The sunnier weather is coming out way and I, for one, can’t wait to start wearing maxi skirts, sandals and going for walks without donning my scarf and gloves. For a girl who really loves Autumn, I’m slowly falling back in love with Spring and finding the new season bringing a refresh into my life. With spring approaching also comes Bodega‘s new Spring menu. Bodega is a South American restaurant that serves the most delicious food and cocktails; it’s always been one of my favourite places in Birmingham to stuff my face with tacos and burritos. When I was invited to try out their new menu, I was like um yes you can hook a girl up!Continue reading
I’m lucky that every month that Digbeth Dining Club host one of their events in a local village 10 minutes up the road. We decided to go over last weekend on the hunt for delicious food and trying to get Rufus used to crowds.
Digbeth Dining Club take over Codsall village once a month. It’s not as busy as the weekly event in Digbeth and has fewer stalls, but, they do change quite regularly. Digbeth Dining Club hosts some of the best street food vendors across the country and last week, I discovered my favourite yet.
At the beginning of the month I was invited to create my own pizza at Bardolino in Birmingham. Being a huge pizza lover, I jumped at the chance because who is really gonna say no to creating their own pizza? Especially when your I MUST GET INTO THIS WEDDING DRESS diet does not allow for pizza, sob.
I also had never been to Bardolino’s. They describe themselves as the casual restaurant in the Cube, near Birmingham’s Mailbox area. It overlooks the canal, and you could easily spend an afternoon there in the summer drinking wine and nibbling tapas. Bardolino’s is part of Marco Pierre White chain and I’m gonna confess, I’d never actually had eaten in any of his restaurants before this. I was pretty much going in blind to Marco’s world of restaurants.
I’m still going strong guys – I’m still going strong!
I have a friend called Graham who I’ve been friends with since University. Graham and I have the most platonic friendship going; he’s The Geek’s best pal and out of most people, Graham and I think very alike. Every year, we down to Broadstairs in Kent and stay with Graham and his family; we get super drunk, play lots of drinking games and we basically re-live being 19 year old students in his back garden for a week. It’s one of the best time of the year for us.
Graham also happens to have a super Mum. Sue is one of the most wonderful ladies I’ve ever met. She always welcomes me and The Geek into her home, as well as all of my other University pals. She lets us stay there for a week, feeds us for a week and even sits round the fire with us drinking red wine, whilst we chat utter crap to her. She’s also a vet which makes her even more amazing. One of the greatest things Sue has ever introduced to me is breakfast bread.
Hi I’m Becky and I think with my belly 80% of the time. I get notoriously hangry and my finace generally fixes it by suggesting brunch.
I love brunch. It’s the best meal of them all. At the weekend, we’re a terrible couple at getting up and embracing day. We both really, really love sleeping. The only rule The Geek has only given me in our whole relationship is that I’m not allowed to wake him up before 10am on a weekend unless it’s an emergency or I’m doing something. With this rule in place, breakfast is forgotten on a weekend so we embrace brunch. We love discovering new places and in the past year or so, we’ve found some wonderful hidden gems across Wolverhampton and South Staffordshire.
Blogger & The Geek has bought me many opportunities. One of my favourite experiences has been working with the Gin Festival and when this little beauty arrived on my doorstep, I was in a little gin induced heaven.
As well as hosting fabulous gin festivals across the UK, the Gin Festival have created the Gin Explorer. A subscription box where you receive 4 double gins, or 8 single gins if you’re having a cheeky party, tonics and mixers as well as tasting notes that tell you what compliments the gin best. It also comes with a few foodie treats and a 10% voucher to use in The Gin Festival shop. I’m already eyeing up my favourite Zymurgorium gin!
Each box takes you on a journey across the globe discovering new gins and giving you their history and how to get the best serving. My favourite was the Corker’s gin, which surprisingly, I enjoyed straight over ice. As the gins are all craft gins, and are not your standard behind the bar drinks, it’s such a special something to receive and is ideal for any gin lover. Costing £24.99 per month, you receive over £45 worth of gin goodies!
The Gin Explorer asked me to come up with a summer dish to accompany the gins. I’ve always said that Gin is one of my favourite drinks so naturally it needs to be accompanied with one of my favourite foods; bread. I decided to whip up a tomato and olive loaf to nibble on whilst drinking my gin. It was the perfect snack to and I could just imagine sitting round with the girls sipping on our favourite drink and eating bread and hummus.
Sundried Tomato & Black Olive Loaf recipe:
500g of bread flour
12g of yeast
1 tsp of salt
40g of butter
300 ml of tepid water
- Add the bread flour, butter and salt into the mixing bowl.
- Add the yeast into the bowl but make sure it does not mix with the salt as this will kill the yeast and will not rise.
- Add small amount of the tepid water and use your dough hook to mix the mixture together. If the mixture looks dry; keep adding small amounts of water. You do not need to use all the water
- Leave it mixing for a good 5-10 minutes on a medium setting on your mixed. Once done, either add a damp tea towel or an oiled piece of cling film over the bowl and leave to prove. Leave it until the dough has double in size or for an hour.
- Chop your olives and sundried tomatoes into small chunks and pre-heat your oven on gas mark 2
- Once the dough has double, kneed it for a few minutes. Lay the dough out and start adding in the olives and tomatoes. Kneed it to mix it in and distribute them across the dough.
