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Rennie Happy Eating with SORTEDfood

For me, one of the best things I’ve discovered about blogging is the people, and the community that comes with it. It’s the food blogging community in particular – I absolutely love going to food blogger events, where I’m surrounded by people who get as excited as I do about restaurants, food trends, and unusual flavour combinations. The fact that no one groans or rolls their eyes when I get my camera out is a massive bonus too!

Rennie Happy Eating with Sorted Food
Which is why I was so excited when I was invited by the lovely team at Rennie to attend their #RennieHappyEating event in Shoreditch. I always love attending food blogger events, but it was even more exciting as I would get the chance to meet the boys behind SORTEDfood.

SORTEDfood started out as a few guys recreating recipes and sharing their experiences on their YouTube channel. They’ve managed to grow it into a community of its own – a place where foodies can share their favourite recipes, and get stuck in.

Rennie Happy Eating with Sorted Food: CanapesRennie Happy Eating with Sorted FoodWhen you get the chance to sample some food from the foodie YouTube experts, you don’t really say no. So, despite having gotten off of a plane a mere ten hours before, I headed down to Shoreditch to find out a little bit more.

Just when I had gotten outside of the venue, my heart completely sank. A group of girls were clustered around the entrance, and assuming that they were also in for the same event, I began debating on whether or not I should go in at all – I was older than all of them by about ten years. Thankfully, these girls were all waiting for 5 Seconds of Summer who happened to be recording at the same place, and once I got in I was greeted by an assortment of glittery gin cocktails, delicious canapes and people my own age. Result!

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Rennie Happy Eating with Sorted Food: Glittery gin fizz

I caught up with some old friends, and made some new ones before the SORTEDfood boys took to the stage. (stove?)

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As expected, they were hilarious – full of energy and as great to watch live as they are on YouTube! The first dish they prepared was an asian-inspired fried chicken dish with pandan pancakes. The pandan extract gave these such an unusual colour, and it was an inspired take on the usual chicken and waffles.

Rennie Happy Eating with Sorted Food: Pandan Pancakes with Fried Chicken
Rennie Happy Eating with Sorted Food
It was great to find out a little bit more about Rennie, too. I had absolutely no idea that they’d been around for 70 years – I love the old school ads they had on display, which were clearly targeted at housewives. Thankfully their campaigns have improved in leaps and bounds since – this year, they partnered up with the SORTEDfood boys to take part in their Rennie Mystery Box challenge.

Every so often, the team at Rennie send the team at SORTEDfood an unusual or exotic ingredient in the mystery box, and the team get ideas from their audience about what to cook with it.

So as the boys were cooking, all of us at the event had to put our names into a hat, for the chance to take part in a mystery box challenge of our own. But more on that later…

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The next dish they whipped up was the classic churro – but with a little twist – a coffee and chocolate sauce.

Rennie Happy Eating with Sorted Food: Chocolate Coffee Churros
After all the excitement surrounding the churros finally died down, the names started to get pulled out of the hat – and one by one, we opened the doors to see what mystery ingredient waited behind each door.

My name got called, and I started getting a bit nervous – some people got ingredients I’d never even heard of before!

Thankfully, I knew what my mystery box ingredient was – and I whipped up a little dish too, but you’ll have to wait until Wednesday to find out what it is!

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I had an absolutely fabulous time at the #RennieHappyEating event, and it was great getting to meet the guys!

What’s your favourite video from the SORTEDfood guys? Be sure to add it to the comments below, or let me know on TwitterFacebook or Instagram!

Hillary’s Crafternoon at Drink, Shop, Do

I’ve wanted to go to Drink, Shop, Do for ages. It’s a great place for doing crafts, playing board games and a good night out – what more could you want?

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Hillary's Crafternoon, Jewelry Box Making, Drink Shop DoI was invited to go along for Hillary’s Crafternoon, where we would be making our very own jewelry boxes.

Hillary's Crafternoon, Jewelry Box Making, Drink Shop DoHillary's Crafternoon, Jewelry Box Making, Drink Shop DoHillary's Crafternoon, Jewelry Box Making, Drink Shop DoWe were in the back room, which was decorated with some ‘punny’ totes and a disco ball. There was a wide selection of cakes, and a gluten free chocolate orange one for me, so I was very excited!

Hillary's Crafternoon, Jewelry Box Making, Drink Shop DoHillary's Crafternoon, Jewelry Box Making, Drink Shop DoHillary's Crafternoon, Jewelry Box Making, Drink Shop DoHillary’s sell a selection of curtains, blinds and home accessories in a variety of different patterns. We used some of these to decorate our boxes with.

