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17 August 2016

Nottingham Food & Drink Festival | Wollaton Hall




Last weekend I headed over to the gorgeous Wollaton Hall for the Nottingham food and Drink Festival. I've never actually been to a food festival, and couldn't wait to tuck in to all the delicious food!


 


We grabbed a salted caramel iced latte and headed off towards the tents. There was so much to choose from, gin vans, Mexican food, pizza, cake, chocolate. We decided to do some wandering and tasting before we decided where to eat.


We stumbled across The Cherry Tree which sold some amazing chutneys, jams and curds. I ended up buying a Mojito flavoured curd, which is incredibly delicious! I can't wait to do some baking with this, and also can we just appreciate the copper packaging.




It's no secret that I love pizza, so when I saw the Bare Bones wood fire pizza van I knew that's what I wanted. I opted for the classic margarita, which was mouth wateringly delicious.  Bare Bones is a family run company who cook their gorgeous pizzas in a wood fired oven, in their decked out van! If you're a pizza lover like me, of course you are, then you can check them out .




Stephen opted for a box full of  African, flavour-packed goodies including; bean cake, jolof rice, chicken, plantain and spicy spinach. Which by the speed he ate it, must have been good!




I was so excited to see these coconut drinks, if you don't know already, I'm going to the Dominican Republic for my honeymoon in November, and seeing these made me even more excited! The top of the coconut was chopped off and I was able to eat the juicy, coconut flesh inside and drink the fresh coconut water. Then I was able to choose what flavours I wanted adding to the water, I picked a fruity strawberry and lime concoction, which was zingy and refreshing. A real treat for the taste buds.


Of course no good summer's day is complete without ice cream, me and Stephen had already spotted the ice cream parlour tent when we first walked in, but resisted temptation until after we had eaten our main! It took a lot of will power!




We chose Strawberry Crunch, it took us some time to decide as there was just so many flavours to choose from! In the end this one was perfect, not too heavy on our stomachs and really refreshing to enjoy in the sun.

Wollaton Hall and it's grounds in general are beautiful, I've enjoyed many walks here. As well as the fact I have managed to get some beautiful outfit photos taken in them too, see and . I would recommend whiling away an afternoon, seeing the deer roaming, and admiring the picturesque hall.



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26 July 2016

Mama Doreen's Tea Rooms, Harrogate | Review



I'd been searching online for a cute tea room to visit whilst on our trip to Harrogate, as we all know I love me some afternoon tea! I stumbled across Mama Doreen's on Facebook, and it looked incredible! I love the shabby chic style and their presentation was insane.


As soon as we entered I couldn't resist whipping out my camera and capturing all the amazing details, from the giant, glistening, chandeliers, to the cute and quirky signs. The shelves were lined with clear jars of vintage sweeties, and there was the smell of cake and coffee in the air.




We luckily managed to snag a table, but I would highly recommend booking as it was super busy. We sat at a sweet heart style table in the main shop, the room downstairs was completely full. However, I'm not going to lie, I was secretly pleased we were sat upstairs as I could snap away until my heart's content!

 After perusing the menu I opted for a caramel macchiato. The Mr had a classic earl grey tea and we plumped for the cake platter to share.


When they brought out the cakes my mouth fell to the floor, they looked amazing!


We were spoilt for choice, with eyes bigger than our tummies we dug in! There was; a classic Scone with delicious, sticky, strawberry & prosecco jam, a scrumptious, melt in the mouth, buttery, shortbread and chocolate moon, a slab of toffee and apple cake, topped with sweet, crunchy, brown sugar, a light, fluffy, strawberry and chocolate meringue, and finally the cake of the day, a tiny, sticky toffee pudding cupcake, topped with soft chunks of toffee. Did that make your mouth water?


It's safe to say we devoured the entire platter and were suitably stuffed to the brim. Who could waste any of that cakey goodness though? Not me that's for sure!


The service was fantastic, the staff were very attentive, friendly, and made us feel very welcome - which was amazing to say how busy they were! If we're ever in the area again we will definitely be going back for the full afternoon tea! If you're ever in Harrogate and fancy some delicious cake, I high recommend you pay Mama Doreen's a visit.



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15 December 2015

Baileys Chocolate Christmas Cupcakes

 
Difficulty - Easy


Christmas is a time for giving... and eating! I wanted to bake a festive treat but give it a little twist, and out came these babies! Boozy Baileys Cupcakes- Adult's only. They are delicious and chocolatey. Perfect for snaffling whilst watching your favourite Christmas movie in front on the roaring fire. So how did I make them you say? Let's get stuck in!

You Will Need:

- 100g Self-Raising Flour
- 25g Cocoa Powder (I used Dr Oetker Dark Cocoa Powder)
- 140g Caster Sugar
- A Pinch Of Salt
- 40g Margarine
- 120ml Baileys
- 1 Large Egg
- Betty Crocker Chocolate Fudge Icing

Now that you have all your ingredients together, we can begin!

1.  Pre-Heat your oven to around 170 Degrees.

2. Put your Flour, Cocoa Powder, Caster Sugar, Salt and butter into a bowl. Whisk together until the mixture forms a sand-like texture.


