Food · Review

Fathers Day with Hotel Chocolat

Everyone under the sun knows about Hotel Chocolat and their fantastic range of delicious chocolates for any occassion.

They kindly got in touch back in April and asked if I’d like to work together, but with Easter being moments away, we decided to hold back until Fathers Day.

I’m a complete Daddy’s girl.

I have been since birth.

He chose my name, took me to ballet school every Saturday morning but most of all, he’s been there for me every single day without fail. Even when I was in Australia, he was making sure that I was having a good time.

He’s simply the best.

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Food · Review

Testing Fudge with Granny Shaw’s Fudge Factory

Ever since I can remember, I’ve been a fudge fan.

My Nan introduced vanilla fudge to me at a very young age, probably when I was allowed solid foods and the love for it has stuck ever since.

When the lovely team at Granny Shaw’s Fudge Factory got in touch about tasting some of their fudge, I jumped at the chance. Who wouldn’t?

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Food

Jamie’s Italian: The Buyer’s Guide To Olive Oil

Jamie Oliver, what a man.

Since he appeared on TV back in 1999 (holy Dumbledore, I was only 8/9 at the time!), he’s gone from success to success. With his TV shows, his mouth-watering cookbooks and his restaurants popping up all over England (find your nearest HERE), he’s by far one of the best TV chefs in the world.

If you’re in London anytime soon, why not check out his Piccadilly Circus restaurant? Have a nosy at their Facebook page.

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Food

Cooking with The Co-op & SORTEDfood

I love to cook.

When the lovely team at The Co-op got in touch about an incredible project with SORTEDfood, I jumped at the chance to be part of the campaign.

You can up your food game with their wonderful, free online cooking course.

With everything from easy mornings to snacks to weekly favourites.

If you’re reading this and you’re vegetarian/gluten free/diary free, fear not as they’ve got all areas covered and the recipes are truly delicious.

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Blogmas · Christmas · Food

A Winter Warmer With Colman’s

Morning all,

Whilst I’m at home on sick leave with my gallstones (pre-op tomorrow, YAY!), I’ve developed a love for cooking – whether it’s being more adventurous with my morning porridge or doing a spot of baking, I’m really enjoying it.

My family and I have been using Coleman’s recipe mixes for quite some time now and our firm favourites are Cottage Pie, Shepherds Pie and Chicken Casserole. They add so much flavour to your dish and with the evenings becoming even more colder, a good hearty meal is just what you need.

On Christmas Eve, I’ll be making a huge cottage pie and I wanted to share the very easy recipe with you all..

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Ingredients:

450g lean minced beef
1 onion
3 carrots
Peas (I personally don’t measure them out, a couple of handfuls does the job)
1 onion
4-5 potatoes for mash
1 packet of Coleman’s cottage pie mix

Method:

  • Set your oven to 220 degrees
  • Peel, wash and cut the potatoes before boiling in a pan of hot water
  • Fry the mince until golden brown, draining the fat mid-way
  • Boil the carrots until soft
  • Add the carrots, onion and peas into the frying pan
  • In a measuring jug, add 300ml of cold water as well as the Coleman’s sauce and give it a jolly good stir before adding to the frying pan
  • When your potatoes are soft, mash with butter + milk
  • Once your mince + veg has been simmering in the Coleman’s mix for about five minutes, add to an oven proof dish
  • Pop the mash potato on top and make a funky pattern with a fork
  • For extra oomph: grate some cheese on top
  • Cook for 30 minutes until golden brown or to 40 minutes for extra crunch

I could eat this all day, every day. I’m definitely going to make a shed load on Christmas Eve for the family.

What’s your favourite Winter Warmer?

EL xx

 

Blogmas · Christmas · Food

Hiding Away In Crumbs Cupcakery

Morning all,

Upon our visit to York (day one // day two), we hid away in Crumbs Cupcakery whilst the rain came pouring down. I’d asked on Twitter for the best cupcakes in York and to my delight, you all suggested this one and believe me, it didn’t disappoint.

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The Mr went for the chocolate orange cupcake and a diet coke, whereas I went for Victoria 99 and a pot of tea. Mixed in with the heating I hogged (not even sorry), the place was so friendly and the lady behind the counter was extremely lovely – she even helped us plan the rest of our day while the weather was rather disgusting.

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I could happily eat this again. If we visit York again, I’m definitely going back to try another flavoured cupcake because this was delicious!

Have you visited York?

EL xx