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Spelt Focaccia Bread

I’m no Paul Hollywood but I have to say I’m quite liking my bread making experience recently. For Christmas I got Ajay a bread making course. I thought it would be a nice brother sister bonding day making bread together…etc.etc. Although the class wasn’t as mind blowing as I thought but I did learn how easy Focaccia bread is to make!

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For me this is one of those things to make on a Sunday when bored! The smell the bread makes whilst in the oven is incredible! I know it’s strange to say but personally I feel like an old Italian grandmother when making this. You seriously don’t need any special equipment just the tools god gave you (your hands)!

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I think you can add anything to this bread…from peppers to oregano, even to different infused flavoured oils…it’s one of those chuck it all in and see what we get types of dishes!

 

Yeast mix

The base to every bread is Yeast, Sugar, Warm water and salt…then you’re ready to go!

 

Flour

As you can see the post is called ‘Spelt’ Focaccia so I’m obviously going to be using spelt flour. You can use normal white flour just be careful how much flour you add. And don’t panic if you get carried away with the flour, just add a drop of water. I am one of those, ‘Organic is best’- but if you cant get it don’t worry tesco values is just as good (I’m lying).

 

And no I don’t think your dumb if you don’t know how to knead. There is kind of an art to it! once you mix the dough till smooth, plonk it on the table. Make sure you’ve sprinkled a little flour on the table!

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Push the dough, using the bottom of your palm away from you.

 

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Then pull the furthest tip back toward you and repeat the process for a good few minutes. This is if you using spelt flour. If using normal white flour knead for 10-15 minutes! By the end of it you’ll have a good set of guns!

 

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You’ll notice you’re folding makes layers. With White flour the kneading makes the dough more stretchy, that will be the gluten-Food Devil. Why I think its the devil is because that is what bloats you, making it a bad carb! Yes my mum is a health food addict! she is the reason I made this with Spelt flour-so she could eat it!

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To make that authentic Focaccia style. you literally just dab 2 fingers into the bread, to create those dimples. Obviously you start from one corner to the other.

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Ingredients:

  • 200ml of lukewarm water
  • 1tsp of dried active yeast
  • 1/2 tsp sugar (this is to feed the yeast and help it grow!)
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • Spelt Flour or Flour (Now I haven’t given a precise amount because it can vary. Just have at least 1/2 a pack at your side)
  • 1 Sun-dried Tomato
  • 5 olives (either colour)
  • A Few sprigs of Rosemary
  • Olive Oil/Rapeseed Oil (I use basil infused oil. Try Garlic oil or even chilli oil)
  • Salt and pepper for seasoning on top
  1. Add together the water, yeast, sugar and salt and whisk together. I would advise leaving it for a couple of minutes
  2. Gradually add the flour until a good consistency. You would rather add less flour to start so you can add more when kneading. Especially with spelt flour, use less flour and see.
  3. Now, use those guns and knead the dough for a good 3 minutes!
  4. Put in a bowl and cover with cling film. leave in a warm place for an hour. I usually leave the oven on and keep the door slightly open. that’s my warm spot!
  5. after 40 minutes place into square tray and flatten down. using your 2 fingers dab all over and sprinkle your delicious toppings and oil.
  6. Whack it in the oven on 200c for 30 minutes or until golden!
  7. leave to cool for another half an hour and enjoy!

 

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I love this literally cut up and served with Balsamic reduction and olive oil! you could even use chilli oil with some salt rocks in it!

 

The idea of this is to give you inspiration to jazz it up yourself. add more crushed salt, experiment with different herbs, go wild. Just don’t forget to mention me when you get asked for the recipe!

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Feta Filo Cheesecake

I came across this recipe through watching my all time favourite cook on TV…Nigella! Her version is called ‘Old Reg Pie’. Mine is slightly different but still just as good. I tweaked just a few things….mainly because my critics (AKA Family) are soo particular with their food.

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It’s quite strange but I had a weird craving to make this dessert literally because of watching ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding’ (one of my favourite films-mainly because her family and my family are so alike!). Plus Baklava is one of my faves! So this is very similar. I think this recipe is pretty much a Greek inspired cheesecake!

