Eat well - travel often

Month: September 2014

Cafepod and Friends

Cafepod and Friends

Passionate about coffee? I love it. I start my day with a cup and after several during the day I end my day with a cup. I have Mr R well trained! “Friends” television series about a group of 30 somethings meeting in a New York […]

British Tabasco Oyster Opening Championships

British Tabasco Oyster Opening Championships

How many times do you find yourself saying “no thanks, I’ve had enough” to champagne or oysters.  I don’t say this often, however, attending the recent Tabasco British Oyster Opening Championships I found myself in this enviable position. This year there were 11 candidates, happily […]

Frozen Clearspring 100% Organic Fruit Puree Ice Pops

Frozen Clearspring 100% Organic Fruit Puree Ice Pops

My previous experience of Clearspring has been ingredients to prepare and cook oriental food, it is a UK company, established over thirty years ago and specialising in premium quality Japanese, Oriental and European foods.  

Another side of Clearspring is authentic fruit purees which are 100% organic.  One pot is 1 of your 5 a day without any preservatives or additives. I was sent a selection of both the pots and the new squeezy pouches.  the pouches are perfect for lunch boxes and pic-nics, convenient and easy to eat with no mess.  The pots make a great pudding either on their own or mixed with greek style yoghurt or fromage frais.

I wanted to see how they would make ice lollies for the grandchildren.

First of all I just put the puree straight into the lolly moulds – simple and easy, you could even ask the children to do it themselves.

Secondly to make them a bit creamy I mixed the fruit purees with equal parts of Greek style yoghurt.

And now for the experts!!

Even daddy liked them (son-in-law)!

Thanks Clearspring for the organis fruit purees, as usual all opinions and photographs are my own and I did not receive any payment for writing this post.
Juicing with Bella

Juicing with Bella

Many years ago I had a juicer complete with centrifugal force but lent it to someone who never gave it back.  Ever since that time I have longed to replace the machine but somehow never got a chance. Recently I was invited to attend the […]

The Print Room -Covent Garden

The Print Room -Covent Garden

I was attending a food blogger conference in London over my birthday weekend earlier this summer. I was also asked to review The Print Room, a popular bar overlooking the square at Covent Garden (open daily from 17:00-01:00) that Saturday night (my birthday) and Mr […]

Play time with the kids with Asda.

Play time with the kids with Asda.

Asda asked me to have a look at a couple of their range of fun mixes and who better than my panel of experts to help me!

I enlisted the help of Miss Lizzie (age 6), BoyG (age 5) and BabyG (age 2) who just happed to be my three grandchildren.  We were all together because it was BabyG’s 2nd birthday last month.

You have not had true fun till you have watched three wide eyed children push sticks into marshmallows, decorate them till they looked like sheep and pigs (well sort of looked like them) and seen their faces shine!

And the best bit as far as they were concerned was eating them, both during the making and after!

Such concentration!

The finished masterpieces!! Can you tell which were the sheep and which were the pigs?

After we finished making the marshmallow friends we proceded to make some lemon cupcakes.  BabyG got bored and could be heard walking around the living room saying “Xbox on! Xbox on!” to no effect!

The two cuties shared putting the cake cases into the holders.

Mixing the cupcakes,

And the best part – licking the bowl!!
BoyG doesn’t like icing so we decided not to ice the cup cakes. I was going to take a photo of the finished cup cakes but they didn’t last long enough!!
 
I usually make cakes and cup cakes from scratch but if you need something quick to take their minds off something by all means grab an Asda cake mix.
 
I did not receive any payment to try these mixes and as usual all opinions and photos are my own.
Mr R goes on holiday – A weekend in Brighton

Mr R goes on holiday – A weekend in Brighton

Two things came together causing Mr R to have a lovely weekend break in Brighton.  Firstly I was invited to review a Travelodge and picked the Brighton Central and secondly Mr R needed a break preferably near the sea. You can read my review of the […]

Travelodge Brighton Central – a Review

Travelodge Brighton Central – a Review

I was recently asked if I would like to review a Travelodge. I could pick anyone in Mainland UK. After having a look at their extensive city list Mr R and I decided on a weekend away in Brighton.  It was far enough to want […]

Le Restaurant de PAUL – Covent Garden

Le Restaurant de PAUL – Covent Garden

PAUL is a chain of French bakeries and cafes in 29 countries that started in France. Their shop in Covent Garden, London is their first to offer a restaurant on the premises as well.  The inside of the shop offers so many treats for your sense of smell and taste and looks enticing as well.

 

But step into the next room and you are in a French bistro right in the heart of London!  I was invited to sample the menu along with a group of other bloggers.  I had expected to be given a selection of items that the restaurant wanted us to try, instead we were given menus and told to pick anything we wanted!

We were two groups of tables and our table agreed to try the sharing Charcuterie Platter along with a Petit Camenbert au Four (baked camenbert cheese)

 
 
For my main course I chose Confit de Canard aux Olives – a slow cooked duck leg, crushed buttery potato mash, black olives and red wine sauce.  This duck just fell apart and melted in your mouth. 

Our table also had a selection of side orders to share.

All of the main courses are regional dishes, keeping things simple and very very French home cooking style!

I try not to have three course when eating out because I don’t like that over full feeling however I could not resist trying PAUL’s Brioche Perdue! Slice of Brioche French Toast served with your choice of creme anglais, apricot coulis or warm chocolate sauce.  I had the chocolate sauce and let me say it was fantastic! Even after eating the Brioche Perdue I was scrapping the jug of chocolate sauce to get every last bit!

The rest of the food on the Menu was equally as stunning and delicious with plenty of choice of firm favourites that will remind you of your previous trips to France – or make you want to go there; Soupe a L’Onion (classic French Onion Soup), Coq au Vin (Free range chicken slow cooked in red wine) along with a host of delicious puddings and desserts.

As well as a stunning range of artisan breads, pastries and cakes for all occasions you can order a pic-nic with a difference for two or four people ready to collect.

If you are in Bedford Street just down from Covent Garden Underground Station and looking for that special French taste there is a table waiting for you!

 
I was a guest for dinner at PAUL and did not receive any payment to write this. As usual all comments and photos are my own.

What’s New with John West!

What’s New with John West!

John West just do fish in tins – right? Wrong. Of course, since they started in 1857, they still produce the tins of mackerel fillets, sardines, pilchards, salmon and tuna steaks that we are used to seeing. What’s new: I was sent a collection of […]