Saturday, 22 October 2011

Recipe Review: The Magic Faraway Tree Toffee Shock Cake

Last month I discovered a new blog.. and I loved what I found.

This is the Magic Faraway Tree Toffee Shock Cake....

I decided after reading @wannabefoodie76's blog that I NEEDED to make this cake.

So I did.

This is how it turned out.

Friday, 21 October 2011

The Three Horse Shoes - Oulton Leeds

The Three Horse Shoes is situated on Leeds Road Oulton just opposite the Oulton Hall De Vere Hotel. From the outside it looks like a quaint little old fashioned pub adorned with flowers in many many hanging baskets... something that has seen them win many 'In Bloom' awards such as Leeds in Bloom, Pubs in Bloom and Yorkshire in Bloom.

It was a fairly normal Sunday apart from it was my mum and step-dads third wedding anniversary. They didn't want to do anything overly special but wanted to do something other than watch an Eastenders omnibus and cook a roast dinner. They suggested eating at The Three Horseshoes in Oulton, they had been there before and it wasn't flash and it isn't high cuisine but they enjoyed the food. 

Thursday, 20 October 2011

La Tasca - Menu relaunch

Please note La Tasca's restaurant on Greek Street Leeds has now closed. 

Over the years I have had a bit of a love hate relationship with La Tasca. There have been three occasions in total where I have left after my meal feeling less than satisfied with the food and the service. After my last experience of soggy Tortilla Espanola and limp salad I said I wouldn't be returning. So when I was contacted about a blogger event to be held at La Tasca I was a little wary. However it was quickly explained by the lovely Becca that this event was coinciding with La Tasca's relaunch and new look... I was curious. I decided to go with no expectations and a clean slate (they were offering free food and Sangria I felt I owed them that much.)

The evening consisted of a Sangria making class and Jamon Iberico carving master class, as well as taster of their new and improved menu.

I arrived a little early but was pleased to see that there were some people already there and I wasn't the first. I wasn't so happy to see the host who has been there quite a while seems to be moody any day of the week, he didn't even wait for us to step properly through the door before announcing table for two and turning around to get menus...

Monday, 17 October 2011

Spicy Sweet Potato and Butternut Squash Soup - Recipe

It's not very often that I make soup, but when your poorly and it's cold there is nothing better than a big bowl of piping hot soup and crusty bread. This soup really will clear your sinuses as it's a little bit spicy! Unfortunately one of us couldn't finish his bowl of soup as it was too spicy.... To tame this down a bit just simply add less spice or more butter milk.

It's really simple to make too... just five steps!

Monday, 10 October 2011

Create - Leeds

Please note this establishment has now closed. 

Being a newbie to the Foodie/Blogger/Twitter scene I was yet to attend my first blogger/twitter event. I have been keeping an eager eye on my twitter feed for such events.... and was absolutely thrilled when I won the chance to go along to Create for their first taster-demo event... and it was free to the lucky winners. (Double whoop).

A few months ago after walking back towards the train station along East Parade, I noticed that something was stirring in the building at the bottom of the street which used to house a pizza place (correct me if I'm wrong I never actually visited the place that was here before Create). Being of a curious nature I wandered up to the windows and tried to have a peak, the colours and website displayed in the windows had caught my eye. Although I couldn't see inside I made a note of the website and planned to look it up once I got home.

Sunday, 9 October 2011

Kendells Bistro - Leeds

After the disappointment of Souz Le Nez last year (nothing to do with the food just the service) I have been determined to find a nicer, more welcoming, more French-like restaurant ever since.

A friend recommended Kendell's Bistro as a nice place to celebrate a special occasion.

Tucked away down a side street off of St Peter's Street squished in between The Wardrobe and a dance studio it doesn't look amazing from the outside.

HOWEVER... when we stepped inside the atmosphere that surrounded us was spirited and we were much more impressed.

We were greeted at the door by a lovely lady who asked for our reservation and took our coats and umbrella. She asked us if we had ever visited before and quickly explained the set up. There is a black board which spans the length of the restaurant on one wall. On this black board is the whole menu, the reason? The menu is constantly changing and if anything is sold out the Chef can quickly amend it, a good idea and a sign of a confident Chef. Guiding us to our table she proceeded to tell us that she was expecting a large group this evening so asked that we please excuse where we were being seated. She was tucking us away in the corner as it would be more romantic and hidden away from the noise that would later descend on the restaurant. This really impressed us as we were not treated with such thought and compassion in the Scarborough Hotel when they were expecting a large group.

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

The World Curry Festival - Leeds

Just a short post about The World Curry Festival that took place in Leeds last weekend...

Apologies for the photo quality, I was in such a hurry to get there I didn't pick up my camera. I did have my trusty iPhone with me which I think held up quite well on this occasion.

I'm sure most of you reading will already know something about the World Curry Festival or have at least heard of it (or seen it). This year was the second Word Curry Festival to be held in Leeds. Last year's was such a success they decided to do it all over again this year (Yipee).

Saturday, 1 October 2011

Da Mario's - Leeds

Da Mario's on the Headrow in Leeds has become as much as an recognised feature of the high street as the barrel man.. but yet how many people have actually eaten there?

This restaurant has been here as long as I have been alive! Founded in 1976 it's website claims it is Leeds' 'longest established Italian Trattoria' (for those of you who are unsure what this means a Trattoria is an Italian type of eating establishment, it is less formal than a restaurante but more formal than a cafe type 'osteria'). Da Mario's is now under new management which I expect is the reason it has had a bit of a re-fit inside. If you had walked in to there prior to this it was like walking in to a time warp to the 70's it seemed to have stood still in time.