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The one thing I love about this, is that it uses a lot of Honey….and I love honey! I will without a doubt add honey into every dish I make. I even add it in my savoury dishes if I’ve added too much salt! I remember being about 5 and trying to make myself a honey sandwich.  I think it was from watching Winnie the Pooh. It was funny because every time I spread the honey on the bread, it would dissolve and I couldn’t understand why it wasn’t setting like butter. so my logic was to add more! When I eventually took a bite (after a few more dollops of honey) my mouth burst with this sickly sweet syrup. It was horrible. I was so heartbroken that I spent so long making this sandwich and it took me less than a second to realise it was disgusting and chucked it! You would have thought from this experience that I would detest honey but its only made me love it more!

 

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Ingredients:

  • 1 pack of filo pastry (200g)
  • 150g Feta cheese
  • 100g melted butter
  • 2 big handfulls of pecans or walnuts or pistachios
  • 150ml milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • some good runny honey (at least half a jar)

Recipe:

  1. place a few sheets of filo pastry in a cake tin and brush with some melted butter. make sure the pastry is hanging over the edge-enough to fold over.
  2. add 1/3 of the sheets over the buttered sheets. Literally scrunch them and avoid flattening them. Then crumble half the feta, and half the nuts. Drizzle a few tablespoons of melted butter.
  3. Now repeat the process! With the left over pastry scrunch, tear throw it on to create more texture. Then fold the outer layers over and press slightly down.
  4. Mix the milk, eggs, vanilla and sugar and pour over.
  5. Let it sit in the freezer for 5 minutes or in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  6. Add a spoonful of sesame seeds and place in the oven for half an hour. It should be golden and puffed slightly.
  7. drizzle 1 or 2 tbsp of honey and serve. Don’t forget you can add as much honey to this as you desire. Just don’t go crazy, cause you will regret it.

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I will warn you that the inside is a little stodgy. But sometimes that isn’t a bad thing! It’s like when Marry Berry and Paul Hollywood moan about a soggy bottom. I honestly don’t mind a soggy bottom on a pie…sometimes I crave it more!

 

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I would say a serving suggestion, a little creme fraiche would be nice. I literally only thought of it as I was writing this!

 

 

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Guinness Cake

Happy St Patrick’s Day All!

I’m not usually one to celebrate St Paddy Day, but I find the older I get the more I love! Obviously Pinterest is a big influence!

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OF Course I had to share this recipe with you guys. It’s kinda dead easy and not that long to do. I’m not going to lie, this cake is like Marmite in our house. Mum LOVES it, whereas Arji (the human dustbin) isn’t a big fan. Again in work some of the guys like it and some hate it. I have found the longer you leave the cake, the flavours mature and the Guinness really comes out. It’s quite surprising how much chocolatier and spongier the cake is with Guinness – {NERD ALERT} this is because the gas in the stout (No, Guinness is not beer!) reacts with the baking soda in the oven, causing the cake to rise more. Well this is what I’m guessing, but I did get a C in Science… so maybe don’t trust me!

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This cake is more than enough for 7-8 people. I use a 18cm Bundt tin which personally I think is the perfect size.

Ingredients:

  • 125ml Guinness (No other substitute…duh)
  • 125g Butter
  • 40g Cocoa Powder
  • 200g Caster Sugar (Yes Caster!)
  • 1 Egg
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 50g Yoghurt
  • 20g milk
  • 140g Plain Flour
  • 1tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of instant espresso coffee (Trust me it helps)

 

Recipe:

  1. place the butter and stout over the hob and heat gently until the butter is melted. Make sure its not on too high heat. (Don’t want to kill off all the alcohol now do we?)
  2. once melted let it cool slightly and add cocoa powder and sugar
  3. Again once that’s cooked out then you can add the egg, milk, yoghurt and vanilla.
  4. In a bowl sift all the dry ingredients (Flour, baking soda/powder) and slowly pour the wet mixture into the flour.
  5. Once all mixed pour in a bowl and bake for 35 minutes on 170c. (PLEASE make sure you have greased the tin well as this batter sticks)
  6. Top with a little cream cheese frosting (3tbsp of cream cheese & 150g icing sugar)
  7. Now you may enjoy!

