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The Knight and Garter Pub and Restaurant Leicester – Launch Review

Posted by on Aug 21, 2017 in Restaurant Reviews
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The Knight and Garter in Leicester City Centre is the latest addition to multitude of new pubs and restaurants in and around Leicesters Cultural Quarter. I was lucky enough to be invited along to their grand opening courtesy of the great online magazine Cool As Leicester and was asked to give my honest opinion. So lets dive in and I’ll give you the low down on the brand new Knight and Garter gastropub in Leicester. (more…)

Christmas Sausage Roll Recipe with Chestnuts and Cranberry Sauce

Posted by on Dec 13, 2016 in Christmas and Holidays, Comfort Food, Recipes
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It’s CHRISTMAS!!!! Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without a Christmas sausage roll recipe. Unfortunately, I’ve never really found a decent shop bought Sausage Roll and I’m always left disappointed by the flavourless pappy taste you get left with. The sausage meat is flavourless, the pastry is utterly dry and the whole thing is so overpriced! I find it astonishing that a humble Sausage Roll is one of the first things you buy for that Christmas or Boxing Day buffet but its normally one of the most disappointing.

A sausage roll can be one of the most delicious things to eat on the planet and I’m sick of being deprived of one of my favourite things! So this Christmas I have embarked on a quest to make the ultimate Festive Christmas Sausage Roll recipe and I’ve come up with a bloomin’ good one too! (more…)

Bodega Cantina Leicester review – A New South American Restaurant in the City

Posted by on Jul 14, 2016 in Restaurant Reviews
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Bodega Cantina is Leicesters newest restaurant to open in the City Centre and serves a selection of South American street food dishes and vibrant cocktails. Located in the rejuvenated St. Martins Square in Leicesters cultural quarter it faces stiff competition from other casual restaurants in Grillstock and 33 Cank Street. So is Bodega Cantina Leicester worth a visit? Read on for our review! (more…)

Slimming World Canarian Potatoes & Green Mojo Sauce Recipe

Posted by on Jun 28, 2016 in Healthy Options, Sauces, Slimming World Recipes
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Canarian Potatoes & Green Mojo Sauce or Papas Arrugadas con Mojo Verde is so simple and such a delight to eat! This recipe will having you coming back time and time again. Having just returned from a lovely week in Lanzarote, it has reaffirmed my love for these salty wrinkly potatoes smothered in a sharp tangy Mojo Sauce. Mojo Sauce and Canarian Potatoes were served with pretty much every meal and each restaurant had slightly differing versions of the classic sauce. The Mojo sauce not only goes well with potatoes but pretty much all fish and meat! Whats more, it will keep in the fridge for a good couple of weeks!  (more…)

Slimming World Spaghetti Carbonara Slimming World Spaghetti Carbonara

Slimming World Spaghetti Carbonara Recipe

Posted by on Apr 13, 2016 in Pasta, Quick & Simple, Slimming World Recipes
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A Slimming World Spaghetti Carbonara recipe… can it be true?! Certainly is and its Syn free when you use your Healthy A allowance!

I haven’t posted in a while so I thought I’d post a belter of a recipe for all of you Slimming World lovers. And what better way to break the silence than with this super Slimming World Spaghetti Carbonara recipe. It’s my take on a classic Spaghetti Carbonara but I’ve used some excellent elements form Jamie Oliver’s “Skinny Carbonara” from his Everyday Super Foods book. Its a great book which works well for Slimming World with a few adaptations.  Keeping with the ethos that one third of your plate should be filled with speed foods, I’ve taken heed of that by using one third of my DIY Courgette Spaghetti. If you don’t want to use courgette then feel free to exclude but be sure to chuck in some other speed veg of your choosing. (more…)

Oakes Grill Restaurant at Hanbury Manor Review

Posted by on Feb 23, 2016 in Restaurant Reviews
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Hanbury Manor Hotel is a Marriott property billed as a hotel with “five star luxury” and includes the Oakes Grill Restaurant boasting excellent food. Located just outside Ware in Hertfordshire, it’s a bona fide 5 star hotel in some lovely English countryside. with the original house built of striking red brick in the mid 1700’s, its an impressive looking place and would be fitting of a restaurant serving 5 star food. Could the Oakes Grill R estaurant at Hanbury Manor live up to the Marriott hype? (more…)

Courgette Spaghetti: Healthy Pasta Alternative

Posted by on Feb 11, 2016 in Articles, Healthy Options, Slimming World Recipes, Vegetarian
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Courgette Spaghetti? Really?? Courgette instead of pasta?? That was my response when the wife told me about this when coming home from Slimming World one night. I couldn’t bring myself to get excited about cooking a typical pasta dish and replacing the pasta with a low calorie “Speed” food. I saw the logic behind why you would want to it but pasta is comforting, has great texture and is a great carrier of flavour. I could’t see how Courgette Pasta would give me the same gratification as a normal pasta dinner. Last night I decided to give it a try. Would it be good or would my instincts be right? (more…)

Pancake Recipe and Ideas for Shrove “Pancake” Tuesday

Posted by on Feb 5, 2016 in Baking & Cakes, Quick & Simple
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Pancake day is looming so you need a Pancake Recipe! Pancakes and Shrove Tuesday are a big deal in the UK. Not for the religious reasons which created this great day but for the delightfully delicious pancakes we get to eat. Kids love Pancakes and adults love pancakes so Tuesday the 9th of February should be a day filled with savoury and sweet pancakes alike. We’re talking soft, velvety THIN cakes smothered in something naughty and sweet or wrapped round a tempting savoury filling, not those flabby puffed up excuse for a pancake our American cousins love so much. (more…)

Hotel Maiyango, Leicester – A Review of the Paper’s Reviews

Posted by on Feb 5, 2016 in Restaurant Reviews
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Hotel Maiyango is one of Leicesters most unique and interesting places to eat. It’s part of a small boutique hotel which sits on the outskirts of Leicester city centre and as you would expect it has its own restaurant. If you didn’t know, I’m from Leicester and the restaurant at Hotel Maiyango is one of my favourites and I’ve spent many a night there eating a concoction of different things and drinking their fantastic cocktails. While trawling the internet one day I came across a couple of reviews in national newspapers, the Telegraph and the Indepenedant, which were less than complementary about one of Leicester city centres best restaurants. This riled me somewhat and I feel like I should step in to defend Hotel Maiyango’s corner somewhat. (more…)

We’re now on Facebook!

Posted by on Feb 4, 2016 in Articles
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Hello fellow foodies!

They say Rome wasn’t built in a day and that saying certainly rings true for what we are trying to do with this blog. Its taking me some time to do everything that I want to on here but we’re slowly getting more active on the recipe front which I’m pleased about and getting more traffic from search engines. To get the site busier I’m going to be focusing somewhat on social media! (more…)