Homecooked meal that deserves a blog post on its own.

I have just moved to a little market town for a few months and initially I was really dreading it as yes … I like busy bustling cities which are filled to the brim with lots of clothes shops and Mothercare. Maybe I am just that sort of person who is just generally happy but I have to say it is really rather enjoyable or I am just ‘nesting’ haha. There are not many nice eateries here therefore I am extra diligent in cooking homecooked meals for the husband and I. The markets and fresh produce here are just amazing and oh so cheap (competitively priced).

image

There is lots on offer and every bowl is a quid. Brilliant! We have stopped going to the supermarkets for fruit and veg.

image

image

image

Its not only the food. Amazing flowers and pet accessories too. I would love to learn how to do floral arrangements but I need a vase to start. Haha!

image

image

Yesterday was market day. I came back with a fillet of haddock, some scallops from the trusty market fishmonger. He is my ‘friend’ now. I specifically bought a huge piece of steak for the husband and a variety of fruits and veg.

image

I bought 6 passionfruits too and I was totally clueless on how you ‘pick’ them. They will hopefully be made into cookies or a cheesecake *fingers crossed*

Anyways, the point of the post is to share what I whipped up yesterday! Its true..the secret to great food is just fresh ingredients.

Presenting ….

image

The husbands mighty rump steak served with new potatoes, grilled tomatoes on vine and topped with scallops seared in a garlic butter sauce.

image

I wanted fish.

image

Fillet of haddock in a slightly vinaigrette sauce served with the same potatoes, tomatoes and a scallop. I included fresh coriander for good measure too.

Hope you enjoyed the post. I need to get back to packing your orders. Since we shared this gorgeous penguin and reindeer chocs made by our lovely customer Carlie Smallbone with our moulds, lots of them were ordered yesterday :)

Till the next post .. have a wonderful bank holiday weekend.
image

Of little kicks and my blossoming bump :)

Hello world! Thought I might document some pregnancy tales and pictures as it must be rather nice to read at a later point. I was one of those crazy women who went on and said ‘I am pregnant’ but I have not actually missed my ‘time of the month’ just yet. The husband is definitely more sensible than I am and insisted we keep it hush hush for a while. Somehow, that did not work very well and we told our families. We were excited. Haha! I did however keep it ‘private’ till the end of my first trimester.

On the 1st of June, I decided to tell the ‘online world’ that I was blessed to be growing a little human. Lots (if not majority) of Baked By Me online friends are mummies and boy, you guys were overjoyed for me :) Appreciate all your love. It was mad, I posted this picture with a teeny bump to share the happy news …image

… and I received abundant love and kind words! 550 likes for that one post alone on Baked By Me’s FB page. Rather overwhelming but so very kind :) Thank you! Facebook and Instagram is such a wonderful platform to ask for opinions like, should I buy this? or that? Lots of mummies took time to write and justify which brand they chose etc.

Going to share some ‘progress’ pictures of my baby bump. I am really enjoying being pregnant other than the fact that I CANNOT fit into lots and lots of clothes even in the early stage of pregnancy. I find myself rummaging through the sales as well as Primark … loads! I cannot justify buying an item of clothing that is more pricey as I get to wear it for like 2 weeks. I have gone from a UK size 4 to a UK size 10 and now a 12! Thankfully, I have been told that I don’t look like a 12 (perhaps they are lying).

I was in the fitting room with my mum and I told her that there is no point picking anything that is smaller than a UK 10. Initially she did not believe me till we both burst into ‘uncontrollable’ laughter as I struggled to put on size 10 jeans AND it was one of those maternity ones. Oh help me (ps. this was still in the first trimester!)

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

My new favourite hobby : window ‘baby’ shopping. I never knew I could enjoy walking around Mothercare or Kiddicare with such gusto. Haha! I have been really good though and have not bought anything.. big or small.

Sometime in June, I bought my first pregnancy ‘must have’ ! The pregnancy pillow. It was recommended by so many of you on Facebook and Instagram that I succumbed and went out and forced the husband to buy one for me :D Might as well start using it earlier to make the most of it since its not a cheap ‘bolster’. It is such a brilliant buy.  Its very comfortable and it ‘coaxes’ me to sleep on my left side. I always sleep on my back but recently my back has been killing me and this bolster is a great reminder that I should sleep on my side. ( Shh initially, the husband wanted to head on out and buy another just because he liked it too)image

I was really keen to find out whether baby is a boy or girl just so I can finally start buying one or two items. Lo and behold, the baby crossed his or her legs during the 20 week scan. How cheeky!

We might not be able to find out anymore unless we opt to go for a scan privately. I have not started buying gender-neutral goodies as preferably I would like to dress the baby in pretty florals and very girlish things or very macho boyish clothes. Forget the whites :D Perhaps this is a good thing as I have yet to purchase anything for the baby!

 

image

image

image

image

The pram + car seat is giving me a headache as there is just so many brands out there. Lots of different recommendations which is wonderful but I have no clue which one we should invest in. Initially, I was pretty keen on the Quinny but have changed my mind due to the basket size. The Uppababy is just lovely but might be a bit on the ‘large’ side. Oh well, there’s still time to scout around. Ps. still open to suggestions or sponsors (jokes).

image

image

Hmmm, baby book. Keen to purchase one just because it must be quite nice to flip through one and compare growth charts etc. I have zero pregnancy books, therefore I am not that crazy.image

image

image

image

Let’s just hope there will be lots of offers and sales when we finally start shopping! Excited to welcome our little bundle of joy in November.

xxx

Sacré Cœur & A La Pomponnette

Sacré Cœur

I did loads and loads of walking in Paris. This is the little cobbled street leading to the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris. Sacré Cœur. Second time at this touristy point but ever so amazing sitting and admiring the view. Its at the highest point in Paris on the hill of Montmarte.

