Beef chilli con carne 

It’s been a while since I’ve shared a new recipe! This time of year I love warming, comfort food and this beef chilli con carne recipe is perfect, I made it for Ryan and I Sunday evening and we had left overs tonight. Vegetarian? See my ‘other option’ at the end of this post. 🙂 You will need  500g mince meat 2 tin of 420g kidney beans, drained 2 tins of 400g chopped tomatoes 1 cup of cold water 1 beef stock cube 2 tbsp of garlic powder 3 tbsp of chilli powder (less if you don’t like your food Read More…

Sunday lunch at The Golden Farm, Cirencester

Last month, the Sunday after my mum’s birthday in fact, my parents treated me to Sunday lunch at the newly reopened Golden Farm pub, it’s local to us with a rustic decor – farm animal art work, a plough hanging from the ceiling and a hare statue which is part of the Cotswold Hare trail (I’ll have to remember to take some photos next time). For lunch they were offering a main course for £9.95 with a choice of beef, chicken, pork, lamb. I had the chicken and my parents both had the pork, all the dishes were served with Read More…

Healthy lunch: Tuna and mixed bean pasta salad

I’ve been trying to ‘spice up’ my lunches at work after getting bored of sandwiches and getting into a bad habit of choosing unhealthy snacks from Tesco meal deals! At Weight Watchers these past couple of weeks we’ve been talking about proteins, good carbohydrates and good fats. I made this pasta dish for lunch last week and really enjoyed it, so much in fact that I made it again this week! You will need One tin of tuna in spring water, drained One tin of mixed beans, drained and rinsed Wholewheat pasta Fresh basil Lemon juice Method Cook 75g of Read More…

No bake banoffee cheesecake

My mum’s birthday was Friday, we went out that night and listened to live music at a local bar followed by presents and an Indian takeaway Saturday evening. For my dad’s birthday I made a Double Decker cheesecake which was such a hit my mum requested a cheesecake for her birthday too. We chose banoffee which is one of her favourite flavours, it had a digestive base topped with mashed bananas, mascarpone and double cream for the filling, and decorated with pipped caramel and slices of fresh banana. You will need.For the base 300g Digestives 150g Butter For the filling Read More…

Hilton London Olympia | Hotel Review

After a long, tiring day at London Film and Comic con, we headed back to our hotel, the Hilton Olympia which was a 5 minute walk away which came in very handy getting up on Sunday to get our VQ tickets. Unfortunately that’s one of the only good things about our experience. The room was good, don’t get me wrong, it’s probably one pf the best hotel beds I’ve ever slept on, and I slept well but the service in the bar / restaurant was atrocious! We waited an hour for food only for it to come out cold and Read More…

No bake Double Decker cheesecake

My dad’s birthday was Wednesday, so we went for food at a local pub, called The Golden Farm, to celebrate. It’s re-opened under new management and this was our first time trying the new menu. Wednesday is their grill night! Steaks, chicken, cumberland sausage, scampi and a vegetarian dish were offered, as well as a few specials. I chose the garlic chicken dish and Dad enjoyed a gammon steak with egg, the meals were cooked by my sister’s partner who works there. All the dishes were served with garlic bread, chips and a side salad, mum and Ryan had Cumberland Read More…