Thursday, 29 January 2015

Afternoon Tea at the Queen's Hotel Portsmouth

 I like to sit and eat and so there is nothing I like more than going to afternoon tea on one of my afternoons off and indulge myself in more cake than I can shake a stick at.

So for Christmas, I figured I'd combine the chance to do this and the fact that I love nothing more than a gossip with Nan and take her out for Afternoon Tea.

I spent a while trying to work out where the best place to go would be. I wanted somewhere elegant and classy whilst managing to be a little bit different to your standard scone and tea.

The final decision was the Queen's Hotel on the seafront in Portsmouth which I had heard some really wonderful things about and so I went ahead and booked.

We arrived and were greeted on the door. After being led through to the dining room and had been seated we had the chance to appreciate quite how impressive the foyer and then dining area really were.... Which they really were!

After the offer of coffee, tea (which there was so many varieties of...) and water for the table the food was brought out. It was a pretty impressive spread. 4 varieties of sandwiches and then 6 different desserts, each.

From Vanilla Posset and Egg Tarts to New York Cheesecake and Warm Scones with Strawberry Jam and cream,

Safe to saw neither of us finished all of the sandwiches and cakes, although the staff were really good and wrapped the rest up for us to take home.

I cannot fault the service of the staff and the food. I would be back in a heartbeat and will be looking for another excuse to indulge just like this again. My only criticism is that pre-booking is essential and that means I can't just drop by impulsively... Which is probably better for my waistline.

Monday, 26 January 2015

Five Recipes for under £5 for just £5.

Calling all broke students who have squandered spent all of their student loan on rent and booze and are now beginning to panic about how they are going to fund food on the limited budget they have have until the end of the term.

I have a solution - somewhat anyway.

How does being able to create five decent healthy meals for under £5 each sound? More appetizing than a pot noodle and buttered bread right? And definitely way better for you than yet another takeaway from the Indian down the road.

Jack Monroe and her 37p(!) per portion Kale, Barley
and Cumin Soup.
Well here it is. The Five for Five Recipe book written by Jack Monroe. Foodie Blogger with more awards than you can shake a stick at. The Five for Five book includes:
- Kale, Barley and Cumin Soup
- Dal Makhani
- Soda Break
- Pulsed Cauliflower Tabbouleh
-Tinned Pear Turnovers

Jack has released the pretty frugal recipes on Groupon with the cost of the download being donated to Oxfam. Oxfam will be using the money raised to overcome poverty and suffering. All of a sudden you are not just saving money & eating healthier, you're having a positive impact on the world, which with the way the world is at the moment is never a bad thing.

So what are you waiting for? Get downloading and start cooking! The recipes are only available until midnight tonight! (27th January 2015)

Chees-y Burgers Recipe

My other half loves burgers. You can pretty much guarantee that whenever we go out for dinner, he will pick some variation of a beef burger off the menu and so today I'm sharing the Cheese-y Beef Burger Recipe that he used when it was his turn to cook. Because he loves burgers filled with cheese!

What you will need:
- 500g Beef Mince
- 1 Egg
- 1 Onion
- 2 Cloves of Garlic
- Cheese
- Salt & Pepper for Seasoning
- Rolls

All that you need to do:

1. Finely slice the onion and garlic.
2. Mix onion and garlic with mince.
3. Mix in egg thoroughly.
4. Divide mixture into 8
5. Make each ball of mixture into thin burger shapes.
6. Top one 'burger' with cheese then place another on top.
7. Mould together.
8. Place in fridge for half hour (This stops them falling apart when you cook them!)
9. Fry in a hot pan for 7 minutes(ish) each side.
10. Serve in a roll with sides!
11. Enjoy!

Friday, 16 January 2015

Back to normality.

Me waiting for my co-host on real life radio, Express FM
I have been rather absent from my little corner of the internet recently. Life has been a blur of working, christmas and then back to university which has left little time for taking it easy, let alone writing here.

My radio show is going from strength
to strength and I've completed two fairly major presentations for two units at university and have all of a sudden that I have spare time on my hands, to write and muse and daydream to my hearts content. Perfect. Let's just hope that the grades for them both are high enough!

So this is it, I am back. Posting back here a couple of times a week as I survive my time at university.