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

When you think back on all of the delicious meals you have enjoyed over the span of your life, it’s likely that your run-of-the-mill mid-week lunch is not one of those list toppers. Often, our lunches that we carry with us to our offices are quickly thrown together the night before, and usually consist of easy-made recipes of leftover meat sandwiches and what we may constitute as “salad”. Boring, to say the least! Thankfully, technology has been advancing to aid us in every aspect of life, including our outlook on an office luncheon. Gone are the days of the business… View Post

Last week my dad took me out for Afternoon tea as a belated Christmas present.  I think its fair to say that I do like afternoon tea.  I have been luck to have been out for afternoon tea a number of times and every experience has been enjoyable but the top layer of treats have been varied and so delicious.  Its really hard to pick my favourite spread.  We had afternoon tea at Dunsley Hall hotel which is near Kinver in South Staffordshire. The old manor house which has been converted in to a hotel is stunning both inside and out… View Post