I know that I can be my worst enemy at times.  I know I am too hard on myself, too cruel and struggle to be truly happy with my lot.  There’s changes I need to make but there are also things I’ve learnt to accept about this never ending roller coaster called life. These include: Life isn’t fair. Failure is not always a bad thing, it can teach us so much. Success may not always be the best thing for you. Beware of fair weather friends. Nobody really knows what goes on behind closed doors. Don’t continually say yes to… View Post

Steak and Kidney Pie has to be one of my favourite savoury dishes to make.  If I’m being honest its one of my favourite to eat too.  Big chunks of meat cooked in stock and Guinness topped with golden puff pastry.  My mouth is watering at the very thought of it! When I am making steak and kidney pie I always purchase my steak and kidney from a butcher.  I purchase most of my meat from my local butcher.  I love how knowledgeable they are.  How they have such great quality and a much better range of cuts available.  they… View Post

March’s afternoon tea was taken at La Tour hotel in Birmingham.  The hotel is a modern beautifully decorated 4 star hotel in Birmingham City Centre.  I have been lucky enough to have had afternoon tea here before and loved it that much I decided to make a return visit. The hotel opened in 2012 as part of Birmingham’s regeneration plans and has a modern elegant feel to it.  Marco Pierre White also has his first ever English Chophouse contained within the hotel which specialises in high quality meat cuts which are prepared with precision by trained staff. I was served… View Post

I not sure whether I am alone with this or not but I am one of these people who likes my own company.  I really need to have some time each day on my own.  It relaxes and calms me.  I find I get quite overwhelmed if I don’t have this time on my own.  I’d like to think it isn’t me being anti social but more taking care of my personal happiness and well being. I’ve often found other people question this and say that they would get bored being on their own.  I can understand how this could… View Post

Cola cupcakes. Sounds a little strange but oh my. How gorgeous they are. Last week I just needed an afternoon in the kitchen. I needed to mess around and play with a recipe until I had created a mouthful of yumminess. I think I ended up creating the yummy cupcakes I was looking for. It’s a recipe I’m really liking and can’t wait to make these little beauties again. Not quite sure why I added cola to a chocolate cake recipe but it gave them s lovely caramel taste which complemented the salted peanut frosting rather well. To make these… View Post