Glastonbury Food Guide 2017

Another year, another Glastonbury Festival food guide. This year’s edition features both new and old favourites, from spicy Thai and paella to pie and mash. Although this year’s festival was missing a few classics (namely Yeo Valley Yoghurt and the much missed Tapas breakfast), I still managed to scout out some tasty new dishes.

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New Favourites 


Paella: Not only is this paella delicious, it’s also very generous in portion size and pretty affordable too. I paid £4.50 for a small paella that was more than enough. Served with fresh parsley and lemon, a perfect festival bite.

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No Bones Jones: The fritters at this stall are lightly spiced, crispy and extremely tasty. You can also opt for more substantial salads and one-pot dishes and bakes at No Bones Jones, but of you’re after a snack then these fritters with raita and tomato salsa hit the spot.

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Love Thai: The popularity of Love Thai is shown through the huge queues you can often see trailing from this stall. I went for the red tofu curry with jasmine rice and it was great, would recommend if you’re hungry and into a bit of spice.

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Chip Off the Old Block: These chips stole the show for me this year. Incredibly crispy and generously coated in cheese, I think these may be the best cheesy chips I have ever eaten. The deluxe chips however are on another level of greatness. Smoked cheddar and about 1/3 bigger in size, what more could you want from cheesy chips?

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Manna: Situated next to the equally tasty samosa stall near the Other Stage, Manna is another great new offering for Glastonbury 2017. The tofu Singapore noodles are great, and say yes to all of the toppings of course!


Old Favourites


Peckish Peacock

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Manic Organic 

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Lynda’s Loaf 

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Pizza to the People (now Woodfired Pizza)

Lemonberry

Organic Veggie Burgers

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Barnaby Sykes Pie Makers 

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As always, the selection of incredible festival food on offer at Glastonbury blew me away. I’m gutted that it will be another two years before I can experience it all again, but I’m sure it’ll be worth the wait!

Three Days in Washington D.C.

This is my short but sweet Washington D.C. city guide! In addition to visiting New York City last month, we took a bus down to D.C. to experience a different part of America and enjoy some of the sunshine out of the towering skyscrapers in New York. We really enjoyed our time in D.C. (although the progressive signage outside the houses clashed somewhat with the ‘make America great again’ hats we saw..) and I would definitely return to experience a little more of what the city has to offer.

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Things to do


 The Newseum: This museum is an expensive attraction ($25 entry!) but worth it if you are interested in American media. I came away from the experience feeling as if the ‘Newseum’ was less to do with news and more to do with American media reactions to terrorism. An interesting visit, but not quite what I was expecting. The pulitzer prize gallery is probably the best thing about this museum, the photos are displayed beautifully with accompanying short films that are really quite moving. If you can bear to pay the extortionate price, do give the Newseum a visit.


The National Mall: The National Mall is D.C.’s centrepiece. Visit both at night and during the day for stunning views and a sense of American history. Although by the end of our trip we were quite unexcited by the constant memorialising, on first sight the Lincoln memorial is impressive. It’s quite a long way to walk down the mall, without any direct shade, so take regular breaks to avoid getting heat stroke! The First World War Memorial is extremely striking and probably comes out top of the memorials in my book.

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National Gallery of Art: A cool, airy space to collect your thoughts and view an extensive collection of paintings from throughout history. This gallery is free (hurrah) so I’d recommend a visit. The Impressionism collection is particularly good, featuring some of Degas and Manet’s most famous pieces.


Georgetown: This area of D.C. is beautifully manicured, think Wimbledon Village or Tunbridge Wells, with an array of upmarket shops and an attractive waterfront. Georgetown is a great place to wander around for a day, ending at the waterfront where you can grab an ice cream and head back to the city centre.


U Street: This is the go-to area of Columbia Heights for a drink or a cheap bite to eat. Here you’ll find your classic American bar and various late night restaurants and clubs.


Columbia Heights: Our airbnb was in this area, and we really enjoyed staying here. Of particular note is Meridan Hill Park, a short walk away from U Street. This park is a great place to relax, or if you fancy, join an improvised drumming circle at the bottom end of the park. Meridan Hill Park has a great, chilled out atmosphere where you can spot locals doing yoga, tai chi and reclining in hammocks.


The White House: Don’t dedicate an entire day to this, as you can reach it quite easily from the National Mall, and visitors are kept at a distance by several metal fences. It’s worth a viewing for sure, but a few quick snaps from quite a distance is all you’re likely to get from this attraction.


