Mastering the art of baking; remember to use your loaf

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People have been baking bread since the Middle Ages and what began as a process born out of necessity, has become fashionable again with more and more of us baking at home.

The rise in popularity of home baking is often credited to TV programmes like Bake Off or Nailed It!, but consumers have also become more health conscious and want to know exactly what they are eating. Continue reading

Food things come in threes; my Belfast restaurant picks

Dining out is one of my favourite pastimes and way back in January I made a somewhat expensive resolution to try lots of new restaurants and broaden my culinary horizons.

I have a tendency to revisit places a good feed is guaranteed, but with an abundance of new restaurants peppering the little streets of Belfast it was time to ditch the tried and tested list. Continue reading

Holohans at the Barge – a dining experience to float your boat

To celebrate our first wedding anniversary earlier this month, the husband and I decided to splash out and treat ourselves to dinner in Holohans at the Barge.

I often receive bad press from mostly everyone I know for being cold and unromantic, so when I read Holohans had been declared one of the UK’s most romantic restaurants, it seemed the perfect dining spot to reverse this perception … and I also heard the food was pretty good too. Continue reading

A Michelin Star evening at Aniar Restaurant

Last month the other half and I visited Galway to catch up with some old friends and to dine at Aniar Restaurant, the city’s first Michelin star restaurant.

You might think travelling cross-country from Belfast to Galway for dinner sounds extravagant and ordinarily this food blogger does not live the high life dining in Michelin Star restaurants, but he had received a rather generous work bonus and I had some sway in spending it. Continue reading

Saint George’s Market Opens For Twilight Food Fayre

Saint George’s Market is opening its doors on Wednesday evening and will host some of Northern Ireland’s top chefs and food producers at the inaugural Twilight Market.

The Twilight Market celebrates the best in local produce and with over 100 stalls packed into one of Belfast’s oldest venues is the perfect appetiser to Northern Ireland’s Year of Food and Drink 2016. Continue reading

Shed Bistro

Shed Bistro opened in 2012 and under the leadership of Head Chef Gareth England has steadily built a reputation for serving good food in a modern and contemporary style.

I chatted to Gareth England, 41, to find out more about the bistro on the Ormeau Road and what brought him from London to Belfast.

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A mid-week dinner date at Stix and Stones

An after work dinner date with the girls makes for a fun mid-week treat but it often presents a familiar dilemma – where will we eat?

Last month an importune get-together was hastily arranged and there was no such dilemma as we all suggested Stix and Stones, a steak and seafood restaurant on Belfast’s Upper Queen Street. Continue reading

Nu Delhi Lounge – a little taste of India

On Saturday evening the other half and I decided to drag ourselves off the sofa and headed to Nu Delhi for dinner.

Now before you start thinking what a glamorous existence this doll must lead, flying half way across the world on a whim for dinner, it was actually to an Indian restaurant on Bruce Street in Belfast.

With modern décor, dim lighting and a lively atmosphere, at first glance Nu Delhi Lounge resembled a swanky wine bar until the aroma of spice reminded the nose it was indeed a restaurant.

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