Globe artichokes with potato cakes and a lemon butter dip

This is a collaborative post. It is a wonder of modern times that we can purchase any produce at any time. Need apples in April or fresh cucumber in December? No problem. Avocados from Mexico, cauliflower from Spain. The list goes on. And yet, for the best flavour and nutrition we should look no further than delicious British produce. Irresistible Mashing Potatoes The Co-op recently launched their Irresistible Mashing Potatoes, containing the Lilly potato variety. This is a British potato, grown by a few specially selected growers and it is exclusive to the Co-op. I was asked to create a…

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This is your cookbook personalised gift

Do you find your parents difficult to buy for at Christmas? My mum is great at telling me if there’s something particular that she wants but if not, it’s a struggle. But now I’m a parent myself, I’ve realised that when it comes to presents from your children, it’s the thought that counts. Hopefully that’s still the case now I’m an adult… The thoughtful gift This is Your Cookbook allows you to create a collection of recipes that is perfect for the recipient. You simply choose one of their recipe collections and swap out recipes you don’t want. You can…

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Birmingham Gin Festival Review

If there’s two things I love it’s festivals and gin. Not necessarily in that order. So, I felt like a child in a sweetshop when I walked into the Birmingham Gin Festival. The Birmingham Gin Festival – how it works The Gin Festival was held at the Custard Factory in Birmingham. On arrival, we were given a glass each and a pouch to put it in. The glasses also held a little gin explorer book. This tells you about the botanicals in each gin, as well as what mixer and garnish to have with it. This book has become a…

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Checking out the brand new YO! Sushi restaurant in Worcester

I walked into the brand new YO! restaurant in Worcester with two children who were so excited they were out of control. I made a pathetic attempt at conversing with the restaurant manager before being distracted by the girls jumping onto the benches. Before I knew it, the manager had legged it, leaving me with the two Tasmanian devils grabbing at the conveyor belt. About YO! YO! Is a Japanese street food and sushi restaurant that has been feeding hungry diners across the country for the past 20 years. And at last, it has opened a branch in Worcester. YO! is the…

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A dinner date at Siamais Thai restaurant in Birmingham

On Friday, I headed into Birmingham to have dinner with one of my favourite bloggers, Emma from Life According to Mrs Shilts. We had been invited to review the fabulous Siamais Thai restaurant in Brindley Place. It’s not a restaurant I’d tried before so I was excited to try the food and cocktails. The cocktails We started the evening with a cocktail for me and a mocktail for Emma. I was a bit bamboozled by the cocktail menu, there was so much choice! In the end, I went for a Mojito Royale, which is a mojito topped up with Prosecco…

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Cutting back on salt and sugar with Tesco

This is a collaborative post. I’m painfully aware of the amount of salt and sugar in processed food. Where possible, I cook from scratch. But some days, I just need something quick and easy. Tesco challenged me to cook a family favourite dish using their reduced salt and reduced sugar products. I wasn’t allowed to tell the family that anything was different until they had eaten it. One dish that the girls always love is vegetarian meatballs with spaghetti. I know, vegetarian meatballs is such a contradiction. But nevertheless, I thought I’d try it with reduced salt and sugar. The starter…

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5 tips for stress free baking with children

Some people seem to genuinely love baking with children. Unfortunately, I’m not one of them. But with two small people who love to be in the kitchen, I’ve had to find ways of coping. So here are my five top tips for stress free baking with children. 1. Say yes For me, it’s all about saying yes. They want to bake? Just doing it is much easier than arguing about it for the next month. Because they’ll never change their mind. They want to crack the eggs themselves? That’s fine. What can possibly go wrong? If they crack an egg into…

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