48 hours in Prague…

Prague is a must-see city – it has endless history & architecture, amazing food & drink and breathtaking views across & all around the city! 
Here is a short guide to the city with restaurant recommendations, sightseeing and travel tips!

After our flight touched down we headed straight for a taxi – make sure you get a taxi with the 40/28/6 tariff clearly visible on the outside of the car, and check the driver name too. (It’s always good to have googled your route too so you don’t get take on a full car journey around Prague. (Never hail one on the street either as you can be charged through the roof!)

Next time though we will be getting the Metro & Bus because if your hotel is pretty central and you only have hand luggage, you can buy a daily travel card which is only 130k which works out around £4.30 or a three day card for around 300k (£10). This gives you travel on buses, the metro and all trams too… meaning you can get a bus number 100 to Zličín where you can then pick up a 20 minute Metro ride straight into town. Easy! The whole tram system is pretty great too with plenty of stops and most hoteliers are very helpful with where your nearest stop is too! 

Food and drink was extremely reasonable too! For a couple of pounds we got great street food and found Czech dishes that tasted amazing too! (Watch out for places that don’t display their prices though as we got stung on our second day where we walked the entire city for some of the best views!)

Clout out the chilly air whilst visiting city with this mouth-watering Clam Chowder with chunky bread from @theirishtimesbarprague situated close to the famous Charles Bridge (15th century) down a small side street. Sit under heaters and a blanket and enjoy whilst the world goes by! 

Fancy Vietnamese? Then head to must-visit restaurant @redhotchilli_bistro 🌶 We had some of the tastiest food from the whole of our trip here! Inc this amazing vegetable tempura and a beautiful coconut spicy curry with rice… We will be heading there again next time we visit again for sure!

Whilst you’re out sightseeing – take a walk up to the Petrin tower, a smaller replica of the Eiffel Tower, there is a monastery near by which you can take a look at and the view is breathtaking. You can walk up over the Charles bridge, past the castle and up the hill towards the monastery, and either walk back through the park, and gardens or take the funicular railway (also included in your travel ticket) back down the hill. You will find many of the older trams running along the lines at the bottom there too – so take the chance to get a seat on one of the original cars as opposed to a lot of the newer tramcars which run along most of the lines… 

Now take a moment and book your trip to this amazing city…

 

Indulge yourself in tasty treats in SW London

A short post – but we had to bring you this delightful Eton Mess with sharp raspberries and crisp, chewy meringue – the perfect after dinner treat available at No29 Power Station West 

Now is really the perfect time to start considering restaurants and small businesses that you can support once the pandemic ends, or during if they are providing a takeaway and delivery service.

Salmons on our mind…

Spotted! A delicious salmon dish, served with crushed potatoes, broccoli, tomato and a balsamic sauce from Sgt Peppers Burnham … it is divine and well worth a visit! Pair it with a cocktail or mocktail to continue to the party!

Update:- Sgt. Pepper’s are continuing to work through the pandemic to bring everyone in the area fantastic food with a newly updated menu, local delivery and now even a cocktail menu for delivery to your doorstep. You’ll be crazy to miss out on this delicious food – we recommend booking your delivery as early as possible as it can get busy as it is just so good!

Check the menu and more here 

Scrumptious skinny red velvet treats

Skinny red velvet pearls from the Skinny Bakery – asofreckles2020

Skinny red velvet pearl treats from @skinnybakery are some of the best things we have in our freezer right now! At just 34 calories per pearl, made with beetroot and low fat yoghurt – they are a great way to treat yourself without feeling guilty! You can keep them in the fridge five days from delivery or simply pop them in the freezer for up to two months, taking them out to defrost and refrigerate as and when you need them.

Try yours now with
10% off Skinny Bakery when you spend £20. Use coupon: REF2HJH5DF86W

Visit SkinnyBakery.co.uk to shop now!

