Eggs Benedict – Entropy at Leicester 2 of 3

The second instalment of this trio was devoured in a quaint little restaurant in Leicester. Entropy is outside the hustle and bustle of Leicester city centre and in my opinion Leicester is crying out for more restaurants like this one. The head chef worked at The Fat Duck and also The Vineyard at Stockcross so without contemplation it was obvious this was going to be a corker. It's just one of those restaurant come pubs that you wish you had a Read more

Eggs Benedict – The Almanack at Leicester 1 of 3

Eggs Benedict is one of my all time favourite, comfort giving, wonderfully satisfying indulgences. Because of this and as I am sure many other people love this ultimate unbeatable combination, I am going to compare 3 restaurants interpretations of this classic. The Almanack in Leicester is a relatively new opened establishment. I went soon after it opened and I think at this time they may have been cutting some corners to ease themselves in. Read more

Gateau à la Crème

This classic French dessert sounds so impressive but it's so easy to make and I didn’t have a food processor with a dough hook either! I used my cheap hand mixer and it did the job perfectly. Raymond Blanc made this recently on the television and I was determined to give it a go. Don’t be put off by the bountiful amounts of butter and the gargantuan number of eggs. It’s a treat and so worth the effort. What you will need: For the brioche Read more

Camellia at Carnaby Street

You know the drill. Shopping all day, buying little treats and you get to the stage where only a cup of tea can hit the right spot. I say cup of tea but I don't mean of the PG variety. Particularly when paying for my tea while out and especially so in London I expect more than a pyramid shaped tea bag for my money. This is where I was lucky enough to stumble across one of those 'gems'. I guess everyone else is fortunate to know about this place Read more

The Hare at Lambourn

I am surprised that this exquisite restaurant does not have a Michelin star. The restaurant itself is so tasteful - albeit in a rather remote location that's neither here nor there. The staff were so attentive and extremely helpful and polite. I cannot say that it is the best Sunday lunch in the world as I have not eaten every Sunday lunch on offer but other than a few onions in my Yorkshire pudding, I cannot think of any way it could be better. To Read more

Lamb Neck Stew

This was so easy and really what you need when you want warming comfort food. What you will need: 2 lamb neck chops, cut in half Plain flour Olive oil 3 onions, peeled and cut into wedges 2 parsnips, peeled and cut into four or six depending on the size 6 garlic cloves Salt and pepper Fresh rosemary 6-8 small potatoes, cut in half Stock – I used vegetable Firstly, when I bought my lamb neck it turned out that getting British lamb Read more

Chocolate and Brioche Bread and Butter Pudding

I have had a request for this recipe but unfortunately I haven’t made it since I started blogging so I have no pictures to go with it! My apologies.  What you will need: 220g Brioche Butter for spreading 50g dark chocolate chips 1 egg 2 egg yolks 3 tbsp caster sugar 410g can light evaporated milk Firstly, cut the brioche into thin slices and butter each slice on one side. Place a layer of brioche (butter side down) into an ovenproof Read more

Anzac Biscuits and Chocolate Nut Biscuits

What a week! I felt like I’d earned a good baking session. The following two recipes are really easy and truly yummy. Anzac Biscuits Yes perhaps I am a bit premature for Anzac day but nonetheless, they are a deliciously oaty crunchy cookie. What you will need: 100g rolled oats 140g plain flour 100g unrefined light brown sugar 45g flaked coconut 110g unsalted butter 2tbsp golden syrup ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda 1tbsp hot water Preheat Read more

The Handmade Burger Co. at Leicester

There are lots and lots (too many if anything) of burgers and burger chains. How does one choose? The Handmade Burger Co. has just five branches in the UK: Birmingham, Leicester, Sheffield, Solihull and Aberdeen. The reason I'm telling you where they are is because if you happen to be in any of these places, you must go. There were flavour combinations that I would never have considered in a burger and I am so glad I tried the, 'Milano', which Read more

Potatoes and Tomatoes

I have discovered that adding any kind of vinegar, a bit of oil, salt and pepper and sometimes a herb or two with a load of tomatoes, then roasted is one of the most delicious ways I have ever eaten the humble tomato. I have also discovered the "healthier" potato dauphinoise which still manages to fill the hole created when craving a starchy meal. I fry the potatoes before layering them with onions or bacon or cheese or any combination of these! Read more