Barbecue food isn’t what it used to be. It’s not banging a burger on the disposable barbecue, or flipping sausages until almost burnt just to make sure they’re cooked, before serving in a roll oozing with ketchup or yellow mustard. Nope. Go out and see barbecue food on a menu, and expect slow cooked meats, tender rich brisket, juicy beef short rib and flavoursome burnt ends. Ok, so it’s another of the American influences which has made its way over here, South-West American to be exact, and this style of cooking is AWESOME. St. Bart’s Brewery, in Smithfield, is one of the restaurants on the London food scene which has jumped on the trend, but added their own little touch – all of the meat…

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Hot cross buns are EVERYTHING at Easter. So, of course I had to experiment with different ways to use them for brunch, another love of mine. I tried all manner of toppings, from simply butter, to jam and strawberries, Malteser spread and PB and banana. Trust me, they were all ah-mazing, but nothing could really beat my Hot Cross Bun French Toast with hidden Nutella pockets. Blowing my own trumpet a little right now, but these were INSANE I tell you, and definitely make the ultimate brunch for this Easter weekend. Pretty simple, they don’t take too long to whip up in the kitchen, and actually work really well with PB instead of Nutella too. Alex was pretty impressed by how quick I managed to…

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I told you guys all about what my sister, Emma, planned for my birthday recently (read my post here). She did a stellar job, full of surprises and giggles along the way. Well, with a full day out, we obviously had to stop for a bite to eat. And she totally smashed that too. Opening my little stage 2 card, on the Saturday it didn’t give much away apart from the fact that she was treating me to lunch. And that’s when she took me to Bill’s. In my eyes, Bill’s is always a winner. Jumping the queue, as Emma had thought ahead and booked us a table, we settled into a cute little table for two – Emma taking the comfy sofa seat along…

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Last year I don’t think I bought any Easter eggs. How bad is that?! Hot Cross Buns. Now that’s a different story. Hot Cross Buns are an absolute fave of mine. An Easter treat enjoyed as early as possible, right up until and after Easter. They make a delicious breakfast, served simply with butter, or with peanut butter and banana, or even with jam and strawberries! I actually love them so much that at my old job, instead of a birthday cake like everyone else, we’d have hot cross buns for mine – I’m so lucky that my birthday is close to Easter! This year however, I’m definitely buying Easter Eggs. I am not missing out for another year, and I’m off to visit my…

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Easter. The time of year which has become renowned for Chocolate. Mini eggs, white chocolate bunnies, creme eggs, milk chocolate sheep, HUGE chocolate eggs, the list goes on. It’s the second yearly occasion, after Christmas, where you’re bound to eat too much – the temptations just get out of hand. And that’s normal. This year, I’m heading home for an Easter lunch with the family and mentioned that I’d bring something. ┬áNot wanting to carry home Easter eggs (they take up so much luggage space), I started thinking of dessert options, and something super chocolatey and gooey for after lunch. I do love ending on a sweet note after all. I was messing around in the kitchen, trying a rock road recipe, when it went…

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