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 […]
Month: September 2014
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 […]
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.
Even daddy liked them (son-in-law)!
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 […]
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!
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,
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 […]
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)
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!