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mrs bridges tearooms, leicester.

for a traditional english breakfast tea, a delicious selection of made to order sandwiches or a beautifully presented brunch in leicester, look no further than mrs bridges tearooms. it's somewhere i always recommend to local friends and foodies over twitter as well as catch up over a cuppa myself, so really it was about time i shared it on my blog.

win tickets to the nec bbc good food show summer 2014.

having always enjoyed the bbc good food show at the nec in birmingham, you can imagine my excitement when i joined the midlands good food show blogger community at the end of last year. if you're a good food show fan, you'll no doubt be looking forward to the summer event running from june 12th-15th this year too! 

with foodie royalty including mary berry, glynn purnell, tom kerridge and john torode set to show their skills in the live supertheatre, it's also a brilliant chance to experience the latest produce, kitchenware, foodie gadgets and bakeware from exhibitors and producers from far and wide. 

grilling steaks with the tefal optigrill.

Just like eggs cooked your favourite way or the perfect cup of tea, there's no doubt there's something to be said about a well cooked steak. For me, I love a rump steak seared until rare and served with peppercorn sauce. So when I was asked if I'd like to give the new Tefal Optigrill a whirl, I jumped at the chance to review this kitchen gadget which promises to grill any steak to your liking every time.

all star lanes, manchester.

an all american diner restaurant and rather swanky bowling alley; a match made in heaven which all star lanes have got seamlessly covered. after much foodie research and a few recommendations (you know the score) i booked a table and two games of bowling for my boyfriend's birthday road trip up north. 

fear not, this is not a restaurant with bowling alley bolted on, nor is it bowling with a soggy side of burger and chips. these guys have got it down, i really mean it. here's why...

tasty treats from creative nature.

looking for a tasty treat to banish those 4 o' clock blues? recently i've been loving these superfood snack bars from creative nature. packed with protein, vegan friendly, 100% raw and yet in yummy flavour combinations (i like sublime seed the best), you can take your pick from nutty, fruity or chocolately bars to replace a naughtier alternative.

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 :)

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. 

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.

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...

ultimate veggie burgers.

In search of the ultimate veggie burger, I happened to catch Simon Rimmer rustling up a pretty delicious offering on Sunday Brunch the other weekend. If you saw it too, you might remember him saying that he doesn't put a vegetarian burger option on the menu until it's absolutely perfect. So it had to be a good recipe, right? 

I really wanted to make a proper dirty looking burger where the patties were actually made up of a yummy veg combination. There's nothing quite like your five a day smothered in cheese and mayo...

the original supper box company.

whether you're planning a fabulous dinner party with friends or a special occasion for two, the original supper box company might just be what you're looking for. with a seasonal menu packed with a variety of meat, fish and veggie options, you simply select your favourite dishes like you would in a restaurant and pick a delivery date to suit you. before you know it, their super speedy delivery means if you order before 12pm, you can have a prix fixe package on your doorstep the very next day. 

afternoon tea party at home.

My mum has been collecting all sorts of beautiful vintage crockery of late - including a full four serving set with sugar bowl and milk jug, as well as a Royal Albert teapot. So for her birthday I couldn't wait to treat her to a homemade afternoon tea at her home. 

Planning classic sandwiches, the usual suspects were salmon and cucumber, egg mayonaise, ham, cucumber and cheese. To accompany we enjoyed English Breakfast and Earl Grey tea, with double chocolate brownies (not so traditional) and a bright pink birthday cake to finish.

mixed bean and avocado fajitas.

A simple vegetarian recipe made up of a Mexican bean medley, homemade guacamole and Quorn chicken style pieces cooked in fajita spices. I've been making a lot of tortilla and burrito styles dishes lately so thought I'd share this one with you too.