Showing posts with label London. Show all posts
Showing posts with label London. Show all posts

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Masterclass with Cherish Finden and Afternoon Tea - Langham Hotel London

Earlier on this year, Mövenpick Ice Cream set 15 food bloggers the challenge of creating their own ice cream sundae recipe for the chance to win an exclusive two-hour masterclass with the Langham’s Head Pastry Chef Cherish Finden, followed by afternoon tea for two at The Palm Court.  Well I couldn't believe it when I was told I'd won!

 So this Monday it was off to The Langham Hotel in London to meet Cherish for the Masterclass, now anyone will tell you I don't do pastry and cakes simply because I can't.  I just don't have the patience required.  I cook by adding a bit of this and a bit of that till it tastes right and if I had my way there would just be a rough outline of a recipe so everyone could make their own mind up about how much of any ingredients to use - that said this wouldn't be much of use as a food blog.  Cooking is an experiment and baking is like science you have to measure and be precise and I can't do it. 
Cherish is such a lovely friendly person and a brilliant teacher - lets face it she taught me how to ice this cake and make the roses!

 

Due to the nature of the day it wasn't practical to take proper pictures so these were taken on an iPhone by a lovely girl Antonella who has just started working at the hotel.  She did a great job and I'm really grateful or I wouldn't have any pictures to include in this post.

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Wine Collection Hamper from Harrods - Review

I was recently asked if I'd like to review a hamper from Harrods.  I chose this lovely Seasonal Wine Collection Hamper containing a mixture of red, white and rose wines.  Just as you would expect from Harrods, the hamper arrived in perfect condition and I must say the packaging is impressive - it looks so good I don't want to throw the box away!


Inside the outer 'Harrods' box was the hamper box itself, the two gold coloured ropes made the hamper easy to pull out.
All six bottles of wine were very well protected, encased in molded polystyrene and there was a Harrods Corkscrew too.

What about the wines?
Since I'm most certainly not an expert on wine at all, I've taken the text taken from Harrods website to give you more of an idea about each wine than I could.  One quick word though before ordering - since this is a seasonal collection of wines, you may want to check as the contents may vary from those listed below.

*Nadaria Syrah:  An impressive wine displaying plum and damson combined with hints of blackberry bush and leather.

Aliança, Quinta da Garrida Reserva:  Combining classic Portuguese characters with modern wine-making, the 2007 has juicy black cherry appeal.

*Gouguenheim Pinot Noir:  A high quality wine from a unique terroir in the Andes foothills of Argentina.

*Borsao Selección Blanco Campo de Borja:  Possesses a yellow straw colouring with powerful aromas of citric and tropical fruits. 75cl.

*Aotea Nelson Sauvignon Blanc:  With lovely fruit characters, the 2011 Aoetea Sauvignon Blanc is crisp and refreshing with a clean finish.

*Circumstance Cape Coral Mourvedre Rosé: A beautifully dry, mineral and firm wine.



This Seasonal Wine Collection Hamper along with a fantastic range of food and wine hampers including gift boxes to suit all occasions and budgets are available from £19.95 to £2,000

Disclaimer:  Many thanks to Harrods for sending me The Seasonal Wine Collection.  All thoughts are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.

Monday, 29 July 2013

BIG NEWS - Garrett Popcorn is Coming to the UK

Oh my goodness, now there's popcorn and there's POPCORN!  Having been sent a tub of Garrett Popcorn to try - our opinion is this really is the bees knees of Popcorn, and I really mean it!
This tub was shipped over from the USA and then overnight to our house.  It arrived still fresh as a daisy.....Yes this is something truly delicious.

Pictured above, The Chicago mix - loving the little scoop that came with it!

The 'Chicago Mix' is a blend of two flavours that compliment eachother beautifully - sweet 'CaramelCrisp' and savoury 'CheeseCorn'.
The Caramel crisp is buttery brown sugar with a cream brûlée crunch.  the Cheese corn popcorn flavoured with a melted sharp cheese and tastes amazing.

About:

 Garrett, the Original Handcrafted Gourmet Popcorn which began in 1949 and has become a household name in Chicago and the rest of the USA and has since spread to the Far East and Middle East.

Garrett Popcorn is coming to the UK!
Garrett Popcorn is launching a UK Shop at the end of summer in London, which is fantastic news!

Many thanks to Emma for sending us some to try, we (myself and Paul the husband) are both well and truly addicted!

All thoughts and opinions are my own and I only ever post reviews on products I love and therefore would buy myself.


Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Sponsored Video - Cube pop-up Restaurant in London

Wow, how exciting is this?  The Cube by Electrolux is coming to London! 
8 Michelin Stars between 6 Chefs and for just 4 Months only The Cube will offer a completely unique dining experience.

