The Maytime Inn – a lunch review

eating out at the Maytime Inn - Bubbablueand me

I’m never one to turn down good food, and I’m always on the look out for new restaurants to add to our usual list of haunts.  So when we were asked to try out and review the refurbished Maytime Inn at Asthall, I was straight on the website checking it out after booking a date. The OH never wants to come out and try new places, so N and I went along with friends one Saturday lunchtime.  Asthall’s a tiny… Continue Reading “The Maytime Inn – a lunch review”

Eating out at the delicious Brava Tapas restaurant Banbury

eating out at brava tapas restaurant- Bubbablue and me

While I love food, and will eat a fair variety, I can also be quite fussy. I’ve never really had tapas before because I’m not a seafood fan, can’t take too much spice, don’t like olives and always thought I’d be limited to only a couple of choices. But in the last year a tapas restaurant opened up in Banbury and its become a favourite for work leaving lunches. I decided I should bite the bullet and go out for… Continue Reading “Eating out at the delicious Brava Tapas restaurant Banbury”

Living Arrows 2016 week 33 eating out

doctoring a pizza express pasta dish

Last week I had a day off work, and N the day off holiday club.  The decision was made to have a day trip to London.  Of course there were lots of ‘I don’t want to go on a boat/don’t want to go/don’t know what I want to dos’ before and during the trip.  But the weather was beautiful and we did in fact get to do everything to plan as well as N enjoying it. But most important for… Continue Reading “Living Arrows 2016 week 33 eating out”

The easiest (and delicious) pear and chocolate tart ever

pear almond and chocolate tart - Bubbablue and me

I love pears and chocolate together – as proven by my love of Nigella Lawson’s pear and chocolate pudding for last minute dessert needs. Now the weather’s (in theory) a bit warmer, a lighter dessert is sometimes needed. There’s always chilled pastry in the fridge for quick and easy pudding, and I decided that a pear and chocolate tart would be the way to go. I’m a big believer in store cupboard essentials, and tinned pears work perfectly fine for… Continue Reading “The easiest (and delicious) pear and chocolate tart ever”

Visiting Castleyard cafe and mooching round Oxford

Castleyard Cafe at Oxford castle - Bubbablue and me

I love a day out in Oxford and having lived there for 3 years, and in the county for most of my life, it’s great to have some little gems of places to eat out for different occasions.  We were recently invited to Oxford to try out the newly revamped Castleyard Cafe at Oxford Castle.  N wanted to stay on the farm, so instead I headed to Oxford to meet up with Mary from Over 40 and a mum to one… Continue Reading “Visiting Castleyard cafe and mooching round Oxford”

Feasting on Feast at Waddesdon Manor

Feast at Waddesdon Manor

I feel like I’ve not been to a National Trust property for ages despite having just renewed my membership. This time I wanted to go to the Feast weekend at Waddesdon Manor. I’d prebooked tickets – you had to pay extra even as a member, but luckily it was only cheap because N refused to go with me. He wanted to stay on the farm with his dad, even though I’d been at Blogtacular on the Saturday, so wouldn’t really see… Continue Reading “Feasting on Feast at Waddesdon Manor”

Easy 3 ingredient ricotta cakes with berry sauce

baked ricotta cakes with berry sauce - Bubbablueandme

Some of my favourite recipes only have 3 or 4 ingredients in.  Because who has time for tens of them when you’re in a rush or have people in the house shouting for food.  In our house we tend to have pudding at weekends.  I love summer because I can get away with just serving up strawberries and ice cream or cream (or with added condensed milk if the OH gets his way.  But I’ll always make a proper dessert… Continue Reading “Easy 3 ingredient ricotta cakes with berry sauce”

Get BBQ ready with 11 great chicken barbecue recipes

Jack daniel's tennessee honey barbecue glaze chicken

I’m a big chicken fan (the men of the house less so, and it has to be chicken breast), not only because it’s pretty healthy but also because it’s so versatile, and quick to cook.  It’s now approaching barbecue season and with the rumours of this summer in the UK being a hot one, it’s time to start thinking about barbecue foods and recipes. Last year I reviewed a gas barbecue – you could say it was an alternative review,… Continue Reading “Get BBQ ready with 11 great chicken barbecue recipes”

Pulsin’ Kids fruity oat bars review

Pulsin kids fruity oat bars

N eats a lot. I’m concerned about the amount he’ll be needing to fuel himself when it comes to teenage years, but for now I’m always looking for healthier snacks.  Or really just any variety of snacks to mix things up a bit.   So I was pleased to be sent the new kids range of fruit oat bars from Pulsin’ to review. Pulsin’ is the brainchild of 3 friends who met at university, and an ethos of developing nutritional products. … Continue Reading “Pulsin’ Kids fruity oat bars review”