 

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I hope you guys like this recipe! Maybe give it a go for next next year’s St Patrick’s Day…

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Chocolate Pecan Pie

Pecan Pie is my all time favourite dessert – with ice cream = MY HEAVEN!

Arji requested this the other day, so I thought maybe I should also share with y’all my recipe. I have to admit…I did fuck up the presentation but this is what I get for trying too hard! Soz that it looked a little strange!

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I don’t know why but I have a weird obsession with pecans. At least once a day I will have a ‘small’ handful of pecans with another ‘small’ handful of salted almonds. I know it strange but its sooo good! thought I’d share that with you for no apparent reason!

 

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As you can see at the beginning it started of well…just…once it went through that hell of an oven it got worse…and worse.

I know people find it offensive using shop brought pastry but I’m sorry I seriously don’t think its wrong to by a pack of ready made. So bite me if you think I’m being too lazy! just remember Gordan Ramsey said there is nothing wrong with shop brought pastry! Just sayin!

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So I seen this style crust done on Pinterest and thought I’d give this a go. Looks good here but just wait!

 

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See the Leaf thing really ain’t working! At least now you know don’t try this as pastry does shrink and it’ll look ridic!

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 pack/500g of shortcrust pastry
  • 200g Caster sugar
  • 250ml of golden syrup
  • 60g butter
  • 3 medium eggs
  • 20g Dark Chocolate (70% is a must!)
  • 3/4 tsp of flaked salt
  • a pinch of grated lemon zest (4 strokes against the grater will do)
  • 120g pecans, chopped & some for decoration (like 12 halves)

 

Recipe:

  1. Roll out the pastry till thin enough (I would the thickness of £1 coin-that’s what Nigella says) then set aside in the fridge. Trust me this will help it later.
  2. Heat up the syrup and sugar on the cooker until the sugar has melted and leave to cool
  3. Beat up the egg and slowly pour the ‘cool’ syrup mixture into the eggs. make sure its steady and not all in one go otherwise you will regret this!
  4. Add your butter, vanilla, lemon, chocolate, salt and nuts! Then pour into the cold pie crust.
  5. Now you can whack in the oven for an hour. Make sure the oven is preheated at 170c.
  6. I would recommend that you leave this to set for at least 2 hours then demolish with ice cream. ENJOY!

 

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I genuinely love this recipe and have used it for soo many years so this is one you can actually use because its an actual recipe and not just me making it up as I go along!

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Hotel Praktik Bakery – Barcelona

Carrying on from my trip to Barcelona…

Its quite exciting this is my first hotel review I’m writing. but I’m mainly writing what you would see on tripadvisor just with extra pictures!

Anyway back to my experience The Hotel Praktik Bakery. You’ll notice the hotel from its famous yellow roof.  Honestly there was never moment where it was quiet in the bakery.

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I know you are probably going to hate me for saying this but when I’m in a foreign country I’m one of those typical ignorant Brits who cant speak a word of the language besides please and thank you and the odd hand gestures to ask for the bathroom. I have said this year I want to learn a new language, so Spanish it may be!

 

So every year my Christmas present budget for everyone is £40 as mum hates us spending too much on gifts (that’s more her thing). I still am in shock that that my trip cost me £150 for flights and hotel for THE BOTH OF US (for 2 nights, 3 day)! yes! I know! this amazing deal was found on lastminute.com by moi. I am advising everyone to have a look online if they’re looking for a small break.

 

I am 100% a lover for tripadvisor, from restaurant reviews to hotels; I would’ve most likely checked it out on tripadvisor before going. The review on here were majority positive but with the odd review moaning how busy and noisy it could be. Its a bakery in a hotel. What would you expect?!?