 

Have Salmon-else this festive season

This festive feast is Salmon-else… tuck into @lafamigliarana New Salmon & Ricotta fresh tortelloni. Tasting of freshly smoked salmon thanks to the chopped not blitzed centres this is fabulous served with just a drizzle of olive oil; it’s our absolute favourite filled tortelloni because it’s full of flavour, ready in two minutes and simply served with a drizzle of oil that’s all it needs!

Available exclusively in Sainsburys stores nationwide

If you’re feeling extra special and you’re feeling the pressure to impress this Christmas try this creamy lemon and prosecco recipe…

RECIPE

SALMON TORTELLONI WITH PROSECCO & CREAMY LEMON SAUCE 

 

Difficulty level: Easy 

Cooking and preparation time: 15 minutes

Serves 2 

INGREDIENTS

1 pack of La Famiglia Rana Smoked Salmon & Ricotta Tortelloni1 shallot peeled and chopped1 tbsp butter 125 ml Proseccopeel of 1 organic lemon cut into strips2 tbsp lemon juice125 ml crème fraiche chives choppedsalt and pepper 

METHOD

Melt butter in a frying pan over medium-high heat and sauté the shallot for about two minutes until soft and fragrant. Add lemon peel and season with salt and pepper to taste. Add Prosecco and lemon juice, bring to boil and lower heat to medium. Simmer for a couple of minutes, add crème fraiche, stir well and cook for a few more minutes until slightly thickened.

In the meantime, cook the tortelloni for two minutes in a large pot of salted boiling water. Strain delicately with a skimmer and tip them into the pan along with two tbsp of pasta cooking water. Mix delicately,

Divide between two plates, garnish with chives and serve. 

Super tasty… don’t you agree?

Eathai… at Busaba

Whenever you visit The O2 London make sure you stop by Busaba Bangkok Thai

This is their amazing #Asian #Salmon fillet in a sweet soy and pear glaze, spring onion salad and jasmine rice… it’s melt-in-the mouth and tastes divine! They have multiple locations across London including Soho so you have absolutely no excuses not to take a trip!

Get your roast at a Vintage Inn…

With Sunday fast approaching… book your roast at Shawfarm Vintageinn or any local Vintage Inn. They’re delicious and packed full of veggies and a generous helping of your chosen meat!

Tuck in to healthy warming cold weather food in Battersea.

As the warm weather leaves us tuck into a warming chilli and sweet potato curry from No 29 Powerstation West it’s packed full of flavour and so much goodness!

Check No29 out now… you can’t miss the cracking cocktails!

Eating out: Tasty Crab in Battersea

🦀 These mini crab cakes with spicy alioli are so tasty! – you can grab yours from No29 Power Station West – Their food is delicious, breakfast through to dinner… if you don’t go you’re missing out! 🦀

 

A dessert must… exploring France

Check out this amazing dessert from La Potiniere in Fleury sur Andelle – a light passionfruit mousse dressed with dark chocolate chips, freeze dried raspberries and salted popcorn… with a caramel and biscuit tuille.

No words can explain how amazing this was! We hope most importantly that this smalll business gets through these tough times and lives on to bring us amzing food in the future!

Celebrate British Tomato Fortnight with these super tomato recipes…

It’s #nationaltomatofortnight and we are eating Sweet #piccolo British Tomatoes from Eric Wall Tomatoes you should taste them they’re divine!

We created this scrummy Roasted Piccolo & garlic meatball tagliatelle with these super sweet Piccolo’s – it was such a simple recipe – and we don’t do much in the way of measuring when we’re mid cook! So excuse no exact measurements on this!

We made a simple sauce (passata) with some blended Piccolo tomatoes and lightly roasted tomatoes (season with salt and pepper) we then heated this through with a couple of teaspoons of crushed garlic to taste and added some basil (you can use dried or fresh)

Whilst this was being prepped, meatballs were grilled and 2 tagliatelle nests were cooked to packed instructions too!

