Ladies Christmas Afternoon Tea

Hi All,
Yes I’m still talking Christmas and you’ll either love it or hate it but I’m sticking with it because I can! Plus there’s a few things that you might enjoy all year long. 
On the 16th December I had my girlfriends over for a Christmas catch up and a little gift from me to them. We’re so busy and it was great to make time and be together, just for a change. 
This afternoon was a little bit of a logistical nightmare. I had planned it perfectly (so I thought) but was forgetting we had a wedding the day before, so my prep time needed to be moved just a little so I wasn’t rushing on the day. I wanted to enjoy my time, not be in the kitchen faffing…because where’s the hosting skills?! 
So what did I have in store….
French Onion Soup with a mini Cheese Toastie 
Turkey & Stuffing Sandwich
Ricotta Filo Cups
Goats Cheese, Pear & Rocket Parcels 
Pineapple Vodka Panna Cotta 
Mini Chocolate Velvet Torte 
Gingerbread Fudge
Christmas Biscuits 
Cherry Scones with Raspberry Jam & Clotted Cream  
The weekend before I got my prep on and made my French Onion Soup, it’s super easy to prepare. 
We had a Turkey Parcel from aldi on Sunday so I saved some of the turkey and froze it ready for the event. And just a note the Turkey Parcel was delish and not dry for those interested! 
On Thursday evening in between a blow dry I got most of the elements together. 
The Panna Cotta, which was meant to be Limoncello but I couldn’t find it anywhere so became Pineapple Vodka, I used a Good Housekeeping Recipe but swapped the spirits and it was really easy to put together. I knew they would set nicely over the next day or so…no prep on the day job. I pulled the turkey out to defrost to so one less thing to think about. 
The fudge which I have never made before was super easy to make thanks to this lady, and she is right; don’t over mix! It took over a day to set properly but it was worth it with my tree cutters.
The Christmas Biscuits, like literally the easiest biscuits I have ever made because they didn’t end up one massive biscuits. The dough is very dry so don’t be alarmed and baking time for me was 11 minutes. Recipe here.
Lastly I put together a Mary Berry Chocolate torte. It didn’t turn out anything like I wanted and the less said about that the better!
On the day I was totally freaking out about having to make a cheesecake and an additional savory element so I bobbed in to Tescos(I am sorry-It was a god send in the end) to get ricotta and red onion filo cups and Sicilian Lemon Cheesecakes.
When I got home I put together my Parma ham with pear and goats cheese- no cooking required just smear a good dollop of goats cheese onto the ham and add a bite size chunk of pear and roll. Done. 
The last thing to assemble was my Turkey butties. I tried to be all posh and made mini finger sandwiches with turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and a smidge of mayo. #yum
After everything was made all I had to do was assemble onto my stand and serve.
And what an afternoon we had, we sat for 4 hours round my coffee table in the living room infront of the fire laughing and joking, it was a great way to start the festive season. 
I hope this post encourages all people to consider something later this year.

Product Review : Cheese Postie

So for part of my birthday presents I asked for subscription boxes, why because there awesome I really love getting items in the post and it’s even better when your not sure of the item your receiving but it’s in a genre you enjoy.
So when a friend Mr Briggs explained the concept of Cheese Postie we knew it was something right down our alley. And what better way to receive it than in a birthday present. 
So for those of you unaware of the process, you can either sign up for weekly, fortnightly or monthly. Or just send one as a gift and they will arrive on the following Thursday. And once the box arrives you open up a toastie surprise, there bread, butter, a toastie bag, and a filling either savoury or sweet.
They do all the hard work so you get the enjoyment of simple assembling and toasting.
My first box arrived on my birthday eve! And it was probably the best surprise as I was contemplating taking a stroll for some lunch. But this beautiful long box was there to enjoy instead. The flavour of the week Goats Cheese, Bacon & a rich balsamic glaze. Perfect. 
I lovely created this post wizardry and loved every second, apart from getting it in the toastie bag, ideally they need to be like 1cm bigger but hey. 

A couple of minutes on the panini press and well it was scrummy!! And the best part while opening my presents it was revealed there might be a few more coming my way!!
I hope you’ll all consider a Cheese Postie for your loved ones next birthday!

Recipe : More Than Just Mac & Cheese

Hi All,

Happy Sunday! Today is a very special day as its my mums birthday and I’m heading to see her soon. But right now I needed to share my dinner last night. 

We have some very special friends who basically look after me when I’m bored and lonely…which is surprisingly a lot! I feel for them having to but let’s be frank I am a pretty good house guest. 

So for about a year Leaine and Steven have said that Leaines Mac and Cheese is incredible and yesterday I got to watch it being made and also eat it.

The good news for you guys is that I get to share this recipe with you… you lucky people!

So let’s begin; 

What you need in your fridge and cupboard is the following;
150g red leister grated 
200g Mature Cheddar Grated
100g Smoked cheese (dependant on strength) we used Oak Smoked Cheddar grated
Cream cheese
10 rashers of Bacon cut into lardons 
4 slices Black pudding cut into cubes
1 whole Onion-diced
Full bag of Spinach 
1 large table spoon /1 oz Plain Flour
1 large table spoon /1 ozButter 
1 Pint milk
400g Macaroni (Pasta)
Bread 2 slices 

And to get the ingredients to become an actual dish you need to follow these steps:
Fill a a pan of water and put it on the hob and bring to the boil. Put your oven on 200 degrees. 

Make a white sauce with your flour, butter and milk. Melt your butter don’t let it boil though, add your flour and whisk…don’t stop. Once it’s come together add the milk, must continue whisking. It will go lumpy if you stop whisking. When thickened add the cream cheese and half of the grated cheeses stir in until combined. 

Fry the onion, bacon and black pudding together until cooked, add to the White sauce 

Cook the macaroni in the boiling water as per instructions on packet. 

When everything is ready, combine and add the spinach in an oven proof dish. 
Put your bread in the oven to toast. When it has a nice colour put it in the food processor to make fine breadcrumbs. 

When it’s almost dinner time. Sprinkle the rest of the grated cheese and the breadcrumbs on top and bake in the oven 25/30 minutes if still hot or even warm. If you prepared the night before then allow 30/40 minutes.

Once cooked serve with whatever you fancy. Personally I think it’s prefect just on its own. 

Thank you to Leaine for letting me share your delish dish!