Mexican Cornbread

This year I’m drawing out my birthday for as long as possible with bi-coastal celebrations. With the party kicking off on America’s East Coast, we had 20 people over to party, play and most importantly, eat! Friends and family joined us around the table after piling their plates with copious amounts of food. The kitchen island had a glorious spread on offer, East Coast style. We gorged on jumbo shrimp, fried chicken and 10lbs of some delicious locals, Maryland crabs.P1000104

P1000099Whilst prepping for the party, I discovered this little guy hiding in the corn. I named him Cobb.IMG_0393 Couscous quickly assumed the position of birthday diva and waited anxiously for guests to arrive. IMG_0430 IMG_0415Never one to skimp on sides, we had bowls of macaroni & cheese, baked beans, corn on the cob, my famous pomegranate salad and last, but certainly not least, jalapeño cornbread. I keep being asked for recipe posts and as this was such a winner at the party, I thought I’d share so you can be the food hero at your next get together. Just be sure not to tell everyone how easy it is to make and lap up the endless compliments and table full of ‘mmmmms’.

You’re not actually going to believe how easy such a delicious dish is to make.
You ready?
To feed a hungry party of 20 you’ll need:
720g Cornbread mix
350ml Buttermilk
4 Eggs (beaten)
1 can Creamed corn
80ml Vegetable oil
200g Pickled jalapeños (diced)
2 Large onions (diced)
230g Shredded Monterey Jack cheese

Preheat your oven to 400F (200C)
Pour your cornbread mix, buttermilk, vegetable oil, creamed corn and beaten eggs into a bowl. Give it a good mix with your spatula.
All combined? Good.
Now grab about two heaping handfuls of shredded Monterey jack cheese and sprinkle them in like strands of cheese rain. I have tiny hands, so I went for three. You can obviously substitute this for a different cheese if you like, but preferably something sharp to contrast the sweet corn.
Now give your onions and jalapeños a rough chop and toss them into the gloopy mixture. The jalapeños add a nice fiery kick and you can add as much or as little as you like. Give a final little stir and pour into your sprayed or buttered 9×13 baking dish.
Pop into the oven for about an hour. The top should become a nice golden brown, and the interior will still be moist. Uh oh, does that word make you shudder? Sorry. The cornbread will still be a little wet and will leave a bit of residue when you test with your fork.
Cut into squares, pile onto a plate and watch them disappear before your eyes.

If you make these, take a picture and tag me @Alessandra_LDN on Twitter or Instagram so I can see how yours turned out! Or tell me what recipe you make as the perfect side dish in the comments below.


Insta-Catch Up

I got the job! I got the job!
Well, sort of.

After months of job researching, CV fixing, and application filling, I finally landed the internship at the dream PR Firm. The firm I had my little heart set on since day one of University.

I’ve been plunged into the chaos that is the daily life of PR, and am loving every second of it. Even the Dry Cleaning, Post Office, and Soy Cappuccino runs, because it all means my foot is in the door.

With the new 9-5, and moving mid-first week of the internship, I have been crazy busy. I’ve been completely exhausted, but have thought about you everyday. I missed you and would love to do a little insta-catch up to get things back on track. If you follow me on Instagram, I’m sure you’ve seen some of my latest adventures. But, for those that don’t, here’s what I’ve been up to.

A surprise Feng Sushi Feast.

The best. homemade. lasagne. ever! The recipe: I’ll never tell. Incredible, creamy Truffle and Porcini Risotto to kick off an eventful dinner party. You know the Dinner Party has gone on too long when…
Queen Nonna taking charge of the table games. The night ended with a game of International Poker. An incredible, inspiring day at the Paralympics.
The day started with Women’s Wheelchair Basketball at the O2.
Followed by a ride on the Cable Cars to the other side of the river. And finished at the Olympic Stadium for some Paralympic Athletics.

Team GB! 

Posing with The Olympic Torch! 

Posing with Mandeville, the strange Olympic Mascot.
Did you know he was named after Stoke Mandeville Hospital who created and held the first Paralympic Games?
Naughty Midnight Milkshakes Mussel Men Chips at The Real Food Festival on Southbank before the Thames Festival FireworksA late night ride on the Eye before the Thames Festival Fireworks
Stunning display of Thames Festival Fireworks Rainy Day curled up watching movies with Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate Celebratory MeatLIQUOR burgers
Come to Mama
MEATliquor Madness. Pierre Herme Macarons

How cute are these!? I found them for sale in Selfridges. Brits, say it with me: A-le-SSahn-draFrae Frozen Yogurt after a lovely walk down King’s RoadA Golden MagnumI really love your peaches, wanna shake your tree
Lovey dovey, lovey dovey, lovey dovey all the time…

Homesickness cure: Chipotle Burrito Bowl
Homesickness Cure: Pinkburrrry
I’m glad we’re all caught up!
What have you been up to?