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

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

I love beef stew especially at this time of year.  All rich and warming.  I could eat it everyday!  I love adding mushrooms, onions and chopped tomatoes to it and serving it with mashed potatoes or sweet potato mash. When cooking beef stew I either cook in it the oven on a low heat for 3 to 4 hours or pop it in the slow cooker mid morning and let it cook all day.  Beef stew is an easy recipe to follow and even if you class yourself as not being able to cook you can easily make this hearty… View Post

Last week I was in Bromsgrove and went to the Bromsgrove Hotel and Spa on the Sunday afternoon to sample their afternoon tea.  The hotel was extremely quite and only one other family were having lunch when we arrived.  Upon entering the hotel there was a gorgeous fire right in the centre and if I am being honest it would have been lovely to have our afternoon tea sat beside the fire instead we were seated in the bar area at the rear of this entrance lounge. Our table was laid out for us over looking a paved courtyard. I… View Post