Finally we halved a handful of tomatoes, and sprinkled them over the top and added half a vine of extra whole ones too!

Now check out these other tasty creations below from British Tomatoes

Pasta

SEAFOOD & TOMATO PASTA

Who doesn’t love pasta and seafood? Even the new Duchess of Sussex herself (Meghan) allegedly does – so this deliciously simple dish combines the two with Great British Tomatoes!

Serves 2       Prep time: 10 minutes      Cooking: 15 minutes    Price: £9.21

3tbsp olive oil – 14p

4 British Large Vine Tomatoes, skinned and finely chopped – 76p

1 red onion, finely chopped – 22p

Few drops of balsamic vinegar

160g small scallops – £4.14

180g tagliatelle or linguine – 25p

200g cooked, peeled prawns – £2.00

2tbsp chopped fresh parsley, plus extra to garnish – 67p

6-8 British Baby Plum Tomatoes, halved – 40p

30g Parmesan cheese, finely grated – 63p

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 Heat the olive oil in a frying pan. Add the chopped tomatoes and red onion and cook over a low heat for 10-12 minutes, until very soft, adding a splash of water if needed. Season with salt, pepper and a few drops of balsamic vinegar.

2 Meanwhile, cook the tagliatelle or linguine in lightly salted boiling water for 10-12 minutes, until tender.

3 Add the scallops to the tomato mixture and cook for 2 minutes, then add the prawns, parsley and baby plum tomatoes. Cook, stirring, for about 1 minute, until heated through.

4 Drain the pasta. Gently stir through the tomato mixture and share between two warmed serving bowls or plates. Serve, sprinkled with Parmesan cheese and extra parsley.

Cook’s tip: To skin tomatoes, put them into a heatproof bowl. Pour over boiling water and leave for 15-20 seconds, then drain. The skins will be easy to peel away.   

Tart

OVEN-ROASTED TOMATO, SPINACH AND MOZZARELLA TART

This gorgeous main course tart is made with filo pastry brushed with melted butter – filled with oven-roasted British vine tomatoes with wilted spinach, mozzarella and basil. It’s a simple yet super tasty summery dish!

Serves 8       Prep time: 25 minutes      Cooking: 30 minutes

Suitable for vegetarians   Price: £7.46

12 British Medium Vine Tomatoes, halved – £2.00

1tbsp olive oil – 10p

200g young spinach, washed – £1.50

270g pack filo pastry sheets, thawed if frozen – £1.50

100g butter, melted – 56p

2 x 125g balls mozzarella, sliced – £1.00

2 eggs – 30p

150ml single cream – 50p

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Basil leaves, to garnish

1 Preheat the oven to 180°C, fan oven 160°C, Gas Mark 4. Put the tomatoes into a roasting tin, drizzle with olive oil and season with a little salt and pepper. Roast for 10-15 minutes, then cool.

2 Put the spinach into a colander and slowly pour a kettleful of boiling water over it to wilt the leaves. Leave to cool.

3 Unroll the sheets of filo pastry. Brush each one with melted butter and stack them one on top of the other on a large greased baking sheet, criss-crossing them as you layer them. Gather and scrunch the edges, bringing them together to form a border.

4 Squeeze the excess moisture from the spinach, then arrange on the tart with the tomatoes and mozzarella. Beat the eggs and single cream together and season with salt and pepper. Pour into the tart case. Bake for 20-25 minutes until set and golden. Serve, garnished with basil leaves.

Cook’s tip: It’s easy to make this tart for 4 people – simply halve the quantities and reduce the size of the tart.

Let’s Be Wheat and Gluten Free with BFree food solutions… plus try some tasty lunch option recipe’s!!!

BFree (Be Wheat and Gluten Free have a huge range of products for us that love to take a dietary choice, or have to be free of certain ingredients such as Gluten and Dairy.

