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    The Bath Pig

    James and I successfully passed our Marriage interview towards the end of last year, meaning we can now officially get married at Bristol Registry Office. Whoop! We’re doing things a little differently to some in that we’re doing the signing of the papers and the legal stuff a few days before our actual wedding. We decided it would be nice to keep the whole day at one location, save our guests having to move around and giving us complete freedom for the main event. We’d still like to celebrate the legal bit so have decided to visit The Pig in Bath. We’ve frequented the restaurant a few times now and…

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    The Malvern Autumn Show; something for the foodies

    This year’s Malvern Autumn Show falls on the weekend of the 23rd and the 24th September which also coincides with the start of the British Food Fortnight that runs until the 8th October. To celebrate this the show will play host to some well-known names in the foodie scene including one of my favourite bakers from last year’s Great British Bake Off, Selasi Gbormittah. Andi Oliver, a judge on the Great British Menu and Judith Hann, who has just published her new book Herbs: Delicious Recipes and Growing Tips to Transform your Food. Visitors to the Cookery Theatre over the weekend will be in for a real foodie treat. Playing host…

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    Thaikhun Cookery Courses

    For us, learning new skills and cooking are two of our favourite things, so a Thai cooking course ticks all the boxes. Add to that getting to eat our delicious creation, a highly entertaining tutor, a fantastic support team and a couple of delicious cocktails, and for us we had all the ingredients for a perfect evening! That is what’s on the menu at Thaikhun, and we were lucky enough to go along to the first of one of their new regular cookery classes. Having eaten very well at Thaikhun before (you can read about that here), we had high hopes for learning how to cook like they do. We…

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    Healthy slow cooked curry

    Going out for a curry is one of my favourite things to do. Picking out a couple of dishes to share, testing my spice limits and generally stuffing myself silly until I can only get out of my seat to lay back down again. Because I suffer from a severe case of ‘eyes-bigger-than-belly’, this slow cooked curry allows me to still gorge on curry but not feel overly guilty about it. It’s also super easy as you pretty much leave the slow cooker to do it’s thing. So, you will need: 1 Tbsp ginger; fresh, frozen or pureed. 3 cloves garlic, crushed 1 tin chopped tomatoes 1 tin of reduced fat coconut milk 1…

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    At-Bristol: After Hours

    Have you ever wanted to be able to run around a science centre, play with fun experiments and drink a cocktail or two? Well the people at At-Bristol let you do just that! About 4 times a year, the science centre opens it’s doors later in the evening for over 18s only. These evenings often follow a theme, having already done the Food one, this time we were off to a… errr.. umm.. Sex themed one. Timed just a couple of days before Valentine’s Day – how romantic! We grabbed ourselves some love potions (cocktails), which only fuelled our need to regress and run around like a couple of kids. There was…

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    Valentine’s inspiration from HomeSense

    They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach: I think this applies equally to most women; it certainly does to me! So if you’re struggling for inspiration this Valentine’s day, you couldn’t go far wrong with a tasty treat for your loved one and there’s options a plenty at HomeSense. If you’re not an aspiring Jamie Oliver and have limited culinary ability, then there’s lots of pre-made delights to choose from in the form of delicious chocolates and sweets. If however you’re the adventurous type in the kitchen then there’s a plethora of things which could help you create a gift which has the more personal…

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    How to nail a good steak

    James’ parents kindly bought us a steak cooking course for Christmas. I am a big fan of good steak but don’t make the effort to cook it much at home as I often get it wrong. The first problem is picking a bad piece of meat from the supermarket. You may already be setting yourself up for failure before even getting a pan out of the cupboard. Luckily enough, on the course we were taught plenty of hints and tips on not just how to cook the steak, but also where and what to look out for when picking out your piece of meat. The key to a good steak…

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    Vegetarian inspired baking with HomeSense

    Once upon a time before Quorn mince, substitute veggie chicken and tofu there was Sosmix. A popular meat alternative for vegetarians that could be used to make up sausages, burgers, pies etc. Since then it has slowly gone out of fashion and is increasingly difficult to get your hands on. Which I discovered to be a true tradegy after James and I made up some spectacular sausages rolls with the stuff. With this I got to use some of my new HomeSense baking buys that helped along the way. The store has a whole host of equipment for all your baking and cooking needs. Frequently I’ll find something I didn’t know I…

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    Recipe: Egg Custard Tart

    The Great British Bake Off returns to our screens next month. Being the only show I watch on TV that isn’t a box set or Netflix, I’m more than a little excited. Plus who doesn’t love a bit of Mary Berry. If only Norman was back for a second year running. A girl can dream… Last year the contestants had to make egg custard tarts. As with most of the dishes, I sat there dribbling over their creations and craving one (or five), even sending out an emergency text to have one brought home to me. That’s more than likely going to happen each episode again this year but to…

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    Little Kitchen, Bristol

    Little Kitchen in Bristol is a specialist cookery school providing an array of different workshops and courses. The courses are run by Madeleine and Claire, who invite you into their kitchen and clearly know their stuff. We enrolled ourselves onto the Indian cookery class where you get to learn to make a naan bread, an aromatic dhal and a Sri Lankan chicken curry all in two hours. The whole experience was really relaxed, so it’s good fun as well as helping gain confidence and learning new skills in the kitchen. To kick things off we made up the dough for the naan. We added strong bread flour, yeast, salt and…