Imagine what looks like a piece of modern art on top of the Royal Festival Hall.  The Cube seats 18 guests around one big, long, modern looking white table.

 Overlooking the Thames and the London skyline including of course, Big Ben. 
From their table the guests will be able to watch their meal being prepared in the open plan kitchen equipped with top state-of-the-art Electrolux domestic appliances.  As part of the dining experience the chefs will offer tips on how to create restaurant quality food when entertaining at home.

Michelin starred chefs, from around the British Isles include Tom Kitchin from the restaurant The Kitchen in Scotland, Sat Bains from Restaurant Sat Bains in Nottingham.  Daniel Clifford from Midsummer House restaurant in Cambridge.
Opening on 1st June until 30th September this is brilliant news for anyone that simply loves good top notch food showing off everything London has to offer. 
Along with a fantastic atmosphere and tying in nicely with the London Olympics I can only imagine the Cube will be fully booked in no time at all.
Bookings are being taken now by calling 0207 288 6450 so I’d waste no time securing a unique dining experience at the Cube.


This post has been sponsored by Electrolux but all thoughts are my own.

Monday, 24 January 2011

My Trip to London's Famous Borough Market

So, I was in London and with just over four hours till my train, my first thought was Borough Market here I come!  After turning right out of Carnaby Street and a short walk down Regents Street there I was at Oxford Street station.  I headed straight for the ticket booth and £6.60 got me an underground ticket for zones 1 and 2 - all you really need to have a great time in London and to see the major sights.  You need London Bridge station and when you come out (following the signs for Borough High Street) you'll see it to the left a bit, but more or less opposite the station entrance - simples!
After my trip to the market I was straight back on the London underground and off to Harrods!  
I love Harrods - see my post on Harrods Food Hall.  No trip to London is complete without a visit to see how the over half live!........Boston Terrier puppies were for sale in their pet department for a mere £2500........
  Here are a few pictures in no particular order of Borough Market:
As you will see a fantastic range of fresh produce, fish, meat and more.  There's not much you won't find at this market in the way of food - all sorts of weird and wonderful things to be found.















 If you're ever in London it's well worth a visit!
  Click here for opening times and more info.

Monday, 26 January 2009

My Trip to London

Last Monday was a rather grey day in London - as you can see the weather wasn't too nice at all!
So I went on the train to London ready for the Television studios the next day. I can't mention which studios or the name of the programme either! Sorry to be all mysterious but we are not allowed to chat too much about it as it's a brand new cooking programme showing in a few months time.
We all stayed in a hotel that is inside the building to the left of the London Eye, you can see it in the picture above, so we were in a really good central place.
Seeing as I've discovered this amazing video thing on here you can see my video of what happened at the very bottom of this post!
I had a fine time - one day London travel pass in hand, I trundled off to Harrods!
I thought I'd share a few pictures with you for anyone that has never been there.


Harrods is huge - you can get lost in there. I headed straight for the food hall as you do.
Loads of different cheese's from just about everywhere were on sale.

The ceiling is amazing - it's different in each part of the food hall.
All different kinds of coffee are sold.
I love looking at all the 'fancy' food they have. The prices are quite fancy too!!
These lobster halves were actually not too bad in price considering this is Harrods they were £17.95 for each half.
Although a cauliflower was £3.95 compared with the normal 'everywhere else' price of around 89 to 99 pence! I shouldn't think I'd have made my cauliflower soup if I had to shop there! A baby gem lettuce was also £3.95 in Harrods.
Below: Lots of posh looking chocolates.
The Sushi bar - not sure on the prices here but I did notice a
small glass of white wine was £9.95
This Valentines chocolate heart (hollow) was a mere £150
........and nope Paul is not getting one!
Then I headed off to the pet department - no pictures of the animals cats, dogs, bunnies etc as photographs are quite rightly not allowed there.
The Egyptian stair case or escalator is used to get to the pet department.
I also stopped by the television department where you can buy a 70inch Television for the absolute bargain price of £30,000 - Yep 30 grand!!
Now this is a Cat Bed! A real bargain at £395.....not!
Also in pink for the same price - can't be bad eh?!
Later on we (our team of four people) met up to eat - I was in need of food!!
I must say the other team members are all really nice people and I'm really glad to have met them.


This was our starter - between three of us as one person couldn't get there early enough to eat with us. A right bargain that was as Monday night was 50% off all food! It's a pub chain called (much to my horror) 'The Slug and Lettuce' what a yucky name!
Now here's a very blurred picture (but you get the idea) of the London Eye
at night!
So, if you really feel the need, you can watch the 'Jan can talk for England'
version of what happened below!

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