The Dine Taste Test

A couple of weeks ago, I was invited to an Ambassador’s Dinner at The Mansion in Leeds. If you read my blog regularly, then you will know that I attended an event of theirs earlier in the year which you can read about HERE if you missed it.

The theme of this event was the “Dine Taste Test” with a different question for each course of the meal and the ultimate taste test at the end of the event featuring 5 sorbets of the same colour and the aim of guessing the flavours behind them all.

We were greeted with a drink upon arrival and introduced to Dan who headed up Dine at the venue. Once everyone had arrived, the canape’s started coming out and they all tasted and looked amazing.

The canape’s on offer were:

Purple Radish canape Shell

With Goat’s Cheese & Beetroot Caviar

Wild Mushroom Arancini

Saffron Aioli 

Fillet of Beef

Rolled in Pistachio

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An Easy Baking Post

The other week I did a whole baking feature showing off my millionaires’ shortbread recipe and photos. As much as I enjoy baking, sometimes I want to have freshly baked goods in the house but just really can’t be bothered.

Let’s face it, it’s nice to pretend to be the domestic goddess sometimes and just scrape by making minimal effort….

Bob’s job means he can come home with all sorts of products sometimes and a couple of weeks ago, one of said products included Dr Oetker Bake in the Box Loaf Cake Mix in lemon and poppy-seed flavour.

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Great British Food Festival

Almost 2 weeks ago I was invited to the Great British Food Festival at Castle Howard just outside of York. I’ve never been to a food festival before so I was quite excited as Castle Howard is only a stone’s throw from where we live.

On the 29th and 30th of July, Castle Howard played host to the festival and despite the weather not looking overly fantastic, the day stayed clear and dry. I took Bobby as my plus one of course as he’d have been pretty miffed if I hadn’t taken him to anything food related.

We were invited by the lovely people at Tastecard and after arriving, were shown to a tent set up exclusively for a bloggers challenge. As more bloggers arrived with their +1’s and we were all seated and offered a glass of bubbly (don’t worry I didn’t drink), it was time to hear about the challenge.

On the tables in front of us were a plate of cookies and lots of different items for decorating them like sprinkles and icing. We were tasked with decorating our cookies into a form of our favourite foods. I chose to design some small round cookies into doughnuts given its firm fixture as a pregnancy craving of late. Bobby got a lot more creative and turned a gingerbread man into a Mexican with a poncho and created a whole beach scene on his plate complete with a taco shaped cookie in the man’s hand.

Why all the effort you ask?

Well up for grabs was first prize of a £50 Pizza Express voucher, second prize was a Kenwood Spiralizer and third was a lifetime membership to Tastecard.

There were lots of great designs and I am pleased to say Bobby won 1st prize and took away the gift card with a smile on his face. I didn’t know he was so creative.

After this we were available to roam the festival and check out all the great stalls, food and activities they had going on. The smells from some of the stalls were fantastic and it was hard not to want something from all of them. We ended up getting something each from different stalls; Bob got a pulled pork sandwich from a Jack Daniels smoker train and I purchased an amazing chicken Quesadilla. We were both too greedy though and forgot to take photos but it was a big thumbs up from us both.

The festival had so many things to see and do, whilst I could waffle on, here are my snaps so you can see yourself.

As you can see, lots to enjoy and as the day progressed, the festival got busier and busier.

A huge thank you to Tastecard for inviting us along and for the fantastic prize which we will hopefully enjoy before Baby’s arrival.

Laura x

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