Month: August 2009

The icing on the cake

Weddings can always be a heated affair. My cousins wedding was no exception, the expected family spats and drunken loons dancing around the dance floor having one too many shandies. Despite this, I actually enjoyed the evening. I was aware that my mum was going to be producing 250 wedding cupcakes for the event. This was her first wedding so as you can probably imagine, she was nervous. I arrived at home on Friday evening and journeyed into the kitchen. Let me tell you, our kitchen is not big, it is awfully small but I walked in and saw a mountain of cupcakes sat on a beautiful cake stand. I knew she was a good cake maker but I had no idea she was THAT good. They looked perfect, each one decorated with a perfect white icing, black butterflies or a silver ball. She had made a square cake for the top tier, a little something for the bride and groom to save until their first wedding anniversary. She had even provided mini cupcakes for …

The Zetter, Clerkenwell

I had been here before on a dodgy business breakfast meeting at a previous job and I rather enjoyed it. Very good scrambled egg I thought and you can never go wrong with a good bit of smoked salmon. So when I saw the offer for 50% off the a la carte menu on Toptable I couldn’t resist. My dad was due to take me out for dinner and I thought it would be good to save him a few pennies too. My boyfriend joined me and we arrived half an hour early. That was no problem as we could sit in the comfortable ‘snug’ area as they like to call it. I had a wine and Jack caught up on some emails. I ordered the drinks at the bar but they seemingly forgot about us and after 15 minutes, the waiter who I ordered with popped his head around the corner and made a face, a face that told me he was shocked and sorry! They were then very quick to arrive. We sat …

Smokin’ salmon fishcakes

‘I just bought a whole salmon for £10!’ exclaimed my other half on Sunday. I had one too many white wines on Saturday evening and I ate like a horse the morning after. A fry up followed by a burger, chips and chocolate pudding from The Walton’s hotel in Nottingham. As you can imagine, I wasn’t really in the mood for salmon. I arrived home and my friends were sat in the garden enjoying the balmy summer evening, having just devoured half the salmon with balsamic onions, butter sauce and asparagus. I was duly served a small plate and I ate it with great intent. The sauce was inspired by last weeks episode of Valentine Warner’s what to eat now and was lip smackingly gorgeous. The left over salmon was refrigerated and used to make salmon fishcakes the following evening. Have a look at the recipe below, if you can get a whole salmon for £10, it’s a cheap and delightful eat! 1/2 of a whole salmon 1 red onion (finely chopped) 1 garlic clove …

BRPsummit

I have to say that yesterday evening’s #bprsummit at The Rubens hotel has somewhat inspired me to write a blog post. I myself work in food PR, albeit for a few months. As you may be able to tell from my previous posts (however sparse), I love food. I love eating, I love baking, I love talking about food and I love Reading about food. My personal journey started after my mums love for baking took shape and honesty, this was in the last couple of years. I am a self confessed music lover and always thought this would be my calling but after a few stints at a well known social networking company and a ‘fantastic’ fashion/music magazine and being subjected to a mass throng of industry insiders I decided it was not for me, thanks. I was at the right place at the right time with the right experience for my job. I joined Wild Card as a junior account executive (technical and digital) and my job is to facilitate the knowledge and …