BakedIn is based in Basingstoke, North Hampshire, and was founded in June 2013 by three friends Elaina, Joe and Anna. Have a look here to find out all about them and their baking ethos! They do a range of baking kits, cookie mixes and mug brownies too, that all come in handy little boxes with everything you need to bake with ease, and minimal fuss time and effort. Great for those times when you just don’t have the time or energy to face baking from scratch. I recently got to try out their original Chocolate Mug brownies – its so easy to do and they tasted yummy – gooey and chocolate – what more could you need in a brownie! I’m definitly intrigued to try out a few more of their kits! BakedIn are going to be at the BBC Good Food Show at the NEC in Birmingham next week from the 27th-30th of November – so if you’re going, please go and check them out and have a chat!
On Saturday 29th November, Scoff Street Food are throwing a street party in conjunction with Fargo – a new independent shopping outlet in Coventry.
There’s going to be some of the best street food traders around, a vintage fair, real ale festival, cooking demos, live music and of course, good shopping!
Some of my favourite Scoff Vendors are going to be there inlcuding;
- The Jabberwocky
- The Hungry Toad
- Bournville Waffles
- Spectacular Goat
- Big Daddies Diner
- Fresh Rootz
The event will run from 12-6pm and there’s free entry as well as free parking, and if it rains, they’ve got that ‘covered’ too!
I’m gonna be there, are you?
This is the second Christmas my blog has been going, so this year I thought I would pull together some ideas for Christmas gifts for all the food lovers out there that read the blog. It probably goes without saying that I love getting foodie gifts – from that Terrys chocolate orange in my stocking to specially picked personalised hampers and everything else in-between, you can’t go wrong with a foodie gift for me.
From stocking fillers to the slightly more extravagant, I hope there’ll be some ideas here for everyone to give to that foodie in your life!
UNDER £5 & stocking fillers
- Teapigs Spiced winter red tea – Teapigs.co.uk
I’m a big tea lover, and like trying out new flavours. This winter red tea sounds perfect for Christmas and comes in at £4.49 for 15 tea temples.
- Stamp Cookie Cutter – notonthehighstreet.com
A set of fun and quirky cookie cutter…who wouldn’t want a cookie with ‘Eat Me’ stamped on it?! £4.95
- Chocolate Sprout Roulette – Lakeland.co.uk
This little socking filler from Lakeland really amuses me - With 12 identical-looking chocolates inside, most have a tasty centre but some hide a not-so-scrumptious surprise! A perfect game for the office, or for all the family on Christams afternoon! Will nasty Aunt Agatha get the sprout?! £4.99
- Star shaped Ravioli Cutter – Souschef.com
If someone you know likes making their own pasta – a star shaped cutter would brighten up their repertoire. £4.95
- Hotel Chocolat Mini Selection – Johnlewis.com
A mini selection of festive Hotel Chocolat favourites, this little box makes a wonderful stocking filler and features four filled chocolates, including the Christmas Eton Mess, Billionaire’s Shortbread, Caramel Supernova and Gingerbread Truffle. £5.00
GIFTS FROM £5 – £20
- Proud to Lick Cake Bowls Tea Towel – Notonthehigstreet.com
Slogan tea towels, mugs, aprons etc are all the rage at the moment – and I love this one. Totally me! £13.50
- Chicken – Marcus Bean - Waterstones.com
I love a cookbook and there’s always a few on my list every year. I was lucky enough this year to meet Marcus and his new cookery book looks awesome!* £16.00
*unless you don’t eat chicken……
- Monin Cocktail Gift Set – Lakeland.co.uk
This cute little set of non alcoholic syrups is perfect for any budding bartender, or just for those who love experimenting at home with their cocktails £6.49
- Joseph Joseph Glass Worktop Saver UK Gastronomy Map – Josephjoseph.com
Joseph Joseph do a great range of glass chopping boards and worktop savers – like this one with a map of the uk pictured out of the names of local and regional foodstuffs. What a great idea! £15.00
- Butchers Cuts of Meat Apron – Notonthehighstreet.com
