Under 30: Danish Open-Faced Rye Sandwich

Serves: 2 | Prep Time: 5 mins | Cook Time: 20 mins

After our amazing weekend in Copenhagen, we wanted to re-create what is perhaps their most famous delicacy. Sometimes known as snaps and sometimes known as smørrebrød, it was an absolute delight to try on our Food Tour of Copenhagen. The open-faced rye sandwiches are most often done with red onions, pickles, mayonnaise, eggs and beetroot, and now back in Sheffield, here is our attempt at it...


- 1/2 red onion, very thinly sliced
- 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
- salted butter
- 8 slices rye bread
- 4 tbsp mayonnaise
- 2 medium cooked beetroot, thinly sliced
- 2 radishes, thinly sliced
- 4 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and quartered
- small handful fresh dill
- 16 pickled cornichons, diced


1. Combine the red onion and vinegar in a bowl. Leave to pickle for 20 mins.
2. Meanwhile, spread a thin layer of butter on one side of the bread slices, then divide the mayonnaise between them. Arrange the beetroot, radishes, hard-boiled eggs, pickled red onion and dill fronds on top of the bread.
3. To serve, sprinkle with the coronations and season with sea salt and black pepper.

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Review: I Sea Pasta Pesto

Serves: 4 | Prep Time: 20 mins | Cook Time: 20 mins

As many people are, we are absolute pasta lovers: it's tasty, quick to make and so versatile, but today we bring you something healthier and free from friendly from of pasta. I Sea Pasta is organic, gluten free and vegan friendly - can you even go wrong?

Seamore’s founder mistook seaweed for pasta, loved the experience and decided to fool the rest of the world. I sea pasta looks like tagliatelle but is 100% wild, handpicked seaweed from Connemara, Ireland.

We have actually reviewed one of their other products before, I Sea Bacon. Seamore is turning seaweed into an everyday food. They are turning the healthiest, most sustainable ingredient on the planet into tasty, convenient and affordable food.

I know some of you may be thinking that sounds weird or maybe even disgusting, but honestly the seaweed taste doesn't taste as strong as it smells when boiling it. It is definitely not overpowering to the rest of the dish, if like me, you like your pasta with a bit of a bite, this 'pasta' still has that and is much more healthier - it could never replace the real deal but it sure will be a great alternative to stay healthy and for anyone who is gluten free!


100g I sea pasta (1 pack)
- 250g cherry tomatoes
- 30g basil
- 1 garlic clove
- Pepper and salt
- 75 dl extra virgin olive oil
- green pesto
- 2 tbl toasted pine nuts
- 30g parmesan cheese


1. Soak I sea pasta in lukewarm water for 20 min.

2. Rinse I sea pasta in a colander and put it into boiling water (make the sure pasta is under water). Let it cook for 20 min.

3. Meanwhile, cook the cherry tomatoes in olive oil until they are soft.

4. Rinse the cooked I sea pasta and stir it through the pesto.

5. To garnish use the cherry tomatoes.
Also you could add a piece of cooked fish, meator extra vegetables. Yummy.

Recipe from: https://seamorefood.com/i-sea-pasta-pesto/

Disclaimer: we were sent this product in exchange for a review. But as always, all our opinions and photos are our own.

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Copenhagen: Marv & Ben, Snaregade

Freshly baked bread brushed with bone marrow and buttermilk

Normally looking for cheap eats in the new cities we explore, we occasionally have to take exception. With Jessica's birthday weekend away to Copenhagen, we did without regret when we visited Snaregade's Marv & Ben, who lead the way with the finest Nordic cuisine in the city.

Everything is prepared from scratch here with a curious combination of ingredients that cannot be found elsewhere. Following the traditional 'small plate' culture that we first experienced in Oslo's Nord & Natt last month, we chose from Marv & Ben's 'Four Favourites' recommendation, which took us on a sophisticated journey of exquisite flavours. 

