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Kitchen Bites #20 and a rather exciting new gadget!!

Welcome back to the first Kitchen Bites of 2017!  We’ve a few interesting new products in the Foodie Family Kitchen this month, so I’ll get straight into it with a rather exciting new gadget that we’ve been trying out, just in time for one of my favourite food days of the calendar – Pancake Day!

I’ve only ever seen traditional style crepe machines on food trucks at fairs and street food events so hadn’t really imagined you could buy them for your own kitchen, so when Breville got in touch asking me to try out their Traditional Crepe and Pancake Maker, I was pretty happy to oblige!

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It’s a stand alone machine that simply plugs into the mains and is pretty lightweight too. It comes with a T-stick spreading tool so you can really look like a professional! You can choose from 5 different heat settlngs, and it gets to temperature in only a minute or two. It took me a few goes to get to grips with the spreader tool, but once you’ve got the hang of it, you can produce really perfect thin crepes. The instruction booklet comes with some recipe ideas too, or you could try out one of my favourites, Traditional Crepes with Coconut Cream and Fresh Raspberries.

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Make a simple crepe batter – 125g plain flour, 2 eggs and 200mls milk with a pinch of salt and whisk until smooth. Then simply top the warm crepes with coconut cream – 1 small tin of creamed coconut with 100ml double cream added and whisked until soft peaks form and scatter with fresh raspberries.

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Or try making luxurious chocolate crepes by adding 15-20g of cocoa powder to the batter and topping with bananas and caramel sauce.

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I loved trying out this gadget and I’m sure its going to get much more use next week and in weeks to come – after all, do you need an excuse for a pancake?


Next up are a couple of sauces from Meat Lust. Buffalo Sauce and Green Sweet Chilli Sauce. I picked both of these up in a local garden centre as they looked really funky, and I do love a condiment! Unfortunately I really wasn’t keen on either

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photo: Meat Lust on Facebook

With the Buffalo sauce I found it really too sweet and quite gloopy, and I thought the green sweet chilli just left me with a weird aftertaste. Both of them just left me feeling they were quite artificial  in taste which was a shame.


Next up another little purchase – this time a Smoked Corn Relish from We love Man Food. This one certainly hasn’t disappointed and I love the smokey tangy flavour. It’s perfect for all things that involve tortillas – Tacos, Burritos, on Jacket potatoes and much more!

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Lastly this month we’ve been nibbling on some fantastic dark chocolate from Chocolate and Love. Founded back in 2010 by Richard O’Conner and Brigitte Hovmond the chocolate fair-trade and award winning, with ingredients sought from across the world and production over in Switzerland.

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There are a range of flavours including  Panama, Rich Dark, Mint, Orange, Coffee, Sea Salt and Creamy Dark, many of which have won Great Taste Awards.

The Orange and the Sea Salt were the favourites for me, and although dark chocolate isn’t my chocolate of choice, I would happily eat these two over and over again!

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See you next month for more yummy things that have been going on in our kitchen!


Disclosure: The Crepe Maker and Chocolate were sent for consideration of review, other bits purchased ourselves!

If you are and brand or have a product that you would like to feature in my Kitchen Bites please get in touch –  thefoodiecoupleblog@hotmail.com

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New Menu Launch at Rofuto

There’s not many of Birminghams more recent openings that piqued my interest, but when Rofuto  appeared on the scene about a year ago the menu really got my tastebuds going and it didn’t disappoint when we reviewed it not long after opening. Recently I had the chance to return to the restaurant, which occupies the 16th floor of the Park Regis Hotel, and while it might not be quite the highest restaurant in the city, it sure is one of the most classy.

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The Perfect Night In with Steamer Trading

Usually for Valentines Day you can find my husband and I planning something special; a lovely meal out, a night away or fun day trip. This year with the addition of our 6 month old baby girl instead we will be planning the perfect night in! So when Steamer Trading got in touch about some of their great products geared towards a romantic night in I wanted to hear more!

For us, a romantic night in usually includes a lovely home cooked meal, a bottle of something sparkly and a yummy treat for dessert! This year I’m planning on convincing Lee to cook me some scallops (my favourite!) and then I’ll promise to take care of the pudding!

We will probably start with a glass of bubbly or a G&T with these cute heart shaped ice cubes!

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My top tip here pop a few drops of food colouring into the water that you pour into the tray and you get lovely pastel coloured ice cubes. I’ve used purple but a few drops of red would perfect for valentines!

And of course some bread to nibble on while those scallops cook is a must!

