Friday, 21 April 2017

white chocolate & pecan cookies.

There's nothing quite like freshly baked cookies, all chewy, warm and ever so slightly crunchy. These white chocolate and pecan cookies are no different. Taking on sugary candied pecans, creamy white chocolate and a hit of sea salt on a classic cookie recipe base, these are a real winner for anyone with a sweet tooth. And they don't take long to make either...

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

goat's cheese, aubergine & spinach lasagne.

A super cheesy vegetarian lasagne featuring the lovely goat's products from St. Helen's Farm. Goat's cheese lovers will enjoy the combination with roasted aubergine and wilted spinach. Diners who avoid cow dairy will be a fan because - there's none of that here! Layers of roasted vegetables, a creamy goat's cheese sauce and extra cheese on top for good measure make this a weekend treat or make-ahead meal.

Friday, 7 April 2017

convenient clean eats from everdine + a giveaway!

Make clean eating easy with Everdine, the newest UK meal delivery service that mixes balance, wholesome meals with convenience. With natural ingredients and meals that often go towards your five a day and daily nutritional needs, Everdine prides itself on gourmet eats that taste like treats. Embracing the power of nature's own preservative - ice - your meal selections come frozen in carefully packed boxes so you can eat your meals on days to suit you. So no worries if you order the eight meal box, you don't have to eat them within eight days.

I tried out the eight classic meal box, coming in at £68 (£8.50 a meal). Exciting news though - the lovely Everdine lot have provided me an exclusive promotional code so that you can get £30 discount off your first box. Valid April 2017 onwards, use the coupon code EMILY14 to get £30 off your first UK order, which always includes free delivery. Scroll down to find out more about the giveaway too...

Monday, 3 April 2017

triple chocolate macarons.

Chocolate. Triple chocolate, at that. Could there be anything finer than that first bite into your favourite chocolate bar? Personally, I love a really good milk chocolate or anything with almonds, hazelnuts or pistachios. And so, in teaming up with Expedia and their 2017 calender of foodie experience and events, I was inspired by this month's celebration of all things cocoa at York Chocolate Festival.

This triple chocolate macaron recipe is made up of cocoa infused macaron shells, a Nutella spread filling and a final drizzle of white chocolate. Macarons and chocolate? Yes please!

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

beetroot bruschetta with smoked salmon and dill crème fraîche.

Calling all beetroot lovers... or those yet to be converted! Love Beetroot have launched their latest Don’t Skip a Beet campaign to give a little love to their lessen used purple superfood. Vibrant, flavoursome and healthy, I've always loved beetroot for bringing extra elements to seafood dishes or a bit of colour to vegetarian meals.

The campaign, in collaboration with Chef Dan Doherty, is embracing this anti-oxidant rich vegetable within new cooking methods and flavour combos that are anything but tricky to put together. To celebrate this lovely veg, I've created a twist on the classic bruschetta to switch out the red and green for rich, magenta coloured beetroot, smoked salmon and lush, green dill. Bon appe-beet!

Monday, 27 March 2017

the queen's head, belton, leicestershire.

Found in the Leicestershire countryside, The Queen's Head is a cosy pub and restaurant that boasts five refurbished rooms. The Belton based establishment pride themselves on using the best ingredients and local producers to create seasonal menus mostly inspired by British and European cuisine. The bar area is dog friendly, whilst the restaurant has a more modern and refined feel for birthday meals, special occasions and date nights alike.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

bilberry & beetroot macarons.

Purple macarons

Introducing a vibrant mix of purple macarons with a vivid magenta buttercream centre, coloured entirely with natural ingredients. These deliciously easy to make macarons are infused with bilberry powder to create a lush purple meringue shell, with a whipped vanilla and beetroot buttercream. After creating some tasty gluten free coconut pancakes earlier this year, I've teamed up again with Indigo Herbs to test out their Slow Dried Bilberry Powder and Beetroot Powder to add some purple pizazz to these sweet treats... and naturally too.

Purple macaron recipe
Pink purple macarons recipe

Monday, 20 March 2017

strawberries & cream hot chocolate.

