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homemade peppermint candy cane gin.

homemade peppermint candy cane gin

I do love a flavoured gin. So when I had some leftover candy canes from Christmas, I thought I'd experiment with some homemade gin myself. This festive favourite is super easy to make, just choose your favourite plain gin, add candy canes and allow it to infuse. This homemade peppermint candy cane gin recipe really is that simple.

homemade peppermint candy cane gin recipe



apple bakewell tart.

Apple Bakewell tart

An Autumnal dessert inspired by one my favourite desserts; the Bakewell tart. This recipe takes on almondy frangipane sponge encased in a sweet, buttery pastry. The tart is then topped with sliced apples, drizzled with icing and scattered with extra almonds for good measure.

Apple Bakewell tart recipe
Apple Bakewell tart recipe UK

baked caprese style risotto.

 


Bringing together two of my favourite Italian recipes - the iconic Caprese salad and the reliable risotto - this dish is a warming take on usually more summery flavours. You still get the bursts of tomato and fragrant basil coming through, whilst combining with a great quality mozzarella which oozes and turns golden as it bubbles in the oven. 

For this recipe, I'm working with the new Ciao Gusto range from Ocado, a place where fellow fans of Italian cuisine can find all the best, authentic ingredients. This wholesome dish features their Auricchio P.D.O. Buffalo Mozzarella Campana, which, like many Italian ingredients and good cheeses, is beautiful served simply on its own. 



homemade pumpkin spice syrup.

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte Syrup

We're fully into Autumn now, and I'm loving it. Autumn for me means cosy nights in, my birthday month, an excuse to buy a new coat... and of course pumpkin spice lattes. I've already made PSL macarons so the obsession is loud and clear (PSL and macarons that is). So I've taken it upon myself to make some homemade pumpkin spice syrup and bottle it up for when those red cups make an appearance. Pumpkin spice forever.

Pumpkin Spice Syrup Recipe

chocolate and chestnut brownies.

Chocolate and Chestnut Brownies
Chocolate and Chestnut Brownie Recipe


An autumnal inspired brownie recipe that’s perfect to enjoy curled up with a cup of tea. These indulgent chocolate brownies combine the rich flavours of dark chocolate, sweetness of milk chocolate pieces and nutty hints of chestnut. 

Chocolate and Chestnut Brownies Recipe UK
Co-op Chocolate and Chestnut Brownies

I’ve used the Co-op Irresistible 70% Dark Chocolate for this recipe, which has both floral and spicy notes. Plus they’re individually wrapped in beautiful gold paper, so you can enjoy them as an occasional, but decadent, treat. The Irresistible Milk Chocolate lived up to its name too. Made with carefully selected Peruvian cocoa, it has a smooth and creamy taste which makes it perfect to scatter into a brownie mix as a sweet contrast against the intense dark chocolate. 


almond & pumpkin muffins.

Pumpkin and almond muffins

An autumnal bake to brighten up your weekend. Spiked with warming spices and topped with flaked almonds, this basic pumpkin sponge recipe is the perfect base for some autumnal muffins. If you're wondering how to create a simple sponge mix with pumpkin puree you've come to the right place. This recipe creates the perfect base for seasonal bakes galore - such as my super easy pumpkin spiced baked doughnuts with maple glaze. Can you tell it's my fave season yet?

Pumpkin and almond muffin recipe
Pumpkin and almond muffin

pressure cooker tandoori lamb with coconut and turmeric rice.


From paellas to puddings and risotto to ribs, who knew there was so much you make in a pressure cooker? Long gone are the days of noisy pressure cookers squealing on your Granny's stove; they've come a long way since then. Safe and smart, the Prestige Smart Plus Pressure Cooker include a visual pressure indicator that raises to indicate when the cooker is at pressure, as well as a directional pressure regulator to ensure safe release of steam away from you.

They're a real time saver too, usually knocking off a third of your usual cooking time. The results are impressive too, keeping meat and seafood delicate and tender, rice fluffy and vegetables flavoursome. The lid seals in nutrients too, which is always a bonus.


