Friday, 18 April 2014

easter nest chocolate tarts.


hope you're all enjoying the start of your easter break - for those of you working through the bank holiday i tip my easter bonnet to you. 

as a lover of chocolate but not so much a fan of creme eggs or hot cross buns, these might be for you too. made from chocolate pastry, a ganache filling and topped with white chocolate milk way eggs, these easter tarts would be the perfect chocolatey bake for those who gave it up for lent. or if you didn't, just make them anyway :)


Wednesday, 16 April 2014

slow cooked chicken provencal.


on a fresh, sunny spring evening, there's nothing quite like a light, warming meal with home baked bread and cold glass of wine. chicken provenÒ«al is a french inspired dish which embraces the union of garlic, rosemary, marjoram and thyme in a mouthwatering tomato sauce. this weekend, i tried out this simple recipe from the latest schwartz slow cooker spice mix collection along with a freshly baked cheese loaf. 

Monday, 14 April 2014

rib nights round 3: bunch of swines vs. soul foul project + the winners!


the smokers were fired up to 200 degrees, the spare ribs seasoned and the sun was shining on the terrace. it was time for the birmingham battle of the bbqs... rib nights round three! 

set at the church inn in birmingham's jewellery quarter, this sell out event saw barbecue teams bunch of swines and soul foul project show us their smokin' skills to be crowned the winners of the evening.

Saturday, 12 April 2014

zest, derby.


hidden away along the cathedral quarter of derby, family run independent restaurant zest has a contemporary feel, friendly atmosphere and some of the best customer service i've ever experienced. the award winning restaurant boasts an ever changing seasonal menu with delicious sounding pairings and hints of derbyshire product throughout. last weekend i went along with my mum to see what the april a la carte menu had to offer...