However beforehand, we were treated to some snacks... if that's what you want to call it. With everything from a hot chicken and garlic soup to warm us from the sub-zero temperatures outside to small bites of deer meat and mushroom, we prepared ourselves for a special evening ahead. 

With the best bread we've ever had with the smoothest of buttermilk, and a glass of their beautiful champagne, we toasted Jessica's birthday and before long, our first starter course arrived. 

Codfish, blue mussel & fermented asparagus 

Thanks to our trip to Lisbon in January and exposure to the Portuguese's massive appetite for cod fish, we have become massive fans of it and are looking to incorporate more fish into our home cooking. We were delighted to find it on the tasting menu here, and learnt that Portugal actually imports the freshest kinds of cod from Scandinavia. There was a heightened fish flavour from the blue mussel and kicks of garlic from the fermented asparagus which made all in all for huge punches of flavour and a melt-in-the-mouth start to proceedings. 

On with the fish theme, the floral verbena tones in our second appetiser of squid and leek was equally as delicious.

Squid, leek & verbena

It was a tough choice, but the main course of grilled pork belly, grilled beetroot and fermented raspberry was our favourite of the evening. The unbelievably tender meat, delicious sauce and the massive complimenting flavours were having a party in our mouths. We'd go back to that party every night if we could.

Grilled pork, beetroot & raspberry 

With the final of the 'Four Favourite's finishing our time here with an incredible dessert, we were full but left wanting so much more. As with Nord & Natt, the small plates will deceive you into thinking it won't be enough, but it is never the case.

How could we resist this amazing doughnut-like caramelised apple? The raw artichoke and artichoke chips gave crispy and soft textures with the lemon and thyme cream. It worked fantastically well and it was the best end to a journey through Copenhagen's dining culture, at the best place to have it. 

Caramelised apple, Jerusalem artichoke & lemon thyme

At 400 DKK (just under £50) per person for the 'Four Favourite's,' it was a splurge which was more than worth it. Each plate wasn't just full of food, but thought, care and character. No wonder Marv & Ben have found themselves in the Michelin Guide for six consecutive years and cemented itself as the best Nordic restaurant in Copenhagen.

Food: ★★★★★
Customer service: ★★★★★
Atmosphere: ★★★★★
Toilets: ★★★★

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Copenhagen: The Copenhagen Food Tour

Here we are again - another European city and another fantastic food tour. We were in the beautiful city of Copenhagen for Jessica's birthday weekend and couldn't pass off the opportunity to explore Denmark's culinary scene.

When finding the start point for Sandeman's New Europe Tour, we joked about the hotdog stands which are dotted around the city being a stop on the tour. 10 minutes later, and there we were enjoying something which definitely shouldn't be judged on its cover. These hotdogs are originally German, but have become the most popular street food in Denmark. Open all day and most of the night to capture the spill overs from the many bars and clubs, they were amazingly delicious.

There were raw onions, cooked onions, ketchup, mustard and pickles making for soft, crispy, hot and cold all in one mouthful. It's hard to find a quick and cheap snack in this affluent city but this is definitely the way to go and it was a fantastic way to kick off the tour.

Next up... beer! In Tap House there are 61 beers on tap which are all local to Copenhagen. The first of two tasters was an IPA and the second was a complete opposite in a coffee like stout. Drinking is key to the Danish concept of Hygge - locals mostly drink to relax and not get drunk. They have a deep care for the quality of the drinks and drink slowly to savour the taste and enjoy good company.

We were lucky to stumble across Torvehallerne markets just around the corner from our hotel when we first arrived. After a wander around and one of the best coffees we've ever had at The Coffee Collective, we were delighted to be back a few hours later on the tour. These food markets go way back to opening in 1889 but reopened as the glass containers they are today in 2011. 

With everything from cheese, Danish pastries and sushi, we tried their famous smorobrod (rye bread) with curry dip. It was spicy, melt in the mouth and completely perfect. 

