Olive It! Masterclass with Omar Allibhoy

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I had the GREAT pleasure of cooking with Omar Allibhoy and some of Cardiff's finest food bloggers this week. Omar is the king of tapas and founder of  the Tapas Revolution restaurants in London & Birmingham. Passionate about all things Spanish, he also has a best selling cookbook under his belt.


In the invite to the masterclass, I read the words olives & wine and was instantly sold - There is no better combination.

Olive It! is a European organisation that wants to promote and inspire people to enjoy and produce more olive recipes. I love the little buggers and they are my staple buffet item along with kettle chips and houmous. 

Apart from inhaling a pot in minutes before a meal, I rarely cooked with them...until now.

The masterclass, which was held at Giovanni's Cookery School on Mill Lane, showed us how to make 3 different dishes using olives. Marinades, meatballs and dessert.

OLIVES IN DESSERT? yes you heard it right, and it was AMAZING. Although I was extremely lucky to be paired up with Kitchen Clonc, who is a cooking genius. I gave myself the title of chief wine pourer, I'm good at this.



We started with the dessert as we had to leave it to set. It was made with double cream, goats cheese, black olives, sugar, cherries and sherry wine.



Then we went on to making the marinades.


Green olives marinated in oregano and chillies & black olives marinated in ginger, cinnamon and cardamon - The festive kind.

We added lots of olive oil to these which made it perfect for dipping big chunks of bread into - Best snack EVER.


For the main, we cooked olive stuffed meatballs in a tomato and olive sauce - A dish I feel would impress any man. I've never cooked meatballs before and was surprised at how quick and easy it was to whip up such a tasty meal.


Master Meatballer
After we had cooked up our dishes and drank too much wine, we took to the table to tuck in.
The dessert was my favourite of them all. I have a real sweet tooth and found the sweet and salty mix of the cherry's and olives mixed with the creamy base an absolute dream.

Olives will no longer just be a side dish for me, I have some very tasty ideas for breakfast time...



Thank you Storm & Omar for a truly amazing evening. My head wasn't feeling too amazing the next day, but red wine is good for us, right?

www.oliveit.eu 

xxx

A Weekend in Nuremburg

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One of my besties has lived in Germany for 2 years and I have been meaning to visit for ages.

Beer, Bratwurst, Bread & Babes...where do I sign up?

We got some super cheap flights with Ryan Air and off we went with cat ears in tow. (It was Halloween weekend...)

I was lucky to have a very knowledgeable tour guide who was able to show me some German gems.

Here are some things that you should definitely do if you ever find yourself in Nuremburg.

Visit Nuremburg Castle
This enchanting stretch of architecture looks over Nuremburg and houses gorgeous buildings and views over the city. There's a big hill to tackle on the way up so wear suitable shoes...



                

Shopping
If I told you they had an entire shop dedicated to just Muesli, that's a good enough reason to go right? As you can imagine I found this FANTASTIC. As well as high street stores - Cos, Zara, Urban Outfitters, H&M, they have a great big handful of lovely German stores. Ladies & gents, be sure to visit Cramer & Co.


Drink lots of coffee
If you're a coffee nut, Germany is the place for you. I am one of those 'don't talk to me unless I've had my coffee' kinda girls, so I was in my element. Go to Bergbrand if you're after a good brew. With an industrial feel and insanely good coffee, you can sit in the window and watch the world go by - Highly Recommended! Weißgerbergasse 38, D-90403 Nürnberg.


Also Di Simo. This place is situated on the river and serves you coffee on little trays, which you can accompany with a glass of something special to take out to the bridge overlooking the river. Sounds perfect huh? The coffee is spectacular too. Trödelmarkt 5-7, 90403 Nürnberg.



Go for breakfast at Main Heim
Main Heim was my favourite place in Nurmburg. We were lucky enough to have very good weather, so sat outside in scarves and sunnies with good coffee and breakfast. TIP: The Chai Latte's looked AMAZING here, so make sure you order one. This is also where I came across my new favourite word - Brotzeit. It means bread time, which is the best time. I went with scambled eggs with feta and tomatoes with thick warm bread. Bauerngasse 18, 90443 Nürnberg.




Try as much German food and drink as possible
I can not recommend a pretzel enough, they sell them in little stalls dotted all around and it is the most delicious carby treat in the world. 

          

Lebkuchen, this is like doughy gingerbread. I had a cappuccino one and brought some mini chocolate ones back with me - The perfect sweet treat with a coffee (or beer...)
  


Gluhwein, this is basically mulled wine. Warm, delicious and like Christmas in a cup.


SAUSAGE, the Nuremburg way is 3 mini sausages in a bun. Simple but scrumptious. 


Beer, obviously.


Visit Etage
Why eat Thai food when in Germany? Because Etage serves the best Thai food EVER. After my visit to Thai Land this year, it doesn't take much to convince me when it comes to this cuisine. I went for a lemongrass chicken dish. It is situated up a tiny cobbled street in an old mill. Großweidenmühlstraße 9, 90419 Nürnberg.



Explore
There are lots of picturesque streets, rivers and green spaces in Nuremburg, so it's very lovely to just take time to walk around. I also think autumn is a perfect time to visit. 



