WIN a 12 month Tastecard

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If you haven’t heard of Tastecard then where have you been? Tastecard is slowly taking over the UK, with it’s half price dinner options and 2 for 1 offers. Available with a large amount of restaurants in and around London, Tastecard makes eating out that little bit more affordable.

As a big fan of eating out on a budget, I’ve teamed up with Tastecard to offer one lucky winner a 12 month card (saving you a healthy £80 squid). The card will give you half price meals out for one year across the UK. Even if you don’t win the competition, you’ll still receive a one month’s trial with Tastecard.

Simply enter your details here to be in with a chance of winning the subscription. Winners will be notified by Tastecard. Good Luck!

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Lazy Evenings in 161 Kirkdale

Sydenham has been my home town for the last 2 years. In that time I’ve seen lots of exciting changes, but one I was absolutely thrilled to see was the recent opening of a gorgeous little wine bar on Kirkdale.

161 on Kirkdale is exactly what I’ve been waiting for, delicious small plates and irresistible wines.

The decor is gorgeous. you can really see a lot of thought has gone into the design, and the ambience and music create a lovely atmosphere. The food is divine, so if you’re living South East do pop in, its the perfect way to while away an evening.

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Supper at the Balham Bowls Club

Location – Balham

Price scale  - ££ (A meal for 2 with wine will set you back around £40 – £50)

I’ve long been a fan of the Balham Bowls Club. Its vintage decor makes you feel somewhat like your travelling back in time, but in a good way.

The menu is simple yet utterly delicious. On yesterday’s visit I tried had their Tuna Nicose, which was cooked, and flavoured to perfection. We also tried the Moules Mariniere, and the white wine sauce was delicious.

Hats off to the chef, if you’re looking for gorgeous food in an unusual setting, The Balham Bowls Club is your bag.

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Delectable Brunch Spots in South East London

Brunch is easily our favourite meal . Delicious runny eggs paired with first class coffee is the best way to start any day.

Feeling hungry? Wet your appetite with our lowdown on South East London’s hottest brunch spots.

Brown and Green, Sydenham

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If you’re not already familiar with Jess and Laura, let me tell you a bit about them. They are single handedly leading the brunch revolution within and around the Crystal Palace triangle. Brown and Green Sydenham is their third outlet, and in our opinion, their best yet. All the brunch options are fab, but the feta cheese scrambled eggs are mouthwateringly good.

Duck Egg Cafe, Brixton

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This cute little cafe is always busy, mostly due to their simple yet delicious breakfast options. The clue is in the name with this one, duck eggs are served as an optional addition to their brunch options. If you’re unsure then try them. You won’t be disappointed.

Canvas and Cream, Forest Hill 

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You can’t imagine the world of wonders you will stumble across on entering Canvas and Cream. This cafe is a mish mash of classic interiors, quirky vintage finds and delicious food. Their pancakes are the stuff dreams are made of, and the french toast is wonderfully moreish.

The London Particular, New Cross

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If you’re looking for seasonal fresh food, then The London Particular is a great spot to try out.  Founder and head chef Becky Davey knows that a dining experience is all about the personal touch, and this shows as you can see thought goes into every single element of their menu. We tried the Jerk Aubergine with cucumber and dill dressing. An absolute mouthful of wow.

No. 67, Peckham

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No. 67 is a gorgeous hidden gem in South East London. Attached to the South london Gallery in Camberwell it’s a great place to go if you fancy a lazy brunch. If you do make the trip then make sure to pop into the South London Gallery, which is a treat in itself. If you’re not sure what to order, try the Spanglish. You won’t be disappointed.

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Delicious Tuna Salad

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Tuna is a store cupboard staple which I simply cannot live without. No matter how empty my cupboards are, Tuna is an ingredient I can whip up a meal from in a flash.

For my ultimate Tuna Salad, you will need:

Tuna | Tomatos | Lettuce | Coriander | Cucumber | Sweet Red Peppers

For the Dressing:

Salt | Lemon | Olive oil

As any salad the key is mixing the ingredients and making sure the dressing does the talking. If you fancy a warm addition then a soft boiled egg is a delicious accompiment.

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Top 5 voucher codes for cooking on a budget

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How much money do you spend on your groceries each month? A report suggests that nearly five million of us spend at least 10% of our income on filling our faces. As the cost of food keeps on rising, more of us are set to miss out on our five-a-day.

 Since 2008, the amount of money spent on food and drink in the UK has soared by almost a quarter (23%). However, the amount actually being eaten has fallen by 7%. Households spend just less than £3,000 on food in 2012, but it’s thought that figure will rise to £3,297 in 2013 – squeezing people’s income even further.

In order to give you a helping hand in the kitchen and make sure that your family never go without a decent home-cooked meal, My Favourite Voucher codes have shared their top five voucher codes for budget-friendly cooking.

These voucher codes will help you keep the cost of your grocery shopping to a minimum as well as contribute to a good cause.  My Favourite Voucher Codes have been donating 20% of net profits to various charities since being founded in 2012. They’ve donated in excess of £4,000 so far.

Doing good whilst saving money? That’s my kind of voucher code!

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The Thrifty Project cooks up a storm!

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Recently I have begun catering for events as a side project. Although I’ve been doing intimate dinner parties here and there, by far and large the biggest event I have organised so far was a birthday party for 100 people in June.

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My friend Emma and I began preparing a feast to remember at approximately 9 am on the day of the party. We cooked 100 Sausage Rolls, 100 spicy prawn cocktail cups, 100 beef yorkshire puddings with rocket and horseradish, 50 smoked mackerel blini’s, 100 broad bean and mint crostini’s, 100 pulled pork pies and 10 quiches with a mix of two homemade flavours: sun blush tomatoes and goats cheese, and mushroom and pancetta, phew!

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For dessert we prepared strawberry shortbreads with rosewater cream and, my cousin kindly created a gorgeous cake for the birthday girl!

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The evening was an absolute success and all attendees thanked myself and Emma for all our hard graft!

If you are interested in catering for any sort of event, be it a birthday party, a children’s party, a dinner party or a sunday afternoon tea, you can email me on alicekelleher@hotmail.com. I’ll be more than happy to arrange a spread suited to your budget.

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Nailing it with John Lewis

Next month, John Lewis will be launching their own line of Nail Polishes.

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I was lucky enough to be one of the first people to try the line out! The collection comprises of 12 colours. Post box red is certainly my favourite colour, such a gorgeous statement shade perfect for the British summer time.

Pick yours up in store, from the beginning of August.

 

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The Simple Things

Although I often spend hours in the kitchen, my favourite meals are often the least complicated. This meal below is my most requested comfort dish from friends and family, king prawn linguine. A simple mix of butter, parsley, garlic, prawns and linguine this combination creates a truly beautiful flavour.

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To make, simply mix the butter and the parsley and slowly fry the two together, then, after a minute or so, add the garlic. Finally add the prawns and slowly simmer for a few minutes. Mix in with some pre-cooked linguine and a pinch of salt. Finally garnish with fresh parmesan.

Delicious!

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