Food Life Lately

Today’s post is basically about what we’ve been up to lately. The last couple of months have absolutely flown by and I feel like we’ve lots track of things quite a bit here. So with that in mind I decided to share all the foodie wonders that Fi and I have experienced lately. It’s mainly pictures, because let’s be honest pictures are the best!

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Lunchtime park picnics from Pret

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Pimms – the perfect summer cocktail

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Afternoon tea in the garden – chocolate cake, marshmallow crispy, coffee and walnut cake, banana muffins and chocolate chip cakes.

Borough Market treats

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Homemade Chinese chicken

Flapjack

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Raw Cookie Dough

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Double chocolate chip cookies

 Homemade hummus

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Caprese Salad

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Homemade turkey burgers and sweet potato fries

Sunday breakfast at The Delaunay

So there we go. You’ve all been caught up on our recent foodie lives. Wasn’t that just a bundle of fun? All I know is that I am now hungry from looking at all that food!

Lau xxx

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April Foodie Update

So from the rather awesome list below it’s pretty clear we’ve been super spoilt on the food front this month, I suppose a birthday and a holiday will do that to you! So here’s what we’ve been eating (basically all the good things ever invented!).

Five Guys – I know loads of people aren’t a fan, but I most certainly am!
Sandbanks, Portugal
Alambique, Portugal
BBQ x3 – 2 in Portugal, 1 in Surrey – hooray for Spring/Summer as this is my favourite food!
Pulled Pork
Yo Sushi
Nandos
Muriel’s Kitchen – one of our new favoruites, everything there is delicious and the decor is amazing!
Franco Manca pizza – best pizza EVER
Ready Steady Cook #6 – Sweet Potato Meatball Bake – a new favourite
Peanut butter brownies – these NEVER get old
Coffee and walnut cake – so easy and so yummy!
Easter Eggs – ALL of the Easter Eggs!

egg fried rice / Franco Manga pizza / Birthday pimms / open egg mayo sandwich / Five Guys /  sweet potato meatball bake

cinnamon roll / birthday Biscuiteers biscuits / Easter creme eggs / coffee and walnut cake / birthday crepe / Starbucks name fail 

So, tell us, what was your favourite foodie item in April – something you made or somewhere new you tried. We’d love to hear new recipe and restaurant suggestions!

March foodie round-up

It’s the end of the month again – where does the time go? So as it’s the end of March it means it is time for a quick foodie round up. Yay for that! So without further ado here’s a run down of everything that has been cooked, baked and eaten in the marvellous month of March.

Cooked & Baked
cheese strawspastry pinwheelschicken & mushroom soup piemini egg blondies, creme egg brownies, mug cakes, chocolate and banana cake (coming soon) and lemon and lime poppyseed cake (also coming soon).

Eaten
Harrison’sBrasserie Zedel, Nachos @ the Marquis of Anglesey, La Meridiana in Horsley for carb loading before a half marathon, Carluccio’sNineteen Ten, Iced coffees galore, the biggest pizza ever from Costco, Ikea meatballs, chips and gravy – EPIC!, Post marathon roast chicken, The Riverfront, brunch at Del ‘Aziz (again) and our first barbecue of the year – hooray!

 Here’s to some equally awesome baking and eating in April!

Lau xx

A little February round-up

So another month has flown by and we’re now about to embark on March – what the actual what is going on with that?! How on earth is this year going so fast – crazy times indeed! As is the CBE way we need to round-up all our cooking, baking and eating loveliness in one post, so here goes!

We started this month with an awesome long weekend in the Peak District, which basically revolved around food… We started with a Wagamama’s, where we all tried something new, all of which were scrumptious. My dish was the Chicken Teriyaki, scrumptious! This was swiftly followed by (in no particular order) homemade lasagna, American sweets, coffee in our wellies, pulled pork, cooked breakfasts and pancakes, homemade veggie soup, doorstop sandwiches, a chinese takeaway, crisps, biscuits, bourbon brownies and a rediscovery of scrumptious Shreddies. It really was an amazing weekend of food stuffs!

