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Italian cooking class with Obby

July 11, 2017

Obby

Obby is a website listing a whole selection of different classes, courses and workshops in London.  All of the classes look really fun, they are a great way to try something new and meet like minded people! Ranging from cocktail making, photography, floristry and cheese tasting to jewellery making, calligraphy and lollipop making, there are so many options to choose from. There is something for all ages and interests, they would all make great gifts for the whole family to enjoy. Recently, I was invited to try out the Italian cooking class which I was very excited about!

Emma’s Kitchen Simple Italian Cooking Class

The class is based in Emma’s home, immediately upon entering you feel so welcome. Emma’s so friendly and engages with everyone in the class making us all feel included. We started the night off with some nibbles and prosecco or wine, which were always topped up thanks to Emma’s husband and friend who were there to help out during the class.

Emma goes through how to cook each dish and get’s people to help out with chopping and mixing etc. You can get involved or watch how its done, it’s up to you how much you want to join in. We made an amazing selection of dishes including gnocchi with pesto, Neopolitan meatball, Italian lamb with potato garlic and rosemary, spaghetti vongole, chicken paillard with rocket and lemon and also a risotto carbonara. All the dishes tasted amazing my favourites were the gnocchi with pesto and the Neopolitan meatballs. I’m going to attempt to make my own pesto at home and I’ll also be trying out the risotto carbonara as it looked pretty easy to make. I’d definitely recommend this class. I learnt so much and it’s inspired me to make a lot more Italian dishes at home.

Check out Obby classes at www.obby.co.uk

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The Polish Bakery Review

July 9, 2017

Recently I got to try out some products from the Polish Bakery. Having never been to Poland, I was intrigued to sample some Polish breads and cheesecake. Here is some more info about the bakery:

The Polish Bakery

The Polish Bakery is an award winning family business, founded 14 years ago in London. Making them the oldest Polish bakery in Britain. They use traditional recipes with an authentic Polish taste, placing great importance on the quality of their products.

This Year The Polish Bakery won three Business Awards including the title of West London Company of the Year, Park Royal Business Awards and Park Royal Food company of the Year. They began in independent stores throughout London and grew rapidly to the point where they are now supplying nationwide to Asda, Waitrose, Tesco Sainsbury and Morrisons.

The Polish Bakery

Chia seed bread

This bread was my favourite, it tastes great toasted! It’s also good for a sandwich or with some soft cheese. Chia seeds are considered a ‘superfood’ so it’s full of nutrients.

  • Rich in omega 3 acids
  • High in fibre
  • Loaded with antioxidants

The Polish Bakery Bread

Rye bread with prunes

I’m not a massive fan of rye bread I think its too hard and chewy. However I did like the addition of prunes in this bread, it added an extra bit of taste making it more enjoyable.

  • Yeast free
  • Natural sourdough
  • Good source of energy

The Polish Bakery Bread

Vienna Cheesecake

This was delicious! It’s very creamy and comes with a layer of dark chocolate on top, but it wasn’t too sweet which made it more enjoyable for me. It didn’t have the traditional biscuit base it was more sponge like, which shows the Polish authenticity the bakery brings to its products. We received a huge portion of this, so it’s great to share around with friends.

The Polish Bakery Cheesecake

I loved trying out these products it’s so nice to try freshly baked goods. I will have to try out some more Polish foods and visit the country to learn more about their culture. The Polish Bakery also have a large range of cakes such as poppy seed cake, apple pie and Polish doughnuts all of which sound delicious!

The Polish Bakery - Enjoy the Adventure

Check out the Polish Bakery products here

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Giggling Squid Thai Restaurant Review, Guildford

June 5, 2017

The other week me and Sam went to Giggling Squid in Guildford to try out their evening menu. We arrived at the restaurant and were seated quickly and offered drinks promptly. Sam ordered a Chang which is a popular beer in Thailand and I went for a Merlot red wine. We ordered some prawn crackers as we made our menu choices. You get a large portion and it comes with a sweet chilli sauce which was delicious although I ended up spilling it everywhere. I’m such a messy eater!

There’s such a lot of dishes to choose from but I opted for the Sleeping honey duck with orange salad. I asked for it without the skin as I find it a bit too fatty. The duck is served sizzling at your table and comes with a special honey glaze sauce. Served on a bed of cabbage with cashew nuts and crispy fired shallots. It also comes with an orange salad side dish which includes lettuce, tomatoes and red onion. I loved this dish the duck went so well with the honey glaze. The duck was cooked perfectly and complimented the orange salad. I’ll definitely be back to have this dish again!

Sam went for the Paneang curry and sticky rice this is a red curry thickened with coconut milk. This was also delicious and came with plenty of sauce.

Giggling squid have recently launched a child friendly menu called ‘Little Tapas for Little People’ For just £5.95 kids get to choose two dishes from a range of Giggling Squid favourites. Including mild curries, noodle and rish dishes. Unlimited plain or sticky rice is available upon request. For an additional £2 kids can enjoy a roti served with a dash of condensed milk and a sprinkling of sugar or two scoops of ice cream.

The food was delicious, the waiters were friendly and service was quick. Giggling squid is a must for any Thai food fans.

Location

I went to the Guildford branch, they also have other branches across the UK to find your nearest click here.

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Arthur Hooper’s Restaurant & Wine Bar London

May 17, 2017

“Arthur Hooper’s is a stylish restaurant in a vibrant London Bridge neighbourhood, overlooking Borough Market. We infused the spirit of the area’s tradition that allows visitors to easily sample fresh food from local suppliers and wine from all over the world.”