Inspired by the Prestige and Stacey Solomon collaboration, I've come up with my own creation. A spicy tandoori lamb recipe with coconut and turmeric rice, all made in the slow cooker. All in less than15 minutes. #NoPressure.

an evening with private chef mark baines, la belle assiette.


Ever dreamed of have a your own private chef to cook a personalised meal in your home? Whether you're a fan of fusion cooking, a beautiful British banquet or are looking for a rainbow of vegetarian flavours, La Belle Assiette might be for you. Hire a private chef with La Belle Assiette offer a range of professional private chefs across the UK, all you need to do is choose a cuisine from a local chef and book securely online. What's more, they do they washing up. Sold?



The headquarters are based in Paris, known for its fine cuisine and high end chefs. La Belle Assiette, translating as "The the beautiful plate" or "dish" bring this to the comfort of your home. Once you've picked your menu with the chef, all you have to do is invite the guests, provide the tipple and put your best gladrags on. You'll even get sent some lovely printed menus ahead of the date to dress your table. As one of his first diners, we had the pleasure of being hosted by Chef Mark Baines, based in Leicestershire, for an evening of fabulous food. It was his La Belle Assiette Validation Dinner, so on this occasion the menu was complimentary.


the wine list: a wine tasting experience, direct to your door. plus 30% off your first box.


Did you know that wine is the most popular alcoholic drink in the UK? According to The Wine List, half of adults actually drink it every month. From fans of Pinot to lovers of Lambrusco, ask someone who loves wine their favourite, and they'll come straight back to you with an answer. But perhaps they wouldn't be as forward with an opinion. I know I'm like that anyway, I know I love dry white wines and citrus flavours you'd find in a Sauvignon Blanc. I know that New Zealand varieties are said to be better. And if I'm enjoying a steak or cheese board, I'll have a fruity red, please. But like many others, I shy away when it comes to technical tasting notes, knowing all about aromas and the perfect pairings.

That's where The Wine List comes in. And with home-based experiences becoming increasingly popular lately, that's another big tick. The Wine List is essentially a wine course, at home. As well as receiving two premium bottles of wine (worth £16 each) a month and interactive tasting notes for £39. It's totally flexible too, so you can opt in for 12 months or just try it for one, with your first box at 30% off. The team sent me a complimentary first box to review and share my thoughts with you. So without further ado...


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easy chocolate brownie recipe.


People often ask my go-to brownie recipe. And I only realised recently that I haven't ever shared the basic one. An accidentally gluten free brownie recipe, I use ground almonds for an extra nutty and rich taste. I have loads of brownie recipes on my blog, but they always feature some kind of chocolate bar, topping or filling. The picture above isn't even mine, because I always add something. But believe me, they always end up looking like that (or even better - because adding chocolate chunks from your favourite bar is always a winner). So I thought I'd share the base recipe, for you to customise as you please.

sushimania: all you can eat sushi in nottingham.


Crazy about California rolls? Got a lot of love for gyoza? A fan of futomaki? Whether you're already a seasoned Japanese food fanatic or are only just dipping your maki into the soy sauce, Sushimania is the perfect way to try a whole host of Japanese cuisine at a real steal. For only £16.80 per person, with a minimum of diners, you can delve into six dishes each. (Or share, if you want). And guess what, you can reorder.


sea salt and dark chocolate cookies.


Milk and cookies; the perfect combination. Just like tea and toast, cheese and wine and jam and scones, this American tradition goes together like peas and carrots. One of the latest foodie trends though is mixing sweet and savoury in baking. Like salted caramel, sea salt with chocolate can add a little extra flavour and texture to sugary bakes.

Inspired by America's famous Sweet Corner Bakeshop and their sea salt chocolate chip cookies, I've created my own recipe featuring a duo of sea salt and dark chocolate. Warmed up and slurped down with a glass of milk? Perfection!


homemade beer burgers with beerwulf.com.


