Superb meal at The Loft

I was treated to an amazing meal of corn fed chicken on champ by chef John. John paid particular detail to the chicken and he constructed the dish superbly. The chicken was so flavoursome and the taste, textures and aesthetics were quite simply fantastic. There is a new and exciting menu….what will you choose?


I’m so excited because the BBC Good Food Show is returning to Belfast……….

BBC’s The Big Family Cooking Showdown presenter, Nadiya Hussain, The Hairy Bikers, Michelin-star chef Michel Roux and MasterChef’s John Torode are among the top chefs and experts taking part in the show

Following its phenomenal success last year, the BBC Good Food Show will return to the Belfast Waterfront from 10-12 November 2017.

This year the show will return with more great food, a great range of some of Northern Ireland’s very best producers of food, drink and artisan products and a new spacious layout.  With a line-up of top celebrity chefs and culinary experts, the weekend will be full to the brim with demonstrations, tastings, chef interviews, book signings and more.

To help plan your weekend, here’s a taster of what’s on at the show this November.

The Big Kitchen

This unique theatre experience will bring guests closer to the celebrity and expert chefs who will be cooking up a storm and uncovering top tips for warming autumnal foods. Michelin-star chef Michel Roux takes to the stage

alongside family favourite Nadiya Hussain

The Hairy Bikers

and MasterChef’s John Torode

as the top chefs and experts bring recipes to life, live on stage. A Big Kitchen seat is included within the ticket price.

Eat like a Local

BBC Good Food’s unique ‘Eat like a Local’ demonstrations will also take place in the Big Kitchen theatre. These sessions will showcase home grown talent using the best of Northern Ireland’s produce to create inspirational dishes.  Local chefs will include Stephen Toman, part owner and chef at Michelin star restaurant, OX, Stephen Jeffers restaurateur and owner of Forestside Cookery School and Chris Magowan, Michelin star trained chef from Wine and Brine, Moira. Eat Like a Local is a free additional session available to add to booking.

The BBC Good Food Stage

After watching the chefs create mouth-watering recipes live on stage, the BBC Good Food Stage is the place for visitors to go get culinary queries answered as Good Food’s Editor-at-large Barney Desmazery, invites questions from the audience and chefs reveal the secrets of their success.  The BBC Good Food Stage is a free interview stage on the show floor.


The Tasting Theatre

Guests can taste and learn from the experts at the Taste the Greatness Experience presented by Discover Northern Ireland and hosted by Northern Ireland’s Paula McIntyre. Experts including local restauranteurs, producers and Great Taste winners will talk through the produce and the region they derive from, whilst guests sample a selection of Northern Ireland’s food and drink. Sessions are priced at £4.

The Whisky Blending Lab

New for 2017, The Whisky Lounge will be hosting whisky blending workshops throughout the Show. Visitors will be able to taste and learn about classic whiskies before creating their own blend to bottle and take home. Sessions are priced at £10.

More eating options and lots of shopping

Entertainment and inspiration aside, a visit to the Show offers a range of tasty eating and drinking options throughout the weekend including food-to-go, the Good Food’s own Pop-Up restaurant and delicious street food. Likewise, visitors can browse, sample, chat and buy from local producers at The Producers’ Village and The Food NI Pavilion or get great deals from big name cookery brands.

Commenting on her participation in this year’s event, Nadiya Hussain, said: ‘I am delighted to be taking part in the BBC Good Food Show in Belfast this year and looking forward to meeting the local foodies who are reinventing traditional British and Irish cuisine.’ 

Commenting on this year’s event, Rachel Poletti-Gadd, Show Director for the BBC Good Food Show, said: ‘Following the success of last year’s event, we are pleased and excited to bring the BBC Good Food Show back to Belfast this November. Northern Ireland is home to many unique cooking styles, cuisines, traditions and recipes, and the culture of the region is personified in its signature foods and dishes.’

‘This year’s show is set to be bigger, better and more comfortable than last year’s and, once again, we have an impressive list of talent and exhibitors on board who are just as excited to share this experience as we are.’

Commenting on Food NI’s involvement in the Show, Lindsay Curran at Food NI, said: ‘For the second year running, Food NI’s involvement in the BBC Good Food Show celebrates the award winning ingredients and innovative producers that Northern Ireland yields. The reputation of Northern Irish food and drink is rising year on year, and the opportunity provided by events like the Good Food Show means we can showcase the best of local cuisine to a national audience.’

To find out more or to book, visit or call 0844 581 1356.

Tesco Taste 2017

What: Tesco Taste Festival

Where: Custom House Sq, Belfast

When: 22nd – 24th September 17

Times: Fri:2pm-8pm; Sat: 10am-6pm; Sun: 11am-5pm

The Tesco Taste Festival returns for its 9th year to Belfast’s Custom House Sq (22nd – 24th September). The Festival, which is the biggest food event in the Northern Irish calendar, brings together more than 60 suppliers to showcase their quality fayre and expects more than 25,000 visitors over the weekend. It’s free and is sharing its first day with Culture Night!!

Dinner anyone?

Just made some Nosh for a wee dinner party tonight!!

Very simple, it’s chicken masala, sweet corn brown rice, aloo gajjar or potato and carrot, served with pitta and salad…..smells delicious, all prepped and cooked in less than 90 minutes from first principles (except pitta).

Novel nutty snack

I was thrilled to find a wee parcel on my return from work yesterday. It was from Dolce la Dolce   and it contained four packs of True North snacks , two of Cashew Crunch and two of Almond Pecan Crunch.

My wife and I were so tempted that we opened one of each and tried them. They both tasted divine and weren’t too sweet. They were very moorish and we finished both packs!! We both liked the two different flavours very much but my wife liked the Cashew slightly more

whilst I favoured the Almond Pecan!!

There was a sweet taste to them but this was countered by the slight saltiness. They really were quite addictive!!

These snacks really were fantastic but care must be taken as they can be finished in one go!! They contain 0g Trans Fat, have no cholesterol, artificial colours or preservatives, are non GMO and non Dairy and are suitable for Vegans.

The snacks can be purchased at here at Amazon and one can follow them on Instagram and Facebook as below:

1.Instagram: a. #dolceladolce_uk;


2.Facebook: a. Dolce la Dolce

b. TrueNorth Snacks UK