That wasn't the last of the rye bread and that came as no surprise when we found out that on average a Dane consumes 30kg of it every year! It's often made at home to take out to school or work with simple ingredients on top. However restaurants like to jazz it up and at our next stop, Skaal, they did just that. 

With a board of smorobrod topped herring & capers and potatoes & eggs, we were treated to this famous Danish delicacy yet again. 'Skaal' translates into English as 'cheers' and more IPA's followed out to enjoy alongside. 

What would a tour of Copenhagen be if we didn't end with Danish pastries? These often used as an afternoon snack was the perfect way to end a fantastic tour. 

Shorter than most tours we've done in other cities at around 2.5 hours, we were in walking distance between each stop and managed many new parts of Copenhagen along the way. Our guide, Laura, was amazing and we'd fully recommend this fantastic culinary experience.

Disclaimer: we were given discounted tickets to the Sandeman's New Europe Food Tour in exchange for an honest review. However as always, all pictures and views are our own.

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Event: Brunching Bloggers at Arlo's Battersea

Since releasing our first ever #BrunchingBloggers event at Annie's Restaurant last year in October - we were excited to get planning for 2018! To kick off our 2018 dates, located 5 minutes walk from Clapham Junction station, we headed down to Arlo's in Battersea on the crisp morning of Saturday 24th February. 



Budget Series: Aubergine, Bean and Potato Curry #Nomineat

Serves: 3-4 | Prep Time: 5 mins | Cook Time: 40 mins

We were approached by Sheffield Futures to join their cooking campaign in support of Money For Life. Sheffield Futures is dedicated to helping Sheffield's young people to reach their full potential and achieve the best out of life, whatever their starting point.



Restaurant: Koko - Ecclesall Road, Sheffield

Seared selection - 3pcs seared salmon nigiri, 3pcs seared tuna nigiri, 2pcs seared seabass nigiri, 2pcs seared tobiko salmon temari, 2pcs seared sesame schichimi tuna temari - £16


Valentine's Day: Kettle Black - Ecclesall Road, Sheffield

The connotations and images conjured up from the words "a Sheffield night out" probably don't resonate with the photos you're looking at here. As a final year student, the joys of the infamous Corp and Tank et al nights have long faded, and damn, some would say I've even matured in that respect. The city definitely needed an alternative and low and behold, here we are for the first time here at Kettle Black, an exclusive cocktail and wine bar on the golden mile of Ecclesall Road. 


Oslo: Best Places For Coffee

If you've been following us for long enough, you'd know that we love coffee almost as much as we love food. Here we are in Norway, the second highest coffee drinking nation in the world, so naturally we made it our quest to find Oslo's best cup of coffee. 


Oslo: The Culinary Deluxe Food Tour

Following on from our food tour outings in Lisbon, we took to Oslo and couldn't let the opportunity pass to do another. The Culinary Deluxe Food Tour, led by fantastic guide Jean-Pierre, led us to four different local spots, all with a fascinating history and tremendous food.


Oslo: Nord & Natt, Tøyen

Baked porcine mushroom and ginger butter toast

Our European foodie adventures continue! It is our first time in Scandinavia and after hearing about their 'small plate' dining culture, we were out to find and experience the very best of this. And boy, did we find it.


Restaurant: The Dysart Arms - Bunbury, Cheshire

Sunday roast beef with Yorkshire pudding, potatoes and vegetables - £14.95

It was a week before my, James' birthday and as we were jetting off to Oslo for the big day itself, we took the trip to Chester for the weekend. Starting things off with Afternoon Tea in Manchester on the Saturday, we spent the Sunday out in the Cheshire countryside to enjoy a proper pub lunch with the grandparents. 



Afternoon Tea: Lounge on 12 - Spinningfields, Manchester

Our Lisbon posts have come to an end, but fear not, we are back in the not so sunny Manchester for something we haven't done in too long - have some Afternoon Tea!


