Dervishly Delicious Cocoa Hernando Damascan Rose Chocolate

Cocoa Hernando make gourmet chocolate bars inspired by their globetrotting travels. The latest flavour in the range is Syria, a rose dark chocolate. I’m a rose fiend so when I heard about this new bar I had to try it. The tale behind this bar is a visit to Damascus where a confectionery stall holder was handing out rose petal sweets and shared tales of the … Continue reading Dervishly Delicious Cocoa Hernando Damascan Rose Chocolate

Food Discovery: Mouthwatering Moroccan Amlou

I love discovering new ingredients and flavours that I haven’t tried before. We know all about the wonders of argan oil but I had no idea until recently that it was edible too (do bear in mind food grade argan oil is different from cosmetic grade). In my last post about argan oil, I mentioned that Wild Wood Groves also produce edible argan products.  Or … Continue reading Food Discovery: Mouthwatering Moroccan Amlou

Recipe: Veggie Burgers That Don’t Suck #1: Beetroot & Halloumi

Veggie burgers are usually foul. Imagine sawdust patted together into a burger shape. If you’re very lucky you’ll get a big mushroom sliced in half and called a “burger”. I’m on a mission to show that it doesn’t have to be that way. In honour of National Burger Day, I’m sharing my recipe for beetroot and Halloumi burgers. I’ve had raging carnivores ask for seconds of … Continue reading Recipe: Veggie Burgers That Don’t Suck #1: Beetroot & Halloumi

Weird Food: Slice of Sushi Pizza Anyone?

If you follow me on Instagram then you will know that I’m a culinary explorer boldly going where no taste bud has gone before. Or something. Anything unusual on a menu that I haven’t seen before I have to try. I love sushi and I love pizza so when I saw the two words combined on a menu recently, my food heart skipped a beat. Behold sushi … Continue reading Weird Food: Slice of Sushi Pizza Anyone?

Sunday Lunch, The Garden Restaurant at Orsett Hall

I recently shared my spa experience at Kukana Spa at Orsett Hall, a luxury hotel in Thurrock, Essex. The second part of my treat was Sunday lunch in the  Garden Restaurant, at Orsett Hall. The Garden restaurant offers far more than standard hotel fare and operates as a stand alone setting. The chef, Robert Pearce, was crowned Essex Chef of the Year 2013 and the restaurant Fine Dining … Continue reading Sunday Lunch, The Garden Restaurant at Orsett Hall

Solero mojito

Summer Snacks: Sorry Wall’s, Solero Mojito Ice Lolly Sucks

Imagine my excitement when I spotted this ice lolly in the freezer cabinet of my local corner shop. Solero Mojito with rum (it’s only 0.5% mind). Yum! We’ve been basking in lovely summery weather so ice lolly and mojito – bingo! Solero mojito is described by Wall’s as “Mojito flavour lemon lime water ice with rum and a mint flavour lemon lime core” I ripped off … Continue reading Summer Snacks: Sorry Wall’s, Solero Mojito Ice Lolly Sucks

London Dining: Shrimpy’s Soft Shell Crab Burger Love 2.0

So you know how I feel about Shrimpy’s soft shell crab burger right? It was love at first bite (read about it here). Well Shrimpy’s have given their burger a makeover. Out with the gherkin, avocado and spicy sauce, in with the bacon, provolone and rouille. Firstly can we just take a moment to behold the brioche bun. Check out those almost croissanty layers. Then … Continue reading London Dining: Shrimpy’s Soft Shell Crab Burger Love 2.0