Blog Posts by Jo Romero

  • 12 Brilliantly Vintage Tea Party Ideas

    Here are some tips to celebrate the Marie Curie Blooming Great Tea Party charity event!

    Everyone loves tea parties. And just in case you needed another excuse to have one, from the 20-29 June Marie Curie are holding a Blooming Great Tea Party event, encouraging you to host a tea party for charity. We’ve rounded up some beautiful recipe ideas to get you started…

    Raspberry Meringue Dark Chocolate Sandwiches

    [Baking A Moment][Baking A Moment]

    The great thing about these meringues is that you can make them the day before so you have less to do on the day of your tea party. They’re beautiful, they’re rose-shaped and I bet they taste pretty gorgeous, too. These raspberry meringue sandwiches with whipped dark chocolate ganache were made by Allie, from the Baking A Moment blog.

    Cranachan Ice Cream
    [Coffee Muffins][Coffee Muffins]

    Lauren at the blog Coffee Muffins gives us a twist on the traditional Scottish treat, Cranachan. She’s tweaked a raspberry ripple ice cream recipe, adding whisky and an oat praline layer, turning the whole thing into a beautiful Cranachan ice cream, served in lovely vintage tea cups. A refreshing alternative to all that

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  • Nine Insane Flavour Combinations That Shouldn’t Work But Definitely Do

    What do you mean you don’t rub coffee over your steak before frying it?

    What about a twist or two of black pepper over sweet, juicy strawberries? There are some weird flavour combos that shouldn’t really turn our taste buds into fireworks but they do. Fancy trying any of these?

    Coffee and Rib-Eye Steak

    [The Lemon Bowl][The Lemon Bowl]

    Don’t believe me? Do a quick internet search and you’ll find out that beef cooked with coffee is a totally a thing. Liz from The Lemon Bowl has developed this recipe for Coffee Crusted Grilled Rib-eyes which she says “creates this mouth-watering, sweet and smoky crust that seals in the juices and keeps the beef tender.” Sounds amazing. You’ll also find these two paired up in casseroles, slow-cooked briskets and chilli con carne.

    Strawberry and Black Pepper

    “It may sound odd, but black pepper makes strawberries taste more like strawberries with a little peppery tickle on your tongue. I’m not talking a dash of black pepper. I’m talking a lot of black pepper, don’t be shy.” This is Meseidy, from the blog The Noshery, who knows a bit about this strange food

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  • 11 Incredible Hot Dog Toppings That Will Transform Your BBQ

    Turn your woeful wiener into the dog of dreams with these delicious toppings

    Ever since the whole gourmet hot dog trend, hot dogs just haven’t been quite the same. We’ve become more creative with our hot hog toppings - somehow, a squirt of ketchup just doesn’t do the trick any more. Ever topped a hot dog with a fried egg? You’ll want to, after you read this…

    Mac and Cheese

    [Shared Appetite][Shared Appetite]

    Yep, I’ll admit that along with the bun, this is a bit of a carb-fest, but in theory it works brilliantly. Salty, smoky frankfurter with oozy cheese sauce and soft pasta. They were created by Chris, from the blog Shared Appetite. “Your family is totally going to love these Macaroni and Cheese Topped Hot Dogs,” he says, “because hello… they are macaroni and cheese topped hot dogs. Duh.”

    [The Cozy Apron][The Cozy Apron]

    This Reuben Hot Dog was inspired by the sandwich of the same name - a deli roll that’s topped with sauerkraut and a Russian dressing. It was created by Ingrid, from the blog The Cozy Apron - and there’s Swiss cheese melted onto the bun first. Tempting, isn’t it?

    Cheddar Cheese
    [How Sweet It Is][How Sweet It Is]

    We have Jessica from the

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  • 9 Brilliant and Unusual Ways To Drink a Cup of Tea

    Mojitos, smoothies and cocktails - ditch the milk and two sugars in favour of these sweet treats

    We all love a good old-fashioned cup of tea - but there are other ways to drink it than just with milk and sugar, you know. Get more creative with your afternoon brew and have a look at these gorgeous drinks. Tea cocktails, iced teas and cosy warming teas, we’ve got them all…

    Mango Bubble Tea


    This fruity, chilled drink is made using good old black tea - Heather from the blog Sprinklebakes has added some fruity ingredients and boba tapioca pearls to make this beautiful bubble tea. Perfect for summer. Visit Sprinklebakes for step by step instructions on how to make it yourself.

