Recipe: Cherry Bakewell loaf cake

I love a loaf cake because they are so easy to mix together and bung in the oven. Perfect for a Sunday afternoon when you don't have the energy to make a big cake but still have a craving for something sweet. Ingredients 250 g self raising flour 2 tsp baking powder 100 g golden…

Review: Tier Nottingham

On Saturday I had the pleasure of trying out one of Nottingham’s newest bars, Tier. Based on Pelham Street (just opposite the Bodega), you’ll find a menu full of cheese toasties and cocktails with a great happy hour deal (£4 between 5pm and 9pm). You’ll be lucky to get a table, as there were only…

Christmas gift guide

It’s that time of year again folks! The nights are drawing in and, if you’re organised like me all your presents are wrapped and sent to the North Pole. If you’re still looking for present ideas, however, here’s my top ten gifts for the season: 1. Godvia six piece truffle box (£12.00) Pure decadence in…

Recipe: Sundried tomato and coconut milk chicken

I have a habit of getting home from work, having a stroke of genius, throwing ingredients I think will work that are left in the cupboard into a pan and hoping for the best. Last night I seemed to hit the jackpot and came up with a gloriously creamy (but cream free!) chicken dish that…

Recipe: 20 minute garlic shrimp

Sorry for the lack of posts recently! I have been busy thinking up new recipes and blog post ideas. As I’ve been so busy I’ve been trying to think up quick, but still tasty, dinner ideas. I love this garlic shrimp stir fry recipe because it doesn’t take long to cook or prepare and tastes…

National Chocolate Week

Chocolate Week… surely that has to be my favourite food themed week in the year! Returning for the 12th consecutive year, Chocolate Week celebrates the world of fine chocolate from the 10th to the 16th October. With chocolate on the brain (and I mean more than any average week) I decided to round-up my favourite…

Running a cake stall- top tips

Last weekend I helped run a summer fair in aid of the musical society I am part of. “Summer” being in inverted commas here as there was a lack of sunshine and a LOT of rain. My designated stall, as you can imagine, was the cakes- something that, surprisingly, I hadn’t done before. I love…

Caribbean Food Week 2016- perfect street party food

  This week is Caribbean Food Week. Established in 2012 by Grace Foods, the UK’s largest supplier of Caribbean food and drink, this week is all about celebrating and showcasing the delicious tastes of the Caribbean. This year, celebrations will come to a fruition with a two-day Caribbean Food Festival in Brixton, London, with cooking demos, live music,…

Product of the month: Aldi Special Buy Utensils

If the fact that The Great British Bake Off is making a TV comeback next week wasn’t exciting enough, Aldi has a new Bake Off range in stores and online (while stocks last). This week I got the chance to try some of their ‘Show Stopper Baking Utensils’ which, priced at £1.99 each seem pretty…

Book of the month: Dairy Diary Favourites

Title: Dairy Diary Favourites Author: Dairy Diary RRP: £8.25 Rating: 5/5  Review: This month I’ve had the pleasure to review Dairy Diary’s new cookbook which celebrates 35 years of the brand. The book has a delicious mix of both traditional favourites and contemporary dishes with extremely simple and easy to follow instructions. The big plus…

Recipe: Pimms summer cake

Perfectly boozy and summery, this cake is perfect to eat sat out in the garden or at a BBQ (or both!). Be sure to leave the cake in the fridge and not outside as otherwise you could have a cake landslide on your hands, as I did. Ps… it still tastes just as nice in…

Recipe: Sausage, stilton and apple chutney rolls

Shop bought sausage rolls are never ever as good as the home made version, even if that means buying ready made pastry. It also means you have the opportunity to experiment with the flavours and ingredients and put whatever you want inside. For my version I’ve used Lincolnshire sausage meat and added apple chutney then…