Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Miller and Carter - Garforth, Leeds

There aren't an abundance of places to eat in Garforth... or rather there aren't an abundance of places you would want to eat.

I hadn't heard of Miller and Carter until 'The Old George' (which has previously been a Beefeater- do those still exist?) was taken over by them and transformed in to what is now a Miller and Carter. The locals still call it The Old George however.

My brother visited it before I did and said it was good for food but a little pricier than your normal pub food. The first time I went I was really impressed and I've been back a couple of times since... I have only been once since I started blogging... so only once in the last 8 months.

Monday, 30 January 2012

Book Review: Bill's Basics

A first for the Breadsticklers Blog, a book review....

A few months ago whilst in Waterstone's I flicked through this book whilst browsing in the cookery section. A few recipes caught my eye and it was straight on my Amazon Wish List. Lucky me I got a few things from my Amazon Wish List for Christmas this year and Bill's Basics was one of them.

I have made 5 recipes from the book so far and there are still some I am eager to try out.

The book is really good for after work meals as they are relatively simple and require few ingredients. Also you don't need to be a master chef in order to make any of the recipes, the steps are easy to follow  and require no special gadgets.

These are 'Bill's' basics so don't expect to find a Delia bible of basics in here but basics with slight adaptations. For those of you unfamiliar with this chef, Bill is Australian so there is a lot of Australian influenced foods and Malaysian/East Asian influenced food, things I would never have thought about making until I saw it here in this book.

Sunday, 29 January 2012

The Weekly Bake Off: Happy Birthday to Me....

It was my birthday this week, I had just received my copy of Mary Berry's 100 Cakes and Bakes so it seemed like the perfect opportunity to join in with The Weekly Bake Off.

I found out about the weekly bake off a couple of weeks ago through another blog I follow. It seemed like a really cute idea, every week there is a new bake from the book (only £4 on Amazon... bargain!) the bake is announced on Monday and everyone has to submit a picture of their bake by Sunday via twitter @WeeklyBakeOff. Each bake is judged (sometimes there is a guest judge) and a winner is announced! It's great to see how other people have fared and each person's own interpretation of the bake.

Sunday, 22 January 2012

The Midnight Bell - Leeds

I work literally about 5 minutes away from The Midnight Bell and I have never visited... In my defence I only get a half an hour lunch each day so it limits me in what I can do. I have heard so much about the place; it was also recently featured on Jamie's Great Britain, it has been on my to do list for a while. Situated in the newly formed 'Holbeck Urban Village' there are a few eateries around here, you'll find them busiest during the week.

It's about a 10 minute walk from Leeds train station and we got to The Midnight Bell about 12pm. It was a very cold day and it was lovely to step in to the warm cosiness, almost home like feel of the place.

There's nothing special about the actual menus, it's a printed piece of paper clipped to a piece of wood. The things on the menu are a little bit special however.

Friday, 6 January 2012

Anthony's Patisserie - Leeds

Please note this establishment has now closed. 

Anthony's Patisserie is a part of the ever expanding Anthony's empire across Leeds. Situated in the Victoria Quarter, open air in the middle of the arcade. The Patisserie as the name suggests serves a selection of cakes and pastries, as well as hot drinks and small lunches.

As the Patisserie is in an open space within the arcade there are patio heaters situated by the tables and a glass wall surrounds its boarders so to keep it enclosed from the frantic shoppers beyond. On this occasion we had visited on a cold December day, the arcade generally tends to be a little warmer than outside and this combined with the patio heaters we thought we had nothing to worry about. We were sadly wrong. We were seated on the outside wall of the Patisserie free for cold air to be blown on to us from the ever opening automatic door which leads on to Kirkgate, and far away from any patio heater. I kept my coat on and sat hunched in my seat.

Monday, 2 January 2012

Ciao Bella - Leeds

On the other side of the river along dock streets cobbled roads you will find a few independent eateries, one of these being Ciao Bella. A converted mill in a previous life this restaurant is full of open beams and bare stone walls.

I stumbled across Ciao Bella a couple of years ago drawn in by their lunch time menu. I have always had a nice lunch here, and even nicer ones when the sun has been shining and they open up the back so you can sit outside drinking ice cold wine (or beer whichever you prefer).

This time however I decided to try Ciao Bella for an evening meal. I had bought the Living Social voucher a few months back knowing that it was somewhere we have enjoyed lunch before.