    Earl Grey Tea Cocktail
    [Sugar and Charm][Sugar and Charm]

    A cool, elegant Earl Grey Tea cocktail for you now, from Eden at Sugar and Charm. It’s spiked with gin and delicately flavoured with lemon and lavender. It just screams summer, doesn’t it? “It has a very mild flavour, like tea with a dash of lemon, a touch of lavender and then lightly sweetened with honey simple syrup,” writes Eden.

    Thai Iced Tea
    [White on Rice Couple][White on Rice Couple]

    Got some black tea and coconut milk in your

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  • Superfoods: The Facts You NEED To Know

    Goji berries, coconut oil, seaweed - which of these supposed 'superfoods' are worth eating?

    We’ve all heard the hype surrounding some of these ‘superfoods’ - foods that are thought to be best for our health - things like bone broth, coconut oil and seaweed. But are they all really that good for us? And are there any little-known, everyday foods that can do wonders for us, too? We ask nutrition experts to give us the lowdown…

    Coconut Oil

    [Jo Romero][Jo Romero]

    We’re stir-frying with it, spooning it into green tea and swishing it around in our mouths to get whiter teeth, lose weight and fend off cancers and diabetes. But what do the experts say? Emma Brown is a nutritionist at Nutracheck. “Coconut oil contains a large amount of lauric acid,” she says. “This is a type of saturated fat which has been found to increase the good cholesterol in our blood - which may lead to a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease.” However, she adds that, “in terms of its superfood status, there is simply not enough conclusive scientific evidence and trials in humans to conclude that coconut oil protects against various

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  • Three All-In-One Dinners You Didn’t Know You Could Make in a Frying Pan

    There are plenty of tasty, traditional dinners that you can cook in the oven - but what if you want to save on washing up, or if you’re cooking just for one?

    Macaroni Cheese
    While this isn’t a traditional recipe for mac and cheese, cooking it all in one frying pan - from beginning to end - can still be done. You just cook the pasta in the pan with just enough water and then stir in the ingredients for the creamy, cheesy sauce. Serves 2.

    [Jo Romero][Jo Romero]

    150g macaroni or other small pasta shape (ditalini would also be good)
    500ml water
    150ml creme fraiche
    good pinch of garlic salt
    60g (about half a ball) mozzarella cheese
    2 tbsp finely grated Parmesan or Grana Padano cheese
    [Jo Romero][Jo Romero]

    Pour the water into a large frying pan and bring to a simmer. Tip in the macaroni and cook, stirring for about 10 minutes. Keep an eye on the water, making sure it doesn't dry up (add a little splash more if it needs it). You should end up with the pasta just cooked, but still slightly al dente - and a couple of tablespoons worth of water still in the pan.

    Stir in the creme fraiche, along with the pinch of garlic salt. Once the macaroni is all coated with the creme fraiche, break

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  • 15 Creme Egg Recipes That Will Make Easter Awesome

    Creme Egg ice cream is the Easter treat you never knew you wanted

    Think you know how to eat a Cadbury’s Creme Egg? But have you tried one baked into a brownie, or (be still my beating heart) deep fried? If you love Creme Eggs (and is there really anyone who doesn’t?) then why not whip up one of these treats for Easter…

    Boozy Creme Egg Milkshake

    [Food Fanatic][Food Fanatic]

    Forget all your tried and tested ‘how to eat a Creme Egg’ rituals, the latest way to enjoy one is blended into a drink. Check out this Boozy Creme Egg Milkshake, created by Amber at Food Fanatic, made indulgent with not only the chocolate Cadbury Creme Egg but ice cream too, and spiked with whipped cream vodka.

    Deep Fried Creme Egg
    [Something Swanky][Something Swanky]

    It had to happen. The Cadbury Creme Egg is the latest chocolate treat that’s had the deep-fried treatment. Ashton from the blog Something Swanky came up with this recipe, even though she admits “Easter’s not really my thing.” And were they good? “I ate four of them,” she writes. Find the recipe at her website.