 

First of all the hotel location was too good to be true. Literally 2 blocks away from Passeig de Gràcia which personally I think is like our knightsbridge with shops, from Louis Vuitton to Stella McCartney. It is unreal! And the metro is soo easy to use. Again the station is on Passeig de Gràcia and is 2 stops away from Les Ramblas and 2 trains to Sagrada Familia. And the Metro Subway is so much cleaner than the London tube so I would honestly recommend it if you want to travel in Barcelona and so much cheaper (you can buy a travel card which has 10 travels for 10 euros)

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I have to admit it is a pretty unusual lay out. As soon as you walk in you greeted with the bakery and you’re not quite sure where the reception desk for the hotel is until you walk further down an notice the receptionist in a bright yellow blazer hidden on the of the counter shared with the bakery side. I will admit it was little annoying the fact that we arrived at the hotel 12ish and waited till 2pm to check in but our room still wasn’t ready. I guess it gave me more of a chance to try out more baked goods!

 

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This swirl in the middle was my FAVE! Cheese Bacon and puff pastry. That honestly is my heaven. The further you bite in the more cheesey bacony good is stuffed in there. I know you have 2 types of people in this world…those who like crispy bacon and those who like when the bacon is just cooked. I can’t really say I am just one. I mean I love crispy bacon with a fry up but I don’t mind a bit of just cooked bacon. This bacon was just cooked so the fat was still a little chewy which I love!

 

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Major PERK from staying here is that because the bread is baked freshly every morning, you get that freshly baked bread aroma oozing through the building. Seriously, what could be better than that? Nothing that’s what!

 

 

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This was my favourite part of the hotel- the lobby/bakery seating area. I just found it so soothing watching the bakers prepare the pastries and breads. I actually fell in love with one of the bakers. I seen him everyday whilst staying here and every morning he would smile whilst I creepily stared at him in awe whilst he rolled the pastries into cones to make croissants. Don’t worry this man was literally older than my dad with a peppered beard. I have to admit I feel like he looked like Pablo or maybe a Densel. I didn’t take a picture of him because well that’s a bit too far!

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This was my breakfast whilst at the Praktik Bakery. Toasted ham and cheese croissant. Sorry I’m just going to be showing my food!

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I loved loved loved their lemon cheesecake. seriously zesty and soo addictive!

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I know it’s so rude but no matter where I am, I always want proper cup of tea in the morning…PG Tips, milk, one sugar. This time at the bakery they did black tea (which is pretty much English breakfast), but with cinnamon. So I decided to go for an Earl Grey and I LOVED it! It basically a normal tea with a floral after taste! So now I just thought I’d share with you’s that I like a bit of Earl Grey (milk, one sugar).

Now for the Room itself although you could do what I did and stalk the reviews on tripadvisor but this just gives you an idea of what the rooms are like. from the reviews I think all the rooms are laid out the same just different views from the window.

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I love this picture! I love a town house. God knows why I find them ‘cultural’. I won’t bore you any more with my obsession of town houses.

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AND…

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Stepping out from the window literally you see this! Sagrada Familla.

I would honestly recommend this place to EVERYONE! from the price to the location. This is honestly one of my favourites and I am definitely returning next year (or even this year, maybe this summer…)

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Literally Sickly Chicken Kiev’s

Chicken Kiev’s are my childhood favourite, that and fish pie with extra cheese on top. I thought I’d treat my family and make them a proper dinner since we’ve all been too busy to eat together. I literally thought everything went well. I made the Kiev’s from scratch using fresh chicken thighs, hoping to keep them succulent and proper mash. Turns out it was that good I gave my mum and younger brother FOOD POISONING! They were literally sicking up this yellow bile from 6.30am-11pm. Arji even managed to sick up on the carpet which mum was not happy about. This is where I need help-I really don’t know where I went wrong? Apart from the food poisoning it was actually really nice. My excuse as to why they received food poisoning is because they were the two greedy bastards who had 3 pieces of chicken whereas my dad, Ajay and I only had 2 pieces. I think the fact that they were fried maybe I just didn’t drain them enough, especially with the garlic and herb butter oozing out. That was also another problem I did, once I fried the chicken in breadcrumbs I baked them for them after to properly cook them. Without realising once they were done I stabbed them each to check no salmonella I forgot I was letting the butter leak out. I guess I really did ruin chicken Kiev’s for myself.  I did take good pictures though so at least I have that!

