce into a lively-looking new ramen restaurant approximately 15 metres from the tech giant in the sparkling St Giles Piazza development and I am asked for my number. Then a message arrives as we're at the bar, saying: "Welcome to Ippudo London!
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