    Creme Egg Cookies
    [Daisies And Pie][Daisies And Pie]

    So what do you get if you smash up Cadbury Creme Eggs and

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  • Mother’s Day: Treat your Mum to a special afternoon tea at home

    Expert food blogger Jo Romero reveals how to make a sandwich selection, banana cake and scones for Mothering Sunday

    Although an elegant afternoon tea at a posh restaurant or hotel can be expensive, you can make one at home for a fraction of the price. Treat Mum this Mother’s Day to these extra special home-made treats.

    Sandwich selection

    Afternoon tea isn’t complete without a selection of sandwiches, and these are both pretty and inexpensive to make. Each recipe makes 8 small portions (2 whole sandwiches) but adjust quantities to suit the numbers you’re feeding.

    Treat your mum to this homemade sandwich selection this Mother's Day © Jo RomeroTreat your mum to this homemade sandwich selection this Mother's Day © Jo RomeroStilton, tomato and walnut
    Spread a little mayonnaise on four slices of granary wholemeal bread. Crumble a slice of  Stilton over two of the slices. Next, chop a handful of walnut halves, scattering on top of the cheese and then top with 8 small tomato slices. Top with the other slice of bread, cut off the crusts, and then cut crossways into eight squares.

    Egg, bacon and chives

    Shell a large, hard-boiled egg and mash lightly with a fork. When cooled, stir in a heaped tablespoon of mayonnaise and season with black pepper. Next, grill four rashers

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  • 11 Delicious Hot Chocolate Recipes Guaranteed To Warm You Up

    Sea salted, white chocolate, even dairy free - winter warmers for those days when you need a proper hug in a mug

    Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate

    [The Foodie Teen][The Foodie Teen]

    This beautiful slow cooker hot chocolate recipe from The Foodie Teen is paleo and vegan and cooks in the slow cooker (yes you read that right). You just whisk it all together and it’ll cook in a few hours. No dairy, no refined sugar - and it uses raw cacao. So it’s pretty healthy and guilt-free. Hurray!

    Hot Chocolate with Sea Salt Whipped Cream
    [Adventures in Cooking][Adventures in Cooking]

    Eva from the blog Adventures in Cooking created this luxurious hot chocolate with sea salt whipped cream after enjoying an incredible hot chocolate drink in Spain. She got home, tried to recreate it and ended up with this. “Yep,” she writes, “I put chocolate in the whipped cream too, and it was AMAZING.”  And the sea salt? “The hot chocolate slowly melted the bottom of the whipped cream island and made the whole drink slightly salty.” Sounds delicious.

    Super Simple Nutella Hot Chocolate
    [The Sugar Hit][The Sugar Hit]

    Nutella hot chocolate is something to be celebrated - and this one even more so because it’s really simple to make. The recipe comes from

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  • How To Make The Perfect Poached, Scrambled, Fried Or Boiled Egg

    How do you like your eggs in the morning? Chefs give us their top tips on how to hone your egg making skills

    Fed up with stringy, watery poached eggs? Rubbery, chewy scrambled eggs? To celebrate Breakfast Week this week, we asked chefs all around the UK to reveal their secrets to the perfectly cooked egg. Best get the toast on…

    Boiled Eggs

    [Jo Romero][Jo Romero]

    There’s an art to the perfect runny boiled egg. Get the timing just half a minute wrong and you could end up pointlessly stabbing (rather than dipping) your toast soldiers into the solid yolk.

    And what about trying to peel a boiled egg? Ever end up peeling great chunks of egg white off, with the shell?

    Yep, we’ve been there too. Good job our chefs are ready to offer their advice. Urban Rajah, Indian chef and author, says:

    “For the perfect runny boiled egg, boil enough water in a small pan until it reaches a rolling boil. Now pop in a room temperature medium/large egg and cook for one minute. Remove the pan from the heat and leave to stand in the water for 3 minutes. Crack open, dust with some harissa flakes and dip in those toast soldiers.”

    And Matthew

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