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Places to eat


Ben’s Chilli Bowl: Before setting off for D.C., I had already heard that Ben’s is one of the city’s staples. Upon entering Ben’s, you are greeted with cheerfully colourful signage and a restaurant set out in a typical diner style. Order the classic chilli with cheese fries. Delicious!

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Simply Banh Mi: This restaurant is situated in attractive Georgetown, where you will find quite a few East Asian eateries. Simply Bahn Mi is an absolute gem, there are lots of menu choices for vegans and vegetarians and you can customise your bahn mi as you like. I ordered the lemongrass tofu bahn mi with peanut sauce and crispy aubergine. The peanut and lemongrass worked wonderfully together and I would not forgo the crispy aubergine if I went again, it was extremely tasty.

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El Chucho: A few minutes walk away from our Columbia Heights airbnb, El Chucho came on high recommendation. They serve (delicious) margaritas and tasty mexican bites with plenty of vegetarian options. The menu is divided into bocadillos, tacos and tortas, with some extras and snacks alongside. I opted for the torta potosina (sin carne) with a side of elote callejero. Both were very tasty and filling- once again the size of American portions rumbled me. This place is great for a casual meal and plenty of ice-cold cocktails.

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Next time, I would love to explore more of the museums on offer in D.C. Particularly the new African American museum, perhaps when it’s months-long waiting list has died down a little. Overall, I really enjoyed our trip to D.C., and I would definitely recommend taking the bus down if you’re in New York for longer than a few days!

Recipe Review: Delicious Magazine’s Broccoli and Almond Salad

I recently made this dish for a celebratory dinner with my housemates, and it went down very well indeed. Far from boring old boiled broccoli, this salad screams ‘eat me’ with it’s garlic oil coated chopped almonds and heat from fresh strips of red and green chillies. This recipe is from the July 2017 edition of Delicious magazine, which focuses on Italian cuisine. I chose to make this particular salad because it was a departure from all the traditional Italian food I had cooked before, and it definitely delivered. I would say that there is no use in buying garlic and chilli oil specifically,  just fry some chopped garlic and a pinch of chilli flakes in plenty of olive oil. Overall, an extremely easy recipe and a wonderful way to jazz up broccoli.


Ingredients


1 broccoli, cut into small florets

2 tbsp olive oil

1 red chilli, cut into fine strips

1 green chilli, cut into fine strips

100g whole, blanched almonds: toast in a pan, then roughly chop 25g (keep the rest whole)

1 clove of garlic, chopped

1 pinch of chilli flakes

1 tablespoon of red wine vinegar


Method


Bring a pan of salted water to the boil and cook the broccoli for 2-3 minutes,  depending on the size of the florets. Drain and leave to cool slightly.

Fry the garlic and chilli flakes in a large pan on  a medium heat, then add the broccoli. Toss to warm, then add the chilli strips and almonds.

Add a tablespoon of red wine vinegar and stir to combine. Season to taste and sprinkle over the chopped almonds.

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Seven Days in New York City

Welcome to my first-timers New York City guide. I spent an amazing seven days in New York, and this guide collects together my favourite places to go and things to eat in the city. My focus of this piece, as always, is food; so expect plenty of restaurant, street food and fast food recommendations. My guide also features a glimpse at what New York has to offer in each specific neighbourhood, from swanky Soho to laid back East Village. I enjoyed our trip to New York immensely, and I hope some of the recommendations below prove useful to anyone travelling to the city in search of food, fun and plenty of pizza.


Midtown


As soon as we settled in our Bushwick airbnb home for the week, we headed to Times Square, Midtown. This is a perfect way to set off your New York experience, diving straight into the madness of Manhattan before you’ve even had a chance to unpack. For some, this also might be a great way to get all the necessary tourist attractions out of the way first. Bryant Park is a nice place to sit down for a few moments to rest away from the big screens, you might even catch an event there (we managed to see a crazy game of giant musical chairs!). Take a way on Broadway and marvel at the crowds, traffic and hustle and bustle. A walk up 5th Avenue is well worth doing, gawk at the huge designer shops and their customers whilst sipping on an iced coffee.