- Get your bread loaf/tin and grease it with either oil or butter. Add the dough and leave it to cook for one hour.
- Grab your favourite gin and serve whilst still warm – perfect!
It’s a recipe that’s so easy to make and doesn’t take too long to cook at all. To make it even better, you can get £5 off on your Gin Explorer box by entering TAKEOFF on their website.
Wolverhampton City Centre is currently going through a huge revamp. With building work in the shopping centre and all around the city centre, it’s easy to say the next few years Wolverhampton will be a different place. And you know what? It needs it. I’m guilty of always popping off to either Telford or Birmingham and not going to the town centre. So, when I heard that a new burger place was opening in the city centre I was excited and had to go over.
I absolutely love creamy pasta dishes. If someone was to say to me, ‘Girl, you gonna die tomorrow.’ I’d, 100%, make my last meal a spaghetti carbonara. It’s just everything wonderful about the world: mushrooms, bacon, pasta and cheese. It’s making me hungry thinking about it.
But, I have no idea how to make it, and being completely honest I’m in no rush to learn. It’s my going out, dream holiday to Italy, meal. It’s not for Monday evening I can’t be bothered to cook but want all the pasta tea. But, I have an alternate that totally is. This creamy one pot pasta is my carbonara craving defeater meal and it takes less than 30 minutes to cook and only one pot, winner right?
I started cooking this when my Auntie bought me a Le Crueset casserole dish. It’s perfect for this dish as you can use it on the stove, cook it in the oven and if you are serving it up to guests, it’s a wonderful centre piece on a table. I absolutely love it and if you have any dishes for me to cook up in it, please let me know! So, to start making this dish of goodness, you need:
Ingredients (Serves 2-3 people)
1 chicken breast per person
1 small pack of pancetta
1 medium onion
Handful of button mushrooms
150ml of single cream
400ml of chicken stock
75g of pasta per person (I use penne or shells – taglitelle or spaghetti doesn’t work for this)
1 tsp of powdered garlic
Pinch of salt and pepper
1. Dice up the chicken and fry it off in the pot with a bit of vegetable oil on a medium heat
2. Once browned, add the pancetta, mushrooms, onion and powdered garlic into the pan until cooked.
3. Pour in the chicken stock and single dream and stir the meat and vegetables so it’s all covered.
4. Add the pasta, salt and pepper. Stir it into the mixture. Turn down the heat so the mixture is simmering. Pop on the lid and leave for 12 minutes and stir occasionally.
5. Pour the parmessan gradually stirring it in and letting it melt into the mixture. Once sitrred in, serve immediately.
It’s so simple this recipe, involves little washing up and is the perfect midweek tea. It even tastes delicious as leftovers for lunch the next day!
As far as being a Wolverhampton blogger goes, I’m really late to the party on reviewing The Luscious Dessert Lounge. Like, the party poppers have already gone off and everyone’s already nursing a hangover late. So, yeah, sorry about that.
After working from home for a week and not getting out of my Harry Potter tracksuit bottoms, it was safe to say I was feeling a little low and fed up. The Geek and I went on a cheeky date night to lift my spirits and to give me an excuse to put some clothes and make up on. It’s amazing how feeling a bit fresher and more human lifts your spirits. We decided to go out for a sweet treat to one of Wolverhampton’s most talked destination, The Luscious Dessert Lounge.
The Luscious Dessert Lounge is exactly what it says on the tin. It sells nothing but sweet treats; waffles, crepes, gelato, hot cookie dough, ice cream sundaes and anything that you can think of. It’s a sweet tooth person’s idea of heaven, although I’m a savoury crisp monster at heart, I loved this place.
The decor is clean, comfortable, light and is perfect for a date night setting. We went at around 8pm at night and easily got a table. As the Luscious Dessert Lounge is hidden in town, it was quiet. The staff were extremely polite and very happy to help us. Everything you want!
I decided to have a waffle. It was a homemade light, fluffy waffle covered in Belgian chocolate sauce topped with fresh strawberries It was served with ice cream, a side of cream and their trademark wafer. It was delicious; the waffle melted in your mouth and the portions were huge. It was well worth the reasonable price.
The Geek went for one of their homemade crepes. A huge crepe stuffed with peanut butter and pieces of banana, drizzled in chocolate sauce. Served with ice cream, whipped cream on the side and their trademark wafer. My boyfriend LOVES pancakes and crepes so his eyes lit up and it didn’t stay around on the plate long. At one point, he was struggling until I gave him some Bruce Bogtrotter encouragement.
The Luscious Dessert Lounge is well worth a trip for anyone who loves a dessert. It’s yet another food establishment that’s putting Wolverhampton on the map and making it a much more independent and pleasant place to come. What’s even better is that you can grab your sweet treats between 11am – 11pm every night. If you don’t fancy hanging around they even do takeout – perfect!
I’ve done it again – I’ve found a new South Staffordshire hot spot where it serves amazing food and makes my foodie heart happy. Last Bank Holiday weekend, The Geek and I decided to head out for breakfast before we tackled a day of cleaning the house. We ventured into Codsall, a village in South Staffordshire and ate at Village Coffee.
Village Coffee serves breakfast, brunch and lunch until around 5pm. It’s also home to a fantastic bakery and has freshly baked bread all across the shop. It also home to Codsall’s Digbeth Diner where it houses the famous Birmingham street food festival every month. A lot goes on in this little place!