Friday, 24 April 2015

Win tickets to Glynn Purnell's Friday Night Kitchen #FridayNightFoodie

What are you having for dinner tonight? Share it on twitter, instagram or facebook and you could be in with a chance of winning tickets to an exciting live food event in October.

On Friday 2nd October, Glynn Purnell will be cooking live for 400 people at Villa Park. Greg Wallace will be hosting and there will be extra celebrity guests. It's all in aid of Cure Leukaemia which is a fantastic cause. You can buy tickets starting at £125pp but obviously this isn't within everyone's budget. If it's within yours have a look at the website here:

If not, don't worry as there's still a chance for you to win tickets. Simply share a picture of your Friday night meal through one of these methods:

Twitter: Tag @GPFNK using the hashtag #FridayNightFoodie

Instagram: Tag Cure Leukaemia and use #FridayNightFoodie

Facebook: Tag Cure Leukaemia and use #FridayNightFoodie

You can enter every week until 26th June- each week counts as a new entry so even if you miss a week you can catch up!

I entered last week with my bacon and avocado burger...

...and I'll be having another burger tonight! Better try and make it more original in future!

Good luck!

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Travel: A mini break at The Talbot Inn, Newnham Bridge

During the Easter holidays, Edd and I went on a mini break to The Talbot Inn, Newnham Bridge in Worcestershire. I booked it through Secret Escapes and got a fantastic deal including a three course dinner on each night, afternoon tea on arrival and some prosecco!

The Food

Our afternoon tea on arrival was perfect. I was worried it would be loads of food but not very good quality. I needn't have worried, they judged it perfectly.

It wasn't a normal afternoon tea. We had a couple of large sandwiches each, hot cross buns and a slice of delicious rich chocolate torte. The sandwiches were cheese and tomato on granary bread and salmon on white bread. Everything was fresh and of fantastic quality. A great start!

On the first evening, Edd chose chicken terrine for his starter.

I had corned beef hash with smokey beans and a fried egg. This was comforting and delightful.

Edd's main was chicken supreme with potato dauphinoise.

I went for the chicken and mozarella burger, which was nice enough but a little bland. The chunky chips were awesome though!

For pudding Edd had lemon possett. It was a generous serving... was my crumble with cinnamon ice cream. It was super tasty, I just couldn't finish it! The ice cream was a perfect accompaniment.

The next day we had coffee and cake at a tearoom in Tenbury Wells.

We stopped off at a charming pub in a Tudor building and I had this rather tasty chicken and pancetta salad. It was served with bizarre giant potato wedges which were tasty but didn't exactly go.

On the second evening we both chose crab salad with lime creme fraiche dressing. There was a good amount of juicy crab meat and the dressing was light and tasty.

Edd had pork for his main.

I had fish and chips- more of those gorgeous chips, with a vibrant pea puree. The fish itself was lovely but a really giant portion!

Edd had cheesecake to finish..

And I had bread and butter pudding with fabulous vanilla custard.

The hotel

The Talbot Inn has been renovated quite recently and it is charming and tasteful. I just loved the huge windows in our room. It really felt like a proper Inn- right at the end of a long road from Birmingham, you could just imagine Victorians stopping off here. Though I'm sure the food and decor are a little different!

We spent a few happy hours sat in the sun trap beer garden. The Talbot Inn bar sells fantastic local cider Robinsons and local gin Chase. I loved that the bar staff suggested an appropriate tonic and garnish for my G&T!

Dress: Marks and Spencer

Tenbury Wells

We spent a gentle few hours wandering Tenbury Wells. It is very pretty with a ridiculous amount of blue plaque buildings- you could barely walk for two minutes without seeing a historical building!

 Top: Oasis, Skirt: Oasis

This quirky blue and white building was built for the same reason as Tenbury adding the 'Wells' to their name as they wished to become known as a spa town such as Leamington Spa. Unfortunately it didn't catch on with the public and they were left with this marvellous pump room. It was designed by a Birmingham chap in the unusual 'Chinese Gothic' style. It's quite a sight and definitely worth a look.

 Edd was proud of this sixties style shot!

Tenbury Wells has some beautiful buildings and interesting pieces of architecture so it was a lovely place to spend an afternoon.

I had a fantastic stay at The Talbot Inn eating all the food and drinking all the cocktails! I love little trips like this. They're so relaxed and you don't feel you must do anything.

My next holiday will be in the summer when Edd and I are going on a mini grand tour of Italy- Rome, Florence, Bologna and Venice, all in ten days!

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Brindley Place Easter Street Food Market

I wrote about this a few weeks ago and I was really happy to be able to pop along a couple of times over the Bank Holiday weekend.

The first time was in the rain but Edd and I didn't let that put us off. There were so many new food vendors to try!

The second time was on Bank Holiday Monday when the sun and the crowds were out. Great to see so many people enjoying delicious food!

Meat Heads

These are meatballs but not as we know them. Edd went for meatballs on our rainy Friday visit. The tastiest ever meatballs in a rich tomato sauce topped with crisp, fresh salad. All in a bun. Subway this most certainly isn't. I've never been a big fan of meatballs but I really enjoyed the bite I had of this.

 I need to talk about those incredible garlic and rosemary new potatoes too. Soft, warm, perfectly cooked. If you see Meatheads around, you NEED to try those potatoes.

Good Grub

While Edd was tucking into his meatball sub, I went for a little wander, trying to decide what to eat. I wanted a burger but nothing too heavy. Luckily Good Grub had the answer: a chicken burger.

So, chicken burgers can be a bit dull. This was not any ordinary chicken burger. The chicken itsef had been mixed up with basil, lemon and just the right amount of chilli. Add to this a walnut, spinach and rocket pesto, crunchy salad and a great quality brioche bun and you have a winning lunch. And five quid. Hands down the nicest chicken burger I've ever had. I need to learn how to replicate it immediately.

Fancy Fries

What do you want with a burger? I want chips! They are surprisingly hard to find at street food events. So I was pleased to see newcomers Fancy Fries filling that gap.

Great quality twice-cooked fries with a variety of sauces to choose from. I went for bog standard BBQ (not homemade) but I wish I'd been a bit more exciting and gone for creme fraiche with some salady/herby bits on top. Next time I will!

 Sticky Fig

On our next trip to Brindley Place, Edd was determined to have Sticky Fig's beef rib. He was devastated to find they had sold out by the time we got there- so he went for the pulled pork bun instead. This was great quality pulled pork, delicious sauce, great coleslaw, great bun. We've all had something similar at this point- but it doesn't stop it being delicious.

We'll be keeping am eye out for Sticky Fig again- got to try the beef rib!

Vegan Grindhouse

I did something crazy- I didn't have meat.

I always see Vegan Grindhouse at these events and I always read great reviews of them. Being a meat-eater I am spoilt for choice everywhere I go so I've never ended up trying them out.

On this occasion I decided to try them out. I picked a 'cheese and bacon' patty with some BBQ sauce. I loved the way it was presented and it was neatly put together, making it easier to eat than a conventional burger.

I loved the patty itself, it had a great texture and a lot of taste. The 'cheese' had a surprisingly strong flavour and was a great addition. I can't say I got anything from the 'bacon' so I would probably just go for a cheese patty in future.

Although this wasn't as oozy and rich as a standard burger, it was perfect for lunchtime. I didn't feel greasy or heavy afterwards. Instead I felt satisfied but also pretty light, with a good taste in my mouth.

 All in all this was a great event- I adore things like this, especially in the sun!