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Get a few candles burning like this Moroccan Rose and pop a RomCom on the TV and settle in for an evening on the sofa!

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If you really want to impress for dessert – why not try your own very own chocolate fondue. It’s great fun, and you could even feed each other chocolate coated strawberries and marshmallows.

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Steamer Trading really do have all the ingredients for a perfect night in, and if I’m lucky enough, maybe I will even get breakfast in bed the next morning!

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Lekue Heart Ice Cube Tray 

Maxwell & Williams Heart Dip Dishes

True Grace Garden Rose Candle

Kitchen Craft Artesa Combination Serving Board

Smart Retro Chocolate Fondue Machine

Kitchen Craft Heart Silicone Egg Ring 


Disclosure: Post in collaboration with Steamer Trading Cookshop 

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Review: Hot Woks Noodle Bar

Despite living pretty close and it being where I grew up,  Sutton Coldfield is not somewhere we often venture to anymore, especially since our favourite tapas restaurant changed hands then closed down, but last weekend after Imogens swimming lesson we popped over in search of some new stationary (they have a Paperchase!) and some yummy fast food.

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Step up, Hot Woks, a new noodle bar that opened only about 6 weeks ago. It’s only a little place, but does have four tables and a few seats at the counter so you can eat in, or if you wish you can take away. The concept is pretty simple – you choose the type of noodle or rice you want, the protein and the sauce and then your dish is cooked from scratch. There’s also appetisers and specials too.

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They pride themselves on the quality of their locally sourced meat and homemade sauces with absolutely no MSG.

We chose a couple of their popular appetisers – Schezuan Spring Rolls and Chicken Gyozas. Both were light and tasty, and not greasy. A must for that type of fried food.

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I went for the Vermicelli noodles with chicken and Pad Thai sauce whilst Lee also went for Chicken but with the Rice Ribbon Noodles and Chinese BBQ sauce. Protein wise you can also get Prawns, Slow Cooked Beef, Quorn, Tofu or Mushroom and they have loads of sauces including Teriyaki, Garlic Spare Rib, Laksa, Kung Po and more.

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We both thoroughly enjoyed our noodle dishes and it was great knowing that the sauces weren’t filled with additives and fake flavour. The portions were really generous and really filled our post swimming void.

Hot Woks is a lovely new offering for Sutton and would be great for lunch on the run, a post work bites to eat or a weekend take out feast!


Disclosure: We were invited down to eat at Hot Woks and the meal was free of charge, we were not asked to provide a positive review. 

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My Top Three Home Hacks

I don’t know about you, but in the new year, with spring fast approaching, I always think it’s about time to try and get my house (and life!) in order. I do love a bit of a spring clean and reorganise and love scouring Pinterest and the like for ideas and suggestions to make keeping everything shipshape easier! So when the team at Vorwerk asked me to take part in their #HomeHacks campaign, designed to reveal the best tips and tricks of some of the Midlands’ top bloggers, I was happy to share a few things we do in our house.

  1. Using salt and a lemon to deep clean your chopping boards

As someone that really likes to cook, there’s one thing that always really gets to me and that is the way that lots of foods stain or leave odours on our wooden chopping boards. Chorizo is a particular culprit! That was until a good friend of mine shared one of her top tips – using salt and a lemon to give them a deep clean, and this has been one of my top home hacks ever since. Simply scatter a small handful of salt over the board, cut a lemon in half and use the cut end to give the board a good scrub – works a treat, stains and odours gone and a bonus lemon scent lingering on !

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  1. Arrange clothes vertically in drawer rather than in piles

This is something that has only become a hack in our house over the last 6months but has literally revolutionised my life! Instead of having piles of tops and jumpers in drawers and either never wearing the ones at the bottom or having to rifle through the pile for what you want, leaving the drawer a total mess, folding them and stacking them vertically means you can see everything you have ALL THE TIME! I started doing this with just my little girls clothes but now have done our drawers too. It’s fab and looks loads better too.

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  1. Keep duvet and sheet sets inside a pillowcase

Lastly, a way of keeping on top of your linen closet. I was forever loosing pillow cases or sheets that from matching sets which really annoyed me when it came to making the bed, so now when a duvet cover and matching sheets & pillow case set has been washed and dried, it all gets folded up and stashed in a pile INSIDE one of the pillow cases. This way when you next go to use that set, everything is there at your finger tips and you don’t need to go rooting through the closet to find all the matching bits!

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Have a look below at this short video of some of our hacks!

What are your favourite #homehacks? I’d love to know- please let me know in the comments !

Disclosure: Post in Collaberation with Vorwerk