Beat My Price: Treat Your Favourite Foodie to a Gourmet Buffet

Thursday, April 30, 2015

As a self-certified foodie, I'm interested in all things food. Whether it's learning how to make a new dish, reading about food or getting my hands dirty, exercising my brain and creating a new recipe. For any occasion, be it my birthday or Christmas, I can be sure that at least half of my gifts will be food related and I wouldn't have it any other way!

One of my new-found favourite hobbies is going on foodie experiences. You know the type: strutting up to a pub or fancy restaurant and learning how to make a signature dish. Or booking on at a top restaurant, tasting the wares and being blown away by today's great chefs. I'm up for either option! So when I heard about Bespoke Offers, the first thing I did was look up all the foodie related offers!

After browsing the extensive list of cheap food deals, I decided to have a go at sourcing my dream trip: a gourmet buffet featuring legendary restaurants from some of the UK's top chefs! What I came up with was an amazing three-meal buffet, featuring food from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Marco Pierre White and Gordon Ramsay. (Insert fan girl moment!)

Quinteassential's White Elixir Loose Leaf Tea Review

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Delicious do-it-yourself loose leaf tea from Quinteassential makes for a lovely cuppa anytime of day!

Quinteassential White Elixir Loose Leaf Tea |

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Quinteassential White Elixir Tea

Since moving to Manchester, I've become something of a tea snob. Before my great British immigration, I never enjoyed tea; even with growing up in the south with glasses of ice tea surrounding you everywhere you go. Maybe it's the chilly British weather or the culture of tea drinking here that have got me started, but no matter what it is, I've become quite the tea drinker. Naturally, I lept at the at the chance to review some of Quinteassential's lovely award-winning White Elixir tea.

Award Winning White Elixir from Quinteassential on

#tastytuesdays 99 with 5 Cinco de Mayo Recipes

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

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Pressure Cooker Gluten Free Honey Barbecue Ribs

Monday, April 27, 2015

Cooked to perfection in the pressure cooker and finished with a sweet sticky sauce, these gluten free ribs are finger lickin' good!
Pressure Cooker Gluten Free Honey Barbecue Ribs from

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Pressure Cooker Gluten Free Honey Barbecue Ribs

Growing up in the Sandhills of North Carolina, barbecue was a way of life.Summer is always defined by finger-lickin' barbecue sauce, pig pickin's with piles of meat and ribs and a warm, gentle breeze. Living so far from home, it's these memories I miss most and these things that I try to share with my family, giving them a piece of who I am and where I came from: these moments that define both my culture and who I am.

We are ribs people. We'll get stuck into a plate of ribs: be they beef, pork or lamb. We just ask that they're doused in sticky sauce! Tuck a napkin into the collar of your shirt, prop yourself up at the table by your elbows and have the wet wipes on standby. Back home ribs are cooked one way: on the barbecue grill in the 30 degree heat of my hometown.

Barbecue Rib Bones from

#tastytuesdays no 98 + 6 sensational lunch ideas

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

I'd like to do a round up next week of Mexican dishes in honour of Cinco de Mayo! Please link up as many Mexican dishes as you'd like if you'd like to be involved!

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Gluten Free Meringue Kisses with Nutella and Tequila Cream

Thursday, April 16, 2015

These traditional meringues kisses are finished with a touch of Nutella and a cheeky dash of tequila!
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Gluten Free Meringue Kisses with Nutella and Tequila Cream

This is one of those recipes that's absolutely beautiful and looks quite difficult to execute but it's not. The meringue are easy to make and their brilliance lies in the execution--nothing a piping bag can't help you pull off. The cream has a lovely punch of tequila and is entirely optional. You can go slightly over-the-top and use loads of your favourite tequila or you could just use a bit and let the flavour subtly shine through.

Overview of gluten free meringue kisses from

Gluten Free Mexican Bacon Frittatas and Homemade Hashbrowns

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

All the flavours of a Mexican breakfast with homemade hash browns--all gluten free!
Gluten Free Mexican Bacon Frittatas and Homemade Hashbrowns from

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Gluten Free Mexican Bacon Frittatas and Homemade Hashbrowns

Frittatas have become one of my favourite, easy breakfasts! They're just so quick and versatile, they're hard to deny. After I made these halloumi frittatas, I became a little bit addicted to them and started craving them each weekend. Today's recipe is in honour of the upcoming Cinco de Mayo and celebrates Mexican culture with the use of coriander and delicious Mexican cheeses.

I know Cinco de Mayo isn't really a thing outside of America, but it remains one of my favourite 'holidays'. I don't know if it's because it's close to my birthday or if it's because I've got a slight obsession with Mexican food--whatever it is, I celebrate it each year!

The frittatas are easy to make and the recipe doesn't differ that much from my spinach and halloumi frittatas recipe, so you should be pretty safe with that. The hashbrowns, though, threaten to steal the frattatas's thunder and become the star of the show! These aren't your usual heavily formed, deep fried hashbrowns fast food chains around the globe serve up. These are your classic greasy spoon hashbrowns made infamous from decades of American films, usually served up by some down-on-her-luck waitress named Starr or Sandy in a Midwestern truckstop or at the counter of a grungy NYC diner.

But the best thing about them, is they're homemade. And delicious. And done properly. Trust me, your family is going to flip when you serve these!

