Brunch At All Bar One Norwich

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Last weekend, after getting around 3 hours sleep, we set of in the quest for brunch. We had been invited by the lovely people at All Bar One to come along and review the re-fit in the Norwich restaurant. I can't tell you how much we needed breakfast food and coffee. Although by the time we had our brunch at 11 I had already been up 8 hours! 

We decided that we would order one egg dish each and then get a few dishes to share. Oh my goodness. It was exactly what we needed. 

I ordered the Eggs Florentine. Toasted English muffin topped with sauteed spinach, grilled portobello mushrooms and poached free range eggs. Served with Omega seed sprinkle and lemon hollandaise. It was incredible. I had never had poached eggs before because I thought they were rubbery. Oh no. They are delicious, the runny yolk was just perfect. The combination of everything was delicious. I have a thing for seeds at the moment and they really added that extra bit of crunch. I think you would miss that if you didn't have it. 

My husband ordered Poached Free Range Eggs with Seasonal Mushrooms. Sauteed in garlic and parsley butter served on toasted sourdough. My husband really loved the mushrooms, he said they were the best thing out of all the food we ate. The eggs were cooked perfectly and he really enjoyed the sourdough bread.

We ordered a cold press juice too. I originally went for a beetroot, carrot, lemon and ginger. And my husband ordered the pumpkin, carrot, cinnamon and ginger. We swapped in the end preferring each others. I didn't enjoy the beetroot one. I expected it to be sweeter but it was almost savoury. It really wasn't my cup of tea. 

We shared a plate of pancakes. My husband claims to make the best pancakes in the world (they are really good!) so these had a lot of live up to. They were really good. You can't go wrong with maple syrup, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and banana. Edith enjoyed some of these too.

My husband being the fussy man he is (don't tell him I said that) doesn't like smoked food. The bacon at All Bar One is all smoked so he asked if they would make up a special for him. Luckily the staff were great about it and the chef made him a sausage ciabatta. It was exactly the same as the bacon ciabatta of the menu but with sausages instead. It was glorious. We halved it which made my stomach rather happy. My husband wanted to try the sausages as they were damson, Cumberland sausages. He has a thing for damson. In all honesty I couldn't taste the damson very strongly but that was a good thing. I'm not a massive fan of cooked fruit so if it was strong I probably wouldn't have enjoyed them as much as I did. 

We then had a coffee each and ordered 2 croissants. I took mine home with me and ate it at my mums later on. The pastry was lovely and flakey on the outside and soft in the middle.

As for the restaurant it looks amazing! The re-fit is lovely and very IG friendly. Did you see my brunch flatlay?

It also passed the child friendly test. Edith escaped a couple of times and crawled on the floor. Her tights were still clean which shows the cleanliness. (Of course if it was really buys we wouldn't have let her crawl about). They were really accommodating to Edith too. Chopping up a banana for her and talking to her. For once Edith didn't go all shy either which is great!

Overall we had a great experience and if you're in Norwich and looking for somewhere to eat I couldn't recommend it enough!

We were kindly invited to All Bar One to review the menu and re-fit. All opinions are our own.

Pumpkin Spiced Norfolk Scone

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Bettys British Halloween Pumpkin Spiced Norfolk Scone

Bettys British Halloween Pumpkin Spiced Norfolk Scone

Bettys British Halloween Pumpkin Spiced Norfolk Scone

The very lovely people at Bettys asked me to come up with a recipe for Halloween. But it's not just any Halloween celebration it's A Very British Halloween. It got me thinking that a lot of Halloween foods and traditions are considered American. Now there is nothing wrong with that at all, but isn't it just lovely when something is British. And then I got thinking some more (I know that's a lot of thinking) why not make it something local?

Queue a few brainstorms, a phone call to my mum to ask her opinion and then suddenly it was decided. A pumpkin spiced Norfolk scone. I mean can you get more British than a scone? (Oh just so you know, I say scone as in gone).

Of course the recipe needed to have some Halloween flavours and what says Halloween more than pumpkin? I combined mixed spice, cinnamon and ginger with butter and brown sugar to fill the middle of the scone.

I loved the idea of a Norfolk scone as it's one big one that you cut up and serve like a slice of cake, perfect for a Halloween get together. This has become one of my favourite recipes I've ever developed and I'm so excited to share it with you!

Bettys British Halloween Pumpkin Spiced Norfolk Scone

Bettys British Halloween Pumpkin Spiced Norfolk Scone

Bettys British Halloween Pumpkin Spiced Norfolk Scone

Bettys British Halloween Pumpkin Spiced Norfolk Scone

Pumpkin Spiced Norfolk Scone

- Serves 10 - 

For the scone:

560g self - raising flour

2 level teaspoons of baking powder

125g butter or margarine

60g demerara sugar

2 medium eggs, beaten

145ml whole milk

For the filling:

90g soft butter

60g demerara sugar

200g pumpkin, cooked and mashed

2 teaspoons of ground ginger

2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon

2 teaspoons of mixed spice

For decoration:

Extra milk and sugar for the top

100g icing sugar

In a bowl combine the flour, baking powder and sugar. Rub in the butter.

Add the eggs and stir until combined.

Gradually add the milk until a soft dough has formed.

Turn the mixture onto a floured surface.

Divide the mix into two.

Roll out to 1/2 an inch thick.

Place one half onto a lined baking tray.

In a separate bowl combine the butter, pumpkin, sugar and spices. Mix together until you have a thick, spreadable paste.

Spread over the the half on the baking tray.

Place the other half of scone on top of the scone on the baking tray.

Brush over a light coat of milk and a small sprinkling of sugar.

Bake for 30 - 35 minutes, until golden brown.

You will need to turn the tray half way through cooking to ensure an even bake.

If the top browns too quickly, cover with a piece of baking parchment.

Once baked leave to cool.

Make up a glace icing, combing the icing sugar and enough water to make a thick icing. 

Place the icing into a disposable piping bag and delicately pipe a cobweb on top.

Leave to set.

Serve with a good vanilla ice cream, thick double cream or with a good cup of tea. 

Written for Bettys. 

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Weekly Meal Plan #16

Monday, October 24, 2016

Hurrah it's half term. I used to hate half term with a passion when I worked in retail. It was always busy and you'd be chasing kids round all day who would cause trouble. I didn't even get to see my husband that much, even though he had the whole week off I would work extra days so we would spend 1 day together. Now. Half term means a week of parenting together. Wahoo! It means I get to go to the toilet without having to take a baby. What a luxury.
It also means that I can cook things that are a little bit more complicated not too complicated because I can't be bothered to stand over a hot oven for ages but it's nice to be able to cook without entertaining a baby at the same time. 

As it is half term we will be doing our food shop today, instead of the usual Sunday shop/ I'll be sending out a newsletter this week so please make sure you have subscribed to it! (Click here to do that) I'll let you know where we shop and how much it cost in the newsletter.

This weeks meals are:


Beef Kofta Curry 


Ricotta Fritters in a Tomato Sauce


Chicken Pasta Herby Ragu


One Pot Chicken and Bacon Stew


Beef Satay with Rice

I've pinned some of the recipes from the week to my Pinterest board. Take a look here.

What's on your menu this week?
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