Monday, 19 May 2014

Promotion - 25% off tickets for BBC Good Food Bakes and Cakes Show!

The BBC Good Food Bakes & Cakes Show, sponsored by Lexus, launches at the beautiful Business Design Centre in Islington, London from 25-27 October 2014. Bringing the popular BBC Good Food Bakes & Cakes title to life, the show will be packed with baking, bread-making and cake-crafting demonstrations, free master classes, and hundreds of products to get you baking like a pro.
PLUS! Don't miss out on seeing your favourite baking stars, LIVE at the show! Every full day adult ticket includes a seat for the Bakes & Cakes Theatre, where you can watch Mary Berry, Mich Turner, John Whaite, Paul Hollywood, and other expert bakers in LIVE 30 minute baking and technique demos.
Whether you're new to baking or a seasoned baking veteran, the BBC Good Food Bakes & Cakes Show is the perfect place to meet bakers, cake-crafters and confectioners, learn new skills, and pick up all the essentials you need to develop your home baking hobby.
Tickets are now on sale! Just quote EBPAR1 when purchasing to receive 25% off tickets or Click here!

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Brompton Cookery School with BBC Good Food Show bloggers

As a new member of the BBC Good Food Show blogging community, I was invited to a meet and greet at the gorgeous Brompton Cookery School in Shrewsbury owned by Marcus Bean.

The school is part of a collection of barn conversions on a National Trust property with purpose built workspaces for up to 16 people, a chef's demo area and private dining room. They hold a range of classes by Marcus and guest chefs, from bread, butchery and baking to meat, fish and foraging!
Should you wish to extend your stay, there is also the farmhouse bed and breakfast with 5 guest bedrooms.

We were taken on a tour of the gardens where Marcus hand picked a selection of flowers and herbs to be used in our lunch later.

A selection of delicious breads from Swifts Bakery in Ludlow.

 Rob from Swifts is fifth generation, continuing the family tradition since 1863.

 Delicious salami and chorizo from Cornish charcuterie 

Our lunch spread; delicious, artisan bread from Swifts; seasonal asparagus quiche and salads from Marcus; chutneys and dressings from The Garlic Farm and the Great British Sauce Co.
Finished off with the most delicious chocolate mousse made with Marou chocolate and Marcus' home made honeycomb.

If you'd like to book tickets to the BBC Good Food Show at the NEC in June where you will see these and many other producers, click here.
If you want to find out more about Brompton Cookery School then click here for details.

Thank you to Marcus and family for hosting this event and to Katy and Flo for making it happen xx

Monday, 12 May 2014

Recipe for Mango and coconut frozen yogurt

So we're still waiting for summer to really get going but every now and then we get these odd sunny days that call for an ice-cream or frozen dessert.
Last weekend was one of these days...
With no sign of an ice-cream van to feed my craving I took it upon myself to concoct something from whatever was in my fridge/freezer... 
It was also a great opportunity to test some Natvia natural sweetener I'd been sent to test.
I love Greek style yogurt so there is always a tub or 2 in my fridge, usually the plain variety but this week I'd picked up Coconut flavour. You really could use any flavour here, strawberry or plain would work just as well.
I grabbed some coconut cream, frozen mango chunks and set to. Here is the result...

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup Natvia (or caster) sugar
  • 1 cup frozen mango chunks
  • 1 cup Greek style coconut yogurt
  • 1 small tin Tesco coconut cream

  • In a small saucepan, combine the water and sugar. Heat gently until all the sugar has dissolved. Set aside to cool.
  • In a blender or food processor add the remaining ingredients and blitz until you have a smooth puree.
  • Add the cooled sugar mixture and whizz again just for a few seconds.
  • Pour the mixture into a glass dish and for about an hour until the edges are frozen. Whisk gently to break up the edges and combine.
  • Return to the freezer for a few more hours, whisking frequently until the mix is almost solid.
  • Serve with some fresh mango slices and a sprinkling of toasted coconut on top.

Who needs Mr Whippy??

Happy baking xx