We’ve sat and tasted the yummy BFree Sweet Potato Wraps, – the texture is interesting as it’s something (as a usual non-gluten free eater) I’ve not really come across, yet they’re sweet potato and anything made with this will pass my palate quicker than Lewis Hamilton! Plus despite thinking the texture is strange to me… they’re wonderful, tasty and provide a fantastic alternative to gluten options at lunch! 

We also got our hands on the BFree Pitta Breads, which are exactly alike any other pitta minus the gluten and wheat! Bonus!

Find where to shop, and some tasty recipe’s from BFree below!

Mindfulness Bites-Pack

MINDFULLNESS BITES

Ingredients

1 small avocado, mashed into a paste

2 slices of smoked salmon

2 small beetroot, sliced

A handful of cashew nuts, roughly chopped

Juice of half a lemon

Salt and black pepper

2 slices of BFree Oaty Loaf

Method

1 Take the mashed avocado and spread it onto each slice of BFree Oaty Loaf

2 Add a slice of smoked salmon to each and divide the cashew nuts and sliced beetroot between the two sandwiches

3 Drizzle on the lemon juice with a dash of salt and pepper

WHAT’S GOOD FOR YOUR MIND?

 The Oats in the BFree Oaty Loaf – contribute to effective serotonin production which helps balance and even boost moods

Smoked salmon – contains tryptophan, which helps to synthesise serotonin in the body, one of the most important chemical elements for supporting and stabilising your mood

Cashew nuts – high in magnesium to help keep feelings of anxiety at bay

Good Gut Club-Breads-Pack

A POCKET FULL OF GUTSY GOODNESS

Ingredients

1 cup of cooked brown rice

1 cup of cooked black beans, drained and rinsed

A handful of coriander

1 red chilli, thinly sliced

1 large tomato, diced

1 cup of green olives, sliced

1 cup of cooked broccoli, chopped

1 tsp of chia seeds

2 BFree Pitta Pockets

Method

1 Take a bowl and mix the rice, black beans, coriander, red chilli, tomato, green olives, broccoli together

2 Spoon half of the mixture into each BFree Pitta Pocket

3 Sprinkle chia seeds on to finish and serve

WHAT’S GOOD FOR YOUR GUT?

BFree Pitta Pockets – contain fibre from bamboo as well as from peas, which can enhance the function of the immune system and contribute towards healthy weight loss

Brown rice, black beans, broccoli, chia seeds and tomatoes – contain fibre in abundance, which is well known to enhance the function of the digestive system

Black beans and chia seeds – encourage the presence of healthy bacteria in the colon

A Slice of Energy-Pack

Energy Boosting lunches…

Ingredients

Hummus

2 radishes, thinly sliced

1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced

2 asparagus stalks, roasted

Feta cheese

1 cup of cooked quinoa

2 BFree Quinoa and Chia Seed Wrapwith Teff and Flax Seeds

Method

1 Take two BFree Quinoa and Chia Seed Wraps and spread a generous portion of hummus on each of them

2 Then divide the quinoa between each wrap and add the radishes, red bell pepper, and the asparagus stalks

3 Sprinkle the feta cheese on top

4 Fold the wraps and serve

The ENERGY FOOD

BFree Quinoa and Chia Seed Wrapscontain teff and chia which help to boost energy

Hummus – provides healthy fats and can help to maintain your blood sugar levels – both of which are great for keeping your energy levels up

Radishes– rich in potassium, which helps the cells to produce energy. A potassium deficiency can lead to feelings of fatigue

Red bell peppers – a source of vitamin C, which plays a key role in energy production

Asparagus– high in a range of B vitamins, which contribute to the process of turning food into fuel

Feta cheese – contains calcium to keep your energy levels up

Quinoa – high in protein, a complex carbohydrate with fibre, giving your body a steady stream of energy throughout the day

The BFree range starts from £3.99, and can be brought in-store at Waitrose and Sainsbury’s stores nationwide!