I am most contenedtly nestled into the rather grand home of my friends Miranda and Mick Jones (I keep expecting Tinkerbell and Peter Pan to come flying through the window into the children’s nursery at any moment). They have graciously offered me shelter during my stay in London.
Julie Anne Rhodes in Holland Park

Julie Anne Rhodes in Holland Park

 They live in a beautiful tree-lined street in West London…just a stones throw from Notting Hill, and Portobello market. Everything one could need to survive is conveniently within walking distance. One of the last bastions of old-world charm and a village lifestyle right in the center of West London.
Mick and Miranda Jones with daughter Stella

Mick and Miranda Jones with daughter Stella

I walk down the block to the patisserie for delicious, fresh baked croissants or pain du chocolate with my morning cappuccino….
Patisserie Vallerie

Patisserie Vallerie

Then, on my way home I stop to pick up dinner at the green grocer…
Green Grocer

A lovely wide array of produce to choose from at the green grocer

…and the free range poultry and organically reared meat at the butcher, or….
A butcher at Lidgate

A butcher at Lidgate

…the fresh catch of the day from the Queen’s fishmonger…
 
The Notting Hill branch of James Knight

The Notting Hill branch of James Knight

I might also stop at the off license (liquor store) to pick up a bottle of wine for my hosts, and the delicatessen for nibbles…
... and cheese to savor with the wine.

Delicatessen

… and cheese to savor with the wine.
Delicatessen

Cheese galore

Or we skip dinner at home and swan off to some fabulous restaurant or night club for the evening.
Nighclubbing with longtime pal Emily Cash

Nighclubbing with longtime pal Emily Cash

All of this coupled with the laughter shared with my daughter and good friends, plus a glorious English summer (sunshine and warm weather is more often than not a rarity in England) has made this a most enjoyable visit to London indeed. Thank you for your friendship and hospitality Miranda and Mick!

Herb Roasted Pork Tenderloin
Herb Roasted Pork Tenderloin
Tender, moist, succulent pork tenderloin with a touch of crispiness from the panko and fresh herb coating on the outside makes this a winner for an every night dinner or for entertaining guests on a reasonable budget. Plus, it cooks much faster than a large pork roast, and is one of the lowest fat content cuts of meat, making it a very healthy option.
Servings: 4
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

Asparagus & Eggplant Filo Roll

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large shallot minced
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme
  • 1 pound asparagus trimmed and chopped
  • 1 medium eggplant chopped
  • 5 ounces mushrooms chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 5.2 ounce Boursin cheese
  • 16 ounce package filo dough thawed in fridge + see note
  • 1/4 pound unsalted butter melted, or butter flavor cooking spray

Directions

Filling

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large sauté pan, add minced shallot and cook until softened over medium-low heat, about 6-8 minutes.
  2. Turn heat up to medium and add eggplant, cook 5-6 minutes, browning on all sides. Add asparagus and mushrooms, and continue cook with the lid on, stirring occasionally, for a further 4-6 minutes.
  3. Reduce heat to low and add Boursin, stirring until melted. Remove from heat and let cool completely before making filo rolls.

Rolls

  1. Preheat oven to 400° F.
  2. Take one sheet of fill dough, and brush generously with melted butter or spay with butter flavored cooking spray. Repeat, topping each buttered sheet with another, six times. Please see note below before beginning.
  3. Spread the filling evenly over the prepared fill, an inch from the edges. Roll, tightly, tucking the corners under like a burrito. Brush the outside with melted butter or butter flavored cooking spray, then refrigerate to set back up a minimum of 10 minutes. You can also freeze at this point to bake off at a later date.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until filo is golden brown. Let sit 5 minutes before slicing.

Serving Suggestions

Serve with green vegetable of choice on the side.

Heat To Eat

Preheat oven to 350° F. Place roll on a sheet pan and heat 5-10 minutes in the preheated oven to crisp back up; or eat sliced at room temperature.

Variations

Use any combination of vegetables you have on hand, try with different cheeses like goat or fontina, and/or add a chopped protein of choice.

Notes

Working with filo is not as complicated as it seems. All you need to know is to keep the dough you are not working with yet covered with a damp cloth to keep it from drying out (it dries quickly), and be sure to work as swiftly as possible with the sheets you are brushing and covering with the next sheet.
This post was first published July 1, 2009. Where will you be traveling this summer?
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  • July 1, 2009
    12:47 pm

    The pork looks great, but the beets! Now those are my favorite. I'm drooling over the cheese and olives, one of Allen and my favorite things to do is charcuterie and champagne on a Saturday afternoon. Have a safe trip home from your travels!

  • July 2, 2009
    5:19 am

    Lisa I'anson at 5:47pm July 1love your latest blog.. when you back .. l.a misses you as do I …

  • July 2, 2009
    5:20 am

    Amanda Eliasch at 1:05am July 1What would we do without our friends…

  • July 2, 2009
    7:23 pm

    ahhh… jewels, you are making me miss London!!! oh to be back in notting hill for a taste of the good old British summer…! xxx

  • July 3, 2009
    10:15 pm

    Art, food, friends, family and London…what more could you want? These pics make me miss the UK so much I can't wait to be there again next year!! Keep the lovely pics coming!

  • July 5, 2009
    2:26 pm

    Jewels, your photos bring back such memories. My husband and I lived in London from '96-'99 in Wilby Mews (just behind the Ladbroke Arms pub on Ladbroke Road) one block from Holland Park Avenue. We used to love going to Lidgate's, as well as Mechanicou Greengrocers (my fresh fig obsession began with them) and the wine merchant down the street. I met Amanda Eliasch at that time and she is a close friend of mine…such a coincidence! Hope you had a wonderful time on your trip…xxx

  • July 12, 2009
    10:51 pm

    What a small world we live in Lisa! Back in London now, and enjoying every minute of it! Will think of you as I do my rounds in the neighborhood. xoxo