 

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One of the highlights of our trip was visiting the Top of the Rock for the breath-taking views of New York. We booked our tickets for 8pm, the perfect time for June as we were lucky enough to view the city in daylight, sunset and darkness. Take your camera because you won’t want to forget those views! The Museum of Modern Art is also a Midtown must. You can easily spend half a day here examining the striking modern artworks on offer. This museum takes you through the ages of modern art, with a particularly interesting exhibition on Robert Rauschenberg. This is one of the more expensive galleries, $14 for a student price. If you can spare it, it’s well worth the price. For an introduction into the plethora of foods New York has to offer, we were lucky enough to catch a huge food market, stretching way down West 46th Street. At $10 for 10 tokens, and each dish costing between 2 and 6 tokens, this market was exactly what we needed. We sampled guacamole and chips, cheesecake, bread and butter pudding, and mountainous spinach lasagne. Check out what’s happening in NYC whilst you’re there, you never know what you might run across!

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Soho and Chinatown


Soho is a beautiful and quirky part of New York City. Cobbled streets lined with classic fire-escape fronted houses showcase some of the most exclusive homes of the city. You’ll wander past swanky juice bars, expensive boutiques and restaurants with tinted windows. For a tasty snack, I’d recommend stopping off at Vesuvio Bakery. The cookies are both perfectly crisp and squidgy and the chocolate oozes out nicely. A refreshing change from the overpriced ‘superfood’ juices and kale salads you’ll see litter this part of New York.

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  A short walk from the class and style of Soho is the commercial wonder of Canal Street, leading you into Chinatown. Canal Street is a noisy, commercial, crazy road with busy traffic, bright lights and tacky clothing stalls. Off shoots from this throbbing aorta of Chinatown include Little Italy and some of the smaller winding streets where you can find all sorts of delicious food. On Doyers Street sits Nom Wah Tea Parlour, one of New York’s oldest dim sum restaurants. Luckily we didn’t have to wait for a table, but a queue quickly formed after we sat down. Nom Wah has a nice selection of beers, from domestic to international, and a quick and easy order system of ticking numbered boxes on the menu. We chose the scallion pancakes (delicious) , vegetable dumplings (fresh and tasty), scallion and coriander rice rolls (tasty, but a little stodgy) and a few other bits and pieces. The food and beers were tasty, the restaurant environment was fast-paced and funky.

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IMG_1923.jpgFor dessert, head back to Canal Street and wander down to Taiyaki NYC. Matcha ice cream in a waffle fish shaped cone… what more could you want to end your day in Chinatown? Taiyaki is a tasty way to finish off your meal and is open late too! The constantly arriving late night crowds are testament to the tiny shop’s popularity.

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Chelsea


This was one of my favourite areas in Manhattan. Take a day to explore the High line, a set of old railway tracks snaking through the skyscrapers, offering gorgeous city views and funky graffiti. Once you’ve completed your walk, head to Chelsea Market for a snack and a browse of boutique and vintage jewellery, clothing and home furnishings. A great, reliable place for pizza near the High line is Artichoke Pizza. Get three huge slices of pizza for $18. The perfect lunch! The white pizza was a little too rubbery for my taste, but the sauce on the artichoke pizza was satisfyingly creamy and delicious.

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The Whitney Museum of American Art is another stand out attraction of this district. You really need a whole day for this one if you want to explore it fully. The Whitney houses 5 floors of stimulating modern art that demands your time and attention. One of the most engaging galleries we visited, there are plenty of films and interactive works to get stuck into. A personal highlight was the Stuart Hall film, The Unfinished Conversation, shown in split screen perspective. Many wonderful exhibitions making for a culturally saturated day out. There is a downside to this highly interesting gallery, it costs $18 for student admission. However, the views from the top make it worth it! If you’re lucky, you may even bump into the self-proclaimed ‘Mayor of Meatpacking’… he certainly is a character and will give you an insight into crazy Manhattan-ites of the art scene.

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East Village and Greenwich Village 


The villages were one of my favourite parts of the city to spend a day wandering in and out of to explore. These areas feel like much more of a local’s New York City. Take a stroll from East to West, starting in East Village with a Black Seed bagel. This is the epitome of hipster bagel dining, so take it with a pinch of salt! I opted for a poppy seed bagel with honey butter. The butter was incredibly tasty and I would fully recommend. The sizes of these bagels were much more normal (although after several ginormous bagels they seemed tiny in comparison) and the taste was lovely. I’d also recommend the coffee, although the amount of ‘drip coffee’ (still no idea…) and associated varieties can be confusing.