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Hillary's Crafternoon, Jewelry Box Making, Drink Shop DoAfter grappling with pins, glue guns and reels and reels of ribbon, it became very apparent to me that I am not at all blessed with crafting skills. While everyone else around me began to create beautiful boxes, mine looked totally amateurish! (Although the lovely people at Hillary’s did include a photo of it on their blog!) Luckily, I was able to munch and chat the afternoon away with the lovely Chynna and Olivia, who I was sat next to.

Hillary's Crafternoon, Jewelry Box Making, Drink Shop DoAfter we were done with the boxes, we used some of the extra material for our own little projects. I ended up making a fascinator with some netting, which didn’t turn out as badly as I thought it might!

DSCHillary's Crafternoon, Jewelry Box Making, Drink Shop Do05736Hillary's Crafternoon, Jewelry Box Making, Drink Shop DoAll in all it was a lovely way to spend the afternoon, and Drink Shop Do is such a great space – it’s got something for everyone!
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 Have you been to Drink, Shop, Do? Are you as useless at crafts as I am? Be sure to comment below, and don’t forget to follow me on TwitterFacebook or Instagram!

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Forest Foragers

After my experience with Love Food Hate Waste, it really got me thinking about food (yes, yes, even more than before!). Not just about where it goes after it leaves our kitchens, but where we source it – so the timing was absolutely perfect for a foraging course with Forest Foragers.

Forest Foragers, Mushroom Foraging CourseForest Foragers, Mushroom Foraging CourseA two-hour drive away from London, we gathered in a little hall in the village of Witley for a day of learning, exploring and eating – all sourced locally from the woodlands around us.

Forest Foragers, Mushroom Foraging CoursePeter, Marilyn, and Clifford run the Forest Foragers course, a comprehensive day that teaches you about the foragable (and edible!) world around us in the UK.

Forest Foragers, Mushroom Foraging CourseForest Foragers, Mushroom Foraging CourseWe arrived at 9 for tea, and spent the first part talking about different berries and mushrooms that can be foraged – from the delicious to the deadly. (On that note, please do not use the photos from this post as a reference – some of these might not be suitable for consumption!)

Forest Foragers, Mushroom Foraging CourseForest Foragers, Mushroom Foraging CoursePeter and Clifford really know their stuff, and it was fascinating to get some pointers from them around the basics of foraging. It’s really important that you know the history of the land you are foraging from, as mushrooms really soak up the nutrients from their environment. They strongly recommend foraging from ancient woodlands, and not country parks or in the city. While the variety of mushroom might be edible, the toxins in the environment might make it deadly – the biggest case of mushroom-related deaths actually occurred after Chernobyl, when the locals foraged mushrooms had been completely safe to consume before the nuclear disaster.

Forest Foragers, Mushroom Foraging CourseForest Foragers, Mushroom Foraging CourseLunch was served, and they were so accommodating with my gluten-free request. The delicious lunch consisted of mushroom soup (with foraged mushrooms) as well as a salad with freshly picked sorrel and a vinaigrette dressing. I was absolutely gutted I wasn’t able to have the mushroom tart, which was made with caramelized onions, but apparently it was delicious – and it smelled great, too!

Forest Foragers, Mushroom Foraging CourseAfter lunch we grabbed our baskets and drove towards the woods. It hadn’t rained in a few days, which meant there weren’t as many mushrooms out as usual – but we ended up with an impressive haul of amethyst deceivers, charcoal burners and bay boletus. We even picked up some hawthorn berries, and ended up with a massive basket of freshly foraged food.

Forest Foragers, Mushroom Foraging CourseWe arrived back at the haul and split into two groups – first, we had a cooking demonstration with Peter, and sampled some of our finds with a little salted butter. It was absolutely incredible – I have never had such amazing flavours, and it was all so fresh.

Forest Foragers, Mushroom Foraging CourseWe then tipped out our finds and combed through them carefully with Clifford, who is a professional mycologist. This put my mind at ease, as you can get accidentally collect nasty deadly mushrooms really quite easily. Luckily we didn’t have any in ours, but some of the others in the group picked some up by accident, so it was really great that we could check!

Forest Foragers, Mushroom Foraging Course, Hawthorn BerriesThe whole course took a whole day, until 5, and it was honestly the best fun I’ve had in a long time – getting out in the country, eating and learning – I was in heaven.

Forest Foragers, Mushroom Foraging CourseOnce we got home, my boyfriend and I immediately whipped up the most incredible risotto we’ve ever had – onions, garlic, white wine, rice and our mushrooms – simple, but insanely delicious. We also had enough left over for lunch the next day, and mushrooms on toast for breakfast too!

Forest Foragers, Mushroom Foraging CourseWe went to the course in Surrey by car, but Forest Foragers are running courses until the end of the year in Essex too, which is really easy to get to from London by public transport. It’s honestly one of the most amazing days out I’ve had in ages, and a really great way to learn a valuable skill!

