Chocolate Birthday Cake

One of my earliest memories involves me helping my mam bake jam tarts and getting covered in flour. With this in mind, I’ve always been a keen baker but since leaving college and entering the working world, I’ve neglected the kitchen. However, now that I’ve got my own house and spend much more time in the kitchen cooking meals, I’ve fallen in love with baking all over again!   View Post

Jamie Olivers ItalianLast weekend me and my family travelled up to Newcastle for a night away and a day of shopping. My mum had booked a table for the six of us to try Jamie Oliver’s Italian near the monument in the centre of Newcastle which we were all really looking forward to. I took my trusty camera with me, all set to take some photographs and write a review, so here it is! View Post

PizzaSo earlier this week I had a bit of a mare when it came to tea time. After planning to have steak for tea and forgetting to take it out of the freezer to defrost before leaving for work, I had to improvise with what I had in my cupboards to make something else. I came across some mini pizza bases that I bought a while ago and decided to conjure up something tasty using some fresh ingredients from my fridge. View Post

Nutella Chocolate TrufflesLast Friday we had our annual bake off at work to help raise money for Children in Need. Instead of going down the traditional cake route, I thought I’d try making something I’ve never attempted before – chocolate truffles. After receiving a large jar of personalised Nutella for my birthday, I decided to make use of it and make some scrummy truffles with an added kick. View Post

10806425_10155363806070355_8748595644050733642_nAs a fond lover of eating out, I thought it was about time that I shared one of my favourite restaurants with my lovely readers. As it was my birthday last weekend, it seemed necessary to celebrate at the Blacksmiths Arms – the home of steak on the stone. Located in North Yorkshire, this traditional country pub is situated in a lovely little village called Swainby. Whenever we have something to celebrate, whether it is a new job, a birthday or anniversary, this place is always on the top of my list of places to visit. View Post