1. Yorks Bakery
It’s been a while since I’ve talked about six thing I’m loving lately. And of course, the majority of the time it involves food. I recently visited Yorks Bakery, a place in Birmingham that everyone seems to be banging on about. I haven’t been there before so Josh and I went last weekend for a spot of brunch. I was impressed by their coffee and delicious and so perfectly Instagramable food. I even complimented the lady on her latte art! The bakery sits close to the train station on the corner of Stephenson Street and I can see why they need to expand their business. It was packed when we arrived and customers seemed to enjoy tucking into their perfectly executed brunches. I opted for the Scrambled Eggs & Smoked Salmon with Dill on Sourdough toast (£6.90). It’s worth every penny. I’m salivating at the thought of eating this again.
2. Peel and Stone
As a Birmingham Food Blogger, I genuinely felt disappointed in myself that I had never tried Peel and Stone’s homemade bread before. They were just about to close when we nabbed a huge, warm loaf for £3. I also spotted two pieces of pie left over which I refused to leave without. It is quite possibly the most delicious dessert I have ever tasted, and that’s really saying something! Peel and Stone also serve healthy lunches with produce bought from the local Birmingham markets. They make most of the bakery items themselves and you can smell it as you walk through the door. Is it possible to give a place 11 out of 10 for taste?
3. Homemade Mushroom Soup
Making homemade soup recipes is easier than you think. After accumulating a basketful of mushrooms, onions and my mother’s blender which she kindly gave me, I wanted to attempt my very own hearty meal. I fried up 2 cups of mushrooms and 1 onion and blended them together with 2 tablespoons of Crème fraiche. With a pinch of salt and pepper, I munched down the creamy soup with a few slices of bread from Peel. I’m definitely going to attempt some more soup recipes of my own from now on.
4. Nutritious Breakfast
Overnight oats are the newest addition to my breakfast routine. I tend to invent bizarre breakfast combinations in the mornings at my desk and my colleagues are always intrigued to know what I have for breakfast that morning! Sometimes a Cadbury’s Crème Egg just so happens to ‘accidently’ fall into my breakfast, whereas other times I fill myself up with delicious overnight oats, bananas, strawberries, peanut butter and a dollop of Nutella. Over the past few months, I have started to realise the importance of fueling your body first thing in the morning with the right ingredients. I have found I’m now full for longer and I don’t reach for as many chocolate biscuits as I used to. This breakfast in particular was especially delicious, I’m always keen to see other people’s meals and food prep – it’s certainly the blogger in me!
5. Experimental Brunches
Hands up who else gets jealous over seeing someone else’s breakfast flatlay? Phew, I’m glad I’m not the only one! I concocted this romantic brunch on Sunday after a lazy lie in for my boyfriend and I was certainly in his good books by the end of it. I also probably spent way too long taking pictures of the table but the sunshine was playing nice so I wanted to make the most of my new camera! We ate bacon and eggs, waffles and croissants, fruit and drank perfect cups of coffee. I’ve recently taken to stalking people’s Instagrams in search of finding the perfect breakfast photo. I’m completely obsessed with Li-Chi Pan’s feed, it’s beyond perfect.
6. Clay Pigeon Shooting
Last September I was bought a Clay Pigeon Shooting session by Josh after months of stating I would love to try it. We booked to go on Saturday and it was the best experience, I still have the gun bruises to prove it. I’m currently throwing myself into a variety of sports I thought I’d never get chance to do. In January, we also went White Water Rafting and I almost fell out the raft! Clay Pigeon Shooting was harder than I thought and I had trouble aiming at the clays coming directly at me. When it came to shooting those higher – I practically turned into an expert. We had the best fun and met some really great people on the day. I made sure to wear my appropriate shooting tweed coat to make myself look the part. What have you been loving lately?