Month: Nov 2015

Food // Baking the perfect Victoria sponge 

It’s been a while since I’ve baked and with Christmas fast approaching, I thought it was time to don my apron and bake a cake for the family to enjoy! Thanks to a very welcomed package from the lovely people over at Delicious Alchemy, a gluten-free food brand, I rustled up an old favourite in just 30 minutes! Victoria sponge is a popular afternoon treat in my household and it went down a storm! So much so, I’m planning on baking again next weekend!      * I was gifted the baking set from the brand. Opinions are truly my own.

Home // Interiors Inspiration 

My boyfriend and I are currently looking for our first home together and whilst we keep scouring Right Move and booking viewings, I’ve been visiting garden centres and department stores to get some serious home inspo! Crisp white interiors with a mix of vintage and modern accessories are our thing and with an entire home to decorate it’s getting exciting!   

Life // A Week in Pictures

“Always be thankful for everything you have” Butterscotch lattes on Saturday morning with my boyfriend in between house viewing GBK lamb and feta burger in Liverpool with friends before a trip to the Odeon to watch The Hunger Games Mumma’s homemade lasagne. My absolute favourite 💛 Scented candles on a Sunday night. Bliss.

Food // Spreading cheer with gluten-free Christmas Cake

It’s just around the corner…Christmas I mean and now’s the time to start thinking about making your Christmas cake. My Grandad used to make one every year, starting around the end of November so he could feed it with rum so it was full of flavour once the 25th arrived! This year I’ve decided to pick up the tradition but I’ve had a little helping hand along the way from the lovely people over at Delicious Alchemy. Known best for their delicious yet super healthy gluten-free cake mixes, I’ve kindly been gifted Christmas cake mix.  So I can truly indulge in the festive spirit without having to spend hours slaving in the kitchen. Especially when preparing the family Christmas cake is such a mammoth task with lots of eyes on the end result! Watch out for a follow-up post closer to Xmas so you can see the end result! *I have not been paid for this post. All views are my own

Food // Spicy Chicken Salad

Every now and I go on a health kick, forgoing avo and toast for a chicken salad instead. So why not enjoy a yummy chicken salad for lunch on this grey Sunday afternoon? Marinade chicken in a sachet of Nandos sauce and pop in the fridge for an hour. Fry with sweet peppers and tomatoes and then later on a plate with lettuce, baby toms, avocado and chorizo. Maybe a bit of feta to contrast the flavours. And serve. Easy peasy salad in just 20 minutes!   

Food // My Favourite Recipe Books 

Cook books are my guilty pleasure. I love reading them, looking at the beautiful photos, deciding what to cook. I mean that’s probably why I write a food and lifestyle blog! These are the top 3 books on my bedside table at the minute – Not that kinda girl by Lena Dunham. I’m a massive GIRLS fan so when this got released last year, I snapped it up. Thug Kitchen. Vegan recipes packed with sass. Delicious veggies without any extra shit added. Their words not mine. Expect a couple of their recipes to pop up around these parts soon… Get the glow by Madeline Shaw. Renowned food blogger and nutritionist. Her recipes contain zero sugar but damn they taste good. I dabble with recipes from here but I love the images. So #inspo. I think this might become a regular feature around here. What do you think?

Food // A Trip to TGI Fridays 

Last week we decided to treat ourselves to a school night trip to TGIs. Delicious American style food, huge portions and a lengthy cocktail menu – perfect! We visited the Liverpool branch based in the L1. We arrived at around half 8 and after a 10 minute wait at the bar, we were seated at our table. With hungry bellies we opted for a starter each before our main. The nachos and chicken wings were delicious and then I had the pulled pork burger whilst he opted for the steak, ribs and prawns combo. Safe to say we finished the lot!   It may be a chain but the food is delicious, which is just what you want!  

Review // Candles of the Month 

I’ve blogged in the past about my love for Primark candles. Every time I pop in I check out their homeware range. They have a great range of scents and they cost less than a fiver too so you can’t not pick a couple up everytimd you’re in a Primark store!   Now the weathers turning I’m loving vanilla, cinnamon and berry scents. Perfect for the winter months!

Life // Sunday Coffee and Catch Ups 

This weekend has been food heavy with lots of delicious meals. Thursday welcomed a visit to the new Turtle Bay in Liverpool and Friday was a family meal kind of affair. So Sunday’s are always best spent at your own pace. A lazy morning in bed and a coffee catch up with old friends. Starbucks are officially kicking off Christmas with the return of red cups and I thought it’s only right to try their mulled fruit tea. I opted for the apple spiced tea, veggie festive flatbread wrap and a delicious slice of fig and cinnamon loaf. The weather may not be truly wintery yet but I’m loving mugs of hot fruity tea and kicking the red and yellow leaves underfoot. Autumn at its best!      

Review // Turtle Bay Liverpool: Launch Night

On Thursday my other half and I were very kindly invited along to the launch party of the brand new Turtle Bay in Liverpool. Located just off Victoria Street, a stones throw from L1, it’s the perfect location for a reggae reggae restaurant with a Carribean twist. When we arrived the party was in full swing. An amazing reggae band playing, delicious food circulating and fruity cocktails flowing. What more could we have asked for right before the weekend?      We’ve visited one of the Manchester branches before and we weren’t dissapointed! Spicy pulled pork, jerk chicken and curried goat all make an appearance on the menu. It’s so worth the money as well and it’s a great place to head to for drinks with friends or date night. What more could you ask for? * I wasn’t paid for this review. All options in the post are my own.

Food // Veggie Filled Pasta Bake 

Pasta bakes are dead easy and if you pile yours with veggies, it can be on the healthy side too. I decided to fill up on broccoli, chestnut mushrooms and peppers. Oh and a portion of cheeee and chorizo too. You need something naughty to balance out the greens. What do you need? Pasta – whole meal or white 1 yellow pepper 1 onion 7/8 chestnut mushrooms halved 1 whole broccoli Chorizo Cheddar cheese Mustard Method Steam your broccoli and boil the pasta Whilst they’re cooking, dice up your veggies Pop your mushrooms, onion and peppers in a frying pan to gently sauté Once the pastas cooked, stir in a dollop of Dijon mustard Transfer the pasta and veg to an ovenproof dish Top with cheese and chorizo Bake on 180 degrees for 15 mins Plate up and enjoy!

Food // Chorizo and Tomato Risotto

Risotto is one of those recipes that I always chose when eating out and wonder why I don’t make it at home….and then when I gave it a go, I remembered. The constant stirring and adding stock means it’s quite time-consuming but thanks to the combo of flavours and the filling rice, it’s great for filling you up. And I had enough for an extra portion for lunch – bonus. So what do you need? Arborio rice – I picked up a small bag from Aldi. You don’t need to use loads either as it expands as it cooks Chopped or sliced chorizo Tin of chopped tomato 1 small red or white onion diced 1 clove of garlic diced Olive oil Chicken stock – 1 litre Balsamic vinegar Salt and pepper to season Recipe time Fry off the onion and garlic and add your chorizo to the pan Once oil has reduced add your risotto rice Add the chopped tomato and any extra seasoning to the pan Gently ladle in the stock, a spoonful at …