I wanted to share with you guys one of my favourite places for tea and cake in my hometown, Norwich. I know this may be irrelevant for those of you who don't live near me, but I hope you enjoy the photos anyway!
No.33 is a little cafe/restaurant that is perfect for breakfast, lunch or just tea and homemade cake. The atmosphere is friendly, the food is some of the best in Norwich and it's not expensive! Jim and I love to go there on the weekends and sit by the window so we can watch the world go by whilst chatting and eating tasty food.
The other day we were doing a little shopping and decided it was time for a trip to No.33.
Jim went for his usual sparkling Elderflower...
I opted for tea of course...
I ordered the yummiest cake - chocolate and banana!
Jim went for the waffles with fruit, bacon and maple syrup - I had a bite and it was WOW!
I also took some pics of the other cakes on offer, just because they looked too good not to photograph!
We then decided a little walk was in order, so we wandered down to the Cathedral and walked around the grounds with peppermint teas to keep us warm. I tried and failed at jumping and hanging off a tree...
Coat: Burberry | Jumper: Topshop | Leggings: River Island | Boots: Ash | Bag: Prada
I love having days like this, what do you guys like to do on the weekend?
Today I have been feeling super Christmassy (I start getting into the Christmas spirit quite early!) and day-dreaming of wandering the Christmas markets in Florence. I would love to go there one Christmas as I've heard the markets are beautiful and I've never been anywhere in Italy. Anyway, to try and bring Italy to me, I decided to make one of my favourite Italian inspired salad for lunch today - Tricolore salad. It mimics the colour's of the Italian flag, so it looks pretty, but more importantly, it tastes delicious! This is one of my favourite meals that I make all the time at home, so I thought I would show you guys! I can't exactly call this a recipe post, as it's so simple and doesn't require any cooking or stirring, but maybe this will give you some inspiration for what to make for dinner tonight! Oooo a little tip: if you want this salad to be more filling, you could add some chicken and have some yummy garlic bread with it. If I'm making it for my friends I always add those extras, but today I just kept it simple.
You will need:
All you have to do is lay your spinach in the bottom of a dish, then chop up your avocado, mozzarella and tomatoes and pop them on top!
Balsamic vinegar is the perfect dressing for this salad, you could also add some olive oil, salt & pepper at this stage.
And that's it! Such a simple, but tasty salad. If you make this at home please tweet me a photo or instagram a photo and tag me in it - I love seeing when you guys make things I've put on my blog! My Insta and Twitter are both @tanyaburr
Oh and I have to add this photo of me and Poco. Poco is Jim's sisters puppy (half Chihuahua, half Yorkshire Terrier) that likes to come to our house for sleepovers sometimes. I love him very much.
Please excuse my lack of makeup in this photo - I'm having a lazy Saturday!
Back in March I put up a video of me baking cookies on my vlog channel inspired by the lovely Vivianna Does Makeup and a guy named Luke on YouTube. Since then, I get tweets almost everyday from you guys saying that you just made the cookies and that you love them! I love your cute photos and seeing how much you are enjoying them, so the other day when I was baking I decided to add a little extra ingredient and blog about them for you. Sometimes I find a blog post easier to follow than a video for recipes so I thought this might be helpful! These are THE BEST COOKIES IN THE WORLD. Here's how I made this batch of gooey, chocolatey naughtiness!
To make 10 (rather large) cookies you will need:
300g caster sugar
1 large egg
275g self-raising flour
75g cocoa powder
A little dash of milk
A large bar of white, milk and dark chocolate
3 Daim bars
Now pop on your apron and set your oven to 200 degrees celsius. Then whizz together your butter and sugar until it's a smooth consistency. My butter was a little cold so it looked a bit lumpy for a while! It was fine once it warmed up though :)
Next you need to crack in your egg, I was baking with Jim and as you can see he wanted to do this bit - it's always the most fun!
Then just put in all your dry ingredients and blend together until it looks like this! If your mixture is too dry, add a tiny bit of milk. Oh dear, look at the mess I made whilst whizzing up my mixture!!
Now for the best part, the chocolate!
And don't forget the Daim bars! They give the cookies an incredible and unexpected toffee crunch.
Just break up all the chocolate and throw it into your bowl!
Once you've mixed the chocolate in, line 2 trays with baking paper or foil and then prepare to get messy! Use your hands to separate the mixture into 10 blobs (I think "blob" is the perfect word for them!)