Make your mum's day this Mother's Day with an indulgent hot chocolate recipe. Taking on the flavours of strawberries and cream, this decadent recipe is certainly a way to sweet talk her after a year of making your favourite dinner, giving you lifts to places and bailing you out of that phone bill where you went over your data limit. (Thanks Instagram). Seriously though, she's going to love this first thing on Sunday morning, alongside breakfast in bed. You have a few days to taste test it a few times for yourself too...

Friday, 17 March 2017

island grill restaurant, lancaster london.

Part of the Lancaster London hotel by Hyde Park, Island Grill is a contemporary restaurant which prides itself on fresh and sustainable cuisine. With beautiful food photography across their website, the gallery of imagery alone is enough to make your mouth water. In addition, the restaurant's accolades include two AA Rosettes and three stars from the Sustainable Restaurants Association.

Friday, 10 March 2017

baked spinach arancini stuffed with mozzarella cheese.

Arancini; a resourceful (and delicious) way to use up leftover risotto. There isn't often leftover risotto in my house, so in this case I deliberately made too much and used a lot of will power to save it until the next day. Plus, you only need two extra ingredients to make them - flour and cheese. This simple baked arancini recipe is made from a simple spinach, onion and white wine risotto, before being stuffed by mini mozzarella balls and cooked until golden. My theory is, if they aren't deep fried then you're allowed to have more cheese...

Friday, 3 March 2017

eat your greens with goodlife.

"Nobody puts veg in the corner..."

That's the philosophy behind Goodlife and their veg-tastic products. Keen to make your greens the star of the show, the British company have been developing their tasty vegetarian products for the last 25 years. From veggie veterans to flexitarian foodies, the product range spans from vegatable packed sausages to meat-free burgers, with a few gluten free and vegan options in there too.

A lover of vegetarian recipes, I teamed up with the lovely Goodlife lot to sample their newest creations; Mushroom & Spinach Kievs, Chickpea, Cumin & Coriander Falafel and French Bean, Spinach & Wensleydale Cheese Sausages.

Friday, 24 February 2017

individual lemon tarts.

lemon tart recipe

If all good things come in small packages, then these lemon tarts are no exception. With a rich, buttery pastry and the zing from two lemons, this dessert recipe is the perfect mix of sharp citrus and sweet indulgence. Make ahead for a Spring or Summer dinner party, dusting with extra icing sugar to finish.

lemon tarts

Monday, 20 February 2017

fishmore hall, ludlow.

In a stunning Shropshire setting, you'll find Fishmore Hall nestled in the counryside, just a short walk from Ludlow. The grand, yet quaint, white building has a welcoming entrance and even more welcoming staff. Myself and a girl friend went along a couple of weeks ago to enjoy the seasonal menu and luxury bedrooms as well as make use of the spa and potter around the local village.

Friday, 17 February 2017

easy gluten free coconut flour pancakes.

A deliciously fluffy stack of pancakes, just in time for Pancake Day. And guess what, these ones are totally gluten free. I've teamed up with Indigo Herbs to try out some of their awesome products and bring you a sweet treat which features some flippin' great superfoods too. The gluten free coconut pancake recipe is made using coconut flour and cooked in coconut oil. To finish, they're scattered with strawberry powder and crushed pistachios, with an obligatory drizzle of maple syrup. Read on to see how the ingredients stacked up...

Monday, 13 February 2017

roast cauliflower, vine tomato and red pepper linguine.

A healthy take on pure comfort food. There's nothing like a piping hot bowl of pasta with lashings of Parmesan cheese. In this recipe, the roasted cauliflower, tomatoes and peppers bring together varying textures and flavours. What's more, it goes towards your five a day.

Thursday, 9 February 2017

fall in love with mr kipling's bou-cakes this valentine's day + giveaway.

My true loves in life; Bakewell tarts and fresh bouquet of roses. Whoever knew that the two combined would bring so much joy? Forget anyone else, I think a certain British cake company might be this year's Valentine after this colourful (and tasty) delivery. To celebrate all things pink and mushy, Mr Kipling have teamed up with Forever Green Flowers to bring 100 limited edition Valentine's Bou-cakes to a few special someones this February 14th. Perhaps for an exceedingly good gift to your loved one ...or just to yourself. 

What's more, find out how you could win one for yourself below. A bouquet of Cherry Bakewells French Fancies, Battenbergs and pink roses delivered to your door. What's not to love?