Frittatas Recipe with Coriander and Mexican Cheese served on hashbrowns from


For the frittatas
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
1 onion, diced
2 tablespoons coriander leaf
6 eggs
100 grams shredded Mexican cheese
150 grams smoked bacon
olive oil

For the hashbrowns
15 or 6 large potatoes
olive oil

Easy Homemade Hashbrowns


For the frittatas:
  1. Preheat the oven to 200c/400f.
  2. Soften the onions in a large saucepan in a bit of oil.
  3. Add the bacon and fry until beginning to brown. 
  4. Sprinkle in the smoked paprika and coriander and cook until fragrant. Remove from the heat.
  5. Scramble the eggs in a jug and pour into a muffin tray that has been lightly greased.
  6. Scatter the bacon and onion mix over top, followed by the cheese. Fill each muffin cup a little less than halfway to prevent spilling over when the eggs expand during cooking.
  7. Bake in the oven for about 9 minutes or until desired doneness is reached.
For the hasbrowns:
  1. Wash, peel and grate the potatoes.
  2. Place the grated potatoes in a muslin cloth or in a few sheets of paper towel.
  3. Squeeze until all of the natural potato juices are drained.
  4. Dump the potatoes into a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 30 seconds.
  5. Pour some olive oil into a frying pan and fry the potatoes in portions, flipping once, when the bottom has firmed up and is golden. It should take up to three minutes per hashbrown, depending on the size.
  6. Season well with salt and serve with the frittatas.
Gluten free Mexican flavoured frittatas with easy homemade hashbrowns from

#tastytuesdays no 97

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

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8 Popular Chicken Recipes from Anyonita Nibbles

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

8 of the most popular chicken recipes including gluten free options and slow cooker recipes, too!

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8 Popular Chicken Recipes

Chicken has always been one of my staple foods--simple and easy to make, yet it lends itself to a variety of flavours and cooking techniques. Here are 8 of the most popular recipes featuring chicken on my blog. I hope you enjoy them; many of you already have!

Gluten Free Chicken & Sweetcorn Soup

This classic Chinese takeaway staple makes the perfect starter or main meal when bulked up with noodles.
Thick and creamy gluten free chicken and sweetcorn soup from

Slowcooker Jerk Chicken with Rice and Peas

An island favourite, this jerk chicken recipe has all the flavour of the classic dish but is made in a slowcooker for ease.
Sticky jerk chicken cooked ina slowcooker from

Gluten Free Chicken & Raspberry Salad with Black Pepper Dressing

This beautiful salad features fresh raspberries and a tangy and sweet gluten-free black pepper dressing.
Raspberry and chicken salad with black pepper dressing from

The Best Damn Gluten Free (& Paleo) Fried Chicken

Seriously the best chicken you've ever tasted. All of the crunch of classic fried chicken without any flour. A new favourite!
Hand fried chickpea flour chicken from

Mexican Chicken Spaghetti

Your family will beg for this easy and filling new take on spaghetti.
Spaghetti with Mexican chicken flavours from

Gluten Free Peri-Peri & Lime Roasted Chicken

A little heat, a lot of lime and one delicious bird. What more could you ask for?
Quarter chicken with lime and peri-peri seasoning from

Chicken Caesar Salad Pizza

Combine two must-haves into one really great dish with this delicious restaurant recreation.
Gluten free chicken Caesar salad pizza from

Easy & Impressive Roast Chicken Dinner

Wow your guests with a perfectly juicy roast chicken dinner.

Roast chicken dinner from

#tastytuesdays no 96 + 6 delicious summer drinks recipes

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

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Gluten Free & Paleo Roast Duck Breast with Cherries, Pistachios & Almonds

Monday, April 6, 2015

This replication of a Christian Constant dish is a succulent sweet and savoury main suitable for people following a gluten free or a paleo lifestyle!

Gluten Free Paleo Roast Duck Breast with Cheries, Pistachios & Almonds from
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Gluten Free Roast Duck Breast with Cherries, Pistachios & Almonds

Last week, when I shared my gluten free mille feuille recipe, I mentioned eating in Christian Constant's Michelin-starred restaurant in Paris, Le Violon d'Ingres. While there, our third course was this fantastic roasted duck dish with pistachio, Jordan almonds and cherries. The duck was delicious, succulent and tender and I've been dreaming about it and fantastising about trying to recreate for a year now. Finally, this past weekend, I had my chance.

Roast duck dish based on Christian Constant's version from

Luis Troyano's Hazelnut & Orange Tart Baking Masterclass with Cooperative Food

Friday, April 3, 2015

Do you know what makes a #goodbake? Let Luis Troyano and Cooperative Food show you with this fantastic chocolate, orange and hazelnut tart!
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Luis Troyano's Chocolate & Orange Hazelnut Tart

Earlier this week, I had the privilege of attending a baking masterclass at the Cooperative Food's HQ here in Manchester. Running the masterclass was Great British Bakeoff finalist Luis Troyano. A group of us food bloggers were welcomed into the masterclass in the Cooperative's test kitchen and Luis showed us a step-by-step recipe for a delicious chocolate praline tart.

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Unlike a lot of my usual recipes, this tart isn't gluten free, but it can be easily adapted to be gluten free. I recommend using your favourite gluten free shop-bought shortcrust pastry or using an easy pastry made from ground almonds and rice flour. The filling recipe calls for a spoonful of flour, but you could easily swap this out for cornflour or 1/2 tablespoon of xanthan gum to make a gluten free version.