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So the recipe for this dish is:

Ingredients;

6 Chicken thighs, boneless and skinless

Garlic and Herby Butter
40g really room temperature butter
6 cloves of garlics crushed
1/4 lemon juice
handful of fresh Parsley, Chopped
5 fresh basil leaves, chopped
Salt and Pepper

Breadcrumbs
3 slices of granary or white bread , toasted
the 1/4 lemon zest
a few sprigs of fresh thyme
Handful of crunchy nut/cornflakes
salt and pepper

Egg
Flour

Instructions on how to get the poisoned chicken Kiev’s:

  1. Mix all the garlic butter ingredients together in a bowl
  2. open out the thighs and place a tsp of butter right in the center. Then using toothpicks pin the sides down.
  3. once completed all 6 thighs coat in flour, egg then breadcrumbs-this is known as panè to the french.
  4. Fry the chicken until the breadcrumbs are really golden brown in a large frying pan with a cm of hot olive oil.
  5. turn after a minute on each side, 3 times to make a triangle. Sounds weird but it locks the butter in.
  6. place in a 200c oven and let it cook for 35 minutes.
  7. DONE!
  8. I strongly advise you do not use this recipe yet but hopefully this can give you and idea on how to make them. I will try and perfect this to give you guys the proper recipe!

 

Butter

There will be extra butter made so keep in the fridge and add to mash or even use it to butter you toast or English muffins.

Egg and crumbs

A bit of professional photography

Raw Chicken

Stuffed raw chicken, again I’m trying it!

mash potatoesSo this is what I mean by adding the extra butter into the mash!

The last mealThe last of the pictures.

If anybody can seriously understand how I managed to give my family food poisoning please tell me! Like I promised I will try and perfect this dish, it might be a little too soon now, maybe in a couple of months/years!

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fu-fu-fu-fu-fu-fudge!

Fudge headerso I’ve been off for a bit and thought i’d make something quick and simple. For some reason chocolate was on my mind. god knows why and no not that time yet, but I was CRAVING it! And since Ajay was coming back from his first official week at uni (manchester). I thought it’d be nice for him to come home to some of my sweet treats. Brownies were my first intention, so i looked for my trusty brownie recipe from Nigella. But flicking through the pages I saw cookies. I’ve made them before and loved it. not sure if everyone else did. BUT then like fate, the page landed on FUDGE. I’ve had this on my list to make but I’ve always been abit umming and arring whether to or not.

Now this isn’t the typical creamy fudge we’re used, where it’ll melt like butter on your tongue. this is slightly more truffle like, but still just as yummy. The typical recipe is a chocolate and pistachio but my twist is chocolate, almond and sea salt fudge. sounds grown up right? I guess being 18 has matured my taste buds.  I have these craving where I like to mix sweet and savory in every dish, which just puts it up there.

I only used Almonds because i didn’t have enough pistachios. Sorry I know I am so lazy in that sort of sense. But it gives a big crunch into the fudge that breaks the texture and i reckon is better than pistachios.

So I made the fudgey little monsters on Tuesday and let it set all night and Wednesday I cut them up. when everyone came home on Wednesday they were going like gold dust. And this is unusual for my cooking.

Now look at the lovely easy recipe and my beautiful pictures i did with my lovely new camera!

RECIPE:

  • can of condensed milk
  • 350g of dark choclate (the proper stuff, 70%+)
  • 30g Butter
  • 1 heaped cup (200-250g) lightly crushed Almonds
  • 1 1/2 tsp of Maldons flaked salt

so just start by melting the butter, milk, chocolate in a pot over the hob until all melted like a ganache.

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In a dry frying pan, add the blanched Almonds into the pan and  gently wobbling the pan to prevent the burning. as you can see on my right they look abit like pine nuts. trut me it might be a little extra coloured BUT if gives this odd popcorn taste. RANDOM but nice. Anyway, Crush those beautiful TOASTED blanched almond the only way I can, old fashioned way with my trusty rolling pin and a tea towel. DO NOT over crush them because you want to bite into a few whole ones to give the extra crunch.

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Add the salt once the ganache like fudge has cooled. you’d be surprised this gives the chocolate a coffee taste, which helps to enhance the chocolatey goodness.

