Friday, 29 April 2016

Culinary Captures - April 2016

I think we’ll all remember April 2016 as being the month that featured four seasons in one day weather-wise – hasn’t it be so cold of late? 

But nevertheless, there are lots of fab foodie things going on to warm you up and as always, here is my little monthly snapshot of things I want to share with you!

Enjoy the Bank Holiday weekend everyone!

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BFDH Awards
 
Image:  c/o BFDH Awards
 

Time for a self-indulgent plug if that’s okay? 

Fabulously, I’ve been nominated as a finalist in the Best Food & Drink Blogger category in this year’s Birmingham Food Drink & Hospitality Awards!  I am truly honoured to have reached the finals, especially as there are so many wonderful bloggers in the region!

If you wish to vote for me, then please click on this link:  BFDH Awards   - scroll down to the ‘Best Food & Drink Blogger’ category and click on my ‘Word In Veg Ways’ green logo and follow the voting instructions.

As well as the blogger section, there are other categories covering the foodie community such as ‘Best Chef’ and ‘Best Vegetarian Restaurant’, all of whom you can vote for too.

It’s a real opportunity to support the crème de la crème of the city, so please do take a moment to place your votes.

More information about the awards and for details of how to purchase tickets for the Awards ceremony on Monday 6 June 2016, visit:  http://www.thebfdhawards.co.uk

I for one am truly thankful for each and every vote cast for me, so I thank you wholeheartedly in advance for voting!   xx
 

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Jazz Breakfast

Image:  c/o The Highfield

 
Talking of Bank Holiday weekends, if you’re looking for a brunch venue this Saturday (30th April), by popping over to The Highfield in Edgbaston Birmingham between 10am – 12pm, not only will you be able to choose from their breakfast/brunch menu, but you can partake in their ‘Bottomless Bloody Mary’ stand and enjoy a bit of jazz to go with it! 

What’s there not to like??!

 

 
Indian Afternoon Tea
Image:  c/o Praza
 
This Bank Holiday also sees the return of Indian Afternoon Tea at Praza Edgbaston Birmingham.  Taking the ultimate English institution of afternoon tea, Praza have compiled a menu that takes the tradition and gives it an Indian overhaul.   I love this idea!

For example you can have: Homemade Mini Cumin & Orange Scones and enjoy drinking a range of Chais in lieu of tea.    A vegetarian menu is available upon request.

Take a look at Praza’s site for more information (NB:  although the site states Easter Sunday, the afternoon tea is taking place this Sunday, 1st May).

 
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Square Metre Gardening High Value Vegetables Homegrown Produce Ranked By Value
Image:  c/o Quatro Publishing

Here’s a little food for thought for those of us with green fingers.  Just reading the write up for this book has made me think, how much of a return (both in yield and in money) would I get from growing my own vegetables and is it cheaper buying items from shops instead?   

Author Mel Bartholomew debates this question in his book, applies a bit of maths/economics and helps you to decide which crops to grow, how to grow them and compare layout cost versus payback which will help you work out what is more advantageous for you and your garden area.

An interesting topic, especially if you only have a small space to garden in.  What do you think?

For more Information visit:  Quatro Knows
Square Metre Gardening High Value Vegetables Homegrown Produce Ranked by Value
Mel Bartholomew
Released: April 2016 | Cool Springs Press (Frances Lincoln) £12.99
 
 
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Country Wild

Keeping the gardening theme going, I’m going to bend the rules here as this next capture isn’t food related.    It’s about flowers and about my friend Jody whom I used to work with. 

 
After always telling her how amazingly artistically talented she is, I’m thrilled that she is channeling all her creativity through the art form of floristry and now has her own business – Country Wild and hence, I want to give her a big shout out!
 

Image:  c/o Country Wild

 
Based in her artisan floral studio in Worcestershire, Jody adores colour and texture, specialising in a wild, bohemian style, each of her bouquets is lovingly created with that in mind.   Much of her foliage is gathered from her garden and she sources flowers locally wherever possible.

Image:  c/o Country Wild

 
Weddings are her specialty and earlier this year she was lucky enough to create flowers for the wedding of actor Mikey North (who plays Gary Windass in ITV’s Coronation Street) and her arrangements were even featured in OK! Magazine.   

Image:  c/o Country Wild


 
Her website is in development at the moment but you can see her work on Facebook, just search for Country Wild or on Instagram check out:  @mrsjpage 
 
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Note:  All items/services featured have been personally selected and I have not received any incentive or compensation to feature them. 
 

 

 

 




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