Payday is still more than a week away and money is tight (or is it just me?). W all have to eat and therefore shop for food. If I don't set myself a budget, my average weekly food shop comes to £50 (without a bottle of wine) for two people (shameful I know) and I simply can't afford to splurge this month. I am a huge believer in bulk buying, batch cooking and freezing. I didn't do enough of this last year, and so this year I'm determined to be more organised. I am also very busy (lazy) and hate supermarket shopping. I am a recent convert to doing my food shop online. There are pros and cons, but for my budget shopping plan - certainly more pros. My husband challenged me to spend just £20 on our food shop for one week (and have some people over for dinner to make it harder) and with a little bit of organisation and preparation I did just that. Here it is - my version of the £20 food shop. I'm sorry I went 72p over budget - for meat-eaters, but if you do the vegetarian … [Read more...] about This is how this woman does a weekly food shop for £20 for four people
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By the time Christmas Day comes, many of them will be so sick of the sight of turkey and ham, or of the dishes that feature in the special menus that they have been cooking night after night for the whole month, that they'd probably eat just about anything other than the traditional feast. That's the reason why so many chefs are partial to a nice seafood platter, rib of beef or Beef Wellington come the big day. Hotel chefs, of course, will be working on Christmas Day, and will have to postpone their own celebrations until later. We spoke to three hard-working food workers about what they'll be cooking for their families this Christmas - or what they would be cooking if they weren't working. Cormac McCrearyExecutive Head Chef at Sheen Falls Lodge in Co Kerry When he worked at the Ritz in London, Cormac McCreary lost count of the number of Christmas dinners he cooked between the middle of November and the big day. By the time Christmas came, he couldn't face the sight of another turkey … [Read more...] about What are these three chefs cooking for their Christmas dinner?
Whether you're looking to find somewhere to escape the cold on an afternoon, take refuge from the rain, looking for a perfect place to catch up with friends or just somewhere to grab a cuppa to keep you going on a Monday morning - we all love a delicious cup of coffee. And what's better than buying your steaming mug of caffeine from an adorable independent café which is passionate about coffee and home baked goodies? As coffee chains like Starbucks, Pret a Manger, Costa Coffee and Caffè Nero pop up in every high street, there's still a strong group of award winning coffee shops which are owned by self starters, families and friends. We believe that wherever you live in the capital, you should be able to grab a decent cup of coffee from an independent store so we created a list of our favourite cafés which serve the best cuppas in each and every borough - yes, all 32 to them. Kipferl, Islington Instagram Tucked away in Camden Passage, is this hidden gem which serves … [Read more...] about London’s best independent coffee shops for cosy afternoons
It's the most important meal of the day - but these blow-out breakfasts will probably have you heading straight back to bed. From a full English served inside a giant Yorkshire pudding to a curry brunch with seekh kebabs in place of sausages, Manchester's restaurants, cafes and bars have taken the humble brekkie to whole new levels of gluttony. Think you could stomach this lot? Do your worst. Brewski's breakfast board Hungry? Then feast your eyes on this absolute beast of a breakfast. Brewski has cooked up a £40 sharing breakfast - with the same amount of food as six separate brekkies. The huge wooden board is stacked with fennel sausages, sweet potato cakes, mushroom, poached eggs, black pudding, tomatoes, beans, maple syrup and four pancakes, bacon, icing sugar and two flatiron steaks. It's available at Brewski's original Chorlton bar and its newer Manchester city centre site on Mosley Street. Other supersized specials at Brewski include a turbo-charged afternoon tea with … [Read more...] about The best blow-out breakfasts to try in Manchester
The 2018 tournament is now just a few days away and you can get a taste of World Cup fever at a certain Tyneside bar. Four years since we all pinned our hopes on England once again, only to have them dashed once AGAIN, Gareth Southgate’s new squad of Three Lions are travelling to Russia in the hopes of doing rather well. They open their World Cup account against Tunisia on June 18 and The Central in Gateshead will be hoping to inspire them with a burger in their honour. But it’s not just England who the bar has designed a burger for; they have one for all 32 countries taking part in the competition. Following the successful Euro Burgers menu they ran during the last European Championships, and their ‘Rafa Burger’ which went viral on Twitter, The Central are going all out for the World Cup. General Manager at The Central, Gav Sinclair, said “Mars (our Chef) and I though that this time we’d go bigger and dafter and turn our burger menu into an … [Read more...] about Bar creates a burger for EVERY country in the World Cup!