Forest Foragers, Mushroom Foraging CourseThank you so much to Forest Foragers for the incredible day – I had an amazing time! They still have some courses on until the end of the year, which you can find on their website here.

Have you ever foraged a meal? Be sure to comment below, and don’t forget to follow me on TwitterFacebook or Instagram!

Made London

Tomorrow night I’ll be heading down to Made London, an annual Craft and Design Fair at One Marylebone, a stunning Sir John Soane Church in central London.

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I absolutely love contemporary design and crafts, so this is right up my street!  This year, they’ll be presenting the very best and most original designers in this country and beyond, exhibiting and selling their work direct to the public. Everything from ceramics, silver, woodwork, mosaic art, textile design, furniture, blown glass and more. You can find a full list of exhibitors here!

SarahPulvertaftNecklaceI’m really looking forward to it, and am hoping to pick up a few unique pieces for my flat, and maybe a few little gifts for Christmas (too early?) too….

Made London – The Design and Craft Fair on from the 22nd until the 25th of October, at One Marylebone, London, NW1 4AQ. It’s open from 11.00 – 17.00 (I’m going to the open night from 6pm), and is £10 on the door (under 14s go free!)

If you can’t make it, you can always follow the action on Twitter at #MadeLondon, or by following me on TwitterFacebook or Instagram!

I have received complimentary tickets to the event – all opinions are my own.

Golf with Monarch

I was a tiny bit sad when I turned 24 this year – it’s the last year before I officially turn a quarter of a century old, and feels like a bit of a milestone.

#GolfWithMonarch, N1 Golf and Vinothec Compass, North Greenwich, Compas#GolfWithMonarch, N1 Golf and Vinothec Compass, North Greenwich, CompasBut what I didn’t already realize was that I was practically bordering on 70, if my Wednesday night plans were anything to go by!

#GolfWithMonarch, N1 Golf and Vinothec Compass, North Greenwich, Compas#GolfWithMonarch, N1 Golf and Vinothec Compass, North Greenwich, CompasThe plans consisted of fly fishing (with the lovely folks at Orvis), followed by an evening of golf. Monarch Airlines invited me to their #GolfWithMonarch event. If I thought golf was for old people though, I had another think coming!

N1 Golf is located right next to North Greenwich station, and has an incredible view of Canary Wharf.

#GolfWithMonarch, N1 Golf and Vinothec Compass, North Greenwich, Compas#GolfWithMonarch, N1 Golf and Vinothec Compass, North Greenwich, CompasIt’s in a fantastic location, and the newly opened venue is really contemporary and fun. It’s got comfy seats, and an amazing big city feel – this isn’t your grandfather’s golf course.

I was playing with Alina, Haydy, and Chynna, and at the end of the evening we all left with pro golf contracts and new glittering career paths ahead of us.

#GolfWithMonarch, N1 Golf and Vinothec Compass, North Greenwich, Compas#GolfWithMonarch#GolfWithMonarch, N1 Golf and Vinothec Compass, North Greenwich, CompasBy which I mean we were all pretty terrible, although I was the worst by a mile. We did manage to get some great shapes going, and #CheckThatBooty trended*.

#GolfWithMonarch, N1 Golf and Vinothec Compass, North Greenwich, CompasBeef Tapas, #GolfWithMonarch, N1 Golf and Vinothec Compass, North Greenwich, CompasAn absolutely hilarious round of golf was followed by tapas and wine tasting at the restaurant downstairs, Vinothec Compass.

The tapas was really incredible – beautifully presented and delicious, too! Unfortunately the wine tasting portion of the evening turned out to be beer tasting, but by that point I’d had more than enough prosecco, so that suited me fine.

Tapas, #GolfWithMonarch, N1 Golf and Vinothec Compass, North Greenwich, CompasPork Tapas, #GolfWithMonarch, N1 Golf and Vinothec Compass, North Greenwich, CompasIt was an absolutely fabulous evening – made even better by the fact that the lovely Olivia won the Instagram competition and flights to Barcelona, the lucky thing!

Pork Tapas, #GolfWithMonarch, N1 Golf and Vinothec Compass, North Greenwich, CompasSeafood Tapas, #GolfWithMonarch, N1 Golf and Vinothec Compass, North Greenwich, CompasSeafood Tapas, #GolfWithMonarch, N1 Golf and Vinothec Compass, North Greenwich, CompasMany thanks to Monarch for a great evening – you can check out their golfing holidays here!

You can find N1 Golf at Tunnel Avenue, Greenwich Peninsula, London, SE10 0QE.

* Total, utter lie.

I was invited to spend the evening with Monarch at N1 Golf, but all opinions are my own.