Apple and Cinnamon Upside Down Cake (recipe review)

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A few weeks ago, I decided to bake this upside-down cake recipe that  I found online. Upside down cakes are beneficial in the sense that toppings are less likely to be burnt and you can recognise more clearly whether the cake is fully baked (it will spring back at the touch).

The end product was super soft! Extremely nourishing with a soft texture and succulent apples (as I accidentally used pink lady apples instead of the intended cooking apples my mum bought, whoops!). It’s final appearance consists of caramelised apples creating a golden brown appearance for a warm, autumnal feel.

If you wish to try the recipe I just have a few tips before you do. When making the toffee to cover the apples, slow cook the sugar and butter, of which you only need very little: about 1/10 of butter on the recipe is needed. For the cinnamon lovers out there (like me!), sprinkle a generous topping of cinnamon over the apples. For the cake, use plain flour. When separating the egg whites and yolk, if some yolk ends up in the whites don’t worry, the whites should still foam up, at which point you can fold them into the cake mixture. To prevent yolk and white mixing, however, you can separate one egg at a time into a small bowl before combining all the whites together. 

Overall, I highly recommend this recipe! I loved it! 

-afoodexplorer

Pizza express and Paradice (not a spelling error, I promise!)

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A teacher training day (i.e a day off school) meant a trip to Pizza Express with two friends was achievable. No lie, we were counting down the days until our lunch date.

As we arrived, feeling rather grown up eating at a restaurant without adults, we were immediately ready to order, having pre decided our meal in our  elated anticipation.

I ordered my favourite: garlic bread with mozzarella for starter and padana pizza for main. I must comment, I may have had a slight (euphemism) pronounciation difficulty when ordering.

Despite my struggle and slight embarrassment, when the food arrived it exceeded expectations. The sweet, succulent, caramelised onions, combined with the soft spinach and the desired, bitter goats cheese was delightful. 

For dessert, after struggling with split payments and voucher usage at Pizza Express (I recommend downloading the app VoucherCodes for a number of offers) we decided to visit Paradice, a gelateria on Harborne high street, Birmingham. With a range of intriguing flavours, and variety of treats available, we were spoilt for choice. 

Below is my choice: warmed chocolate brownie accompanied with rocky road and strawberry lace ice cream. Only £5! Although the strawberry lace ice cream will only appeal to specific taste buds, it was intriguing to try. The brownie and rocky road ice cream are must haves for the avid chocolate fans out there, though.

My friends both chose the melted cookie and vanilla ice cream displayed below. The 20minutes preparation time was definitely worth the wait for the melt in the mouth dessert!


I highly recommend Pizza Express and Paradice for an indulgent treat if you happen to be in Harborne.

-afoodexplorer x

P.S. I am also planning on posting another Paradice blog if I am able to try some other desserts!

Raspberry Rose Profiteroles

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A quick review:


Good old waitrose has surpassed expectations with these delicious profiteroles.

The texture combination of the creamy filling, soft icing and sugar crystals decor are truly delightful. 

The bright pink icing truly drew my eye to this product whilst pondering around the desserts isle at Waitrose; the attraction didn’t stop there. The quality of this product, with it’s strongly rose infused icing, the flavour lasting on the tongue, has meant this dessert has truly added a burst of joy to my evening.

So quickly, buy if possible! I highly recommend.

-afoodexplorer x

Wahaca!

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A surprise London visit for my birthday landed me in this modern mexican restaurant, Wahaca. What a name! With the decor (photo) visibly colourful, bold and vibrant, my excitement was almost unbearable! I was rushing to my seat in anticipation of the Mexican menu! 

What’s more, the service was delightful! We were welcomed with high spirit and laughter as the menu was presented to us. Already with the joy of seeing Matilda later in the day (go see it if you can! The choreography is especially astounding: so intricate and cunning!) I was eager to start ordering  food.

As I indulged in the delicious mini tacos filled with meat, spices and vegetables, we were informed by the waiter of the social objective of Wahaca. Their street food menu consists of dishes to share, in order to make the meal a more sociable event. What a wonderful idea in this modern world of technology!

This restaurant is an excellent place to try for those hoping to try tasters of multiple different Mexican based dishes, and who take pleasure from a little chilli, accentuating the flavours of the dishes. 

If this review does not entirely encourage you to try out this place, why not check out their menu just incase: Wahaca Menu

-afoodexplorer x

Why I Have Decided To Create a Blog

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As my first blog, this will just be a little insight into what this blog will be about.

So firstly, who am I? I am a teenager (I know, we don’t usually enjoy writing, or interacting for that matter, but I have decided to give it a go)  with a love for food. But what does that mean?

By love of food, I mean I love to try new food, from the Cambodian Fish Amok, to a dish more available at home such as the sweet, delectable treat- a cinnamon roll. The photo accompanying this post is one of the many photos of food I was able to capture of Cambodian treats during my outstanding visit there; I am hoping to produce a post about the interesting flavours and dishes I sampled, and even made, during my travels there. Also, as part of my food tech course, I have been able to expand my love, developing my own products (which I also hope to produce blogs about) from published recipes.

This blog, I hope, will provide you with expressive reviews of new foods and cafes, which I have experienced from where I live and around the world. I’m hoping to provide you with the recipes I have developed: presenting the new and exciting dishes (mostly sweet treats due to my own slight weakness to indulge in them once in a while) to you.

Finally, the reasons for choosing to write a food blog? Well, I have recently been informed it is a good way to invest myself within the food industry, an industry I am hoping to work in, in the near future. By having my own blog, I can surround myself with blogs of similar content as mine, or even with a twist I have not yet considered; I am opening my mind to a variety of blog styles and food reviews. When the idea of blogging was described to me, I instantly became intrigued and excited to start one. So here it is, and I hope you enjoy!

-afoodexplored