Screen Shot 2017-07-06 at 19.14.40.pngAfter exploring the East, stop off at the famous Strand Bookstore to browse bargain books before taking on Greenwich Village. I managed to find a wonderfully 80s recipe book titled ‘Bean Banquets’ that preaches the wonders of beans for only $6, perfect! St Mark’s Place is also a pretty street where you can have a wander, explore the cute shops and cafes along this famous stretch before taking a break to catch a casual baseball game at Tompkins Square Park.

IMG_2473.jpgFor a smarter Saturday night dinner, go to Motorino Pizza. Motorino is a small restaurant serving tasty pizzas (on real plates..) with craft beers and cool sides. The pizzas are big enough to share, with tasty wood fired bases and delicious marinara sauce.

IMG_2593.jpgA brilliant, more casual stop is the New York institution that is Joe’s Pizza. With classic bar tables and simple menu, these slices rival Best Pizza, the Williamsburg wonder you can read about in my Brooklyn section!

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Washington Square Park and Union Square 


This neighbourhood is home to NYU, and so around Washington Square Park you will see plenty of students lounging about. This park is a great place to sit and have lunch, just head down to MacDougal Street and grab something to eat from one of the many small eateries lining the pavement.

IMG_2509.jpgMy picks are Mamoun’s Falafel, Ben’s Pizzeria for a true New York slice, and the delicious Belgian fries at Pommes Frites, served with more choices of sauce than you can imagine! Other tasty options include The Kati Roll Company, by CHLOE and Thelewala. At night, Macdougal Street turns into a lit-up strip of casual bars, perfect for bar-hopping and experiencing all-American night life.

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Screen Shot 2017-07-06 at 22.51.36.pngThis area also contains Union Square Park, and a little further up the island, Madison Square Park and the Flatiron Building. Take a stroll up from Washington Square Park to the Flatiron building, stopping off at Eataly for gelato or an aperol spritz. Unsurprisingly, this student-filled area is great for affordable, tasty meals. We made a visit to Republic, a modern, spacious noodle restaurant just off Union Square Park. The portions were huge, and the Vietnamese iced coffee was delicious. I had the vegetable curry noodles and I was impressed with the tastiness of the sauce and cooked-until-just-tender vegetables. Would recommend for hungry urban explorers.

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Hell’s Kitchen


We didn’t get very much time to explore the upper west side of New York during our visit, but we did make a quick dinner stop in Hell’s Kitchen. We went to Otto’s Tacos (also with East and West Village locations) and luckily arrived on taco Tuesday, a tasty bargain promotion. Two tacos = $2 beer, what more could you want? The veg tacos were filled with charred, caramelised seasonal veg and hot sauce. Delicious. To go with the tacos, we had a side of masa fries- although they might not be everyone’s cup of tea- I enjoyed the unusual texture and crisp outer coating. Hell’s Kitchen is also a great spot for affordable and casual bars, and has a pretty good gay bar scene too.

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The Financial District 


This area is Manhattan’s version of Canary Wharf. Amongst the modern skyscrapers and futuristic architecture lies an older heart to this district. Wall street is not at all how I imagined it. Cobbled streets and the stock exchange cower beneath the high rises build up around them. Striking though the modern buildings are, some of the most interesting things lie in the oldest streets. Trinity Church offers beautiful respite from the madness of the city, and a wander up Wall street will take you to Leo’s Bagels, where (what I believe) the best bagels in New York are on offer. So good, we even went twice! I recommend the sesame bagel with sun dried tomato and roasted garlic cream cheese, and the cinnamon raisin bagel with maple, walnut and raisin cream cheese. Washed down with a hazelnut coffee (iced or hot- and not cloyingly sweet either), this is the perfect New York breakfast.

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IMG_1747.jpgAfter you take the ferry, walk back up into the city and visit ground zero. The 9/11 memorial is beautifully moving, take time to take it all in. When its time to move on, take the subway from the World Trade Centre station, the architecture is interesting and there’s even a mall inside.