Beer and burgers; no-one can doubt they make for a delicious combination. I love a homemade burger stacked up with my favourite toppings and served with skin on fries. Throw in an ice cold beer on a sunny day and you're on to a winner. I've recently teamed up with Beerwulf.com to try out the latest addition to their beer packs, especially for Father's Day. I thought it made sense to put their beers into some tasty burger patties, alongside various paired cheeses.



For those who aren't familiar with Beerwulf.com, they're an online craft and speciality beer shop with loads to choose from. You can discover something new with their variety packs or handpick your own box from your favourites. There are also some helpful reviews and tasting notes over on their site to help you pick the perfect box. At the moment they actually have an offer with the promo code discount5 which entitles you to £5 discount off a £25 minimum spend. 

vegan sesame mushroom gyoza + a simple homemade dumpling pastry recipe.


Gyozas, potstickers, wontons, mandu... all with their very slight differences, shapes, fillings and quirks of the culture they are from. Gyozas in particular, hailing from Japan, are a favourite of mine, whether fried or steamed. The most fiddly part is probably the assembly, but actually making the dumpling pastry and filling is very simple. And if you didn't want to create the classic pleated gyoza shape, you could always just create a simple half moon shape at first. The best part is, for the dumpling pastry recipe you only need two things. Plain flour and water. As for the filling? Let your imagination go wild...


When Indigo Herbs got in touch asking if I'd like to try out a few of their products to create a vegan recipe, I couldn't wait to bring a really exciting plant based flavour together. As well as mushrooms, spring onions, ginger, garlic and chilli, their Japanese Maitake Mushroom Powder adds a smoky flavour, the sesame seeds an extra nutty taste and their Irish Seaweed Salad of course introduces that beautiful umami taste you often find in South Asian cooking. Think nori in sushi, soy sauce and miso,  for an idea of that slightly salty and savoury essence.


bakewell tart cheesecake.


In the Midlands we're pretty spoilt for food. With Leicestershire as the home of Melton Mowbray pork pies and Stilton cheese, breweries in Burton-on-Trent and the amazing curry houses in Birmingham and Leicester, there really is so much to choose from.

A particular favourite of mine is the Bakewell tart, or pudding, which hails from the Derbyshire town with the same namesake. The puddings and tarts are a little different in recipe and texture, but they both have that delicious medley of almonds and cherries that I can't get enough of. If you've read my recipes or scrolled through Insta before, you'd know I'm pretty obsessed with any adaptation of my beloved tart. So when Leisure cookers challenged me to make a twist on a classic regional dish at my next dinner party, I knew I had try a Bakewell cheesecake. My mixer and range cooker are my best friends in the kitchen so I couldn't wait to get started.


easy banana bread with chocolate spread.

Easy banana bread recipe

If you haven't made banana bread yet, you've probably seen slices scattered all over your social media. I've no idea how every household has ended up with so many surplus bananas, but when life gives you bananas, I guess you make banana bread. It's a super easy recipe too, where you can use any leftover spread to dot into the mix, as well as any extra nuts to scatter over the top. For this, I made a classic easy banana bread recipe, then using some leftover chocolate spread and some flaked almonds from the back of the cupboard. Adapt fillings and topping as you wish, but always enjoy with your favourite tea or coffee.

Banana bread
Simple banana bread recipe


the feathered nest country inn, nether westcote, oxfordshire.


Found in the heart of the Cotswolds, just a stone's throw from the likes of Bourton-on-the-Water and Stow-on-the-Wold, The Feathered Nest Inn boasts an exciting and modern European menu featuring local produce, as well as heavenly views of the rolling countryside. It's accolades are impressive too: Times Top 100 Restaurant, ​Gastropub of the year, and AA 3 Red Rosettes to name a few.


Inside you're met with a warm welcome, in more ways than one, with a polite but professional maitre'd, who shows you to a relaxed fireside seating area where you can flick through the menu to the homely sound of crackling logs. As we thumbed through the inviting dishes and discussed suggested wine pairings, we were asked about our dietary requirements and presented with gruyère filled choux pastries.