My first impression of London was a good one. With a combination of the local’s charming accent and willingness to help three wandering bastards, it was absolutely splendid! When we first got off the plane we headed to check in to our room so we could start exploring. Let’s talk about Airbnb for a minute. Has anyone booked a room through this company? If so I would love to get feedback on how your experience went. I think I was a little confused on how it worked and which filters to use while booking. It ended up being twelve people in one apartment including us with ONE bathroom. I shared a bedroom with my Dad and Sister and then there were three other bedrooms with three girls in each room. We had to get up super early or stay up late to shower. You had two choices of water temperature scalding or arctic chill. I’m so glad this was at the beginning of the trip when we were a bit more spry. My dad and sister were troopers mentioning it was “just like camping”. First world problems I guess. I would be willing to give Airbnb a second chance now I understand how it works a little better. They have a convenient app you can download which connects you with the host of the apartment. This allows you to communicate and ask any questions. Do your research before you book, here is a video to help you understand how to use Airbnb.
Our Airbnb room. The excitement is real!
We stayed in Shoreditch which happened to be one on the most amazing parts of London. It was a romantic mix of old and new architecture. It has shopping and great restaurants. With the help of Yelp we found this cozy little pub. We enjoyed fish and chips and indulged in my new favorite bread and butter pudding!
Our Dad looking at a passerby thinking “don’t be hating on our selfie skills bro” or even kind of like Liam Neeson when he played the Dad off of “Taken”.
What is the difference between bread pudding and bread and butter pudding you say? Bread pudding is made by mashing older bread with milk and dried fruit, and adding copious amounts of spice. Bread and Butter pudding on the other hand is soft and custardy. It is made by arranging slices of buttered bread in a dish, making a custard and baking in the oven. I searched for a recipe and this came pretty close I will share it here from http://www.bettycrocker.com. It’s also great way to use your leftover French bread!
ENGLISH BREAD AND BUTTER PUDDING
8 slices French bread, each 1/2 inch thick
2 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 ½ cups milk, scalded and cooled powdered sugar, if desired
- Heat oven to 350°F. Butter 1 1/2-quart casserole. Spread one side of each slice bread with butter. Layer bread slices, buttered sides up, in casserole; sprinkle with cinnamon. Beat eggs slightly in medium bowl; mix in granulated sugar, vanilla and salt. Stir in milk; pour over bread.
- Place casserole in pan of very hot water (1 inch deep). Cover casserole loosely with aluminum foil. Bake 20 minutes; remove foil. Continue baking 35 to 40 minutes longer or until knife inserted 1 inch from edge of casserole comes out clean. (Cover with foil if top gets too brown.)
- Remove casserole from hot water. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Serve warm. Store covered in refrigerator.