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Food writer/editor/traveller/dancer. Columnist @eslifeandstyle Writes for Foodism/Escapism/Square Meal etc. Former ES food editor

It's the hot new ingredient in New York and San Francisco - and now macadamia nut oil is trickling across the pond to London — So now we all know about coconut oil, which decided to smother itself over our hair, bodies and frying pans faster than we could say the words food and trend. But do you know about macadamia oil, which comes, as you might imagine, from pressing macadamia nuts?

Eat streets: how to feast your way down London's best resto-roads including Goodge Street and Kingsland Road — For a single road to become a fully fledged avenue of deliciousness it needs a cluster of good restaurants. While Brick Lane is famous for its Indian food, and Whitecross Street offers Clerkenwell the best Latin-American burritos, to qualify for serious food heritage status a thoroughfare needs variety.

It's calçotada time in London: get your hands dirty at a Spanish-style onion party — Sit up, tuck your napkin in and set aside some wet wipes, for things are about to get messy. This Sunday you are all invited to take part in the last calçotada of the month in Brixton.

It's the perfect vegan snack: why seaweed is in vogue in London kitchens — Well, yes, kind of. In London, thanks to the greater availability of Japanese ingredients - and the fact veganism is trending - crunchy dried versions of this sea vegetable have found their way onto salads and into soups, and there is now far more we can do with it than wrapping up rice.

Dip your eggs in it and sprinkle some over melon... why every foodie needs some smoked salt in their kitchen — Salt is taking up a lot of chatter time in London at the moment, what with salt baked things, butter that's salted and whipped and served with bread and of course our ongoing love affair with salted caramels.

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? — 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 — 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.

Box settings: why plates are so 2014 at London's hottest restaurants — 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.

Hamming it up: London's best restaurants for jamon — 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.

A year of sleeping around: why you should try an Airbnb sabbatical — 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.
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Mar 27, 2015

@WoodfordandWarn it would be AMAZING! do you want to drop me an email - address in my twitter profile - thank you

Mar 27, 2015

@Startisans there were some excellent things there. good job...

Mar 26, 2015

Small but seriously lovely sunny new menu at Cornercopia in Brixton Village just now @bluejaybrixton - nice suggestion @KeeptheBoutique

Mar 26, 2015

On my way to the launch of hopefully exciting food idea #Startisans2 @Startisans hosted by @partridgesfoods in @DOYSQ

Mar 26, 2015

@KeeptheBoutique @bluejaybrixton @BrixtonVillage ooo sounds good. free tonight later on, or tomorrow.. phone has died. email me... x

Mar 26, 2015

@McMoop @lovelychaos HA have you listened to the croissant one? Or Putin?!

Mar 26, 2015

RT @TheGrocer: Spar retailer Eat 17 to reopen former cinema above Hackney store (£)

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