I love the afternoon teas at Malmaison. Last summer I came with a friend to try their afternoon tea and really enjoyed it. I also came with friends to try their festive afternoon tea. Again this was lovely.  Malmaison have just introduced their new summer afternoon tea menu and clearly this new menu was something I was eager to try out. While our table was being prepared we had a cocktail in the lounge. Their cosmopolitan was lovely and was served with some delicious spicy nuts; the the right taste of spice. For the savoury course the new menu includes…

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In December I went down to London for the day to have afternoon tea at The Wellesley Hotel which was noted best themed tea in the 2017 Afternoon Tea Awards. The Wellesley Hotel is situated in Knightsbridge and overlooks Hyde Park.  It has a lovely classic and welcoming feel. The entrance hall was beautifully decorated as we visited just before Christmas and very tasteful white lights and winter twigs.  The afternoon tea is served daily in the Jazz Lounge, with live piano music daily.  The Wellesley Hotel is said to have been one of Churchill’s favourite restaurants.  The jazz lounge is…

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Pancakes! I just love them. I love sweet ones with lemon and sugar and also savoury ones with chicken and leek in a white sauce being a huge favourite. Pancakes really are easy to make from scratch and are much cheaper than using a ready made batter. To make crepe pancakes you will need: 100g plain flour 2 large eggs 300ml milk Pinch of salt Oil for cooking Lemon and sugar to serve To make the pancakes: Beat the eggs together and mix in the milk Let the batter chill in the fridge for at least an hour Add the…

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I’m not sure if you have a starter or not with your Christmas lunch but even if you don’t this classic and simple to make prawn cocktail is a lovely addition to any meal or as a main for a light lunch.  This recipe is 5 simple ingredients: Pre cooked prawns Lettuce Mayonnaise Tomato ketchup Lemon wedges No cooking is required which makes this starter an ideal recipe for the kids to make when you are busy cooking the turkey and all the trimmings.  If you have purchased frozen prawns please make sure they are thoroughly defrosted before eating.  They…

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For the past few years every time we have eaten gammon I have waited until I have had some time spare to cook this wonderful glaze. Yes, it takes a while, not much prep or culinary skills required but you need to be around in the house for about 3 hours while it cooks and be able to spend little snippets of time paying the gammon a little attention. It really is a simple meal to make with a few simple ingredients. First you have to boil the gammon for about 1 1/2 hours. Pop it in a sauce pan…

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