Wow, what a month July was. Oddly, considering I managed to blog much more this month, it was also the month I seemed to end up in a lot of other cities with a weekend away in York and trips to Leamington Spa and London (no blogposts about them though). I’ve varied some of the posts in July too, adding product reviews in among the usual reviews, recipes and round ups.
A bit of naughty and nice with just two recipes this month; one for a blueberry balsamic glaze which really added the finishing touch to my rainbow salad, and a recipe for Gluten-free Chocolate and Cointreau Cake .
It was a great month for pop up food events, as I went to one of Brum Yum Yum’s Lunch Market where 63 Islands and the Cake Doctor were selling their wares for the afternoon. I also made it along to the Colmore Business District’s annual Food Festival – their best yet. And not forgetting my first visit to Two Cats Roaming Kitchen, a north-eastern European fine dining pop up and well worth seeking out.
Plus I visited one of the most hidden away cafes in the city – so hidden I didn’t even know it existed until I went for lunch!
I decided to add in some reviews of more unusual food items I came across, the first being Beanies gingerbread flavour instant coffee, after developing a bit of a habit for gingerbread soya lattes. I also stumbled across Tyrrell’s Vegetable Crisps when looking for something a bit more interesting in my lunchtime sandwich meal deal, and finally a Selfridges salted almond and crunchy toffee Bombe I found in the sale…I know, chocolate in the sale!
Coming up in August I have reviews from Two Cats’ July event, the recipe for my favourite blondies, mojito chocolates from Hotel Chocolat, The Electric’s Food Film Club and much much more!
I restarted the blog this month and despite a hectic work schedule and moving house, managed five blogposts on everything from reviews of a cocktail masterclass and the newest burger joint in town, to a frittata recipe and celebrating yellow reduced item stickers!
Five guys opened in Birmingham in June to mixed reviews online. With a fairly simple ethos, there are hundreds of food combinations and a drink machines to end all drinks machines. Check out the whole review here.
Frittatas have always made me nervous but I finally conquered my fear and blogged about it for all to see. And whilst I was feeling brave I headed along to a blogger event at Revolution Bar to sample their cocktail masterclass.
Ever one for a bargain, I wrote a quick post celebrating Marks & Spencer’s reduced food section which resulted in one friend telling me she never knew they had one until that post. A success all round. And talking of successes, I blogged about an upcoming charity cake competition in Harborne which is likely to be a roaring success!
Coming up in July I’m starting to do some reviews of interesting foods I find on sale, from gingerbread instant coffee, to spreads using star anise and more. I’ll also be sharing a recipe for gluten-free chocolate and orange cake and some restaurant reviews, amongst other posts!
It was a very busy day yesterday and I wanted to treat myself to something nice on the journey home, so I popped into Marks and Spencer. Low and behold, not only did I pick up an iced bun but I also stumbled across some gems in the reduced section!
So tea last night was a Count on Us stonebaked ham & mushroom pizza and a side of vegetables (potatoes went to my housemate), for just £1.50! Considering the pizza was in the reduced section and part of the healthier-foods range it was delicious – thankfully not too much cheese (a plus for me, though maybe not for everyone), a lovely base which wasn’t too crispy or stodgy, plenty of ham and mushrooms that didn’t go soggy. One I’d happily go back and pay full price for.
Plus I managed to bag some salmon to go in the freezer for another day too. Who doesn’t love a good bargain?!
Spring is on its way and it’s about time I did something with this blog!
I’m going to make it a little more personal and, hopefully, collaborative. I’ll be posting my trips to drinking and dining establishments in Brum, recipes and of course the odd news story which is well worth sharing. Is there anything in particular you’d like to see this blog cover?
Look out for some posts soon!