Bodega, Derby: The press party

Bodega have been on my radar now for a while. I’d heard wonderful things about their restaurant in Leicester as a few of my friends had been and written about it. But the thing is, I don’t visit Leicester very often so I’ve always missed out. Until now! A few months ago (I think I was on my way to The Orange Tree) I noticed that Bodega was opening soon in Derby. There were some posters up in an empty restaurant at the bottom of Sadler Gate. Honestly at the time I thought to myself “I wonder if they’ll put on…

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Personalised tasty treats from Caketoppers

A few weeks ago the lovely Sam from Caketoppers got in touch with me. She asked whether I’d like to review her personalised cupcakes and, of course, I said yes. Who wouldn’t want to try some delicious cupcakes?! Caketoppers decorate cakes and cupcakes with personalised images, logos or messages. They’re perfect for almost any occasion including birthdays, anniversaries and corporate events. They deliver all over the UK and even provide next day delivery, depending what time you place your order. She asked me to send over my choice of image to go on top of the cakes. I thought all weekend about it…

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Ten heavenly chocolate milkshakes you need to try

Happy chocolate milkshake day! I hope you don’t mind but I’m beginning the celebrations a tad early. It’s not actually chocolate milkshake day until Monday. But I thought I would get into the spirit of things by sharing with you my top ten chocolate milkshakes. I haven’t always been a big milkshake lover. In fact, my love for milkshakes only blossomed when I hit my teens which (despite how I feel) wasn’t that long ago. Some of my top milkshakes can be found all over the UK so don’t be upset if you don’t live in the East Midlands like…

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Maybe I was wrong about Krispy Kreme!

A few months ago I wrote about how I don’t like Krispy Kreme doughnuts. It’s been one of my most popular posts so far and I’ve received lots of lovely comments suggesting that I give Krispy Kreme another shot. I never wrote the post in the hope that people would convince me to give them another try. However, in the end, that’s how it turned out so I thought it would be wrong for me not to. Most people recommended that I try an original glazed doughnut rather than one of the fancy ones with toppings and fillings. The glazed Krispy…

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My bacon, mushroom and Tenderstem® cheesy pasta bake

A couple of weeks ago I received an email from Tenderstem® asking me whether I’d be interested in coming up with an interesting recipe idea. Tenderstem® is basically broccoli crossed with Chinese kale. It’s sweeter than traditional broccoli and, as you’ve probably guessed, the stems are much softer so you can eat it whole rather than chop them off. At first I was doubtful whether to take them up on the offer because, I’ll be honest, I’m not a great cook but I thought I might as well give it a go and try doing something new. I didn’t have anything to…

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