Wednesday, 17 December 2014

charlie and the chocolate factory afternoon tea at one aldwych, london.


“i am the maker of music, the dreamer of dreams!”
- charlie and the chocolate factory, roald dahl. 

when i was at primary school, i remember reading roald dahl's books front to back until the ink wore off the pages and the covers were dog eared. accompanied by the all too well known sketches from quention blake, firm favourites were the bfg, the twits and charlie and the chocolate factory. what child wouldn't be gripped by tales of fizzy lifting drinks, coloured changing caramels, edible wallpaper and everlasting gobstoppers?

to coincide with the charlie and the chocolate factory musical in london's west end, one aldwych has collaborated to create a magical afternoon tea, inspired by the whimsical delights of the book and, now, theatre show. and since it's christmas afterall, throughout december there's a festive afternoon tea twist on the usual menu.


Monday, 15 December 2014

pearl barley risotto.


i do love me a good risotto, namely with lots of garlic, sweet softened onion and an abundance of seafood. lately i've gotten into risotto with a twist, switching out the infamous arborio rice for some wholesome pearl barley. 

i've seen it in a few restaurants so thought i'd have a go myself, treating the pulses exactly as i would when making risotto. italians would probably shake their heads at this interpretation of a risotto but it really is super tasty with a little extra bite, plus it keeps you fuller for longer.

Friday, 12 December 2014

vegan christmas shortbread trees.


with our christmas meal, secret santa and christmas party this week, i'm fully feeling the festive spirit. we even put our first tree up - complete with retro coloured lights and gingerbread man decorations. if you prefer your christmas trees in edible form, this dairy free shortbread with christmas spices is for you. 

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

fiesta del asado, birmingham.


for those who see my constant stream of vegetarian meals and vegan baking over on social media, this review may come as a surprise. tofu and quinoa aside, i actually absolutely love a good quality rare steak, preferably rump or fillet, and choose my time to indulge. so where better for these sparing moments than at well received argentinian steakhouse fiesta del asado in birmingham? i was truly in for a treat.