This butcher’s meat cuts apron features diagrams for chicken, pork, lamb and beef - a striking design which I think would be a great look for the man in your life to wear at a BBQ or just hanging on the kitchen door! £17.95
- Pips Hot Sauce Gift Set – Pipshotsauce.co.uk
For the spice lover in your life – this gift set from an independent producer near to where I live in Birmingham is ideal – I’ve tried all her sauces and can vouch for their amazingness! £15.00
- Cheese Alphabet Print – Notonthehighstreet.com
This is right up my street and would take pride of place on my kitchen wall I reckon – the alphabet in cheese! Amazing! £16.50
GIFTS £20 & UPWARDS
- Personalised Cheese Board & Knives – Notonthehighstreet.com
Personalised cheese board accompanied by a set of four cheese knives and tools – I love gifts that you can put your own message or engraving on, giving it the personal touch for the lucky recipient. This would be perfect for the foodie couple in your life – i can only hope someone out there might read this and put it under this foodie couples’ tree! £44.95
- The XL Man Box – Rossandrossfood.co.uk
This Cotswolds company makes some amazing products, including terrines. chutneys and charcuterie. This one is the perfect gift for the man in your life for Christmas. £36.00
- Afternoon Tea for Two at Coombe Abbey – Virginexperiencedays.co.uk
An afternoon tea is one of my favourite ways to relax and unwind for an afternoon, and if its done in beautiful surroundings such as this, its even more perfect – maybe an ideal gift for your mum? (And if you’re extra good she might even take you – bonus!) £39.00
- Goats Cheese making kit – BigCheeseMakingKit.com
Eagle eyed people may have noticed a vague theme during this gift guide – there’s a lot of cheese related products! And what could be better than making your own? £22.50
And if you really want to splash out….
- A Tasting menu and prosecco for two at Atul Kuchar’s Michelin Starred Benares – Buyagift.co.uk
This is certainly another that I hope lands in the Foodie Couple Stocking! £159.00
Also, for those of my readers a bit more local in Birmingham and around the Midlands check out some of the local Delis and farm shops – they have some amazing local produce and I love gathering bits and pieces from lots of them and making up foodie hampers for loved ones. There are some great Delis out there – why not check out Warwick Street Kitchen If you’re in Leamington or Warwickshire, or Packington Moor Farm Shop if you’re over in Staffordshire are two I really like.
There is so much stuff out there perfect for foodies at the moment, this guide is just a drop in the ocean. What do you want for Christmas? Drop me a note in the comments!
Disclosure: I have not been paid to promote any of these items or received any free products- the list has been compiled purely because of my love of food&food related stuff!
Angelica’s Tea & Cake is a new Tea House, found inside The Leamington Spa branch of House of Fraser.
The Tea House is beautifully decorated, bringing a more modern and contemporary twist on the traditional tea shop with pastel shades mixed with the odd accent of bright pink, comfy sofas, armchairs with some eclectic signature pieces. The window tables overlook the bustling main street, and if you wish you can pick up a copy of one of the many vintage cookery books from the centre bookcase to flick through while you relax.
We took up residence of one of the centre sofas, with a great view of everything else going on around us. The café was really busy, just what you’d hope for 11am on a Saturday, with people enjoying a mix of the end of the breakfast rush, a quick cuppa between shopping, or like us a relaxing ‘elevenses’ indulgent bit of tea and cake. Angelica’s also serve a selection of light lunch dishes and afternoon tea – something I’m definitely planning on heading back for after tasting the delights of the cakes!
After flicking through the menu, I chose a traditional English tea, while Lee had a cappuccino. I had my eye on the slider of mini macarons – but unfortunately they didn’t have any, so instead i went for a strawberry tart. Lee decided upon an Eclair.
