Last month, I was lucky enough to receive a copy of Elly Curshen‘s new 5:2 cookbook, Fast Days and Feast Days. Elly, who runs the Pear Cafe in Bristol, is an advocate of 5:2 eating – where you eat normally for 5 days and ‘fast’ for 2 days each week. On the fast days, you get to eat 500 calories if you’re a woman, and … Continue reading Fast days and feast days
My husband and I have just come back from a long weekend in Iceland, which was absolutely brilliant! We wrote up some tips for a friend who’s going along later in the year, so I thought they might be worth sharing with you all in case you’re planning to go! Hit me up if you have any additional recommendations. :) General tips We stayed in Hotel … Continue reading A long weekend in Iceland – some tips!
Let me begin with the disclaimer that I am by no means a wedding expert. The only thing that qualifies me to write this (ridiculously long) post is that I got married a few months ago and I learned a few things along the way. A wedding is an intensely personal experience – and in my opinion, the best weddings reflect the personalities of the bride and … Continue reading 13 things I learned while planning a wedding
I was recently invited to a food photography workshop hosted by Currys, where lots of bloggers gathered to pick up some tips and tricks from the experts at Nikon. Despite being a Canon woman myself, it was a great chance to brush up on my skills and look at how you can use light, aperture, depth of field, and white balance to create beautiful photos … Continue reading Photographing food – some tips!
What: a freerange whole chicken Who: The Thoughtful Producer Where: Ocado (on offer at the moment (Sept 2015)) or The Thoughtful Producer How much: £19.99 for a 2.2kg bird (ish) Oh my GOODNESS. This chicken was AMAZING. I could honestly just leave the review at that, but I feel I owe more to the lovely PR people that actually posted me a chicken (am I … Continue reading Review: free range chicken from The Thoughtful Producer
I went to an event a few weeks ago that was all about the joys of Mexican food. Hosted by Old El Paso and The Food Network, we were treated to a demonstration by Andy Bates, who showed us how to make a roast chicken using Old El Paso packet mix as a seasoning. You just make a paste with a bit of oil, then … Continue reading Roasted tomato & pepper wedges with Old El Paso
Betty Crocker is one of the biggest names in the baking aisle. You probably know them from their popular range of pre-made icings, cake mixes, and other baking shortcuts. As a die hard home baker myself, I don’t tend to use pre-made mixes and frostings because I genuinely believe that nothing can compare to a cake that’s been made from scratch. Therefore I was very interested … Continue reading Review: Betty Crocker
It’s Pancake Day tomorrow! Have you made a plan for what you’re having? If you don’t fancy making your own, you could try Abra-ca-Debora’s ready made pancakes! I recommend the Little Diddys – they’re based on the popular Dutch poffertjes, which are ridiculously moreish. The Diddys are also very versatile – you can make fruit and pancake kebabs, or pancake pops dipped in chocolate or syrup, … Continue reading Are you ready for Pancake Day?
It’s almost Valentine’s Day and if you’ve decided to forego an overpriced dinner out, you’re going to need to make something delicious for your loved one at home. Here are some of my favourite quick and dirty meals, ideal for impressing your dinner partner for minimal effort. They all look a LOT harder than they are, so you’re onto a winner. Smoked mackerel kedgeree Kedgeree is … Continue reading 5 quick and easy Valentines dinner ideas
It’s that time of year again! Here are 10 easy ideas for Valentine’s Day 2015, featuring lots of easy and delicious recipes and a few suggestions for things you can buy. Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! Homemade salted caramel millionaire’s shortbread This is one of my most popular recipes! They’re not too tricky to make and the results are incredible – the perfect hit of sweet, … Continue reading 10 gift ideas for Valentine’s Day 2015
What: Bonne Maman’s desserts Where: all good supermarkets in the fridge section How much: £2.50 ish FIVE STARS I am already a big Bonne Maman fan, having loved their jams and confitures since childhood, and falling a little bit in love with their fruit pots a couple of years ago. So I was very excited when a little hamper of goodies appeared on my doorstep … Continue reading Review – Bonne Maman desserts
What: Lurpak Cook’s Range – Cooking Liquid and Clarified Butter Where: all supermarkets How much: £3.25 (Ocado) FOUR STARS The lovely people at Lurpak sent me some of their new products to try – namely the Cooking Liquid (a butter and vegetable oil blend) and the Clarified Butter (also known as ghee) – around Christmas but I’ve been so madly busy that I’m only now writing about them. … Continue reading Review: Lurpak’s Cook’s Range