Leading up to Sacré Cœur

After a spot of sightseeing, we had the best meal ever at A La Pomponnette! Rustic feel and look AND the food was just AMAZING. Exquisite even. Not pretentious and very authentic French food. Very patient service too as they had to translate their menu one by one just for me :D It was pretty challenging to decide as everyone around me are little fuss pots since I am preggers. Therefore, cannot eat loads of cheeses, raw or undercooked meats etc etc. I settled for scallops since the waiter gave me a disapproving look and a huge no no when I pondered about a well done steak. My husband enjoyed the steak and he thought it was the best ever steak he had in his lifetime and he really does LOVE his steak.

A La Pomponnette, Paris

A La Pomponnette, Paris

A La Pomponnette, Paris

A La Pomponnette

Very very happy customers! If you find yourself in Paris, I highly recommend

À LA POMPONNETTE

Montmartre 42 rue Lepic 75018 Paris
Enjoy :) :)

Very cool Party Stands.

Hello there! Gosh I have been naughty and neglecting the little blog. I do have lots of exciting news though :) For those of you who follow us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, you probably know! As always, I have taken a million pictures or so documenting my little holiday and ‘journey’. More posts to come *fingers crossed*. On the ‘Baked By Me’ end, we have been shipping lots of unique and oh very very cool party stands! They come in 4 different themes. Fish and chip! A whimsical and fun ice cream van stand! Clever reversible hotdog and popcorn stand and last but not least a gourmet street van that is just perfect for world cup or summer parties. They come flat packed so they are easy to store. Just wipe clean after use. Ps. they also come with little extras. Do browse HERE for our full range.

We are having introductory prices :) Usually £14.99. They are currently £12.50 for a limited time only. Flat rate UK delivery £2.99, free delivery on orders over £25. So if you purchase 2, its FREE delivery. Ps. we had lots of customers purchasing all 4 or multiples of each for their party displays.

Fish and Chip Stand available on HERE.

Create your very own British beach themed party with our traditional party size Fish & Chip Stall.
Includes: 1 x card stand, 12 x paper newspaper print chipcones, ‘A’ board sign and stickers to personalise.

H 40cm x W 30cm x D 24.5cm

Fish and Chips Party Stand

Fish and Chip Party Stand

The Ice Cream Van Stand got to be my personal favourite if I had to choose one. Have a sneaky peek on our website ;)

Add ice creams and treats, sweets and cakes or fill the paper cones with sweets.
Card van stand pack includes 12 x paper ice cream cones, ‘A’ board sign and stickers to personalise.

H 34cm x W 37cm x D 20cm
Ice Cream Van Party Stand Ice Cream Van Party Stand - flat packedOur very clever reversible Hot Dog and Popcorn Stand. Great value for money, its like buying 2 stands! Browse on HERE.

A clever fully reversible stand that will delight guests.
Extras include:12 x paper popcorn holders, chalk board sign and stickers to personalise.

H 38cm x W 32cm x D 18.5cm

Reversible Hot Dog & Popcorn Stand
Reversible Hot Dog & Popcorn Stand

Vibrant and colourful! Introducing our Gourmet Street Food Van! Perfect for the sizzling weather we have at the moment. Purchase from our online shop.

3 Tier card stand includes 12 decorative paper cones to fill with sweet or savoury nibbles, chalk boad sign and stickers to personalise.

H 34cm x W 37cm x D 20cm

Gourmet Street Van Party Stand Gourmet Street Van Party Stand

Do message or email us if you have any queries. We are always on our FB, Twitter or Instagram page.

Bill’s Restaurant

I was in Bristol a while back & stumbled into Bill’s after Patiserie Valerie told us that they don’t do breakfast at that branch. What a delight! Such a beautiful cozy place to enjoy breakfast.

image
A large pot for tea! It was not filled to the top :D
image

Eggs Royale! One of my favourite things to eat for breakfast. Poached eggs served over smoked salmon, hollandaise, pumpkin seeds and toasted sour dough.

image

image

Look at that yolk! Oooozeeeeee baby :Dimage
Guess what? I think Bill’s is coming to Nottingham!!!! I am well excited, cannot wait to drop by.
image

Mimi is too cute for words.

Meet Mimi, one of my very affectionate cat. She crawled into my arms seeking attention.

image

She was so comfy and relaxed, she had a little snooze!! Its not a particularly comfy position. Mimi’s nearly ‘vertical’.

image

Awwww bless! Look at her contented little face.

image

You have to excuse my pyjamas. Haha!! Hope you enjoyed these pictures. Xxx

Hello everyone

Big wave hello! The blog has been slightly neglected of the late. We have been busy with eating 😅😂 whoops I mean new goodies! Look!!

image

image

image

Yes I update loads on our other social media sites mainly Facebook & Twitter. Since I started Instagram though.. I have to admit that it has been wonderful not only for my entertainment but also for Baked By Me. There’s no limit on words like Twitter and its very image focused and I am sure you have realised by now I enjoy taking photos especially of food and desserts.. erm and my cats. Haha! I have made new friends on there and love having a nosey at what they cook and bake! An added plus point would be the orders that come our way :) Thank you. Facebook has always been kind to us although it is frustrating that we have 9500 people that are interested in our page, goodies etc BUT most of our posts is only seen by 300-500 people. We understand as Facebook is a business too and Baked By Me does not pay FB for advertisements. Nothimg to fret about :) I will update our sites as much as possible and perhaps you can drop by our page from time to time too.

Oh yes, I wanted to share some ‘order packing’ pics. Enjoy xxx

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

Previous Older Entries

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 266 other followers