The whole feel of Nuremburg itself is completely relaxed, full of culture and pretty cool. If you are unsure of what to wear, it's a very casual place and you will blend in perfectly if you are sporting a functional pair of trainers and sleek top knot. 

I fell a little in love with Germany and can't wait to visit again. April, thank you for being the best host ever and Sophie, thank you providing us with spectacular dance moves.



Nuremburg, you shall me seeing me again soon.

xxx

Bath

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Bath is a place that I have recently fallen head over heels for. Apart from the Roman Baths & the Therma Spa, which is what Bath is most famously known for, this is why I love it...



Reason 1: The buildings are so incredibly beautiful and if there is anything that can make me work hard in life, it is picturing one of these homes being mine.



Reason 2: The coffee shops. My absolute favourite cafe/shop that there is, has to be The Foodie Bugle. You walk in and instantly feel happy and in need of some sort of wholesome salad. They have the teeniest kitchen but manage to produce the biggest bowls of delicious goodness and the best coffee I have ever tasted. You can get everything from tin bowls to any local vegetable that is in season. If I were to live in Bath, I think this is where you would find me most days.




Some other must visit places for coffee are Society Cafe, Mokoko, & Jacobs Coffee House.


Reason 3: The pubs. I am quite partial to an ale and every time I have visited, I have found myself in a pub or beer garden, sipping on a hoppy half pint. My last visit, we spent a sunny afternoon by the river at The Boater - A glorious sun trap that had live music and a bbq - The perfect combination for a dreamy afternoon.

Reason 4: Shopping. I thought Cardiff was good for shopping, until I went to Bath. All the cute little side streets are home to many hidden gems, that you could spend forever exploring. My highlight of Bath is Anthropology, I could spend a whole day in here picking up every cushion, bowl and door knob imagining where I would place in in my home.


So, now I am in search of more fun things to do, see and places to eat cake. Any recommendations?...


xxx


Foodies guide to Roath/ Penylan

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I have been living in this area for a year now and feel it is my duty to share my foodie knowledge with you.

If you are looking for a sexy Italian - (the food kind...) La Vita.

I have been to this place many times and I have raved about every meal. From pizza to fish, they know how to cook. It is take your own booze too, so it's perfect if you are on a budget but still after amazing food. 
Tip: The aubergine bake as a starter will change your life.






If you are looking for carbs - Il Pastifico

If you're about the carby goodness, you MUST get yourself to Il Pastifico. It will be the best pasta you have ever tasted. It is all made fresh, just meters from your table and they are a very knowledgeable and passionate bunch.
Tip: You must try the dessert too.




If you are looking for wholesome, locally sourced food. - Penylan Pantry.

This is quite possibly my favourite place in Cardiff. It houses the best avocado on toast and once you're in, you will never want to leave. They are also a deli and support a lot of the local producers, it is unlikely that you will leave empty handed, from cheese to chocolate, you will want it all.





If you are looking for a good cuppa - Waterloo Gardens Tea House.

These guys know their tea (and coffee) If you are after a milky brew or any herbal tea, you will find it here. Warning: You may get distracted by their selection of cakes and their breakfast/lunch menu's are totally dreamy. They cater well to vegetarians and gluten free babes too.



If you are looking for the most delicious cake - Tea & Cake.

If you want to hunker down somewhere cosy to drink tea and eat lots of cake, then Tea & Cake is for you. They serve the thickest slices of home made cake and they do a bounty tea, which is both chocolaty and coconutty and AMAZING!



If you are looking for anything from brunch to evening drinks - Juno Lounge.

When you can get a cup of jelly beans for the table, whats not to love? This is an all round place, where you can get fed and watered any time of the day, it always has a nice atmostphere and they have an outdoor seating area which catches the sun perfectly.
Tip: The lounge eggs are an eggcellent choice.

www.thelounges.co.uk



If you are looking for a pub - The Pear Tree.

This isn't your average pub. They have just launched a cracking brunch menu and I have heard great things about their tapas. Expect good atmostphere, top notch food and a good selection of beers and ales.



If you are looking for Ice-Cream - Joe's.

There is only one place where you will ever need to go for ice-cream and that's Joe's. It is an absolute must if you have visitors to Wales, as it is the best ice-cream in the world (Ben & Jerry's look away) and you can also rave about how it's Welsh and we manage to do everything best.
Tip: you must have the vanilla scooped from the big tubs.



If you are looking for Coffee - Coffee #1

I am not usually a fan of coffee chains, but Coffee 1 is an exception. Their toasted tea cakes are bigger than my head and they are one of the few places that do coconut latte's.




If you are looking for something different - Chaiholics.

So it may be a tea house but they also serve food right through to the evening. It's proper authentic Indian food with a lot of chai inspired dishes, I absolutely love Indian spices so this is just my cup of tea. They are the UK's first authentic chai tea house, so it is a must to visit if you are in the area.
Tip: Make sure you try the chaislaw.



www.chaiholics.com

So this weekend, instead of venturing in to town, make your merry way down to my neck of the woods. 

xxx

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