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Midlands Foodie Events coming SOON! 

2015 is already shaping up to be a fantastic year for food and drink in the Midlands with all the new openings and exciting cocktail events that I have blogged about before here and here.

Lots of events in and around Birmingham and the wider Midlands are popping up all the time, here are the details for just a few that you might like to go to!

THE JABBERWOCKY & CAKE DOCTOR LAUNCH MOCK TURTLE

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The Mock Turtle is a new restaurant and café venture based at Queensway Court, Leamington Spa based in an assisted living development for the over 55s. 

 The Jabberwocky will be running the restaurant with seasonal produce, home cooked meals and their varied menu of toastie favourites and the Cake Doctor will bring his excellent cake and passion for coffee with him to the Café. 
 These two fabulous street food vendors want to transform retirement home food and prove that great ingredients sourced locally and cooked with passion are the best way to anyone’s heart.
The Restaurant and café will be open to everyone, not just residents, from April 2nd and they already drawing up plans for pop-ups with lots of local foodie contacts to keep the evenings interesting. Follow them on twitter for all the latest!


AKHTAR ISLAM TO RECREATE ‘GREAT BRITISH MENU’ FOR LASAN’S 13TH BIRTHDAY


To celebrate Lasan’s 13th year in Birmingham chef Aktar is preparing a feast! For two days, he will be recreating the flavours of his winning menu “The People’s Banquet” from the popular BBC television series Great British Menu.

It will take place on the 26-27th April and cost £45pp with optional wine flight. See here for more details and how to book!

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BIG DADDIES DINER TO POP-UP AT THE PARCEL YARD, LEICESTER

One of the Midlands’ finest street food traders, Big Daddies Diner, will be taking up residency for a one night American Diner pop up in Leicester on Saturday 25 April.

Diners at the exclusive pop up will be treated to a 4 course menu consisting of Big Daddies’ finest; with the main course being a platter of 2 of his signature loaded Dogs. 

The event will be hosted by Rib Nights and UK Burger Battle’s Ahmed Kage, so, as always expect a raucous night!! 
 Early Bird tickets to the event are on sale now and priced at just £16.95 before rising to the standard price of £19.95 and can be purchased online through DesignMyNight and are also available from The Parcel Yard in person.


NOMAD LAUNCHES COMPETITION TO GIVE DINERS A UNIQUE FOOD EXPERIENCE USING THEIR OWN FOOD MEMORIES!

I have already dedicated a whole blog post to this, but it never hurts to say things twice. Chef Alex Claridge wants to hear all about you food memories for chance to win a place at an exclusive dining experience where he and his team will use YOUR memories to create a fantastic meal! 

This is a once in a lifetime type of experience, so to enter, simply email your food memory to nomadbirmingham@gmail.com. Further info here!

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 FLYING WITH THE FISHES

And lastly, a little further afield for my readers a bit further South….

The Fishes in North Hinksey, part of the Peach Pub Group (sister of The Highfield for the Brummies) is continuing its run of country pursuits by casting off for a day’s fly fishing on Saturday 9th May 2015, when there’ll be prizes for the biggest catch as well as a fantastic fish supper back at the pub afterwards. 

 Join Fishes manager and would-be country gent Owain Llwyd Jones for a sausage sarnie at the pub and then on for a full day’s fishing at a picturesque Oxfordshire trout fishery that’s well-stocked with rainbow and brown trout and see who can be first to land a catch.

Fly Fishing with The Fishes takes place on Saturday 9th May 2015.  Meet at the pub at 8.15am and spend a whole day fishing with all tackle and flies provided.  Tickets, which include morning refreshments, transport, equipment, tuition, lunch and supper cost £115 and can be booked by going to http://www.fishesoxford.co.uk/events/


 

Disclosure: I wasn’t paid to write about any of these events, blah blah. They just interest me, so might also interest you :)

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White Chocolate & Cadbury Creme Egg Tart

This year I thought I would jump on the band wagon and have a go at some Easter baking. Cadbury Creme Egg Bakes of one sort or another are all the rage at the moment so I thought I would have a go at one myself. My first experiment ended up rather badly with gooey chocolate creme egg mess all over the kitchen, but this one was rather better. A simple white chocolate ganache tart dotted with Cadbury Creme Eggs. A real sweet treat! It didn’t occur to me at the time, but a fellow blogging friend with an eye for presentation suggested it might be nice to pipe seem creme egg filling across the tart so you might like to have a go at this too – thanks Emily!

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There are lots of creme egg recipes out there at the moment in the blogosphere – and lots of posts linking them all, so get googling if you fancy creme egg twists on bakewell tarts, millionaires shortbread, cheesecake and much much more!

Ingredients:

For the pastry

  • 1 egg
  • 250g plain flour
  • 125g salted butter (in cubes)
  • cold water

For the filling

  • 300g white chocolate
  • 75ml cream
  • 5-6 mini creme eggs, fridge cold then split in half lengthways
  • 1 large creme egg (optional – for the middle of the tart)

Method:

  1. First, make the pastry as it needs to chill. Put the flour and butter in a large bowl and swiftly rub in until the mixture resembles fine crumbs
  2. Beat the egg then add to the mixture with a teaspoon of water. Bring together with your hands, you may need to add a little touch more water. Wrap in clingfilm and leave to chill in the fridge for 30minutes

  3. Preheat the oven to 180 ºC and roll out the chilled pastry and mould into a 23cm loose bottomed fluted flan tin. Blind Bake – line with baking parchment and fill with baking beans and bake for 15mins. Remove the parchment and lining and bake for a further 12-15mins.

  4. Leave to cool completely. In the meantime make the ganache; gently heat the cream until it is just so hot you can’t leave your finger in the cream, then add the chocolate bit by bit, stirring until it is melted. Remove from the heat.

  5. Pour the ganache into the cooled pastry case. Dot around the the halved creme eggs, filling side up, with a large creme egg whole in the centre if you wish. Leave to set and then serve!

Happy eating :)

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Blogger Party @ Peter Pizzeria, Leicester

Last week I was invited to a pizza party at the newly opened Peter Pizzeria in Leisceter. I’ve been to their flagship in Loughborough before and really enjoyed their sourdough pizza so was looking forward to trying it again! The event was organised by the lovely Annie – you can find her blog here and it was a great night meeting fellow bloggers from all realms of blogging and also chatting to some companies as well. I loved the decor – it was really quirky, and comes complete with superhero graffiti on the walls, a games room and toilets that are disguised a little sheds!

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The menu is small but perfectly formed – check out all the yummy sounding toppings below.

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We tried a huge antipasti platter to share amongst us, then the lovely staff bought up pizza after pizza off their menu for us all to tuck into, so we could try a little bit of everything. I really enjoyed the pizzas, my favourite being the the Tomato, Ricotta Fresca, Salami, Pistachio and White Truffle.

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Even though we were stuffed we also had to try their signature dessert pizza with Nutella! Needless to say this was divine.

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I really like Peter, and am glad they have expanded their little empire – its certainly somewhere I would head to again when over in the East Midlands.

Disclosure: The food at Peter was free of charge for the event. I was not required or asked to write about the experience. All opinions are honest and my own