Showing posts from November, 2016

Wringer & Mangle

Going back to the Summer of 2016, where the days are long and you can enjoy meals outside.
In July I visited Wringer & Mangle with an offer from TimeOut. For £15 we could enjoy 2 courses and a welcome cocktail.
The place is dimly lit, creating a romantic atmosphere and perfect for intimate dinners (but unfortunately a struggle for food photographers!)
I opted for the artichokes, fennel and grapefruit as my starter and for my main I chose the Catch of the Day and a side of chips for an additional £3.50.

I was very much looking forward to soft, tasty artichokes and was quite impressed they catered for vegans. However, the starter didn't deliver so was very disappointing. The menu didn't state that the artichokes were raw so we're tough, unseasoned and bitter. Being paired with tough, rough fennel, rocket leaves and sour grapefruit created a very bitter dish. 

The Catch of the Day, which was cod served with cherry tomatoes roasted on the vibe, roasted courgette pieces was simp…

MBT's First Giveaway!

With the weather turning colder and Make - Bake - Travel soon turning two, I thought it'd be a perfect time to do a giveaway box :)

This is MBT's first giveaway and one lucky winner can win all of these goodies from the following brands: CliniqueDoll WhiteDr OetkerLeighton DennyLottie LondonSalon ScienceSass & BelleSoap & Glory7th Heaven
Clinique Not one but two Clinique products! 7 day scrub cream and a rinse-off foaming cleanser, each 30ml each making it perfect for travelling.
Doll White Non peroxide, mint flavoured teeth whitening strips. After one use I could see the difference in 30 minutes so you can have pearly whites in no time!
Dr Oetker Warm up with this rich chocolate mug cake. Just add some milk and in 70 seconds you'll can indulge in this effortless treat.
Leighton Denny & Lottie London With two different shades (worth £18) to choose from your nails can be colourful for the festive season.
Salon Science Add some shine to your hair with this Reglosse Smoothing…

Giant Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Recipe

For my dad's birthday I wanted to make something different as mum had already sorted out a surprise cake. So a Giant Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup it was! It's like Reese's but without the graham crackers. This recipe will make one creamy, chocolatey dessert that will leave you wanting more.

Ingredients 350g dark or milk chocolate  200g smooth creamy peanut butter
100g icing sugar (sifted)
100g butter (softened)
2 tsp vanilla extract

100g dark or milk chocolate (optional marble effect)
How to make
Line a 9" fluted flan/tart tin (with loose base) with greaseproof paper.
Melt 175g of chocolate in a bowl over simmering water. Make sure the bowl does not touch the water. Once melted, pour into the tin and make sure all the sides are covered with chocolate. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Beat the butter, peanut butter and icing sugar until smooth. Remove the tin from the fridge and add the peanut butter filling. Refrigerate.
Melt the other 175g of chocolate and pour on top of the peanut bu…


Whether you're looking to eat a bit healthier or are just a chickpea lover like me, Hippeas are a great snack. Not only are they high in fibre and a source of protein, they are low in calories, organic, suitable for vegans and are MSG and gluten free.

There are four different flavours to choose from: Pepper Power, In Herbs We Trust, Far out Fajita and Sweet & Smokin'.

Pepper Power
This seasoning might seem simple but it sure packs a punch. You can certainly enjoy this hot, peppery snack without the sneezing!

In Herbs We Trust
This flavour reminds me of herbed garlic bread. Made with rosemary, oregano and thyme, it's pretty herbaceous. 

Far out Fajita
This has to be my favourite one. The chilli and paprika give it a slight kick, which will leave you wanting more!

Sweet & Smokin'
I wasn't sure about this one at first but if you love BBQ Pringles - this is the one for you. It certainly is true to its name - smokey with a subtle sweetness with each bite.

All of these cru…

Koya Bar

I was highly recommended this place by a friend and after our trip to Japan, I was keen to revisit those flavours I had in Tokyo.
Located near Piccadilly Circus, Koya Bar is a small restaurant, specialising in udon noodles. They do not take reservations, so it is best if you get there early as queues start to form after 7pm.

I knew I wanted the Atsu-Atsu Kitsune (sweet tofu with spring onions, served with hot udon noodles and hot broth). As well as a portion of Tanuki (tempura batter), I was also persuaded by one of the small plates - braised pork belly with cider.  The hot braised pork belly was served with a line of peppery mustard, which on its own is too much but complimented the meat so well. Extremely tender and perfectly spiced, it'll keep you coming back for more!
We ordered a small plate of tofu, which has a crisp exterior and a white centre and was served with a green oil. I found it ok but was cooked well. 
When my Kitsune arrived, I was surprised by the appearance of …