Food, Home Cooking

Food Plating Tips For Home Cooks

How To Plate Food

After almost a year at home, even reluctant cooks like me have started to venture more into the world of cooking for ourselves. And of course, if you’ve cooked something and didn’t post it on Instagram, did it ever really exist? To get the likes in, you need food plating tips for home cooks. I’ve …

Food

Five Of The Best Ways To Feel Comfortable As A Solo Diner

feel comfortable as a solo diner

I eat as a solo diner a lot; mostly because few people want to go out to eat as often as I do. Usually, I’m perfectly happy eating alone, but now and again, you get staff who treat you differently or as though you’re a nuisance. Eating as a solo diner can be great. You …

Food, Home Cooking

Nigella Lawson’s Chili Beef Noodle Soup

Chilli beef noodle soup

Spicy food is always a little tricky in our house. I like spicy dishes, whereas my husband has no head for heat whatsoever. I was a bit nervous about tackling the Chili Beef Noodle Soup as my next recipe in my challenge to cook all of How To Eat, in case I melted his tastebuds. …

Food, Home Cooking

Nigella Lawson’s Shortbread and Lemon Cream

Food Plating Tricks

Next on my challenge to cook all of Nigella Lawson’s How To Eat, I tackled Shortbread with Lemon Cream. This is a classic example of why I wanted to take on this challenge. I’ve made shortbread before, but I’d never have bothered with the lemon cream usually, as I can’t be bothered with the faff. …

Days Out, Travel

Is West Midland Safari Park Worth Visiting Without Kids?

Is West Midland Safari Park worth visiting without kids

With a spare Saturday, we decided to hit the zoo, but is West Midlands Safari Park worth visiting without kids? Like most children who grew up in the Midlands, I spent a lot of my childhood visiting West Midland Safari Park. I’ve been on school trips, with friends, and with family, but I haven’t been …

Bars and Pubs, Nightlife

The Pineapple Club Opens In Central Birmingham

Cocktails Birmingham

Looking for sexy cocktails in central Birmingham? Well, you’re in luck, because the cocktail wizards behind The Vanguard have opened a brand new venue, The Pineapple Club. Owner Sam describes his new baby as a cocktail bar and beer boutique. I went along for a sneak preview the night before they opened the doors. Arriving …

Food, Home Cooking

Nigella Lawson’s Spaghetti Carbonara

Nigella Lawson's Spaghetti Carbonara

Who doesn’t love a Spaghetti Carbonara? There was a wild part of me that considered flinging myself into my challenge of cooking through the whole of Nigella Lawson’s How To Eat with something I’ve never tackled before, but that way lies madness. Instead, I decided to start gently. Like a lot of people, I’m never …

Cookbooks, Food

Cooking Through A Cookbook

Cooking through a cookbook

I’m going to embark on an epic culinary challenge. Cooking through a cookbook. A whole one. I’ve been reviewing restaurants and writing about food for a few years now, but I’ve often joked that I’m a weirdo food blogger who doesn’t actually cook. People usually take this to mean that I can’t cook, which is …