Now pop your chocolatey blobs in the oven for 11 minutes - I have found this to be the perfect baking time. When you get them out they will not look cooked, it is vital you know this, as it will be very tempting to leave them in for longer and then they'll be hard and overcooked once they are cool. Just take your cookies out after 11 minutes and leave them to cool for about 30 minutes. During this time, Jim and I danced around the kitchen singing along to Drake. Don't know why, but this album is often our baking soundtrack!
30 minutes later your cookies will be ready to eat! Perfectly soft and still a little warm.
The temperature in England has suddenly dropped, so everyone here has been feeling rather chilly and in need of something comforting and warm. Of course I've got out my fleecy PJ's and Autumn/Winter candles, but the other day I decided that homemade soup would be the perfect thing to warm me up. Homemade soup is so good for you as you can control exactly what you're putting into it. So many ready-made soups that you can buy in the supermarket are full of additives and salt. You guys all know that I have a major sweet tooth, so I think it's really important to eat healthy most of the time so I can have sweet treats every now and then and it's ok. Homemade soup is one of the healthiest things you can eat. As the weather gets colder, we start to crave lots of stodgy carby foods like warm bread, mashed potato, pasta etc. Now, because I've made this soup quite thick, it ticks the box for me of being that "stodgy" warm food that I'm craving, however it is much much better for you than actually eating stodgy food and it tastes really good. I feel like I've said the word "stodgy" too much now and I'm not even sure if it's a real word....
Anyway! On with the recipe!
To make enough for about 6 large bowls of soup you will need:
Garlic (put in however much you like, I did 3 pieces)
1 large Sweet Potato
150g Red Split Lentils
Salt & Pepper
Get a large pot on the heat and pop some oil in.
Chop up your onion and garlic and pop it into the pot, don't have the heat too high or it will burn.
Now the next bit's easy! Just chop up all your veggies and chuck them in the pot. Also pop in 150g of lentils - they are a great source of protein and also help to thicken the soup.
Add a bit more oil and let everything cook for about 3 minutes.
Now, add a litre of stock - I used chicken stock, but if you are vegetarian you can use veggie stock! Also, if you want to make your soup more "liquidy" than mine turned out, just add more stock! I like mine quite thick :)
Add salt and pepper, bring it to the boil, then just let it simmer for about 25 minutes or until the sweet potato is soft and the lentils are cooked.
25 minutes later, you need what I call a "whizzer" to whizz up the cooked ingredients and make them into soup! I like my soup quite thick and a bit chunky so I was careful not to whizz mine too much so I still had chunks of broccoli etc.
And that's it! The next thing I did was light one of my favourite wintery candles and cosy up with a bowl of the soup...
I know it's not the prettiest of dishes, but I can assure you it's delicious and so good for you too! I hope you guys like it if you make it yourselves at home, if you do, be sure to tweet me a photo or post it on instagram and tag me in it - I would love to know how you get on!
The other morning Jim and I were in London and wanted to go somewhere nice for breakfast. I, of course, took to twitter to ask where we should go and fellow blogger Lily tweeted me saying to try The Soho Hotel. Usually I am a massive fan of The Breakfast Club, but this particular morning it was just too rainy and horrid outside to face joining the long queue outside. The joy with The Soho Hotel is you can book, so I was all over it!
I have been to the hotel a few times before for events and meetings, but never for breakfast and I was really impressed. The decor is so different and cool, it's decadent, yet quirky with really cute details like little bears on the back of the cosy armchairs. Jim and I spent ages choosing which breakfast dish to go for, as the menu is quite extensive and everything looked amazing. In the end, I went for Canadian Pancakes (pancakes with bacon & maple syrup) and Jim went for the full English without toast. The pancakes were incredible, but so big we couldn't even finish them between us!
I liked that the menu has a lot of healthy options (even though I opted for pancakes!) and also almond milk is on offer which in most places it isn't! I feel like the options for the kind of breakfast you can have are really diverse. You can go healthy and have oats and almond milk, avocado on rye bread, eggs, or yoghurt and fruit. Then there's the completely indulgent pancakes and french toast options or even a Champagne breakfast if it's a special occasion!
Here are some pics, it was so beautiful inside I couldn't help snapping away...
I recommend this place to anyone on the hunt for a glamorous, but cool breakfast spot in Soho!
I hope you guys are all well, I am currently on holiday in Greece and it is so gorgeous here. Feel free to leave me a comment telling me what you're up to this week or let me know if you like the look of The Soho Hotel breakfast! I love reading your comments!