Riverford Organic Recipe Box: Kale and Roasted Tomato Salad

Riverford Organic Recipe Box: Kale and Roasted Tomato Salad

Last week the lovely guys at Riverford Organic Farms sent me one of their recipe boxes in exchange for an honest review. The company has been around since the mid 1990s, and works with local farmers across the UK to offer weekly boxes, containing fresh seasonal produce. Customers have a choice of vegetable, fruit and meat boxes, or a combination of all three. There is also an option to add on eggs, butter, local cheeses and other essentials. Riverford also offer weekly recipe boxes containing all the essential ingredients to make three recipes, along with step-by-step instructions.

Tahini Cookies

Tahini Cookies

I have always wondered what to do with tahini, as I find myself having at least half a jar leftover, after making hummus or moutabal (my favourite dips). I have just come back from Oman, where I sampled all kinds of middle eastern dishes (my absolute favourite kind of cuisine – after Indian, of course!), including these cookies and I just had to try my hand at making a batch at home. Having searched around the web, I stumbled across this recipe for honey tahini cookies on the Food and Wine website, which I have followed, but included a few additional spices. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do, and if you are looking for more recipes with tahini, please take a look at the bottom of this page for inspiration.

Spicy Pear Compote with Porridge

Spicy Pear Compote with Porridge

This week marks Breakfast Week, a national campaign, which has been running since 2000 to promote the importance of making time to eat breakfast. I too wanted to get involved and share with you my Spicy Pear compote. It is delicious served warm over a bowl of steaming hot porridge, but can also be served as a dessert over ice cream, or in a crumble or pie dish. Heck serve it with cheese if you like, it is that good!

Plum Cake: Baking Mad

Plum Cake: Baking Mad

I am always looking for an excuse to bake and was very excited when the Baking Mad team approached me to try some of their recipes. I was sent a hamper of baking goodies, including Allinson flour, Nielsen-Massey vanilla extract, Billington’s caster sugar etc, all of which I frequently use in my kitchen. The website, which is from the channel 4 show presented by master patisiser Eric Lanlard, has a wide selection of sweet and savoury recipes for any occasion. I set my heart on baking the plum cake, using the last of this season’s delicious fruit. The recipe was very easy to follow, and resulted in a deliciously moist cake. I don’t normally get much of a rise in my cakes, but I followed the instructions, creaming the melted butter with the sugar; and folding whisked egg whites and the flour into the batter, and was surprised with the end results. I have made this cake three times now, and everyone has enjoyed eating this, always going back for a second helping. I am already eyeing up the spiced pumpkin bread on the Baking Mad page, so expect to see that on the blog soon.

Riverford Organic Recipe Box: Kale and Roasted Tomato Salad

Riverford Organic Recipe Box: Kale and Roasted Tomato Salad

Last week the lovely guys at Riverford Organic Farms sent me one of their recipe boxes in exchange for an honest review. The company has been around since the mid 1990s, and works with local farmers across the UK to offer weekly boxes, containing fresh seasonal produce. Customers have a choice of vegetable, fruit and meat boxes, or a combination of all three. There is also an option to add on eggs, butter, local cheeses and other essentials. Riverford also offer weekly recipe boxes containing all the essential ingredients to make three recipes, along with step-by-step instructions.

Afternoon Tea At The Amba Hotel

Afternoon Tea At The Amba Hotel

A couple of weeks back I was invited to a glitz and glamour event at the Amba Hotel in London’s Charring Cross. The hotel is situated right next door to Charring Cross station, and its central location is perfect for any visitor to London, whether for business or pleasure. The grade II listed building was

Inito Shoreditch: Feed Your Soul

Inito Shoreditch: Feed Your Soul

A couple of weeks ago, I was lucky enough to be part of a big group of food bloggers to be asked to try out the  food at Inito. The evening was arranged by friend, and fellow foodie blogger, Nayna Kanabar, who writes at Simply Sensational Food.

Inito opened in December 2014, and was set up by the talented Saurabh Nath, previously a chef at the Michelin starred restaurant, Benares. The restaurant is located in Liverpool Street, just a stones throw away from trendy Shoreditch, which makes Inito a perfect retreat for city workers wanting a change from their usual grab and go sandwiches, and for those wanting to catch up with friends and loved ones over a casual dinner. Inito offers traditional street food dishes popular across the Indian subcontinent. The decor is minimalistic, with long wooden tables, low lighting and an open plan kitchen, which gives Inito its rustic charm.

Closed Giveaway: Your Chance To Win A Tefal Optigrill

Closed Giveaway: Your Chance To Win A Tefal Optigrill

Happy December All! A couple of months back I was lucky enough to try out the new Tefal Grill, which has quickly become one of my favourite equipments in the kitchen. The grill’s automatic cooking sensor, has six settings to allow you to cook meat, poultry, fish, vegetables, bread etc, with no fuss and no bother. You can click here for my review on the Tefal Optigrill, along with my recipe for the deliciously healthy Tandoori Salmon with mango salsa. The Spicy Pear is giving one lucky a reader the chance to win the new sleek black Tefal Optigrill. For your chance to win, all you need to do is like The Spicy Pear Facebook page (click here),  Follow @thespicypears and  on Twitter, and leave a comment below telling us what you would create with your very own Tefal Optigrill. Please ensure you leave a valid email address with your comment.