Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Christmas cake

Now is the time to make your Christmas cake! With just one month until Christmas, get this made, allow it to mature, and it'll be perfect in time for Christmas.

This is seriously the world's best Christmas cake. Taken from BBC Good Food, the cooker does all the hard work for you and you'll end up with a beautifully rich cake!

1kg mixed dried fruits (use a mix of raisins, sultanas, currants, cherries, cranberries, prunes or figs)
zest and juice 1 orange
zest and juice 1 lemon
150ml brandy, Sherry, whisky or rum, plus extra for feeding
250g pack butter, softened
200g light soft brown sugar
175g plain flour
100g ground almonds
½ tsp baking powder
2 tsp mixed spice
1 tsp ground cinnamon
¼ tsp ground cloves
100g flaked almonds
4 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract

  1. Put the dried fruit, zests and juice, alcohol, butter and sugar in a large pan set over a medium heat. Bring to the boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 5 mins. Tip the fruit mixture into a large bowl and leave to cool for 30 mins.
  2. Heat oven to 150C/130C fan/gas 2. Line a deep 20cm cake tin with a double layer of baking parchment, then wrap a double layer of newspaper around the outside – tie with string to secure.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients to the fruit mixture and stir well, making sure there are no pockets of flour. Tip into your prepared tin, level the top with a spatula and bake in the centre of the oven for 2 hrs.
  4. Remove the cake from the oven, poke holes in it with a skewer and spoon over 2 tbsp of your chosen alcohol. Leave the cake to cool completely in the tin.
  5. To store, peel off the baking parchment, then wrap well in cling film. Feed the cake with 1-2 tbsp alcohol every fortnight, until you ice it. Don’t feed the cake for the final week to give the surface a chance to dry before icing.

Monday, 24 November 2014

New Menus at Elena's L'Etoile

In addition to our exciting new Sunday roast, other big changes have been afoot at Elena's, including a brand spanking new menu!

We've made our menu even more authentically French and you'll find your old favourites still there, together with some new ones which are sure to tickle your taste buds.

We've also got some special deals including a pre-theatre menu priced at £29.95 for 3 courses and an express lunch menu priced at £21.95 for 3 courses. Check out their menus here.

Friday, 21 November 2014

The Sunday Roast

Exciting times ahead at Elena's!

We've always been closed on Sundays, but now we're very happy to announce that we will now be open on Sunday to serve the best Sunday roast in Fitzrovia.

A beautiful beef forerib, fluffy Yorkshire puddings ad a selection of seasonal vegetables awaits!

We'll be serving this beautiful sight from 11.30am to 2.30pm. So what are you waiting for? Book in today!

Monday, 10 November 2014

The Blogging Event

Last week's blog post detailed preparations for our Yelp event. Today we thought we'd share photos of the event itself!

If you're new to the world of Yelp Events, let us explain in greater detail.

A yelper is someone who leaves a review on yelp - nothing more nothing less. You can become a yelper by creating a profile on yelp and leaving reviews on everything and anything. Once you've done that, you're eligible to sign up to yelp event. Restaurants hold Yelp events to encourage people in to see what they have to offer.

Monday, 3 November 2014

Preparing for the Blogging Event

Last night saw a whole host of yelpers descend on Elena's L'Etoile.

For people who are finding the term 'yelpers' more than a little mysterious, let us explain. A yelper is simply someone who write reviews on yelp. An offshoot of this is yelp events - these are events which yelpers are invited to experience the real ethos of a restaurant. Being a yelper isn't an exclusive thing - anyone who writes reviews is technically a 'yelper'. Everyone and anyone should sign up as it's a great way to meet people and experience new places.

Last we night we invited 30 yelpers to Elena's to sample the best we have to offer.

In this week's blog post, we'll share photos of our preparations for the yelp event: