I've hope you've been enjoying the long Bank Holiday weekend! Has the British Summer finally begun? Whether you're planning the first BBQ of the season or are dusting off that picnic basket, I've teamed up with HomeSense to bring you some al fresco inspiration. In case you aren't familiar, HomeSense pride themselves on beautiful homeware without the hefty pricetag. Part of the TK Maxx family, HomeSense offer everything from cookware and baking essentials, to pretty cushions and quirky decorative finds. As a foodie I of course always make a beeline for the kitchenware aisle, discovering some lovely pieces from their latest Al Fresco dining range.
Monday, 30 May 2016
Friday, 27 May 2016
Wednesday, 25 May 2016
Found in the quirky suburb of Clifton in Bristol, Number Thirty Eight is an independently run, luxury townhouse. With just ten bedrooms, the boutique hotel has been refurbished from an old Georgian merchant's house. Priding themselves on a "home away from home" atmosphere, the beautiful townhouse is in keeping with original features, whilst boasting a clean and contemporary finish.
Monday, 23 May 2016
And so on to part three of my #ICAKEYOU collaboration with Betty Crocker. These baking treats were a midweek pick-me-up to my team at work. Having made the lovely Betty Crocker red velvet cake and used their mixes for my carrot cake pops, I couldn't wait to get my hands on their lemon cake mix to give these cupcakes a whirl. After using their lemon sponge and simple lemon buttercream, I sprinkled with edible rose petals and... ta da!
Friday, 20 May 2016
Found in the Schöneberg area of Berlin, by the Yorckstraße UBahn station, you'll find a little gem of a pizza place. With some specials named after rock stars of the ages, Pizza Klub serves up delicious pizzas with inspiring toppings and generous portions. Vegans will be pleased to know they can enjoy the menu too, with varieties of realistic vegan cheese oozing from mouthwatering stone baked bases.
Wednesday, 18 May 2016
A super easy barbecue recipe for the Summer. I've teamed up again with Iceland to show how the #PowerofFrozen is perfect for BBQ season. Their 100% beef quarter pounder burgers and easy bake cobs are such handy ingredients to have in the freezer ready for sunny days. In this avocado and bacon burger recipe, I simply cooked up their super tasty burger patties with slices of crispy bacon and ripe avocado in a soft burger bun. The beef burgers are essentially just great quality beef with a seasoning of salt and pepper - frozen food doesn't mean rubbish food! Serve with their easy-to-cook sweet potato fries for the ultimate Summer feast!
Monday, 16 May 2016
For those times that you really fancy a Bakewell tart but are trying to be that little bit healthier. These cherry Bakewell energy bites are made from almonds, coconut, dates and infused with almond essence to create that famous Derbyshire tart flavour. At just under 100 calories with a great source of protein and fibre, these are perfect for an afternoon kick, bitesize sweet treat or a pre-run boost. I made them with my powerful new Optimum G.21 Platinum Series Blender, which not only can make nut milk and butter, but is brilliant for creating smooth energy ball recipes from natural ingredients.
Friday, 13 May 2016
Degustabox are a monthly subscription perfect for foodies. Each month takes you on a new adventure, discovering around 10-15 new food and drinks products and seasonal treats as well as some well known household brands. If you love food and you like surprises, this one is for you (just try not to peek online at what's in the box...)
This month I've collaborated with Degustabox to create an inspiring recipe using the products inside. Delving in April's Degustabox, I came across the likes of Green Lady Sparkling Tea, Pimms Cider and mouthwatering sea salt, garlic & rosemary Popchips. These were all perfect for a weekend picnic in the recent sun.
For this king prawn recipe though, I've taken the latest Levi Roots Jerk Cook 'n' Coat Instant Marinade along with Veetee's Wholegrain and Quinoa Rice. This Caribbean inspired recipe takes just moments to rustle up, leaving you with a vibrant and spicy seafood dish to enjoy on sunny evenings. For the marinade, you simply pour over whilst you cook the king prawns. And the rice is microwavable or easy just to warm up on the hob too as you add in the kidney beans. I served alongside a fresh and zesty mango, lime, avocado and coriander salsa. Bright, healthy, colourful and it goes towards three of your five a day. But most of all, mouthwatering!
Wednesday, 11 May 2016
A dreamy recipe perfect for seafood lovers, pasta obsessives and cheese fiends alike. And not just any old seafood either, we're getting fancy on the blog today with some Canadian lobster tails. Fancy food, but at rather average prices.
You see, this month Iceland are celebrating their latest frozen ranges and their value for money, convenience, quality and choice. I've chosen to create a recipe which embraces the choice at Iceland which often leaves you thinking "I didn't expect to find that!" Their Luxury Uncooked Canadian Lobster Tails at £9.99 for 220g are a brilliant example of excellent quality too - they definitely don't taste like they've come from the frozen aisle. So I've put a luxurious twist on the usual mac 'n' cheese to create a rather posh macaroni cheese, with chunks of delicious lobster running throughout. Psst... I won't tell if you don't.
Monday, 9 May 2016
Whether it be for a hen do, work party or corporate team building idea, a cocktail masterclass can be a brilliant way to have a bit of fun, get to know a group and perhaps learn a little along the way. A group of us Midlands bloggers were invited along to the Birmingham Revolution on Broad Street to put their new cocktail class to the test. It turned out it was the perfect way to break the ice for a blogger meet up too (pun intended).
Thursday, 5 May 2016
Happy Cinco de Mayo! And what better way to join in the celebrations than to create a Mexican banquet brimming with colour, flavour and passion. For over eighty years, Old El Paso have been the go-to guys for effortless but fun recipe kits and condiments; helping families and friends for conjure up Mexican feasts time after time. Full of colour, texture and flavour, the Mexican cuisine lends itself to bringing simple ingredients to life.
Featuring their Smokey BBQ Stand 'n' Stuff Soft Taco Kit, I've come up with a vegetarian recipe that's super easy to make and even quicker to devour. This Mexican style bean ball recipe is made from red kidney and borlotti beans before being stuffed in the taco shells with guacamole, salsa, tomatoes, the heavenly smokey sauce and lashings of fresh coriander and lime.
Tuesday, 3 May 2016
Another macaron recipe from me! This time it's turn for another timeless chocolate bar to be the star of the show - the mint Aero. With pastel green shells and a chocolate mint buttercream filling, meet the mint Aero macaron! When pondering the sweet counter, I never think to choose them, but this just reminded me all over again why they're such an underrated and classic chocolate choice. And sandwiched in a French macaron? Yes please!