Worlds Biggest Carrot Cake|Muriel’s Kitchen

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Muriel’s Kitchen might not be new to everyone but a new branch just opened in Richmond and I couldn’t wait to try out what it had on offer so along with expert foodie A we popped along to try it out.

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Sweater – Topshop|Bralet – Stradivarius|Boots – New Look (similar)|Jeans – ASOS|Necklaces – New Look (similar).

Before I show you any drool worthy food photos here was my comfy casual outfit for a night of stuffing my face – over sized sweaters are a must! Also can we all be impressed that i’m only wearing one item of black!

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I kick started the meal with a Vitamin Hug which is a juice full to burst with ginger, carrot, celery,apple and orange, it gets the tastebuds going and makes you feel healthier than ever.

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Yes that is a starter for two, and yes that is a huge hunk of cheese. Meet The English Sharing Platter; a feast of cheese, pate, scotch egg paired with a seasonal quiche and caramelised onion relish. So good, so filling I would advise bringing a large appetite.

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Luckily I had opted for the Seasonal Salad Plate; a selection of four salads from the menu which you can happily mix and match. Very fresh and full of vegan and gluten free option.

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Because I obviously have a separate dessert stomach I ordered the famous Carrot Cake with Honeycomb Ice Cream and I can quite honestly say it is one of the best carrot cakes I have ever had and the biggest. Even if you don’t pop in for a full meal I would highly recommend going for carrot cake and a cup of tea.

Muriel’s Kitchen is gorgeous, the decor is quaint but stylish, the staff are friendly and great at recommending you a dish if you are stuck for ideas. All I would say is make sure you bring a healthy appetite but if you can’t finish it all you can take it away at the end of the night for the next day.

Peace Out and Pixie Dust.

For more information and a full menu click here.

Healthy Cake?!

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Don’t worry I haven’t suddenly turned into a cooking blog but I did want to share with you a gluten free cake that I have been loving to bake recently. It’s a flourless chocolate cake so perfect for any gluten intolerant people and its so simple to make.

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You will need

– 100g dark chocolate

– 3 eggs

– 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract

– 42g Lurpak

-50g Caster Sugar

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First measure out all your ingredients and pre-heat the oven to 150 C – its a lot lower than when normally baking but you have to cook this for longer due to the lack of flour!

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Separate the eggs into yolks and whites, leave the yolks to one side for the moment.

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Take the egg whites and whip them up into stiff peaks – if you have an electric whisk USE IT! My arm ached after doing it by hand!

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Melt the Lurpak and the chocolate together either in the microwave or the old school way over a pan of boiling hot water!

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Combine the melted chocolate with the egg yolks.

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Then slowly add the egg whites until you are left with more of a batter than a cake mix.

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Add the vanilla essence to make sure there is a bit of sweetness mixed in with dark chocolate.

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Pour the cake batter into a tin and pop in the oven for 50 minutes!

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It’s a cake but not as you know it! What I love the most about this is that it’s gluten free but it’s also pretty low in fat seeing as I didn’t use actual butter!

Have you tried any flour free baking?

Peace Out and Pixie Dust XO

Instafood

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If you follow me on Instagram then you may have noticed that there has been rather a lot of food pictures on their recently. I have fallen in love with cooking and I thought I would share with you some of my foodie snaps and where I found the recipes for them (if possible), sadly I am not advanced enough to be writing my own yet.

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Hello Fresh – Wandering Foragers’s Wild Mushroom Risotto

 This is a healthy gluten free vegan risotto by Hello Fresh a great food delivery service which each week delivers ingredients for tasty yet healthy meals right to your doorstep, luckily the recipes are online! If you are a fan of mushrooms and cheese then this risotto is for you plus it only takes 30 minutes to make.

Hello Fresh Website – www.hellofresh.co.uk

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The Easy Roast – Various websites.

The thought of cooking a whole roast can be pretty daunting however I am well practiced in the art of one tray roasting. I have used various websites but my favourite is the BBC Good Food recipe, it uses a whole chicken but I prefer to substitute in two chicken breasts; less waste. Sunday roast doesn’t need to be a chore!

BBC Good Food Website – www.bbcgoodfood.com 

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I love Sorted Food their web series is amazing but I also recently bought their book Beginners get Sorted its amazing for people who don’t normally cook or for someone who needs some basic recipes that will still impress.

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Basic Homous – Sorted Food

I never knew how easy homous was to make but it really is super simple and takes around five minutes, plus its packed full of protein and is the perfect healthy snack or pre-dinner nibble. Sadly I can’t find the recipe online but I would highly suggest buying the book!

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Smokey Bacon and Tomato Soup – Sorted Food

I had also never made soup before and yet again Sorted proved how easy it is to make. I love this twist on the classic tomato soup; adding bacon gives it this whole other flavour. I would suggest adding some double cream to the finished product as it makes it much more, well creamy!

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Sausage and Three Bean Stew – Sorted Food

Not the most photogenic dish but this is an amazing winter warmer. Stuffed full of protein and fibre it may not look super healthy but it is. Again a very easy dish to make but you will have to buy the recipe book to find out how.

Sorted Food Website – www.sortedfood.com

Sorted Food Youtube – www.youtube.com/sortedfood

My Sorted Food Profile – whatkatedidnext92

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Squid with Pasta in Tomato Sauce

Saying I haven’t written any of my own recipes this is something I cobbled together. I love seafood and squid is one of my all time favourites luckily I can get frozen squid tubes which I fry before adding to some gluten free pasta with a shop bought (shhhh don’t tell anyone) tomato sauce.

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Squid in Black Bean Sauce with Noodles

Again a very simple dish that I love to have for a quick lunch. Stir fry the squid with some vegetables before adding some noodles and yet again a shop bought sauce. Cooking really isn’t that difficult especially when all you have to do is chuck everything in one pan and bam its done!

Anyone else got any recipes they think I would love or do you run a cooking blog, leave your links in the comments box because I would love to read them!

Peace Out and Pixie Dust XO