Month: May 2015

#FoodieFriends – Poppy’s Chocolate Orange Mousse

Next up on #FoodieFriends is my wonderful sister-in-law, Pops! Poppy does some fantastic dinner parties and is a brilliant baker. She was also a bridesmaid at our wedding – here she is looking gorge walking down the aisle ahead of me. I’ll need a recipe from my third bridesmaid, Laura, next! ūüėČ Poppy’s Recipe: Chocolate Orange Mousse by Delia Smith “I first got told about this chocolate mouse from my Mother and Father who thought it was literally ‘to die for!’ And couldn’t wait to share their findings! It is one of Delia Smith’s classic baking recipes – I mean, who doesn’t love a good Delia? It is decadent but light and full of guilty pleasures!! I have made this recipe twice and both times it has gone down an absolute treat! I serve it with a slither of something citrusy – either grapefruit or orange, some berries and a Terry’s chocolate orange! The recipe calls for popping it into the fridge for a few hours but I have done this with minimal time and …

‘An Evening With Rye’ and Bake With Maria

I recently attended a chocolate class with other bloggers at ‘Bake With Maria‘, a baking school run by the lovely¬†Maria Mayerhofer. Maria teaches all kinds of classes, from macarons to croissants, and last week, I was invited to try out her ‘baking with rye’ class. I really enjoy making and eating bread, although I’d never made rye bread at home before. There’s so much focus in the news at the moment on eating healthily and cutting out various food substances, such as gluten or yeast, so I was keen to see if I would like the rye products as much as standard white or brown bread. I was hoping I would, as it seemed like a healthier alternative! The class was held at Snaps + Rye in Notting Hill – interestingly, London’s only Danish restaurant! ¬† ¬† During the class, we learned how to make a Rye Loaf with Figs & Fennel,¬†Rye Crackers with Seeds and Overnight Rye Buns. Rye Loaf with Figs & Fennel This was a lot of fun to make, and made …

A Homemade Rhubarb Crumble

When I was a child, we used to have rhubarb growing all around us in Yorkshire, I completely took it for granted. As this time of year is perfect for rhubarb, I really wanted to try out a recipe with it, but sourcing some fresh rhubarb in East London turned out to be tricky. At one point I even tweeted to ask if anyone knew where I could buy fresh rhubarb online. This proved to be rather amusing for some people and yes, I realise the irony of the request. But I thought there might be a fairly local farm shop that sells it online. Apparently not. I ended up just ordering some from Sainsbury’s in our weekly food shop. Annoyingly its use-by date was the day it was delivered, something that really irks me about doing grocery shopping online! I swear they just fob you off with the fruit and veggies that are closest to their sell/use-by date. Anyway, at least it was ready to bake with, so I made a crumble with it …

Dinner at Yauatcha City

On Saturday, Tim and I decided to treat ourselves to dinner at Yauatcha in Liverpool Street. And it was by far, the best meal we’ve had in a while. Yauatcha opened up last week at Broadgate Circle in Liverpool Street, serving Michelin-starred Chinese cuisine. It’s part of the Hakkasan family – a restaurant we visited a few years ago, that I’ve been meaning to write about in my ‘Throwback Thursday’ section. It’s great to have another restaurant of this calibre in the east of London. East London is great at the moment for brilliant pop ups and small, quirky restaurants. But sometimes you just want something a bit more refined, and we normally have to head further into the centre of London for that. For those who don’t know the City well, you would probably never even come across Broadgate Circle. It’s tucked away behind Liverpool Street station, but is quite a sight to behold – it has recently been revamped and now hosts many high quality restaurants and cafes. ¬† ¬† Upon arrival, we …

Swedish Cookery Class With Västerbottensost Cheese

As you may know, I adore cheese. We even had a tower of cheeses for our wedding cake. So when I was invited to a Scandinavian cookery class using cheese, I jumped at the chance. Because while I love to buy and eat cheese, I usually just have it with bread or crackers – I rarely cook with it. So I was keen to get some ideas for how to use it in the kitchen. The class was led by Bront√ę Aurell, co-founder of ScandiKitchen¬†along with¬†Agneta Andersson from¬†V√§sterbottensost Cheese, who had kindly come over from Sweden for the event. ¬† ¬† V√§sterbottensost has a fabulous history behind it. Created by dairy maid¬†Ulrika Eleonora Lindstr√∂m in 1872 in Burtr√§sk, rumour has it that she was distracted by an attractive dairy hand, taking her eye off the cheese. What might have been a disastrous batch of cheese in fact turned out to be delicious and unique. And so¬†V√§sterbottensost was born. The cheese has been produced in the same way since then, but the recipe is very much …

Jazz Up Your Tap Water With Elderbook Cordials

Apparently 1 in 8 of us in the UK don’t drink enough water, and I’m definitely one of those people. I hate it. I find it a real struggle. My doctor regularly gives me a telling off over it and Tim says I’m like a camel, storing up liquids, because I never drink! I’ve got into sparkling water recently, which I’ve found much easier to drink (mostly, I think, because my brain is being tricked into thinking I’m drinking a savagely unhealthy fizzy drink!) I first came across Elderbrook Drinks at the Tastesmiths cooking event I attended recently. They were providing the non-alcoholic beverages for the evening, but at the time, after a busy few days, the wine was calling to me! Luckily the guys at Elderbrook sent me some bottles of their cordial tonics to try out at home. Elderbrook want you to drink more water by making it more ‚Äčexciting‚Äč! ‚ÄčThey explain how‚Äč ‚Äčt‚Äčhe first cordials were blended by apothecaries in Renaissance Italy, who used botanicals to create health-boosting drinks designed to make …

Win Tickets to BBC Good Food Show Summer in Birmingham!

The BBC Good Food Summer Show is taking place at the NEC in Birmingham from 11th-14th June and I’ve got a pair of tickets to give away to one lucky winner! It’s a fantastic show, with a whole host of respected celebrity chefs including Mary Berry, James Martin, Tom Kerridge and Michel Roux Jr! I wish I could be there – my mum went to it in Harrogate earlier this year and had a fantastic day. And in case you don’t win, I’ve also got a unique code to give you all 15% off ticket prices for the show, just visit¬†www.bbcgoodfoodsummershow.com¬†and enter the code: 2MV4. To be in with a chance of winning, enter in one of the following ways: Facebook: Like my Facebook page and Share¬†this post. Twitter: Follow me on Twitter and Re-tweet this post. Instagram: Follow me on Instagram and Comment on this post. Terms & Conditions The winner will receive two tickets for the BBC Good Food Show Summer in Birmingham – these tickets can be used on any day of …