Friday, 19 December 2014

BBC Good Food Show Winter (Part 2)

I had such a fantastic experience at the BBC Good Food Show, I could not possible share my highlights in one blog post. The winter show, I attended the show on Press Day, many thanks to Katy who organised the get together with the other bloggers. Many I knew via Twitter but in the press room there was: FreyaCob, Full to the Brum, The Foodie Couple, Munchies and Munchkins,  Jo's Kitchen and Helena Cookman. I also had a quick chat with fellow bloggers Carmelo Sereno and Julie from Angelina Cupcake who were busy on Julie's stall and had a quick chat with The Ginger Warrior.
The group of bloggers had the opportunity to go back stage meet & have a chat none other than Si and Dave of the Hairy Bikers.  We were even ask them a couple of questions, I bravely asked them whether they had any plans to have a similar series of their Mississippi road tour. I also had the opportunity to have excellent seats to watch the charismatic James Martin demonstration where he prepared the very healthy (writes with a smile :-) ) looking monkey bread alongside a mackerel and potato dish.

I also enjoyed visiting several stores, I hope you enjoy my collage of my favourite stalls from this wonderful show.

The Baking Housewife - Everyone knows I'm a huge fan of Caribbean food so was excited to discover this stall and meet the lovely person behind The Baking Housewife who specialises in artisan Caribeean fruit cakes, alongside marmalades and sorrel. I had to purchase the sorrel with rum which was heavenly divine.

Tan Rosie  - Another Caribbean stall headed by mother and daughter duo. They sold a range of Caribbean spices, Sauces, fudge, plantain chips and even a cookery book. I stocked up on plantain chips and chilli fudge.

Simply Vintage - specialises as the site says, everything vintage. I discovered this at the summer show, think rustic and beautiful cake knives, delicate tea sets and vintage milk bottles. These products are stunningly beautiful and their items are certainly welcome in my home.

5 Dimensions - asked the bloggers to say ola, was impressed by the flavour combinations such as the intriguing basil and lime.

Angelina Cupcake a fellow official blogger had her own stall this year selling her amazing cupcakes. Although I was trying to be relatively good, I had to purchase some oreo cupcakes.

Sponge Cakes 
As discussed in my part 1 review I absolutely adored this stall.

Delicious Alchemy 
As stated in my part 1 review I loved this stall.

Disclaimer:  I received a press pass to attend the Good Food Show, I was not obliged to write a positive review and as always my opinion is my own.


Sunday, 8 January 2012

Xmas festives/ harry bikers ploughman tart

I apologise in advance for the unusual long post from me. I'm not that technology savvy, and was having problems with my camera so couldn't upload as quickly as I wanted. Anyway, due to the demands of my course I could only go to one xmas celebration event. I thought I would share with you some pictures of the dinner and dance that I go to every year, and the starter that inspired me to recreate a dish from the Hairy Bikers.

Mushroom tart

Mushroom tart ad crusty bread

Above are pictures of a delicious mushroom tart. Baby button mushrooms in bite size pastry inspired me to recreate a pastry dish that I saw the Hairy Bikers make.

My ultimate turkey dinner - I don't do things by halfs !

I was also inspired by the desserts (I had two) that I ate. Firstly I had the standard chocolate cake which was lovely moist. I then noticed that there were chocolate sundaes for people with allergies .......... I managed to get a chocolate sundae (although I had no allergies) which was amazing. I'm hoping to make some ice-cream over the summer and even have some recipes in mind (Nigella's peanut sundae sauce, pina colada no churn ice-cream, from Nigella Express and Nigella Kitchen), but until then, I will be ordering sundaes when I eat out.

After watching the Hairy Bikers make a ploughmans tart (which was quite similar to the mushroom tart as they are both are canapes and small savoury tarts), I felt inspired to recreate one of my favourite lunches in a tart form. The recipe can be found here ploughman canape. Making these canapes was very easy; a basic shortcrust pastry in a muffin tin, mayo, cheese, cherry tomatoes and grapes. This tart was appreciated at home and was a perfect addition to all the new years eve food that I cooked. (They even tasted good the following day).

Ploughmans tart from hairy bikers Christmas

Baked Chicken wings for n.y.e from BBC good food magazine 

Star topped mince pies. Looked nothing like the picture in magazine !

These are probably my best decorative cupcakes but I still need to improve.

Nigella's double blue cheese crostini. Lovely !

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