Last month I attended the launch day for Arthur Hooper’s Restaurant to try out some of their dishes. The restaurant offers a selection of seasonally inspired small plates, meats and cheeses, perfectly paired with a diverse wine list. Arthur Hooper was an enigmatic fruit and vegetable salesman who once occupied the building. The recently derelict building’s historical ties to the local community and food have now been restored. Food is sourced from local suppliers such as Neal’s Yard and Cannon & Cannon.

Check out the menu here

Arthur Hoopers Restaurant & Wine BarThe rough jewel box interior and Victorian structures has been exclusively handcrafted and designed by Buster + Punch and some of the lighting is from Delta Light. Designed as a contemporary homage to Victorian steel structures and cobbled pavements.  The interior has been crafted with steel caged light fittings, hexagonal concrete flooring and tailored rare-wood cabinetry.

Arthur Hoopers Restaurant & Wine BarI went for the Rioja Rosado Rose wine which was fruity and sweet and went well with the savoury food. Sam had the house red wine which was strong and rich.

Arthur Hoopers Restaurant & Wine BarI went for the Lamb and Bulgur Meatballs with Tomato Sauce and Yogurt. The tomato sauce was rich which complimented the creamy yogurt. The sauce went well with the focaccia bread.

Arthur Hoopers Restaurant & Wine BarSam ordered the Red Wine and Porcini Braised Sausages with Sage Breadcrumbs. This dish was very tasty but not as good as the meatballs.

Arthur Hoopers Restaurant & Wine Bar

Arthur Hoopers Restaurant & Wine Bar

Arthur Hoopers overlooks London Borough market and is a 2 minute walk from London Bridge tube station.

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Mr Lee’s Noodles Review – Gluten Free Lunch On The Go

March 24, 2017

Mr Lee’s Noodles Review

Mr Lee’s is a gluten free instant noodle brand that are low in calories, salt and sugar. Most instant noodles are dehydrated but these ones are freeze dried. This makes a huge difference to the taste and nutrition. These noodles are great for taking with you to work for a super quick lunch. I’m trying to eat healthier but don’t always have time to prepare lunch for work so these are great to grab in the morning and take with me.

Mr Lee's noodles

Mr Lee's noodlesHealthy

  • Low in salt & sugar
  • Gluten Free
  • Low in saturated fats
  • All under 250 calories
Mr Lee's noodles

Tip – Give the noodles a good stir as most of the seasoning is at the bottom & if you want a bit of extra flavour add some soy sauce

Mr Lee's noodles

Flavours

Hong Kong Street Beef – Filled with tender beef, ginger and broccoli. This one is very flavoursome and it’s not too spicy. I was surprised at the quality of beef normally with cup noodles the quality’s not great. This is definitely my favourite one! – 236 calories

The Tai Chi Chicken – Chicken, green beans and corn with no added spice. I liked this one and would have it again. – 235 calories

Shalin Monk Vegetables – Brocolli, cauliflower, red peppers and green beans. This flavour is good for vegetarians but I didn’t think it was as tasty as the other varieties. You can add a bit of soy sauce to this one for a bit more flavour. – 226 calories

Warrior Fighting Shrimp – Shrimp, paprika, chilli and seaweed. I’m not a massive seafood fan so I took the shrimp out haha. It was also too spicy for me so I wouldn’t have this one again. – 219 calories

Dragon Fire Mushroom – Blazing hot noodles with mushrooms paprika and chili. I can’t deal with very spicy things so this one was too hot for me. Although I did enjoy the mushrooms. – 215 calories

Penang Chicken Curry Laska – Chicken, coconut cream, chili and ginger. This one is full of flavour and not too spicy. This flavour is my second favourite I’ll be having this one again. – 237 calories

Have you tried any of Mr Lee’s Noodles? Check out their products here.

*Disclaimer – I was kindly sent these noodles to review*

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Baci Chocolates by Perugina “Say I love You The Italian Way”

March 19, 2017

Baci Chocolates

Baci Perugina Chocolates

I am a huge chocolate fan so enjoyed trying these Italian chocolates. Baci is a dark chocolate filled with whole and chopped hazelnuts. In Italian Baci means kisses and a kiss if the heart of every love story. Making Baci the perfect gift for saying “I love you the Italian way”

Story

Baci Perugina was created in 1922 in Perugia, a medieval city in the heart of Italy. It all began when a young chocolate maker created a special bonbon for his loved one. It was as exquisite and sweet as a kiss, a bacio, in Italian. This romantic Italian story is the origin of Baci Perugina, icon of quality and symbol of excellence and passion.

Baci Perugina Chocolates

Packaging

I adore the packaging with the dark blue sky filled with stars. Each chocolate is wrapped in silver foil with dark blue stars. Inside each chocolate there is a cute love note which is such a great addition. Here are some of the notes I got:

“Love me for the sake of loving always and forever.”

“Grow old along with me; the best is yet to be.”

Baci Perugina Chocolates

Taste

Coated in a dark velvety rich chocolate. Each chocolate contains a whole hazelnut at the top. Filled with luxurious milk chocolate and chopped hazelnuts.

They remind me a bit of Ferrero Rocher except the inside is thicker and less creamy. They also come in milk and white chocolate. I really want to try the white chocolates next.

Baci Perugina Chocolates

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*Disclaimer I was kindly sent these chocolates to review*