Category: Food & Drink

Nottingham – Boozy Bones Bar and Grill

A family dinner in a relaxed atmosphere, delicious food and good company. Boozy Bones in the Hockley area of Nottingham was our chosen restaurant for celebrating a family birthday, and it certainly was a good choice. It was our first visit to Boozy Bones bar and grill and booked a table for 6. The seating arrangements are spacious, comfortable and well spaced which is something I appreciate in a restaurant.  We settled in and ordered from the menu which in itself is a tricky business, the choice is so mouth watering. I found Boozy Bones quite welcoming with it’s retro vintage style and well thought out seating plan, meaning that I didn’t feel squeezed in or overlooked and that’s important to me to help...

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Baci di Alassio – Chocolate Kisses

These delightful little ganache filled biscuits feature a soft, chewy centre and a crisp outer. They are named Baci di Alassio, which literally translates as ‘Kisses from Alassio’. The coastal town of Alassio is situated on the coast in Liguria, North West Italy, where they originate from. Serve these after a meal with a bowl of strawberries, a chocolate cream liqueur for a truly romantic setting.  Ingredients (Makes 18)  100g Belgian cooking chocolate  115g almond meal  165g caster sugar  15g sifted Dutch cocoa powder  25g honey  ¼ tsp vanilla essence  2 free range egg whites  60g heavy cream  Method Grease and line 2 baking sheets. Preheat oven to 220C, or 200C...

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Fruity or Chocolate Rock Cakes

I have always loved Rock Cakes, there is something so comforting in them and what better accompaniment to a lovely hot cuppa or hot chocolate in cold weather. Rock Cakes were originally a traditional British teatime treat in olden days and their popularity has spread around the world. Due to the fact the old original recipes of Rock Cakes had less sugar and eggs than normal cakes they were promoted heavily at the time of WW2 rationing. Plus at the time you could use oatmeal when flour was not available.  Here is my Rock Cake recipe to go with...

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Pignoletto – An Alternative To Prosecco?

Now, I am a self proclaimed Prosecco drinker or, if the purse allows, a Champagne quaffer. On a recent shopping trip as I browsed the wine aisle I came across a bottle of Sainsburys Pignoletto nestled within the Prosecco. I had never heard of it, so, with interest piqued, I picked up a bottle and added it to my basket. Later that weekend I produced the Pignoletto out of the fridge and announced to my husband we would be trying it. As he had also never heard of it, I had a little look into the background of Pignoletto....

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All Gone Cake – An Easy, Boozy Fruit Cake

An easy bake last minute fruit cake, with a shot or two of rum or whiskey for good measure and I can guarantee it’s all gone in no time. This full flavored boozy fruit cake is quick to make and uses mincemeat instead of mixed fruit adding extra moistness and taste, finished off with a sticky marmalade glaze. Without the added booze this makes a great addition to a pack up for a hike or can be dressed up a little more for an occasion. The appearance is a little darker than a farmhouse cake due to the brown...

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Hearty Beef Casserole

Perfect for cold Winter days, this beef casserole is very tasty, warming and nicely packed with vegetables too. I like to put it all together just before heading out for a brisk walk. It is lovely to return to and sit down together for a family dinner. I like to serve it warm with buttered crusty bread to mop the gravy up with, but it goes as well with leafy green veg and creamy mashed potatoes. You will need: 400g diced beef 1 x tin chopped tomatoes 1 x chopped onion 1 x clove of garlic, chopped 3 x...

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Chunky Chocolate Flapjack Recipe

A firm favourite treat for my son, Chocolate Flapjack is so easy to make. It’s one of those recipes that you probably have all the ingredients for in your store cupboard already. It makes a nice accompaniment with an afternoon cuppa  or to finish off your lunch with. If the basic recipe is a little too plain for you, spice it up a little by adding a teaspoon of cinnamon or by throwing a handful of chopped mixed nuts, fruit, or chocolate drops into the oat mixture. To make the Chocolate Flapjack You will need: 220g porridge oats 140g...

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Darn Good Roast Chicken & Herby Roast Potatoes

In all the years I have been attempting to ‘perfect’ the roast chicken I have tried several methods. This recipe below is easy, not time consuming, creates the moistest, most tender chicken meat and a fab, crisp and tasty skin. What goes better with chicken than roast potatoes? Again, I have been toying with different recipes over time and I have finally found one that works for me and my family absolutely love them. This is a great recipe for two staples of every Sunday Dinner or indeed family get together. I even use this for Christmas dinner. You...

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