Apart from a weekend of food in the Peak District our foodie month has been made up of:

  • Cooking a ham, chicken, leek, mushroom and mushroom soup pie
  • Blending tonnes of smoothies
  • Treating ourselves to a cooked breakfast (for lunch) after epic runs
  • Sampling our very first Chicken Balti Pukka pie at the football
  • Baking chewy chocolate chip and peanut butter cookies (recipe here)
  • Eating out at Bill’s, Wahaca, Nando’s, Del’Aziz and Camellia’s Tea House
  • Tucking into the biggest roast chicken with all the trimmings courtesy of the parentals
  • Being good and taking salads for lunch
  • Remembering how perfect an iced coffee can be with our first ones of 2014

Phew, what a month for food – no wonder I’m so exhausted after all of that lot! What about you what have been your top food moments from the last month?

– Fi xx

January 2014 Eats

Hello lovely people and welcome to our little update on what foody delights have been occurring with us this month. Wow January has been a long month, but as you can see we’ve mainly managed to survive it by eating lots of yummy things! Yay to us right.

January Eats

Cooked
Kedegree
RSC#5 – Cod with bacon and a tomato sauce
Butternut squash pasta
Butternut squash risotto
Steak and potato wedges – the stuff of dreams!

Baked
Apple and Blackberry Crumble
Bourbon Biscuit brownies (as see on this rambling corner)
Avocado brownies
Bread & Rolls
Granola (coming soon I promise!)

Eaten
Dinner at Five Guys
Pizza and quiz fun at the Elephant on the Hill
Brunch at Tom’s Kitchen. Look out for a post about this soon.
Drinks at the Tinder Yard
Dinner at The Seahorse Pub (One of our favourite places ever – their sticky toffee pudding is to die for)
Lunch at Denbies Vineyard

What about you lovely people? What have been your food highlights this month?

Lau xxx

November Eats

Eating out Last month’s eating out was definitely less than normal, but we still managed to fit in some absolutely amazing places. Between us we made it to Wagamamas, Nandos, 1 Launceston Place and Homeslice. I wanted to mention two of these now:

Firstly, 1 Launceston Place was absolutely perfect. This was a treat for my Mum birthday and it was everything you’d expect from a Michelin starred restaurant. Tim Allen’s food was heavenly and I still can’t decide which was my favourite part!

Secondly, Homeslice. This is an awesome pizza restaurant in Covent Garden. Think shared wooden tables, huge pizzas on wooden boards and no other food option. Yes, it only sells pizza but it’s so delicious that you don’t want anything else. We went as part of a group of 5 and got 2 pizzas between us. Each pizza had half and half toppings. My favourite was the butternut squash, roasted onions and pancetta topping – simply divine. The squash is like a puree and used instead of tomatoes. Whoever thought that up was a genius.

Other foody discoveriesThis month has been all about the Peanut Hottie, Christmas Sandwiches and bread mix.

Peanut Hottie – Please tell me you have tried this. What is it? Well, it’s a peanut butter flavoured hot drink, which I may have talked about this a bit too much on twitter and instagram but it’s absolutely amazing! It not only tastes delicious but the smell is heavenly too.

So in love with this stuff.

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Christmas Sandwiches – my current favourite is the M&S turkey with butternut squash stuffing. So good. Try it. Now! Also how cute is the Christmas packaging from Eat? It certainly cheers up eating at your desk!

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Artisan bread mix – I made this when I was at home visiting my parents, it was so unbelievably easy to do. Just follow the recipe exactly and you’ll end up with a delicious seeded bread.

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Home Baking – We have also baked an awful lot this month. Here goes with the long list; fruit crumblesChicken live pate, sticky gingerbread cake, raspberry brownies, toad in the hole, Aubergine Parmigiana, white bread loaf, turkey & tarragon sweet potatoes, a four tiered birthday cake for Mum’s birthday, chickpea and vegetable stew, peanut butter brownies (yes, again), Reindeer cupcakes and banana and walnut loaf. As is the normal routine recipes for new things will be typed up and posted over the next month or so, between Christmas baking of course!

What about you lovely lot? Any delicious bakes, makes or eatings out to share with us?

