Friday, 30 June 2017

a look at miller & carter in enderby + an instagram giveaway!


The newest Miller & Carter to the Leicestershire suburbs, this well-known steakhouse has found itself in Enderby. Previously housing a Toby Carvery, the restaurant has been brilliantly refurbished and is now beyond recognisable as the same venue. A real turnaround, the quality of food included. With the classic Miller & Carter vibe of dark furniture, mellow lighting and quirky cow inspired prints, the restaurant has a sleek finish and a rather fancy menu to boot.



Thursday, 29 June 2017

pan fried lamb steaks with rosemary & mint butter and cous cous.


Founded in the beautiful region of Tuscany, Bertolli pride themselves on their love of authentic Italian cooking and great quality ingredients. Their latest addition, Bertolli with Butter and Olive Oil, is a rich blend of butter and specially selected olive oil. From everyday cooks to seasoned chefs, the new addition to the Bertolli family is the ideal fridge staple. 

The high burn point makes it perfect for pan frying and making sauces - however you prefer to get creative in the kitchen! The versatile butter block gives the subtle taste of butter whilst being able to withstand hot temperatures without burning. So I put it to the test with a recipe which combines all of these – pan fried lamb leg steaks, buttery vegetable cous cous and a homemade fresh mint and rosemary butter to finish. So how did I get on


Tuesday, 27 June 2017

the ultimate homemade fish finger sandwich (probably).

ultimate homemade fish finger sandwich recipe

Like lots of timeless dishes, the perfect fish finger sandwich recipe is a rather subjective thing. Mushy peas or not? Tartare sauce, mayonnaise or tomato ketchup? Cod or haddock? Breaded or battered? And speaking of bread, are we talking cobs, baps or a couple of slices of classic white bread? The possibilities are endless. I even noticed the topic came up on Channel 4's Sunday Brunch last weekend, where Simon Rimmer created a delicious looking sarnie indeed.

Although it'll always be a work in progress, this is my take on the ultimate homemade fish finger sandwich (if I say so myself). The best part is that the breaded cod fish fingers are baked, making them a little healthier, and the rustic Actifry chips are Slimming World friendly too.


Friday, 23 June 2017

celebrating the new vegetarian society approved vegan trademark at their cookery school.


From fancy filo desserts to a decadent dairy free chocolate cake, a couple of weeks ago I went along to The Vegetarian Society near Manchester to swot up on the basics of vegan cookery. The occasion? The Vegetarian Society are celebrating this Summer's launch of the official Vegetarian Society Approved vegan trademark to help shoppers navigate the shelves for their plant-based favourites.

Established in 1847, the charity are dedicated to helping those who want to embrace a meat-free lifestyle, and help those that are already vegetarian or vegan. The recognised Vegetarian Society Approved vegetarian trademark is a smart way of helping veggies to rest assured that the product has met their criteria.

Now as many vegetarians turn to a dairy and egg free diet, the fancy new trademark can help newby vegans (and perhaps old school veggies) have peace-of-mind that products are 100% vegan. Since there are print runs to wait for on large scale packaging it'll take a while, but you'll soon be spotting them on your favourite vegan brands!


It couldn't have been a better way to celebrate - thoroughly enjoying my day with some likeminded bloggers and learning lots of vegan cooking and baking skills along the way!

Monday, 19 June 2017

mini salmon tartlets: celebrating national picnic week 2017 with wayfair.


Happy National Picnic Week! And what a lovely week for it too. With an absolute scorcher this weekend, let's hope this is the official start of Summer now! (Please?) I've teamed up with Wayfair to showcase one of their beautiful picnic baskets with a light and summery mini salmon quiche recipe. 

Perfect for picnics, these pocket-sized snacks are delicious on-the-go, as well as alfresco dining in the garden. The buttery tart pastry is filled with lightly cooked salmon and fresh dill to create a bitesize favourite that the family with love.


Friday, 16 June 2017

enjoy the luxury of a private chef in your home with la belle assiette.


La Belle Assiette is the latest way to enjoy a private chef in your home. Whether you fancy a three course dinner with friends, an elaborate afternoon tea or a posh Champagne breakfast to celebrate a special occasion, the simply to use service means you can look for luxury chef experiences in your area at the click of a button. Enter your postcode, budget and favourite cuisine to book online for a private chef in your area - and ta da! To celebrate the new Leicestershire recruit Liz Moore, she came along to my home to cook a beautiful six course meal to showcase her culinary magic.


Wednesday, 14 June 2017

slow cooked coca cola beef brisket burgers.

Beef brisket burger

Is Summer finally here? Whether you're dusting off the BBQ, love to dine al fresco or are planning a garden party. this slow cooked pulled beef brisket is a must-try in your burger. I know the whole fizzy drinks with slow cooked meat recipes has been done a few times now - think everything from Dr Pepper to Ginger Beer - but I thought I'd give my own recipe a whirl! The sweet and stickiness from the classic Coca Cola (no diet here!) adds to the kick of chilli and smoked paprika. Enjoy the super easy six hour slow cooked beef brisket between a soft brioche bun with your favourite condiments!

Slow cooked beef brisket burger
Beef brisket burger recipes

Monday, 12 June 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, 9 June 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...


Friday, 2 June 2017

sesame and ginger salmon with an avocado, beetroot and edamame salad.


A colourful salad recipe for seafood lovers. The nutty and fragrant sesame salmon fillet is served with a rainbow of beetroot, avocado, green beans, asparagus, edamame beans and a lime and soy sauce dressing. Packed full of protein and nutrients, this gluten free and dairy free recipe goes towards your five a day.