Tuesday, 30 August 2016

enjoy a gluten free breakfast with genius.


Say Good Morning to a glorious gluten free breakfast spread from Genius. The popular gluten free brand Genius have three rules when they bring a new product to their ever growing ranges; it has to taste great, be the best quality and of course, it has to be gluten free. I was sent a selection of their gluten free pancakes, fruit loaf, crumpets and blueberry muffins to enjoy over the long Bank Holiday weekend. Bliss!


Saturday, 27 August 2016

brunch at victor café, marseille.


All foodies love brunch, it's just a known fact. So when on my travels I just can't resist looking up a good brunch. In France, or Marseille at least, it seems a lot of breakfast places don't open until 10am in the week and all you can eat brunch is served on Sundays. What was I going to do without poached eggs and smashed avocado every day? When I found Victor Café in the four star New Hotel Of Marseille, I couldn't wait to try the island buffets of cheese boards, breakfast items, fish of the day, unlimited drinks and that dessert table. For €33, the all you can eat Champagne brunch runs from 12:30 – 3:00 pm in the arty surroundings of the Victor Café and terrace.


Wednesday, 24 August 2016

tuna and king prawn spaghetti with artichoke and black olives.


A medley of tuna steak and king prawns in a garlicky, lemon dressing made with good quality olive oil. Lovers of salty dishes will enjoy the addition of black olives and sautéed artichoke hearts, which are tossed through angel hair spaghetti. Obviously any pasta will do, this is a good store cupboard recipe which you can add any fish or seafood on top. I love buying tuna steaks in bulk and freezing for a later date - the ideal way to indulge on a budget. Finish with a sprinkle of red chilli flakes for an extra kick, which I think goes perfectly with lemon and garlic.


Monday, 22 August 2016

bastide du cours, aix-en-provence.


Amongst the hustle and bustle of the famous stretch of Cours Mirabeau in Aix-en-Provence, you'll find Bastide du Cours. A typical French brasserie in red and white, the Provençal restaurant claims to have been serving up creative but traditional dishes since 1807. The name bastide translates as a country maison or house, specifically in the southern region of Provence. On a sunny Saturday exploring Aix, I stopped by to dine al fresco for lunch. 


Friday, 19 August 2016

friends of ham, leeds.


Friends of Ham is an independently owned establishment, known for their cheese boards, charcuterie and impressive craft beer offerings. Based in the North, their quirky venues currently span Leeds and Ikley, both hosting guests for drinks and grub alike. On a rather excellent recommendation, we went along last weekend for lunch in their Leeds branch.

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

tofu korma.


A fragrant and warming vegan curry recipe which is super simple too. This dish takes inspiration from the classic korma and adds tofu, baby corn and green beans for a healthy veggie alternative. It’s a mild but comforting sauce which can be adjusted to taste and packed with lots of wholesome vegetables. Serve with piping hot basmati rice and your favourite Indian bread. It’s perfect for make-ahead meal too and can be easily frozen for simple midweek meals.


Monday, 15 August 2016

reece's peanut butter cup macarons.

reece's peanut butter cup macarons

Some tasty little macarons made to taste just like your favourite peanut butter treat. Creating a Reece's Peanut Butter Cup style buttercream, which tastes like chocolate peanut butter, I've made some mini Reece's inspired macarons. Good luck trying not to eat the frosting right out the bowl... believe me it will be worth it.

reece's peanut butter macarons
reece's macarons recipe

Friday, 12 August 2016

the brown horse inn, winster, lake district.


Nestled in the Lake District Countryside, The Brown Horse Inn is an old 1850s coaching house which has been transformed into a charming bed and breakfast. Found in Winster, nearby Bowness-on-Windermere, the Cumbrian hotel and restaurant is busting with character between it's charming white walls. As well as the bar, restaurant and leafy pub garden, The Brown House Inn offers nine bedrooms which have been tastefully refurbished in keeping with the traditional features of the historic inn.


Wednesday, 10 August 2016

simple tuna puttanesca spaghetti.



An easy midweek meal combining my love of seafood, pasta and olives. The classic puttanesca. With wholemeal spaghetti, a tomato based sauce and a hint of chilli, this slightly salty pasta dish can be speedily made up of food cupboard essentials. It's not exactly the most authentic puttanesca recipe either, but it's my interpretation. Perfect for those days where you fancy a bit of comfort food but "you've got nothing in".



Monday, 8 August 2016

celebrate national afternoon tea week with buy a gift.


National afternoon tea week... could this be the best week of the year? I think it might. From 8th - 14th August 2016, it's the ultimate excuse to indulge in your favourite sandwiches, perfect patisserie, miniature cakes and endless tea. If you read my blog now and then, you'd know I'm a real afternoon tea advocate. So I've teamed up with Buy a Gift to bring your my top afternoon tea picks to while away the week. 

Friday, 5 August 2016

tokyo to go from yo! sushi.


Ever fancied ditching the sushi belt and going al fresco with your favourite Japanese dishes? Perhaps gorging on gyoza in your very own home or getting your noodle fix in the office? For miso on the move and takeaway tempura, Yo! To Go is the answer. Get your most loved Yo! dishes (and a few brand new extras) to takeaway or be delivered to an eligible address. Complete with soy sauce, wasabi, ginger and chopsticks, of course. And hey presto... it's Tokyo To Go!


Wednesday, 3 August 2016

highfield hotel & restaurant, keswick, lake district.


With striking views of Keswick, Derwent Water, Borrowdale and Newlands valley and the Northern Lakes, Highfield Hotel sits along The Heads within walking distance of the town centre. Built in 1885, the old Victorian house now showcases three floors of beautifully decorated rooms in unique finishes. There are delightful twin rooms right through to elegant king size beds and roll top baths, including second floor rooms within the West and East turrets of the building.


Monday, 1 August 2016

salmon kedgeree.


A super simple kedgeree recipe featuring salmon instead of the traditional smoked haddock. Introduced to Britain as a breakfast dish during the Victorian era, it's now popular as a brunch, lunch or addition to Champagne breakfast. I've used a loose kedgeree recipe to make a really speedy version that can be eaten at any time of day. It is also a pretty low fat and healthy dish packed with protein, as kedgeree recipes include milk. Enjoy!