Bank Holiday Foodies Festival – Syon Park

I have been receiving emails from the
foodies festival promoting their dates throughout the UK. I went to one, about 2 years ago when I was pregnant and found it quite a family orientated event and thought it would be a nice day out with ur children!!

As our Dee Dee has started walking now, I thought it would be a really nice family day out to go to the Syon Park Foodies Festival on the bank holiday. We were lucky with the weather as it was sunny and not raining! This time round, we found there were more free nibbles/snacks being offered and alcohol drinks! We had quite a few peach flavoured and elderflower ciders!! I think the food is still fairly pricey from the food stalls ranging from £5 to £15! We ended up snacking throughout the day savoury and sweet stuff! However, i was surprised that there wasn’t many cake stalls, I counted and there were probably only less than 4, considering that they did have a cake and baking stage! There were quite a few stalls selling fudge as this seems quite popular now.

There was plenty of space to sit on the grass for a picnic and listen to the band, they had someone doing face painting and they even had a mini bouncy castle. I found the event very child friendly with baby changing facilities. I am sure the others foodies festivals would have the similar set up.

Our entry tickets cost £10 eachbas we had a discount code from the Time Out magazine, it still might work – FOODIES15 if you are interested in going to shows listed on their website! We had a great time on bank hol and managed to buy lots of treats! From venusawalian buns with beef, brownies, pancakes, ice cream, oats bar, tortillas, chorizo and olives, coffee, quiches and bubble drinks, we were pretty stuffed!!! Our Dee slept through most of the time we were there but atleast this gave us a chance to walk around and sampled the foods!

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Our Dee snoozing!!!

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The London Coffee Festival Tickets

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The London Coffee Festival

I can’t remember if I have mentioned it before that I am tea drinker!I love my english teas and when I was pregnant, drinking decaffinated tea was torture!! I don’t drink coffee as it seems to make me sleepy rather than being awake which is the opposite effect on me!! Whereas my hubby is quite enthusiastic about his coffee trying different methods and beans! He likes to drink espressos. I bought him the Bialetti Moka Express pot last year and he loves it!! Although he does say it is hit and miss with making the coffee as sometimes it is burnt or the coffee doesn’t come out right but he still enjoys the process!! I feel bad sometimes as he always want to share his coffee because it makes two cups! Recently he has been mentioning this new gadget called an ‘areopress’ and he heard great reviews! So I got it for his birthday present this year!! He was very impressed with his new gadget and said the coffee is very easy to make and taste really smooth!! I will blog the method next time!

He told me about the London Coffee Festival on 30th April to 3rd May at Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane and asked if I wanted to go! I couldn’t really say no as in the past, I have dragged him to the cake and bake shows and wedding fairs etc so I felt like returning the favour!!lol! Plus I think it will be a nice family day out taking our Dee Dee with us!!!

In Time Out magazine they had a special offer promo code TIME15 for 2 tickets at £20. Normally it would cost £11.50. We are going to this festival on Sunday. There should be lots of coffee and some food stalls aswell!! I will need to try out some coffee there and maybe it will have a different effect on me as it has been a long time since I last drank some!! Will take some photos for you guys to see!!

Birthday cake request from my hubby!

Ready for cutting!

Ready for cutting!

It was my hubby’s birthday last week and I asked him, what does he want me to bake for him! He requested the blueberry and lemon traybake as that is his favourite cake! Normally, you should use a rectangle baking tin, but i couldn’t find mine so I have used a square tin instead.

Ingredients:

  • 125g soft butter
  • 225g caster sugar
  • 2 x eggs
  • 250g soured cream
  • 1 lemon zest and juice
  • 300g self raising flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Half teaspoon baking powder
  • 150g blueberries

Cream Cheese Topping

  • 50g soft butter
  • 300g icing sugar sieved
  • 200g cream cheese
  • 1 to 2 table-spoon of lemon juice
  • 50g blueberries

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180 GM4 and line a rectangular baking tin
  2. Beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat the eggs in one at a time until combined. Stir in the soured cream, lemon juice and zest, baking powder until everything is combined. Fold in the blueberries.
  3. Spoon the mixture into the cake tin and bake for 40 – 45 mins until the cake is baked. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool.
  4. Make the cream cheese topping by beating the butter and icing sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the cream cheese and lemon juice and spread over the top of the cake. Make sure the cake is cool before you add the topping. Add some blueberries on top and I added some chocolate sprinkles.