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ADD the NUTS after the salt. Fold it mix, however you want. Just don’t over mix it, because you don’t want the salt to dissolve. remember you want whole bits of salts to melt on your tongue. the texture will be like brownie batter and trust me that’s good!

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MAKE SURE YOU APPLY GREASE PROOF PAPER on the bottom so you wont struggle to get it out! And then just pour it in and bung it in the fridge to set for a couple of hours.

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after a few hours or until it feels rock solid, pick it out and cut into squares. Now my good friend Nigella, says it cuts into 36 pieces BUT i found its more. the smaller and bitesize piece you can cut the more you can eat! don’t you just love the way the nuts come through like in nougat. and you cant even see the speck of salt so its soo unexpected like a little surprise your hoping to get in each bite.

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please keep in the fridge as it tend to ‘melt’ and when i say melt i mean warm slightly. I guess that’s why i liked these, because they have this truffle like texture. HONESTLY these can be put in anything. melt a few chunks and pour over ice cream, add it to muffins, melt it to a ganache; ENTIRELY UP TO YOU. Hey if you want to use upstairs in the bedroom that’s entirely up to you, no ones judging you [WINK WINK].

Since Ajay came down for a few days from uni (Manchester). I thought i’d make breakfast, pancakes for him at 11.30 as you do. But Ajay had a bizarre idea to add them in the pancakes like chocolate chips. after you pour the pancake batter in, add sliced fudge on the batter and spoon little dribbles of batter on top. This helps to stop the BURNING from the chocolate. Don’t go there I’ve done that, made choc chip pancakes and burnt all the chips.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~GOOD LUCK and tell me how it goes ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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Apsley’s, a Heinz Beck Resturant

Mum Officially turned the BIG 40 over the weekend (well a couple of weeks ago!), and to celebrate we went out to a POSH restaurant. I’m not sure whether you’re like my family and I; who like to visit these fine dining places, for special occasions. I  guess with my family, when it’s a special birthday, we’d go all out for dinner and go some place real Fancy! Like for Ajay’s 18th we went to Heston Blumenthal’s restaurant in the Mandarin Hotel in Knightsbridge. And that was AMAZING! Honestly I cant explain how cool the food was. Pate disguised a Mandarin fruit. It was hilarious when the waiter brought over an orange and some toast. The look on dad’s face, it wasn’t until 10 minutes later when we all realised the orange was really yellow fat (like the the butter on top of pate). It even had a leaf poking out of the top. I would have rated that 9 1/2 out of 10. Just my dessert was a down fall-summer fruit something. cant remember.

Then for Dad’s 40th a couple of years ago we went to the Ritz. Now that was more POSH. That was a bit too… i don’t know, I guess we’re not a quiet family, well dad isn’t anyway.  I would rate that a 7, just because of the toilets and the decor.So beautiful!!

Back to Mum’s birthday Meal, oh just look at the Pictures! The decor of this restaurant is just WOW. seriously I don’t know how to describe it. almost like a movie scene; grand and majestic. i know it may sound a little over exaggerated BUT it was truly beautiful. Let’s start right from the Beginning: somehow we ended up being half an hour late, since dad was determined to drive since he’s a snob to public transport. But the Hotel/Restaurant is like a minute away from Hyde Park. The staff were really considerate and moved our booking to eight, which was really nice of them, since other places would have warned us the table will reserved for 15 minutes. so yeah when we finally did reach Lanesborough Hotel which is all slim and quite grand looking. It was abit awkward because usually when you come to a hotel you’re greeted with the reception desk. instead we got slightly lost and had to ask the doorman where the restaurant was, since it was like gully (sorry the closest i can describe it- but a very sublime one).Turned out it was right down the other end of the hall. So when we actually reached the restaurant, we were told to wait at the bar, since our table was getting ready.