3. Crack your large egg into a Jug and Whisk Well.

4. Add your egg and 120ml Baileys to your mixture.


5. Whisk all the mix together until the consistency is very smooth with no lumps.

6. Pour your smooth chocolatey mixture into your cupcake cases, filling them about half way.


7. Pop into the oven for around 15-20 minutes. To test if the cupcakes are ready either lightly press the top of the cake and if it springs back they should be ready. An alternate way, which I use, is to use a skewer or cocktail stick, poke it through the centre of the cake and remove. If there is mixture left on the stick then the cakes need a little longer. If it is clean then the cakes are done. Leave to cool for 20-30 minutes.


8. Now's the fun part - Decorating! I piped Betty Crocker's Chocolate Fudge Icing quite thickly in a swirl and then Sprinkled Edible Gold Stars (Asda) on top. Finishing the cake of with an edible white Snowflake (Asda).

9. Grab a blanket, flick on your favourite Christmas movie and Enjoy your Cheeky Chocolate Treat.

If you fancy a family friendly alcohol free Christmas Cupcake replace the baileys with milk!



 
What Christmas treats have you been Baking?
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18 November 2015

Joe's Kitchen, Derby


I recently visited in Derby after hearing that it had not long opened there, and being a massive food lover who's on a quest to visit most of the local restaurants I decided I had better pay a visit.


What first grabbed my attention about Joe's Kitchen was the amazing décor, from the outside it's pretty impressive with lots of plants, large glass windows and then you can see the giant chandelier peeping through the doorway.

I also love how they have clashed the modern industrial look of the exposed pipes and vents with the glamour of the fancy floral lamp shades and twinkling chandeliers. It's very eye catching!

Everything is how you would say 'instagrammable'. Each table had a mini chalk board with a quote on, which was another very sweet touch to the décor.

Even the toilets were beautiful! They had vibrant potted flowers perched along the sinks.

  Décor aside, to add to the bloggers dream, the cocktails were served in cute mason style jars. Which means that you must definitely indulge in one just for the glass alone!


These Pinterest worthy drinks are sweetly named 'Joe's Jars', and come in some taste bud tantalising flavours. There's Elderflower Fizz, which is Elderflower Liqueur and Fresh lime juice, or, if your feeling fruity, there's the Orange and Mango Mash Up. I opted for this one. It's made up of Orange Gin, Fresh Orange Juice & Mango Puree. The Mr went for a classic pint that arrived in a huge Tankard!

The best is saved until last of course, the food! I was a little bit naughty and had my dinner off the dessert menu - I just needed pancakes ok! They are usually on the Breakfast menu, however, this ended at 11am, so I just had to have them off the dessert menu instead. I half expected someone to turn up and tell me that I wouldn't get any dessert if I didn't eat my dinner. However, I'm definitely glad I made the decision!




These American Style, thick, stacked pancakes oozed plenty of sweet flavours, and the berries gave the dish a bit of zing to what's mainly a sweet palette. They were so good, and came with a good dollop of ice cream too, just for good measure.

The Mr opted for the next best juicy offer, a Burger. Not just any plain burger though, A Joe's Homemade Burger. Yep that's right - imagine a tasty burger, now add bacon, red onion and melted cheddar and you have the basis of Joe's Homemade Burger.



I can confirm that he said it was very good and super tasty.

Overall, our meal cost roughly £27 for 2 meals and 2 drinks, which is really good value for money as the food and service were excellent. If you like Burgers, Pancakes, Cocktails in jars and more then you will love . I will definitely be making a visit again to try some more of those cheeky cocktails!


Where's you favourite place to eat out?
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14 October 2015

Oscar & Rosies, Nottingham


 On Sunday me and my other half attended Save the Date Wedding Fayre, which was absolutely amazing. We found some really good suppliers and we're now even more excited about next year. All the excitement worked up an appetite, and the one thing I wanted most was Pizza!

There was one place for this, Oscar & Rosies. This little slice of heaven (see what I did there) can be found just off the corner of Thurland Street, in the centre of Nottingham. Oscar and Rosie's is an independent pizza restaurant that prides itself in incorporating high quality ingredients into it's pizzas.

I really loved the whole design of their interior, it had an amazing chalkboard wall that is what Pinterest dreams are made of. Then there were long wooden tables, all of which had cute little red candles and cacti on, again a bloggers paradise.


Another cute quirk that I really liked was the simplicity of the menu, Oscar and Rosie's definitely do what they say on the tin, Pizza. Glorious Pizza.


After a little perusing, and almost being tempted by a metre long pizza, I decided on a classic Margarita. The Mr went for the 'Meat Sweats', which had pepperoni, smoked streaky, fennel and black pepper pork, with a bbq base. A meat lover's dream.


The service was excellent, we didn't have to wait long at all for our drinks and food to arrive, and both of our pizza's were cooked to perfection. I couldn't resist popping a bit of the smoky chipotle ketchup on mine, and I'm so glad I did, it was delicious!

The gooey cheese and crunchy base went down a treat, especially with a nice cold drink to go alongside it. The Mr opted for a classic cold beer whilst I went for a fresh zingy apple juice.


We sat and chatted whilst digging in, and managed to finish with happy full bellies. Then we overheard the next table ordering desserts and just couldn't say no to a chocolate orange tart to share! There were so many other flavours too such as peanut butter and salted caramel, the choice was hard but we fancied something a bit fruity.


It was a sweet and scrumptious way to end a lovely lunch, I was definitely ready to head home and relax with my food baby in toe.

I would highly recommend a trip to Oscar and Rosie's if your a Pizza lover (Who isn't?!) The food is excellent, with high quality ingredients making their pizza one of the best I've tried, as well as also having exceptional customer service. We will certainly be making a return visit!
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