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!

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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

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

September aka the month we stuffed our faces!

As another month comes to an end, yes really we are now in October, it’s time for a moment to remember the lovely food we’ve been lucky enough to enjoy over the last month and really it’s been quite a month for both of us. It’s definitely the month that’s seen a move from salad and sandwiches to pastry, soup and marshmallows in drinks, which has cheered me right up. I am most definitely ready for this cooler weather and the beginning of my favourite season. So here are some of the things we’ve been enjoying in the foodie world over the last month…

  1. We had a lovely afternoon tea at the Palm Court at The Langhan Hotel, which was absolutely delicious and a real treat. I definitely recommend it to anyone who is looking for somewhere lovely for afternoon tea in London, it really was superb. And you get a LOT of food. We had jelly, champagne, tea, two scones each, eight sandwiches each and five different dainty cakes, plus we could have had many more scones or sandwiches. They were all of course delicious!
  2. We had a brilliant week away in Portugal in September, which meant lots of lovely Portugese treats – Ruffles, chocolate sandwich biscuits, club sandwiches and ice creams galore as is the usual way. Plus we visited some of our favourite eateries – Sandbanks, Maria’s and of course a trip to the Chinese for a takeaway. It had to be done.
  3. I finally made it to the MeatMarket this month for a double cheeseburger and chilli cheese fries. The burger was good, even if the number of toppings were a little bit excessive. As for the fries, yeah not really a fan. Oh yeah and also the next day I did not feel good, clearly something didn’t agree with me. I will most definitely be sticking to the Shake Shack or Five Guys from now on!
  4. There was one week this month that I think saw me eating Italian food four out of the seven nights, what a great week! One such night saw us celebrating Dad’s birthday at Casa Vita, a really lovely family run Italian restaurant. The food was delicious, as one expects at an Italian and it led to a discovery of baked avocado as an actual meal – how had no one told me about this concept before then?!
  5. Lau saw this post on A Rosie Outlook earlier so we simply had to give it a whirl ourselves, our version included a mix of tomato pesto and mayonnaise and a lot of veggie goodness. These really were delicious so I definitely think you should all get making them asap.
  6. Other trips out and about have included Zizzi’s, Yo Sushi and an awful lot of morning coffee. Oddly enough the venti sized coffees seem to be making an appearance, which is not ideal!
  7. As for other bits and bobs we’ve been baking (which you’ll hopefully see on the bloglet soon, if they’ve not yet been shared) and cooking. We had Focaccia, triple chocolate cookies, banana and oat biscuits and some serious easy and not to mention delicious sweet AND savoury pinwheels.
  8. September saw the second in our Ready Steady Cook Challenges, with Lau giving me the ingredients to work with this time. These included chocolate and mackerel. I’ll be updating on what I cooked soon I promise!

So all in all a pretty good month of foodie goodness for us in September I wonder what we’ve got to look forward to in October, I can hardly wait to find out! What about you, what were your favourite foody things this in September?

– Fi xx

Link love, inspiring images and a quote

I thought I’d share a few bits and pieces that I’ve spotted around the internet recently that have really tickled my fancy. by sharing them on here not only will you guys see some lovely looking things, I’ll also have these ideas bookmarked for future inspiration. Yes it’s true. I am a genius. FACT.

First up on my list of loveliness, are a few yummy looking recipes that I’ve seen recently and really want to try. A while back I saw these yummy gummy sweets on the brilliant blog A Beautiful Mess and ever since I’ve been obsessed with them. They look yummy and seem so simple to make, I think these need to be added to the ‘must make’ list! Also this frozen yoghurt from shutterbean.com – um yes something that contains bananas, peanut butter and is also virtually calorie free. What’s not to love?! As for more savoury things, I’ve been dreaming about this delicious looking aubergine and halloumi parmigiana a lot lately. Doesn’t it look scrumptious? Also The Skint Foodie’s recipe for pollock fish cakes sounds out of this world. I’ve never cooked with (or eaten for that matter) Pollock before so I think this recipe would be a good starting point…

Pinterest has been really inspiring recently, I have fallen head over heels in love with the following things – aren’t they all aces? I tink these would all be wonderful in our rhubarb and custard kitchen.

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We have open shelves in our kitchen which I love for showcasing all our recipe books and crockery, but I sort of wish I could make ours look as great as this – look at all that colour!

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pyrex......especially vintage pyrex

Does anyone else want some vintage beautiful coloured pyrex now they’ve seen this image? Or is that just me?

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Personalized Monogrammed Drinking Jar (Set of 4)

Making personalised drinking glasses might just need to be my next kitchen DIY

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I thought I’d finish this post with a quote I read recently about food, by Dorothy Draper. I really like it and think it might be the next quote for our kitchen chalkboard. What do you think of it?

Eating is really one of your indoor sports. You play three times a day, and it’s well worth while to make the game as pleasant as possible.

Fi xxx

A Jolly June Round Up

When I sat down to do a monthly update on what we’re we’ve eaten and what new things we’ve baked over the last month, I was a little shocked to see that we haven’t posted anything new this month. Oops. This reads like all we’ve done this week is eat jacket potatoes and cheese or takeaways, which is only half-true I promise! In fact this month has been fairly busy and has seen us out and about a lot so our eating out list is fairly epic. We’ve also been trying some new bits and bobs, which we’ll be posting about iminently, I promise. So the month of June looks a bit like the below in terms of foody fun!

  • London delights: Zizzi’s for lunch, Pizza Express for dinner (both have good GF menus don’t you know!), The Serpentine Bar and Kitchen for scrumptious steak sandwiches (read about a past visit here), Leon for their fabulous sharing dishes, a family farewell dinner at Carluccio’s – I could literally just live off their gnocchi, it’s that good. Lau also headed to the Udderbelly Beer Garden and Belugo’s at Waterloo and I made another pit stop to both Pizza Express for a ‘healthy’ pizza and also Giraffe. I think the stand out delight in our eating month had to be Del’Aziz in Clapham Old Town, the food, decor and atmosphere were all absolutely perfect!
  • Other UK hotspots: A picnic in the shadows of Bath Abbey, Dinner at the Hop Pole, a delightful country pub in Limpley Stoke, Sandwiches in Marlborough and pre-theatre sandwiches on The South Bank
  • Our own concoctions: Fish finger sandwiches (yes again!), more freshly baked bread, Morning rolls, Lemon and Lime Poppyseed cake (recipe to come), Eton Mess, a layered cake version of my peanut butter and chocolate chip cupcakes, raisin and oatmeal biscuits (again I will write this recipe up asap!) and yummy homemade popcorn with agave syrup – delicious!
  • New foodie discoveries: Having ignored them for years we’ve both fallen hard for iced coffees this month. I know this isn’t massively exciting BUT for two non-coffee drinkers up until December this is an amazing discovery. Since first tasting them on Saturday, we’ve consumed five between us….
  • Things that have outraged us this month: the discovery that our Aussie cousin thinks it’s perfectly acceptable to eat ice cream and hot custard together. Yes really. I mean what the hell is that about. I’m actually concerned that we are related.