Step by step guide to making Spätzle

When I was in Germany last weekend, the friend I was visiting was trying her very best to ensure that I got the full German experience. This largely seemed to involve eating as much traditional German food as possible, which is why one evening we found ourselves making spätzle. Spätzle are a soft egg noodle which work as an accompaniment to other dishes. Here’s a quick step-by-step guide to making your own (works best if you have a spätzle press!). View Post

Recipe: Lentil Chilli

I decided recently that I wanted to try and eat more vegetarian food. Whilst I enjoy meat, and don’t intend to give it up entirely, I don’t feel the need to eat it everyday and I don’t want to take it for granted. There are lots of reasons why we shouldn’t eat meat, or at least not eat it as frequently that have started to make more sense to me. This recipe came about as a result of me experimenting with non-meat dishes. View Post

The Old White Swan, York

One of the things that I can easily say I missed the most throughout my time at university (other than my dog) has to be the Sunday roast. I was quite lucky in that my family usually ate most of our meals together, and as such were able to share each others company and snippets of our day. The Sunday roast didn’t bring us together in the same way it does for other families, however it was still something I missed. Part of that was the food. My mum makes a good roast and I enjoyed it. But I think part of it was also the ritualistic nature of it – from helping prepare the food, to eating it, to reading the Sunday papers afterwards and then watching whatever happened to be on television. It was comfortable and familiar. As soon as I came to university, roasts became a bit of… View Post

Turtle Bay, York

Last week, James and I finally made it to Turtle Bay, a restaurant which is relatively new in York. I had previously been to the one in Manchester, and James had been for a drink, but neither of us had been together and we were about due a date night! We arrived just before 7 – perfect timing for happy hour! Cocktails and wine are available on 2 for 1 until 7pm and then again after 10pm. Due to the Caribbean nature of the food and drinks, if you like rum then this is the place to go. I’ve never been to a restaurant with a rum menu before! Even if you don’t like rum (I’m not a massive fan), you should find something that you enjoy and all the cocktails are quite varied… the one James had came with a spoon of apricot jam! View Post

Welcome to the land of patisserie

Last week I was lucky enough to travel to France for a short break. The main purpose of the trip was to visit a very good friend who is currently working as an assistant de langue, however somehow the trip became very food orientated. Visiting France was just what I needed and provided me with a chance to have a proper break and fully relax. But I think the food definitely helped! View Post