Monday, 30 May 2016

Culinary Captures - May 2016

In a month sprinkled with Bank Holidays and bluebells, May’s foodie offerings have been aplenty too.  Boosted by National Vegetarian Week, (sandwiched right in the middle of the month), May has been packed with lots of events and recipe ideas to give everyone food for thought.

And as always, here is a little round-up of foodie news that has come my way to share with you!


I was contacted by Cranks for my input into a piece they were writing for their blog with regards to National Vegetarian Week (NVW). 

As one of the sponsors for NVW, Cranks were asking veggie bloggers about their Best and Worst experiences as a vegetarian as well as what advice they’d give for people starting out on their journey of vegetarianism.

Take a look at the suggestions given  - mine amongst them.

Best & Worst Experiences of Being Vegetarian
Hints & Tips for First Time Vegetarians
What piece of advice would you give to newbie veggies?

What have been your best and worst experiences?


Photo:  c/o Yumzee

Now, let me tell you about Yumzee.

It is a new way of social dining and connects people who love to cook, with those who love food in great company and in a unique and authentic home experience. Think ‘AirBnB meets Come Dine With Me’!

After being a big trend in Paris, social dining has finally come to Birmingham too!

For those passionate about cooking can become hosts and create a meal, be it a dinner party, Sunday brunch or cocktail tasting. The host chooses the date, sets the number of places at the table, creates the menu and sets the price for the meal.

And for those who love to eat can sign up to the meal, show up to the host’s home, meet new wonderful people and enjoy. Et voilà – you host or attend your very own supper club!
Photo:  c/o Yumzee

Feedback from a previous Yumzee guest has been: “I can’t believe how nervous I was when I first rang the doorbell, compared to how sad I was when it was time to say goodbye. It was a really great bunch of people, and I really didn’t want the night to end. What a difference to my normal Friday night take away”

To get involved and to take your passion to the next level or to meet likeminded people over great food visit: for more information.

Birmingham to Host First Major Rum Festival this Summer
Photo:  c/o Dine Birmingham

Birmingham Rum Festival, organised by Dine Birmingham, is being held on Saturday 2 July and will take over the whole of Cuban-themed venue - The Cuban Embassy in Moseley.  On the site of the former Bull's Head pub, the event will spread across two storeys, an outdoor courtyard and open-air balcony terrace.

Visitors when arriving can sample and discover rums from a host of brands and exhibitors. Experts and cocktail mixologists will be on hand to guide, inform and entertain the rum-loving public.

Street food will be a prominent feature of the festival. A menu of Latin American and Caribbean-inspired dishes will complement the rum selection.  Organisers are aiming to create ‘a lively carnival atmosphere’, with live salsa, samba and reggae music performances throughout the day.

A total of 130 different rums will be available behind the bar, ranging from dark to white to spiced varieties.  There will be a special focus on the exotic and diverse provenance of rums, with bottles from Bermuda, Guyana, Barbados, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Jamaica, Colombia and beyond.

In addition, Birmingham-based retailer The Drinks Emporium will host a rum shop where visitors can browse and buy bottles to enjoy at home.

Tickets include entry to the Afternoon or Evening session, access to the sampling area and a welcome drink. Find more info and tickets here.

Food Festivals In Your Lunch Break

Streetfood and food festivals aren’t just being contained within the realms of weekend events anymore, the idea of bringing food to the masses and capturing the workforce is becoming more popular.  As such, a number of Birmingham and Solihull business centres are creating mini festivals for workers to cover the lunchtime period, encouraging everyone to make time for a break. 

I attended an event at Birmingham Business Park recently hosted by Gary Poulton from BBC1’s The Apprentice and it was great to see so many people getting out and enjoying some fresh air over lunch. 

Definitely an event that should be encouraged more across all places of work – and reap the health benefits of taking time out for a rest.  It’s time to perhaps be a little more al-fresco than al-desko!

Glynn Purnell’s Friday Night Kitchen Competition

Photo:  c/o

Glynn Purnell’s Friday Night Kitchen (GPFNK) is a live culinary event taking place at Aston Villa in Birmingham on Friday 7th October.

Led by the Michelin-starred ‘Yummy Brummie’, the event will also feature X Factor winner Sam Bailey, master chocolatier Will Torrent and other guests, as well as hosts Suzanne Virdee, Ed James and Phil Upton from local Midlands TV & radio.
Back for 2016, the #FridayNightFoodie competition runs on Fridays and Twitter followers are encouraged to send in a picture of their Friday night dinner using the hashtag #FridayNightFoodie and tagging @GPFNK, with the ultimate winner receiving two tickets to the event at Aston Villa in October. For more information, visit:
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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