Upper East Side 


One of New York’s most exclusive neighbourhoods, the Upper East Side is home to decadent homes, hotels and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This museum is priced at a sort of, ‘pay what you can’ basis in the form of a donation. So if you’re on a budget, you can enter for as little as $1. It would take days to explore the whole of the Met, so my pick would be the Arab Lands section. Here you can see beautiful rugs, fabrics, tiles and pottery from Iran, Afghanistan, Syria and many other beautiful countries. Gorgeous tile work from Damascus is made even more important viewing by the recent conflict in the area, worthwhile viewing for its beauty alone. If you’re looking for breakfast before you embark on your art historical mission, head to H&H Midtown Bagels. I chose a sesame bagel (by far my favourite New York variation) and scallion cream cheese, with an obligatory iced coffee. Not quite as tasty as Leo’s, but a great option for an uptown breakfast.

IMG_1935.jpgAfter a walk around the Met, head to Central Park for a picnic. Stroll around the spacious New York expanse of greenery, and settle into a spot to chill out before taking on the bustle of the city again.

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Brooklyn


Brooklyn is Manhattan’s cool, laid back sibling. Far away from the touristy madness of midtown, Brooklyn is a welcome break for sore footed foodies. A walk around Williamsburg is a wonderful way to spend a Saturday afternoon. Starting at Bedford Avenue (1 stop away from 1st Avenue on the L train) wander down to Best Pizza for a spot of lunch. I can hands down say that this was the best pizza we tried during our time in the city. An absolute gem, Best Pizza sits on a sleepy street in Williamsburg, surrounded by residential buildings and only 10 minutes away from Bedford Avenue. If you’re in a group, then get a selection of the pizza slices. The white pizza was outstanding, with a tasty sesame seed crust and caramelised onions. Wash down your pizza with a cup of self-serve iced tea, or a local beer.

IMG_3001.jpgAfter pizza, head to Bedford Avenue for a wander round Spoonville and Sugartown Books and neighbouring undercover market, where you’ll find vintage clothes and bubble tea.

IMG_3009.jpgContinue to wander down Bedford Avenue and North 10th Street before reaching Bushwick Inlet Park. This park was one of my favourites, it has beautiful views of Manhattan and even a sort-of urban beach where it seems the locals go to chill out at the end of the day. Despite its unglamorous name, this park has the gorgeous views and relaxed atmosphere that Central Park lacks at the weekend. Brooklyn Heights is another great, easily accessible area of New York to explore. Starting in Manhattan, stride across Brooklyn Bridge (try to avoid angry New York cyclists, walk on the left!) and end up at Gran Electrica, a beautiful Mexican restaurant with plenty of outdoor seating. The salsa and nacho chips are extremely moreish, and followed by a beautifully presented huevos rancheros, Gran Electrica is a perfect brunch destination.

Screen Shot 2017-07-06 at 12.29.17.pngNot too far from the ivy-walled garden of this restaurant lies Brooklyn Bridge Park. Take a wander through Brooklyn Heights’ stylish streets, then take the winding walkway down to the park offering stunning views of Brooklyn bridge and the financial district. For me, this was the perfect, chilled out atmosphere in which to finish off my trip, so take time to unwind in this aesthetically attractive area.


New York City was a wonderful city to explore for a whole week. I was incredibly lucky to embark on this trip with two of my best friends, with whom I had the most amazing time. I thank them for their map reading skills, willingness to do anything and being the most fun people I could have visited with. In short, you guys are the best.

Next time I would love to explore Harlem, more of Brooklyn and Queens! And perhaps continue my quest for the perfect bagel…

Summer Risotto

It may be raining heavily outside right now, but hopefully this summer risotto recipe will bring some sunshine into your kitchen. A perfect mixture of comforting cheesiness and fresh green veg and lemon, a summer risotto is perfect for this time of year when the weather can be a bit dodgy, and you’d like a reminder of sunny mediterranean holidays. This recipe is also pretty flexible, if you don’t have peas or green beans you could use any other green, fresh or frozen veg!


Ingredients


6-8 spring onions

2 sticks of celery

1 tablespoon olive oil

a knob of butter

150g frozen peas

100g frozen green beans

125ml dry white wine

salt and pepper

30g parmesan cheese (plus extra for serving)

300g arborio rice

1l vegetable stock (I like vegetable bouillon)

a small bunch of fresh mint

a small bunch of fresh parsley

zest of 1/2 a lemon


Method


Heat the butter and olive oil on a medium heat in a large saucepan. While the butter is melting, finely chop the spring onions and celery. Once the oil and butter are hot, add the onions and celery to the pan.