Both of the delicacies were spot on – the tart was loaded with strawberries and the creme patisserie really tasty. Lee also loved his eclair which was light and generous with the cream filling.
My tea was loose leaf, and came with a timer to tell me when it was optimally brewed – a nice touch.
Despite the busy-ness of the place, our service was swift and efficient. We found it a lovely setting for a cup of tea and cake and look forward to returning soon.
Find them on twitter @angelicascake
Disclosure: We were invited to review Angelicas Tea & Cake. All views are honest and our own.
Ahhh, its that time of year again, when the BBC Good Food Show rolls into Birmingham town. And its no secret that I LOVE it. It’s a foodie heaven. As part of the Official Good food Show Blogging Team I’m lucky enough to get to go each time it comes around, and again this year, I have some paris of tickets for you readers to WIN! I’m offering 3 pairs of general admission tickets (excluding Saturday admission) to the show, which promises to be a grand day out!
My favourites parts of the show are seeing all the fabulous produce and chatting to the producers who are SO passionate about what they do, and of course a little bit of celebrity chef spotting/swooning! Trust me this is entirely normal – just ask my blogging friend Alex from Gingey Bites!
This year you can see some of the nation’s TV favourites including Mary Berry, Paul Hollywood, Brian Turner, Michael Caines, James Martin and more as well as checking out the Good Food Bakes & Cakes Village, enjoying fabulous shopping from the 100s of exhibitors and looking round the Producers’ Village and BBC Good Food Champions area. There’s so much going on it would take me ages to tell you about it all so have a look here for more information and to plan your day! http://www.bbcgoodfoodshowwinter.com
Entry is via Rafflecopter just click here —-> a Rafflecopter giveaway
- Each winner will receive a pair of tickets to the show
- The tickets are NOT valid for Saturday admission, and do NOT include a super theatre seat.
- The competition will run from 10th-16th November
- Winners are picked at random from verified entries
- Tickets will be posted by a third party acting on the behalf of the GFS and not by myself.
- Tickets are non refundable and non-exchangeable. Ticket terms and conditions apply.
Due to my husbands work schedule, we’ve not been to a Bonfire night fireworks display together for ages! The last one I remember clearly was my last year of university in Sheffield when we went to the huge display they had every year at the Don Valley Stadium which was always pretty good. Digging back further into my memory was a display when I was probably about 6 or 7 at the Belfry golf club. I twas here I won myself my very first pet – a lovely goldfish called George. Unfortunately he only lasted about 3 days – I’ve always blamed my mum for this – she put dirty gravel in his tank, but in retrospect the real lesson is probably that goldfish won at fairs are probably not the healthiest in the world to start with! Anyway, this year, we managed to get down to our local Fireworks display in Tamworth – put on by the council in the ground of Tamworth Castle and it even had free entry.
There was your typical little funfair, food stalls and vendors selling all sorts of flashing neon things from lightsabers to mohican headbands! We ate a couple of average hot dogs and some rather better donuts and listened to Touch Fm belt out the hits until the fireworks kicked off, a rather impressive 20 minute display, set to music. We thoroughly enjoyed the night and pretty sure we will make it an annual event! Here’s some of the pics from the night – trying to get a handle on my cameras settings, but some of them came out pretty well!
A few weeks ago just before Halloween, on one of those oddly mild beautiful autumn days we headed over to Calke Abbey, a National Trust Property about half an hours drive from us. The house and the gardens are gorgeous and with the changing colours of autumn, even more spectacular. There are some great walks around the grounds as well, that take in the deer park and various lakes/ponds and you can discover an abundance of wildlife too. The kitchen garden grows so much lovely fruit and veg – and you can purchase some of it too which is a bonus – we picked up some great green tomatoes and some chillies on our most recent visit. Here are some of our pics from our latest stroll around the gardens and grounds.
The kitchen garden
Colourful Rainbow Chard
Some pictures of a majestic stag that we saw.