Lisbon: Inside Lisbon Food & Wine Tour

We ended our Lisbon trip as we started it... on a food tour! We don't usually do more than one in a certain place, but we underestimated the Secret Food Tour in terms of its wine offering so booked this as well. But of course, we soon learnt that the Portuguese seem to drink it like water, but no complaints from us - we had two fantastic evenings out if it! 

It was intriguing to compare the two tours and we actually revisited two of the stops from a few days earlier, but as we tried different delicacies, we were very happy and we were knew we were in for some fantastic food and drink.

Starting at Rossio Square, our first stop was Cafe Beira Gare, which translated into English means "by the train." As you may guess, it was located next to the station that goes to nearby Sintra, which we were gutted we didn't have time to visit during our time in Lisbon. 

Here we tried cod fish cake bites which are normally enjoyed like this as a snack, or part of a main meal including rice. The green wine which was on draught... yes draught ladies and gentlemen, was superbly refreshing. 

Walking up towards Castelo de Sao George and taking a few public passenger lifts to avoid the hills, we arrived at our second destination, Espumantaria do Petisco. We yet again enjoyed some sparkling green wine but it was strangely a fact about the glasses we drank it from which was more memorable - they were shaped and moulded to the size of Marie Antoinette's breasts... weird. 


Lisbon: Where To Eat - Cheap Eats

We never claim to be luxury travellers - our top secret to being able to travel the way we have is to do your research. Not all good things have to be expensive, and not everything that is cheap is bad. Before our trip we did a lot of research on the best 'cheap eats' in a city which can sting naive tourists and leave you disappointed. 



Lisbon: The Best Custard Tarts

If you've ever been to Lisbon, you will know that you can't pass a street corner without seeing a bakery or pastry shop with window displays full of these little beauties. The custard tart is a national treasure, and we couldn't pass up the opportunities to try a nice selection of them whilst we were over there in the beautiful city. 

1. Fábrica da Nata
Praça dos Restauradores 62 -68, 1250-110 Lisboa

If you saw our last post from the Secret Food Tour, you would know that this is where our tour guide brought us for what she believed to be the best tart in town. Did we agree? We certainly did and we hit the jackpot first time as it was actually the first that we had. Perfect pastry, not too hard and not too soft on the inside. Goldilocks would have loved it! It was just right.


Lisbon: Secret Food Tour

What a way to kick off our 2018 foodie travels! When I, James opened the envelope on Christmas Day revealing Lisbon as our first travel destination of the year, the custard tart themed dreams began. As all great international trips have it, a food tour would be the way that we chose to explore a new city and its culinary history, and here in Lisbon, their Secret Food Tour had it all...


Event: The Reggae Brunch, London

Starter: Lamb Patties + Saltfish Fritters

Calling all bloggers who love to brunch! Fed up of your typical avocado on toast and poached egg or simply looking for something new to try? You've obviously come to the right place. Last month I attended my very first Reggae Brunch event, sadly another event without James but of course with my trustee fellow blogger, Ashlee Moyo.



Lunchbox: Couscous Stuffed Peppers

Following our previous lunchbox post, I have decided to create another couscous post because I am sure you have not used the whole packet from the last dish (yay to saving money)



Under 30: Soft Cheese Gnocchi with Bacon & Spinach

I don't know about you but gnocchi hasn't always been something I think of straight away when planning for a meal. We've had it once before and we simply knew we wanted to have it again.


Restaurant: Gail's Bakery - Queen's Park, London

On a cold and crisp Wednesday morning with a multitude of bags and ready to head back up North, my time in London would only become complete with a trip to Gail's. I'm going to miss it! A stone throw away from Queen's Park station is what has become our favourite London coffee shop and bakery, and it's a real wonder we haven't written about it before.


Lunchbox: Turkey Couscous Salad


I know we're already 4 days into the new year, but this is officially the first post on this blog for 2018 and to kick off the year, I, Jessica am a new woman. If you didn't already know, I recently got a new job and in my previous I used to work 5 minutes walk away from my house, which was super convenient and such a money saver. Going home for lunch everyday, how could that not be a dream?
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