Buddy’s with my buddies

I recently had a very relaxing weekend at home. Despite the horrendous weather it was great to be back in the country, breathing some fresh air and hiding away from the hustle and bustle of London. Amongst many other culinary delights I visited Buddy’s for a catch up breakfast with the two most important men in my life!

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Buddy’s Diner is an American style restaurant and bar on Jewry Street in Winchester. It is a fab little place that could probably do with a make over but the food is great and the atmosphere is buzzing. Their milkshakes are thick and creamy and perfect if you’re feeling a little fuzzy from the night before. Dad and Ollie slurped on a banana and a Oreo cookie milkshake while a settled for the largest hot chocolate known to man. Perfect for warming up from the torrential rain outside.

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Buddy’s have an extensive breakfast menu but the pancakes took favour! Dad had his with blueberries infused into the batter whilst Ollie and I settled for bacon and maple syrup! The portions were huge, and this was the smaller option! Their pancakes have stiff competition with the pancakes from The Diner but i’ll have to wait till Pancake Day to test those babies again!

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Full and happy we headed home with the promise to return for more monster pancakes and milkshakes! So grab your buddy and head to buddies! You can find their menu and book a table here.

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Ultimate homemade burgers

As much as going out for a good burger fills me with joy it’s just terrible when you our expecting the best and then are horribly let down. I recently had a very good burger at the new American joint in town Jackson & Rye. Very good all American restaurant but sometimes Best of British wins! That is why my home made burgers are worth a try.

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For these burgers you will need (to make two large or 4 small) 500g of good quality beef mince (not lean), finely chopped red onion, italian herbs, paprika, cheese of your choice (I choose goats cheese), lambs lettuce, burger buns, sauces of choice (garlic mayo and ketchup usually works).

To make the burgers (you may get messy)… In a large bowl combine the minced meet, finely chopped onion, herbs, paprika and a little salt and pepper. Mix these well and turn the mixture into 2 large beef patties or 4 small ones. Poke your cheese into the middle of the meat so that it is completely covered. Now place in the fridge for as long as you can wait, 30 minutes should do (ideally you can do this the day before). The colder the meat the better it will stay stuck together when you cook it. You can fry, bbq, grill or oven bake your burgers. Place in the flying pan and leave them to cook on one side for about 3 minutes or until nicely coloured and then flip, cook for a further 5 minutes or until cooked through.

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Building your burger is totally up to you. I like to add a smothering of ketchup, a heap of lettuce, mushrooms, onion, blob of garlic mayo, the glorious meat of course and then just hope the lid fits on. Delicious and the perfect way to say good bye to the Jan detox!

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January detox salad

January is very boring! Everyone is dieting or contributing to dry January and just generally not being much fun. But diets don’t have to be all bad! This delicious salad is a great addition to meat or fish and adds the right carbs and lots of vegetables to your meal.

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You will need..

A large tin of sweetcorn, 300g brown rice, 50g raisins, 1 red pepper, 1 red onion, half a cucumber and a splash of balsamic vinegar. The recipe couldn’t be easier.. Chop up your vegetables, cook the rice, leave to cool, add some balsamic, and mix it all together.

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It’s so colourful!!

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There you have it, a healthy dish that you can keep in the fridge for a few days, ready to eat whenever you want it! Meaning you can spend more time in bed in the morning, knowing your lunch is already sorted! Happy January, don’t worry it’s nearly over!

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Chocolate heaven at William Curely

The master chocolatiers at William Curely have come up with what can only be described as the best idea ever! A 5 course meal completely devoted to desserts. I know the blog has been laking in content recently but i’ve had a busy few months and am now back and thought this chocolatey post was the perfect starter!

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William Curley is an upmarket dessert and chocolate bar located in Richmond, Belgravia and Harrods. We visited the Belgravia store and were very happy to perch up on the dessert bar to hide from the cold.

The menu went something like this..

Chocolate Granita

Jasmine ice-cream with strawberry compote

Blackberry & honeycomb cranachan

Pinapple tarte tatin with vanilla icecream

Chocolate millefeuille with chocolate sorbet and cherries

Petit fours

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The favourite for me was the Chocolate millefeuille with chocolate sorbet and cherries, a great final dish for two very full ladies. We couldn’t manage the petit fours but they put them into bags for us to take home. The chocolate bar has great chocolate classes, perfect for beating those January blues – find out more here!