Now the bar was really cool. Well would have been if it weren’t for Arji, since he is only 14, there’s a rule where you cant be in the bar after half 6 if your under 16. So we waited outside of the bar area into, i’m not sure what you would call it, a lounge maybe? I thinks its where like all the afternoon teas are held and that kind of thing.  where the rich people would ‘hang and chat’. Hah, I actually sound like a commoner. you know when you know somethings RICH and POSH when drinks are £15. seriously a cocktail was £15 and lemonade was £9. But since dad was paying mum treated herself to a little cocktail since it was her birthday. I guess you can say Dad weren’t too pleased but he enjoyed himself. In the End. Now the thing Which wowed me was this:

The bar snacksExcuse the poorly taken Picture BUT this was given to us whilst we was waiting for our drinks. Now on the top tray (sorry you can’t see ’em, but its actually homemade Pretzels. I can’t explain what it was about them, but they tasted yum, almost like it was fresh! And then on the second tray it’s your typical Nuts. like freshly roasted, where they have a crunch to’em.  And now we get to the Best bit. if you can see through the poor camera with trying to eat the lovely big fresh and tasty olives. See i’m not a olive fan, but these were just soo NICE. Like you don’t get that normal tangy after taste from the brine or oil. It has this almost sweet taste but i definitely give it 2 thumbs up. the chandeler Bare in mind this is a fancy place and i was a little embarrassed to take pictures I thought i’d had to get a few sneak peaks for you all. This place honestly seemed like something out of a film. The waiting staff we’re lovely especially the bread man. He walked around our table 4 times with different selections of breads. the one i remembered was this thin Sicilian bread. it was so thin and crispy and so light. we all took our order and the first dish brought out was this:

This was an apatizer- chicken liver spring Roll

photo 4 (2)This was something Arji ordered, Carbonara Fagottelli. I think that’s what it was called. it was basically inside out Carbonara- egg yolk ravioli with Parmesan gratings and sprinklings of crispy pork cheek. YUM, no? we ended up swapping since Arji freaked out with the smell of Parmesan. Like the better older sister i am, i opted to swap dishes. To be fare this dish was better. This dish was rich and slightly heavy but soo cool. like you have to have each pasta bit in a whole mouthful. so once you bite into it, egg yolk would bust out in my mouth. oh it was soo good, a little cheesey but GOOD.

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This was MY dish I had picked out. I cant exactly remember what exactly it tasted like but all i can remember is that the Duck was moist. i think it was a little boring but to be honest i just wanted to show you how pretty it looked.

Now the Main I can not remember what I had and I didn’t really take a picture so I am sorry!

Now below was my dessert: Chocolate and passion fruit. so i’m thinking when I read the menu, hmm i guess it might a chocolate bar with some sauce on the side or something like that. Instead they bring this out. Now i am really sorry, the waiter come out explaining each of our dishes,like what flavors they used; a proper foodies talk. And well I’ve completely forgotten what it was he said. Apart from chocolate sorbet. SORRY i guess this’ll punish me for not writing this sooner. But at least the pictures look alright. REMEMBER they are all sneaky shots me and Arji took! photo 1des

Now this was DEFINITELY something I remembered. The PRE DESSERT. Yes there is such thing as that. It apparently is known to cleanse the palette so you can really taste the flavors of the dessert. But again i’m gonna be straight with you, I think this WAS my dessert. Lime cheesecake and banana ice cream. The lime was so Tense and strong, that it really did clean my palette, i definitely recommend the restaurant just for the cheesecake.

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YUMM!

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AFTER dessert. i love this when after your meal, dessert, you get the little treats at the end with teas and coffees. Oh it was so pretty and cute. Top to bottom: Hazelnut and Praline, Almond shortbread (moon shaped), Apricot centered Bomb, toasted almonds and shortbread based truffle, Raspberry Jelly (made in Sicily)

And Last but not least the manager I guess of the restaurant knew it was one of our birthdays (Dad told him, but won’t admit to it). So he came over with a little dessert dotted with candle in the center. It was too cute. And after that, the head chef walked over to each table asking how the dinner was. I thought that was really polite and sweet. he also gave dad a tip on how to get the lamb so tender (cook it with love). He was quite funny how he was so quiet and shy, but during the dinner we could hear the chefs shouting, well “talking more abrupt” with each other, which was funny!

photo (9)Happy 40th Birthday Mum! xx

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