Last month as part of Afternoon Tea week I went to the Park Regis hotel at Five Ways, Birmingham to have afternoon tea. Food is served in their restaurant which has a modern classic look with views over the city.  Tea was English breakfast with as many refills as we wanted.  Firstly we were served an amuse Boucher; a salmon mousse served in a pastry scone. Sandwiches were: Cucumber and mint and Cream cheese Honey roast gammon ham with Dijon mustard Rare roast beef with Horseradish and tomato, brioche bun Smoked salmon and chive creme fraîche wrap Next were the… View Post

We’ve all seen The Great British Bake Off by now, and we know how all-encompassing and stressful it can be unless you’ve had your head in the fridge this entire time! Baking can be a big old stressy thing, especially if you’ve caught the baking bug and have decided to take on the challenge of baking for your little one’s birthday party, a baby shower, or if you are completely flabbergasted at the thought of you even volunteering to make 50 cupcakes for a bake sale. But you’ve come to the right place if you’re looking for ways on how… View Post

I’m fully aware that pate is not to everybody’s taste.  As a family we love pate but its often shop brought.  Having made smoked trout pate I wondered how simple other type of pate’s would be to make.  This recipe for chicken liver pate was so easy. Ingredients 1 large onion, chopped 2 cloves of garlic, crushed 2 slices of rindless bacon, chopped 250g chicken livers, trimmed 1⁄4 teaspoon dried thyme freshly ground black pepper 2 tablespoons cream 1 tablespoon brandy 30g butter, extra,melted Here in UK the best place to find chicken livers was at a butchers.  Chicken livers don’t seem to be… View Post

There is nothing more satisfying than spending time baking something yummy and filling for my family and friends, especially when it is something as yummy as this gooey butter cake.  I adore cooking for others. Especially if it puts a smile on people’s faces. I’ll happily get involved with catering for other people’s events but only on the condition others stay out of my kitchen. I am not a fan of other people ‘meddling’ when I’m cooking. Cook do the washing up, oh yes please, but never meddle in the cooking part. I hadn’t spent an afternoon cooking due to… View Post

If you’re tired of slaving away in the kitchen, trying your best to create mouth-watering meals, then you are probably in the market for a stand mixer. These incredible appliances make food preparation a breeze, as they do all the work for you. The fact that they can be used on just about any dish makes them even more attractive. But, before you rush out to purchase one of these handy appliances, here’s a look at the top features you’ll want to look for in a stand mixer. Countertop Size Because you will likely end up using your stand mixer… View Post