My hubby was very pleased with his birthday cake! 🙂

Yum Yum!!!

Yum Yum!!!

Easter treats at work!

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Chocolate easter treats!!

We have Easter weekend coming up so on Thursday, I made some chocolate treats for my work colleagues. I wanted to make something quick and easy and of course chocolate!!!

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Cornflakes chocolate nests!yum!

I have always wanted to make chocolate cornflake nests as it looks easy and when I saw the recipe online, it is so simple to make!!! It’s a matter of heating up 50g butter, 2 x tbs golden syrup and 150g milk or dark chocolate and then mixing it with the 100g cornflakes!! Spoon them into a cupcake muffin tin and put them in the fridge to set. Just make sure you have fridge space to chill them for at least 30 mins. I decorated them with chocolate eggs on top.

My sister in law, Sharon she makes the rice crispies version which always go down very well at the kids birthday
parties!!! So moreish to eat!!

I also made some rocky road as you just mix everything together and chill to set!!! Had to hide all the treats from my husband, dee and my mum or otherwise there won’t be any left for my work colleagues!!!

Hope you all have a wonderful easter and enjoy the chocolate treats!!!

Hot chocolate in Harrow

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The chocolate room

We went to Harrow last weekend and I came across a shop called ‘The chocolate room’. We needed somewhere to have a drink and also where Dee can have his mid morning snacks and this seemed the perfect place!

We were amazed by the variety of hot chocolates available. Unfortunately they ran out of coconut and hazelnuts but the staff told me ‘gianduia’ is the best one to have as I wanted to drink something nutty. Dan ordered a double macchiato and a coconut and raspberry slice. We also bought a chocolate that looks like a cake to take away, it looked really cute and was hard to resist!

My hot chocolate tasted amazing!!! I would definitely recommend going there again!!!
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Chinese New Year treats!!

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CNY treats!!! Yum!

It is Chinese New Year this week and I wanted to make something quick and simple treats to bring into work. Plus nothing to big as I still need to get on the public transport! Chinese new year desserts are quite traditional and the taste is quite strong. I wanted to make something a bit traditional but also a bit western as well! So came up with Christine’s lemon almond cookies, chocolatesuze.com’s melt in your mouth peanut cookies and Lorraine Pascale’s peanut butter squares. My other Chinese colleague brought some white rabbit sweets which taste like milk sweets and some pandan cake.

The treats went down really well!!! I was pleased with them myself! The peanut cookies were so simple to make and I ended up making 2 batches as they were so addictive to eat! They looked traditional and tasted ever so crumbley!! I will blog her recipes once I get the chance! I have made the peanut butter squares previously but the texture was very powdery! This time, it turned out really nice and compact. Maybe I left in them in the fridge all night and made them more set!! My husband kept eating them all so I had to take them into work earlier before he gobbles them all up!!!

Hope all my family and friends have a fab chinese new year and wish them happiness and good health!!!

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Peanut cookies

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Lemon almond cookies

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Peanut butter squares

Happy Valentine’s Day!!

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Marks and Spencer's deal

I was in Marks and Spencer and saw their valentine’s deal – dine in for two for £20. I thought that was a great deal so I checked it out during my lunchtime. I did speak to my hubby as to what his plans are for us but with a 14 months old toddler, a romantic dinner doesn’t seem too appealing and plus I don’t want to disturb other couples! Plus, I always find that restaurants on that particular day, the meals are really expensive! I would prefer to have dinner at home.

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Our valentine's dinner!!!

I was so amazed about what I got as it seems too good to be true! In this deal, you get a starter, main, side, dessert, bottlenof cava and chocolates…all for £20!! When I was getting my foods, I had to double check with the sales assistant that I was doing it correctly as there were alot of stuff included!!!

I was so pleased as dinner is sorted for valentine’s!!! All I need to do is to heat them up! Yum! I can’t wait! Wishing everybody a happy valentine’s day!!!