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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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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Why I’m not a fan of the kitchen…

Despite things becoming a lot more equal in the world between Men & Women these days, I have faced the odd comment when it comes to who cooks in the house.

Yes that’s right, I’ll happily admit to not being the chef in the house and letting you know that it’s mostly my fiance that does the cooking. The plain and simple fact is that I detest cooking! I find no enjoyment whatsoever in standing cooking for us both or even myself for that matter. My fiance on the other hand loves cooking and is quite the dab hand in the kitchen, making the most amazing meals that I could never even begin to attempt myself.

When we planned to buy our first house together we got the ground rules laid out pretty early; he cooks and I sort the cleaning washing and ironing. He does help me clean when asked so don’t think he sits around because he is really good at just doing things round the house anyway. And I will drag myself to the kitchen when required to make a meal for us both despite my hatred.

I still think people are surprised when I say I genuinely don’t enjoy cooking and that my fiance does most of it. It’s crazy how many people have said “what? you never cook!” Of course I cook, I don’t go hungry but I prefer to just shove something simple into the oven, leave it for 20-30mins then enjoy.

To share why I really shouldn’t be allowed in a kitchen often I thought I’d put a few snaps of my cooking compared to my fiance’s and you’ll understand where I’m coming from.

My meal when left to cook on my own consists of southern fried chicken, wedges and coleslaw (This isn’t all I eat btw, I do eat other foods)

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Compared to my fiance’s meals: Amazing Spiced mince dish with veggies, homemade Yoghurt dip and a wholemeal wrap.

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Fancy sunday dinner prep:

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Amazing tomato and mozzarella bruschetta.

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Chicken wrapped in bacon and stuffed with cream cheese, spicy cheesy sweet potato and lots of veggies.

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Egg noodles, Basa fillets spiced and lots of veggies with a peanut satay style sauce.

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If you can look at all those pictures and tell me I’m still wrong for not wanting to cook and just enjoying my fiance’s awesome cooking instead then you’re daft. I will never change my mind about loving the kitchen apart from a spot of baking here or there which I don’t mind. Maybe I’ll change my mind in the future but for now I’m pretty lucky to have such an incredible cook for a fiance.

Laura x

 

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