Bear Experience: Taste of London Festival Round 2

Okay, so I’m guilty of leaving a massive gap again between posts and I hold my hand up and apologise. Now that’s done, onward and upwards. So I’m sure you’re thinking “what? another festival!” Well let me give you a quick back story. The main reason I went to the previous Taste of London Festival…

Bear Bakes: Brownies

So it’s been a while since I posted and I’m sorry, I have been super busy, but will get back to my regular posting cycle. The main reason for this is that I have had the idea of starting my own little side business of offering baked goods for small events/orders. This has taken up…

Bear Experience: Taste of London Festival Part 2

So this is just a continuation of part 1 of my Taste of London Festival post. If you haven’t already seen it, check it out here. I will be following the same format, first the dish and then the restaurant. I will then be giving each individual dish a review and score out of 5….

Recipe: Kale pesto with sunflower seeds and walnuts (VG) (GF)

I popped into Asda (my local supermarket) after work because we ran out of cream crackers. I’m really bad when it comes to shopping, because I might go somewhere for 1 item and then end up leaving with 20 (I then get an earful from mum asking where we are going to put it all)….

Bear Experience: Taste of London Festival Part 1

I’ve been really looking forward to this post, not only because I wanted to share my experience of my first ever food festival, but because of the amount of content. I have so much to talk about, that I decided to split it into 2 parts. I will talk about the different aspects of the…

Inspired By: Grant Achatz

Where do I even begin with Grant. He is a culinary genius. For those of you who don’t know who he is – Chef Grant Achatz is the brains and owner of Next, Aviary, Roister and the well-acclaimed Alinea (currently #21 in World’s 50 Best Restaurants). Coming from a family-run diner in Michigan, he worked his way up from…

Bear Experience: Spontaneous Pub Lunch

So this post was meant to be from a couple of weeks ago, but I got carried away with all the other ones, there is much more content to come – I’m lagging behind but I’ll catch up. As a family, everyone in the house is always busy, someone is always either out or they…

Inspired By: Alex Atala

Alex Atala – or as I call him, Alex Atala of the Amazonas. Born in São Paulo, Brazil, he is the chef of D.O.M. (currently #16 in World’s 50 Best Restaurants). Alex is a proud Brazilian, he prides himself in incorporating native ingredients in his food and keeping true to his roots by providing a…

Recipe: Black Forest Gateaux Cupcakes (V)

So this is a “fun-sized” version of the classic Black Forest Gateaux cake. This came about when my niece and nephew came round to stay for the weekend, and I asked them if they wanted to bake something – of course they agreed. I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to experiment and try…

Bear Necessities: Indian Spices – Part 1

Whenever you hear the phrase “Indian Food”, almost anyone would associate it with spice. There’s a huge variety of spices used in Indian cooking. It’s these spices that create the explosive flavours in your mouth whenever you have a curry or some sort of Indian snack. So what you see in the picture below is…

Bear Experience: Catch-up with the crew at Papa J’s

I’m lucky enough to be one of those people that have groups of friends that if you don’t see each other or keep in contact for a while – when you do eventually meet up, the time spent apart is irrelevant. I think that’s an amazing quality in friendship if you are able to do…

Bear Experience: Brother’s birthday at ASK Italian

So – yesterday was my brother, Nishant’s, birthday. He has now turned to the tender age of 35. A lot of people look at him and then look at me and can’t believe that there is a 8 year gap between us. We didn’t really know what to get him for his birthday but my…