The Red Lion, Cromer

If you’re visiting Cromer anytime soon then you must try and have a meal in The Red Lion on the seafront. It was very reasonable for two of us to have two courses there – both of which were very delicious and adequately filling.

The Red Lion, Cromer, Norfolk, NR27 9HD (01263 514964)

www.redlioncromer.co.uk

Crab & Winkle, Whitsable

We had such a fantastic meal at the Crab & Winkle Restaurant in Whitstable that I wanted to share it amongst friends. The staff where all friendly and very accommodating considering we had Florence and the pram with us. Each dish was absolutely delicious and it was just the fish-fix I had been craving. Sadly we were not able to visit the fish market as it had long been closed by the time we arrived…but it’s something for us to try next time we go visit.

The Crab & Winkle Fish & Seafood Restaurant, South Quay, The Harbour, Whitstable, Kent, CT5 1AB (01227 779377).

www.crabandwinklerestaurant.co.uk

Mums delicious brownie recipe aka SharePoint Brownies

I have baked these delicious chocolate brownies countless times using an old recipe my mum shared with me many years ago. I’ve even enjoyed them with many a friend, colleagues & customers alike. I often bake these delicious brownies for customers when I’m delivering SharePoint and Microsoft 365 workshops or deployments, hence they have since become known as SharePoint Brownies or Microsoft 365 Brownies or simply the mum’s delicious brownies! Many have asked for me to share the recipe, so here it is…

Delicious Brownie Recipe

Ultimately delicious chocolate brownies
Ultimately delicious chocolate brownies #SharePointBrownies

Ingredients

  • 140g unsalted butter softened and a small amount for lining the baking tin
  • 200g quality plain chocolate such as Lindt or Hotel Chocolat
  • 200g caster sugar
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract / vanilla paste
  • 2 eggs and 1 egg yolk
  • 85g plain flour

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180°c
  2. Line a brownie tin with a small amount of butter (7″ square tin is most suitable)
  3. Melt the butter and chocolate on a slow heat and then allow to cool slightly
  4. Mix in the sugar, a pinch of sea salt and the vanilla stopping once the mixture is a little grainy
  5. Whisk in the eggs and yolk one at a time, stirring each time until blended
  6. Add the flour and beat for a minute or so until thickened and smooth
  7. Pour the mixture into tin and bake for 40-45 minutes until a cocktail stick comes out with moist crumbs
  8. Allow to cool and cut into small rectangles slices

I hope you enjoy these delicious brownies (#SharePointBrownies #Microsoft365Brownies).

Amazingly delicious molten chocolate muffins

I just used this recipe to make these tasty muffins for everyone in the office – I do like to treat them all every once in a while. These muffins should be eaten as soon as they have had a moment to cool in order to experience the delicious molten chocolate inside. They are great on their own but worth trying with a scoop or two of vanilla ice cream or served with alcoholic Chantilly cream.

Makes: 16
Prep: 15min
Cook: 20min

Ingredients

  • 4tbsp soft margarine
  • 55g / 2oz caster sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 85g / 3oz self-raising flour
  • 1tbsp cocoa powder
  • 55g / 2oz plain chocolate
  • Icing sugar, for dusting

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 190°C / 375°F and prepare 8 muffin cases by placing them in a muffin tray or even on a baking tray.
  2. Whisk the margarine, sugar, egg, flour and cocoa together in a large bowl until just smooth.
  3. Spoon half of the batter mix into the muffin cases. Break the chocolate evenly into 8 squares and place a piece in each of the half-filled cases, then spoon the remaining batter mix on top.
  4. Bake the cupcakes for 20 minutes until well risen and springy to the touch. Let them stand for two or three minutes and dust with icing sugar before serving warm to experience the deliciously yummy molten chocolate.

Green Pea Chowder or Green Pea Soup to some

This green pea chowder recipe is one of my favourites. It’s so simple with a delicious result under 20 minutes. It has a beautiful colour with a nourishingly filling flavour.

Pea Chowder or Pea Soup
Pea Chowder or Pea Soup

It is perfect in the darkest of Winters or the warmest of Summers. It’s said to be best-served piping hot in the early days of Winter accompanied with garlic bread, but I think this green pea soup is excellent all year round. It’s perfected with a serving of pea leaf if you can track some down!

Serves: 2
Prep Time: 5min
Cook Time: 15min

Ingredients:

  • 2tbsp butter
  • 450g frozen Peas (tablespoon kept back to serve as decoration)
  • 600ml milk
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Small bunch of mint leaves, chopped
  • Single cream for thinning
  • Salt and white pepper to taste
  • Chives, chopped
  • Pea leaf

Method:

  1. Heat up the butter in a large pan over medium heat.
  2. Simmer all the above ingredients apart from the cream for 15 minutes.
  3. Remove the bay leaves and liquidise.
  4. Thin out with cream and add seasoning as necessary.
  5. Add garnish such as chives, a sprinkle of pea leaf and a decorative swirl of whipping cream.