Archives for April 2014

Easter Sunday Cupcakes

Easter-Sunday-Cupcake-Treats-Pikalily-Food-BlogEaster is a time for celebration, particularly when it comes to food, with lamb often being a popular choice at many a dinner table.  Today we’re concentrating on Easter treats as we create some Easter cupcakes for you to get your teeth stuck into.  So once you’ve finished with the mountains of chocolate and the bundles of Easter eggs, try out this cupcake recipe, and enjoy with all the family!

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Weekend dinner review at Maghera Inn

Maghera Inn review Newcastle - Pikalily food blog

Living in Newcastle, Co Down, provides us with many great pubs and restaurants to dine out in, and among our favourites is the Maghera Inn, which is located in the small village of Maghera, between Newcastle and Castlewellan.  The Maghera Inn is a small country pub which has built up quite a reputation both locally and nationally here in Northern Ireland in recent years for it’s food.  Having been voted the 2007 pub of the year and 2nd in 2009 food pub of the year, the Maghera Inn certainly has the awards to back up this great reputation.  A popular place for locals and visitors to the area, their is a friendly and welcoming atmosphere in this pub.  The cosy surroundings make it a great location to enjoy pub grub whether you are with family and friends or seeking a romantic meal for two.

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Lemon curd bread and butter pudding recipe

Lemon curd bread butter pudding recipe - Pikalily food blog

As you know we’re big sweet fans here at Pikalily, and with a loaf of bread in the bread bin needing used up, there was only one thing we wanted to make this weekend in the Pikalily kitchen – a bread and butter pudding.  We decided to make a bread and butter pudding with a bit of a twist, and with spring here and the days getting noticeably longer and warmer, we wanted something zesty to enjoy with our Sunday lunch.  The answer to this was lemon curd, so we set about creating an easy yet tasty lemon curd bread and butter pudding.  Here’s how we did it.

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Product review – Simply Great Pomegreat Pomegranate Juice

Simply great pomegranate juice review - Pikalily food blog

We were recently sent a carton of Pomegreat Pomegranate juice from Simply Great to sample and review.  This is the first time we have been asked to review something for the Pikalily blog, and if nothing else, it’s always nice to enjoy something for free 🙂

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Lunch at Vanilla Restaurant, Newcastle

Vanilla restaurant newcastle review - Pikalily food blog

A few weeks back we went along to one of Newcastle’s most popular restaurants, Vanilla.  Owned and run by award winning chef Darren Ireland, Vanilla offers a great lunch menu at a reasonable price.  We’ve been a few times before and have always been very impressed, although we have never ventured in for a spot of lunch.  With a lunchtime special deal on 2 courses, we decided that a main and dessert was the only way to go.  Visiting Vanilla for a spot of lunch offers a relaxing and enjoyable dining experience, that is topped of with some excellent food.

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