Sweat the onions and celery gently for about 10 minutes. Don’t rush this step! It’s important not to let them brown. After 10 minutes of sweating, add the rice. Stir until the rice is coated with the oily-buttery mix. Then add the wine, and stir, waiting for the rice to absorb the wine completely.

Once the wine has been absorbed, start to add the vegetable stock. Add the stock a ladle-ful at a time, waiting for each ladle to be absorbed before adding the next. Its important to be patient with the stock, it really helps give the risotto a nice creamy texture.

When you add the last one or two tablespoons of stock, add the peas, green beans and lemon zest. Give the risotto a stir to combine, then add the parmesan cheese and season to taste. Let the risotto rest for a few minutes. This again, is important for a silky texture. Serve the risotto and top with more parmesan.

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Hot Cross Bun Muffins

Happy Easter! Although this Easter, for me, brings deadlines and long days in the library, its been nice to take a break and do some seasonal baking. I love the baked treats that come with the Easter weekend (not just the chocolate eggs) and making these muffins has been a nice way to enjoy the weekend without taking too much time away from studying. The muffin mix also is really easy to make and quick to cook. Overall I think that these muffins are great, a fun take on the traditional hot cross bun, with all the right flavours and no need for the fuss of bread making!


Shopping List


2 medium eggs

125ml vegetable oil

250ml semi skimmed milk

200g golden caster sugar

400g self raising flour

1 tsp salt

100g raisins

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon mixed spice

zest of 1 clementine

For the topping:

1 tablespoon apricot jam

50g white chocolate

1 tablespoon icing sugar


Method


Heat the oven to 200 degrees and grease your muffin tin well with vegetable oil. In a large bowl beat the eggs for 1 minute with a hand held electric mixer, then add the milk and oil and beat together for another minute. Add the sugar and beat until smooth.

Sift in the flour, salt and spices then add the raisins and clementine zest and mix until smooth. Be careful not to over mix the mixture as the muffins may be tough when cooked.

Fill each muffin hole two thirds full with mixture and bake for 20-25 minutes until they are risen, firm to the touch and golden brown.

Leave to cool in the tin for a few minutes, then remove the muffins to a tray to cool. They should come out pretty easily if the tin has been well greased.

Put the apricot jam in a microwave safe bowl or mug and heat for about 15 seconds or until the jam is liquid. Use a pastry brush to paint the jam on to the muffins to glaze them.

Put the white chocolate in a microwave safe bowl or mug and heat at 30 second intervals until melted. Spoon the mixture into a sandwich bag or piping bag (if you’re fancy) and push it down towards one of the corners. Snip a tiny triangle off one of the corners of the bag (really tiny- you can always make it bigger if you need, its just a nightmare to transfer the chocolate to another bag if you’ve made the hole too big!) and push the chocolate towards it, making sure there are no air bubbles.

Pipe the chocolate on to the muffins in the shape of a cross, then leave to dry. You can leave the muffins as they are with the shiny glaze, or use icing sugar to top them off.

Enjoy with a cup of english breakfast tea!

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Spring Favourites

Spring is here and in full swing! I’ve certainly enjoyed the warmer weather and I’m looking forward to cooking with some tasty summery fruit and veg in a couple of months time. In the mean tie, here are some of my favourite spring/summer recipes to eat alongside usual, more wintery meals to add a little bit of freshness. I’ve also included some links to some more spring/summer recipes from one of my favourite and most used websites for inspiration, www.deliciousmagazine.co.uk!


THE SIDE DISH


Chilli mint smashed new potatoes. are one of my favourite spring potato dishes. Add them to your usual dinner and the minty-chilli freshness instantly adds some spring/summer vibes to your meal.

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Some more spring side dishes: New potatoes with tahini and herbsRadicchio and almond saladPotato, radish and dill salad


THE COCKTAIL


A Ginger and Blackberry Mojito is the perfect way to kick off an April dinner party. Zesty and fresh, perfect all the way through spring and summer.

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Some more spring cocktails: Rhubarb spritz, Strawberry and gin fizz, Cucumber, mint and elderflower champagne cocktail


THE DESSERT


 This Berry ripple sundae is a great way to finish off your meal. It’s fresh but still sweet, satisfying those post-meal sugar cravings.

img_6453.jpgSome more spring desserts: Saffron Creme Brulee , Pear, vanilla and praline tart, Rhubarb jellies with ginger cream