Archives for October 2015

Spiced pumpkin and coconut soup

Spiced pumpkin and coconut soup - Pikalily food blog

Continuing with our recent theme of Halloween time recipes, we’ve found another way to use your leftover pumpkins over the coming weeks with this pumpkin soup recipe.  Pumpkin soup is a popular flavour served in many eateries throughout the year but we’ve decided to add a little bit of spice to ours with the addition of ginger and Thai red curry paste.  This soup only takes around 1 hour to prepare and cook, and like all soups is something you can enjoy for a few days whether it is for lunch, dinner or a healthy snack.  Follow our steps below to make it yourself.

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Helen’s pumpkin pie recipe

Pumpkin pie recipe - Pikalily food blog

When it comes to Halloween, we’re all guilty of resigning pumpkins to lantern duty! But a pumpkin is a great vegetable that lends itself favourably to both sweet and savoury dishes.  Although typically an American dish, pumpkin pie is a delicious dessert that is perfect for the winter season. It is extremely easy to make and is packed with flavourful spices. The smell of a pumpkin pie baking in the kitchen is incredible, filling your house with the fragrances of mixed spice, ginger and cinnamon, making it a popular dish for the Christmas season as well. [Read more…]

Helen’s chocolate chilli bonfire cake

Chocolate chilli caramel cake - Pikalily Food Blog

I have wanted to play with chocolate and chilli for a while and I thought that there would be no better time than Halloween – bonfire season.  The nights are drawing in and it’s getting cold, so why not divulge in some chocolate with a little heat!  To give the cake that added bit of visual drama and theatre, I made some shards of caramel with fine strands of red chilli and dried chilli flakes in it.  Adding a mixture of dark and light brown sugars brings a balance of richness and lightness to the cake.

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Marco Pierre White Steakhouse marks a new era for Park Avenue Hotel, Belfast

Marco Pierre White Belfast - Pikalily Food Travel Blog

Last week (Friday 9th October) we attended a media preview of the new Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill at the Park Avenue Hotel, Belfast. It’s a real statement of intent both for the hotel and the local area to have the famous Marco Pierre White (MPW) associated with Park Avenue in East Belfast. While we didn’t get to see the whole interior of the hotel, the fact it has evolved from modest 2 star to boutique 4 star is testament to Mandy Patrick, the third generation of this family owned hotel which has been in business since 1959. [Read more…]

Wedding cake design – what to consider

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I have been making decorative cakes for friends and family members for a few years now and wedding cakes are definitely a favourite of mine. After making several wedding cakes for other people I couldn’t resist the chance to make my very own in December 2014. My mum helped bake the cakes and I designed and decorated it, all 8 tiers!!

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Light lunch in Harlem Cafe Belfast

Harlem Cafe Belfast - Pikalily Food Blog

On a recent excursion to Belfast with one of my friends, we stopped at the trendy Harlem Café on Bedford Street to grab a quick lunch.  We were definitely impressed with the food, service and elegant decór.  It was one of the few sunny days that we experienced over the summer months here in Northern Ireland so we both opted for a Chicken Caesar Salad.  The menu described the salad as:

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