Lau xxx

October Foody Wonders

As another month draws to a close it’s time for the inevitable foody round up on this here bloggedy blog and let’s be honest it does seem to all be about the food recently, I think that’s due to the change of weather. After all all you want to do when it gets darker is snuggle up on the sofa with warming food and a hot chocolate, or is that just me?! So yes it’s fair to say that we’ve embraced that this month, particularly with the addition of Salted Caramel Hot Chocolates at Starbucks. Um can we just take a moment to ponder at the geniusness of this idea, someone knight that person ASAP. What a clever person!

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Anyway enough salivating let’s move on to the foodie delights that we experienced a couple of weeks ago in The Peak District as that was all kinds of awesome! We tucked in to Mum’s much lauded over homemade lasagne and of course exclaimed over the amazingly delicious proper Bakewell Tarts (we were in Bakewell after all so it would have been rude not too!). We also ate at a couple of delicious little spots whilst in the wonderful peaks; the first place that deserves praise is the picturesque Beehive pub which we stumbled upon after visiting the otters in Chapel-en-le-Frith. It was a lovely quaint pub with local beers and the most fabulous food. I had a platter which featured smelly stilton and the most delicious chicken liver pate I’ve ever experienced and Lau had a crunchy and creamy jacket potato piled high with prawn mayo – delicious! If you’re ever in that neck of the woods you simply HAVE to experience it. The other brilliant restaurant we experienced was a restaurant in Bakewell itself called The Pointing Dog and Duck. We had a three course meal, plus cocktails there on the Saturday night and the food was simply divine and incredibly good value too! I think the high points were the individual chicken, leek, mushroom and ham pie, the mojitos and the duck and potato hash which also included a deep fried egg. Simply a-maze-ing!

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So enough of the Bakewell reminiscing for one post! We have also been busy bees in the old rhubarb and custard kitchen and we’ve made the following: Oat and Banana Bites, Triple Chocolate Cookies, Pinwheels, sausage casserole (yes again!), Welsh Cakes (my favourite), Chocolate Tea Loaf Cake, Marshmallow Brownies, Peanut Butter Brownies (oh no scratch that earlier comment, maybe this was my favourite!) and our third RSC challenge. Phew what a lot of things! And unsurprisingly most of them are sweet things, oh well what can I say we both have serious sweet tooths!

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This month I also FINALLY experienced the wondered of Five Guys (not once but twice) whoopee! And can I just say – it absolutely lived up to my expectations it was scrumpdidliumptious and I can’t wait to go again. Their fries are delicious and so moreish and the addition of mushrooms to the cheeseburger? Bloody genius even if I do say so myself! We also discovered the GBK app this month so have been making the most of the free bits and bobs with that.Oh and Lau’s been revisiting our travelling month with the L&P from GBK, as she basically existed off of that when we were travelling!  Plus we were lucky enough to eat out at Bill’s (yes I may also have gone here twice, oops), Wembley for burgers (twice here as well – the second time was for the American Football and unsurprisingly they had upped the size of everything for the visiting fans), Nando’s (it had been far too long!), The Rochester Coffee Company, Manor Farm Barn and Le Pain Quotidian for a lovely breakfast treat. Note to self we should most definitely have shared one basket rather than having one each. But hey it was all delicious so I don’t regret any of it!

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Oh and I forgot to mention we tucked into a lot of seasonal delights, first up were the Screme Eggs, perfect Halloween fodder and then there were some Mousse Snowman – they’re new so had to be tasted! Then Lau discovered the wonders of Oat so Simple porridge pots, perfect when you’re in a rush but don’t want to be tempted by a chocolate croissant at your desk. Have you tried any of the flavours yet? I think the Apple and Blueberry is my current favourite, although it is a tough call!

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So there we have it a month of wondrous food, what lucky people we are and I wonder what delights we’ll receive in November. Personally I’m keeping my fingers crossed for the wonders of Christmas goodies. Can you really beat mince pies, gingerbread men, Starbucks Christmas drinks and sticky ginger cake? No I don’t think so either!

– Fi xxx