Tag Archives: Food

What to wear for a fancy dinner?

18 Mar

Isn’t it ironic that I haven’t had time to blog because I’ve been planning a bloggers event? MBE (Midlands Blogger Event) was an incredible success yesterday and I’ll be blogging this week with photographs, links to the bloggers that came and all the info about the sponsors!

For now, I need some help on what to wear! My lovely boyfriend is taking me out for a rather swish meal tomorrow night at Marco Pieree-White’s restaurant in The Cube in Birmingham as a little treat for all the hard work I’ve put into organising yesterday’s event (just gutted my co-host isn’t coming!)

Do I go for a Little Black Dress? Or maybe a floral, vintage inspired number with red lipstick and a hair flower? And then there’s the whole bag option- Mulberry Alexa or a clutch? Elizabeth Arden snake print clutch or sparkly bow one from Accessorize?

Hell, if I’m having this much trouble picking, how am I going to make a decision on what to have for dinner?

I’ve got less than 24 hours to decide and if someone could just magic this outfit into my wardrobe in time then I’d be the happiest girl alive!

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Taking part in Nottingham Food Festival 2011.

30 Jun

Hello! Long time no blog. I’ve been such a busy bee of late due to loads of W.I engagements, my summer job and lining up some PR work. I swear, I’m ready for a holiday! I really wanted to share with you some photographs of the super delightful tea dance that took place in Market Square, Nottingham, as part of the Nottingham Food Festival. Nottingham City W.I were invited to bake cakes and share them with the lovely members of the public, all in aid of raising awareness of the scrummy festival which takes place until 10th July.

Members of the public and participants alike were allowed to indulge in free tea and coffee and a whole host of cakes from us W.I girls. We had my madelines, gorgeous chocolatey fridge cake, 2 beautiful victoria sponge cakes and so much more. Everyone from the elderly to young tots ended up with sticky fingers and big smiles and they all left with a programme detailing the fantastic events of the forthcoming food festival.

Oh, and I was snapped for the Nottingham Evening Post! You can read the article on the This is Nottingham website. I hope you’ll enjoy my quick snaps from the day!

American chewy peanut butter cookies

22 May

I haven’t baked cookies in forever so I thought it was about time I got my wooden spoon out! I was supposed to be baking the

Sorry for rubbish iPhone photo!

gorgeous peanut butter and jam cookies as featured in issue 6 of Baked and Delicious magazine but, stupidly, I have gone and misplaced issue 6. I made these cookies as a surprise for my boyfriend coming home for a 4 day business trip and my word did they go down well!

I used a basic cookie recipe and then added around 4 sticky heaped tablespoons of peanut butter goodness. The recipe is in cups but, if you don’t have any, you could easily use a standard mug. It should make around 10 fat cookies.

You will need:

  • 2 cups of plain flour
  • 3/4 of a cup of melted butter
  • 2 cups of caster sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of vanilla extract
  • 1 egg and 1 egg yolk
  • 2 cups of crunchy peanut butter
  • 1 cup of chopped nuts
How to:
  • Pre-heat the oven to 190 degrees. For a fan oven, pre-heat to 170 degrees.
  • Mix the melted butter and sugar together until smooth.
  • Add the egg yolk, egg and vanilla extract and mix well.
  • Sift in the flour until a slight doughy consistancy has formed.
  • Add the peanut butter one cup by one. At this point you may have to get your hands in there and mix. I used a pair of St Tropex self tanning gloves to avoid the mess!
  • Sprinkle over the chopped nuts.
  • Roll the mixture into a small ball and place on a pre-lined baking tray. I managed to fit 6 on one and the remaining 4 on the other.
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes until golden.
  • Turn off the oven and leave the cookies to rest for 5 minutes with the oven door open.
  • Transfer to a baking tray and allow to cool.
Let me know if you make these and how they taste!
PS/ As a thank-you, R bought me these gorgeous pink lilies so the cookies must have been super delicious!

Hummingbird Bakery notebooks.

21 Mar

The lovely @fashionambition (editor of Sketchbook magazine) has been tweeting about the Hummingbird Bakery this afternoon and it’s got me totally drooling and craving to be living back in London. I miss post-work cupcakes and weekend strolls to the V&A followed by a red velvet and a Diet Coke out of a glass bottle….ahhh!

Anyway, enough reminiscing, all that talk about the place reminded me of these Hummingbird Bakery notebooks I came across on the John Lewis site. If you’re not content with having the Hummingbird Bakery cookbook sitting on your shelf, how about writing down your own recipies in these books? Or they’d look great on your desk in your office or study.

At £10 for a set of four, I think they’re a great bargain. I for one will be sticking them down on my birthday wish-list!

http://www.johnlewis.com

The perfect gift for your yummy mummy!

11 Mar

Mother’s Day is this Sunday. You remembered, right? What? You didn’t? Oh well, guess you’re in a bit of a predicament then. What to do…

Tell you what, I’ll let you in on a little secret- you can head down to Millie’s Cookies this weekend and bag the perfect Mother’s Day gift! Who can resist the super soft dough of a Millie’s Cookie? And that, coupled with an extra special personalised message, will make the perfect gift this weekend.

With space for 20 characters, you can really get creative with your message. How about the simple “Best Mum in the World”? Or, as the title of this post suggests, remind her that she’s a “Yummy Mummy”.

They take just two hours to make so head down to your local store tomorrow or Saturday and treat your mum to a giant cookie (and you could also do the washing up too!).

A 12 inch giant cookie is priced at £14.99- yum yum!

http://www.milliescookies.com/foo

It’s National Cupcake Week.

16 Sep

How could I let this one fly by? National Cupcake Week? It’s genius! You’ve got until the 19th of September to celebrate this lip-licking week so I suggest you get the mixing bowls out, flick through your baking books and pop something pretty in the oven. Once out, decorate with edible flowers in true Florals and Cupcakes style!

However, if you prefer to pick up a batch of cupcakes in the supermarket or the bakery, there are some real treats out there. Sitting watching Four Weddings all day several weeks ago was made much better with the edition of some Marks and Spencer carrot and walnut cupcakes- even the most dedicated cupcake baker will agree that the M&S range of cupcakes is delicious.

I’ve recently come across Holly Cupcakes. Made to order for any occasion, these cupcakes look delicious. Holly is like a travelling bakery and you’ll find her at all sorts of events within the next few months including the BBC Good Food Show at the NEC in Birmingham which takes place in November which I’m hoping to attend so I can finally try out some of her treats! How amazing does that tower of Holly Cupcakes look?

Let me know how you’re celebrating National Cupcake Week.

hollyscupcakes

The lazy guide to puddings.

2 Sep

I went to visit my student flat over the weekend and had a peek through the windows. All I could see was my kitchen which was so tiny I nearly began to cry as I wondered how I was going to become the Baking Queen of Nottingham Trent University. My beloved cupcake station at home may well have to turn into a mini muffin station once at NTU.

However, I do have some joy. I’ve recently found the perfect puddings to tempt any student- baking fanatic or not. Ambrosia have launched some fabulously comforting jelly pots and crumble pots. For a tiny 69p, you can have a choice of a jelly pot with custard on the side or a delicious crumble pot also with custard- and they’re less than 5% fat.

The lovely people at Ambrosia sent me some over to test out and I have to say that the apple compote is my favourite but there’s a wide range of flavours to choose from.

So, if your kitchen is just a bit too small or busy to bake up a storm, cheat a little and stock up on Ambrosia Jelly Pots and Crumble Pots. They really are the lazy student guide to the perfect pudding.

JellyPuds medium