Sharing the Love

Sharing the Love

1. Chicken Satay Banh mi from @eehbanhmi at Trinity Kitchen 2. Waffles for breakfast! 3. Jen & I last Friday night at Zucco 4. Cheese Tarts for Bastille Day at the Le Creuset store 5. Coffee and cake on a quiet Sunday 6. Sun Devil Scrambler at Home Sweet Home 7. The ever changing & evolving “Salad” at @EatNorse¬†8. Gin cocktail with pancetta at RARE 9. Matthew with our new baby nephew, Layton ūüėÄ 10. Heaven in a corn-based bun from @ArepaArepaArepa¬†11. My new baby 12. Delving into How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran this weekend.

I’ve had such an amazing friend time this week. It might sound soppy, but I’ve had one of those weeks where I just really appreciate my friends: how gorgeous and talented they are, how much they do for me and how easy they are to be around. If we’re relating it to food (the way we always do), this started with¬†huevos rancheros with bestest of besties Anna, last Saturday on one of her flying visits from London, and ended yesterday with fries and Diet Coke from a McDonalds drive-thru with Nicola, Jen and Rob, after a particularly heavy night out in Manchester.

On Thursday night, I went to see Caitlin Moran at Leeds Town Hall. She was as inspiring as the first and second times I saw her speak (and the time she signed my copy of “How To Be A¬†Woman” and¬†told¬†me I was incredible, no biggie), full of life and enthusiasm, so much passion and “I don’t give a fuck” attitude that I wish I could (I’m trying to)¬†emulate. What I’ve known for a while now, and only got topped up on Thursday, is that women are great. I’ve always identified as a feminist and this experience has only renewed my enthusiasm to read more, learn more and fight the good fight – because it’s far from over. While it’s true that Caitlin’s writing¬†resonates to a limited crowd of mostly white, middle class women, I’d recommend her to anyone just starting out. Her rules, after all, are universal: women are equal to men, and don’t be a dick.

On Friday night, Lauren, Nicola, Jen and I took to the streets of Manchester to look for a good time. We drank Zombies in Keko Moku, danced until the early hours and, thankfully, after a mere five hours of sleep in our lovely Air BnB apartment, it all ended with brunch. We taxied to Home Sweet Home in the Northern Quarter, a little green around the gills, and tucked into Eggs Benedict, poached eggs on sourdough with bacon, and for me, Sun Devil Scrambler with extra hot sauce. Top that up with thick, branded, diner mugs of tea and glasses of icy cold Pepsi and we boarded that train as happy campers, bound for Yorkshire.

What I’ve realised over the past few years, is that it’s important to surround yourself with people you love. And, ultimately, ones which you can be really silly around. I know, it’s hardly rocket science, but friendship shouldn’t be work.¬†It should be mutually beneficial and it shouldn’t make anyone feel bad. That’s something I think many young women come to realise in their mid to late twenties, and I’m glad I’ve found people who understand that too. I’ve collected a wide selection of male and female friends¬†over the years, who I’m grateful for and happy to have learnt from – some I may not see as often as I like, it’s hard being 200 miles north of¬†where the first 24 years of your life took place, but I’m so grateful for long standing friendships I can rely on.

Wow, this really is a love-in. Speaking of love, let’s talk about some posts I’ve enjoyed reading lately:

Plenty of posts in the works for the coming weeks. Friday has become my official Whip Until Fluffy day, since I’ve scaled back on work a little, so there should be plenty of recipes coming up, plus hopefully some stuff about the house, which I realise has been sadly lacking. Some of you have let me know via my excessive instagramming that you’d like a post on my kitchen – so I’ve got the handyman on speed dial to get that last bit of tiling done and the shelves put up. Once that’s done, I’ll get snapping. A before & after of the bathroom is just about ready to go, so that’ll be up first!

In the meantime, catch me over on Twitter & Instagram and you can also get more updates from me over on Facebook. What have you been reading this week? Share it with me!

Take a Breath


I’m not a very organised blogger. I like to take photos, but it feels like things are rarely¬†complete. I currently have 17 drafts in my posts folder. The pressure, self-inflicted of course, to produce well-rounded posts with a beginning, a middle and an end, has increased tenfold over the past few years and a thousandfold since I started blogging for the first time in 2001. But I’m trying to shake that off. Forget about it. Have fun. This isn’t my job, after all. I’m making like this is the mid-noughties, and¬†for this post¬†I’m taking a breath. This is a¬†round-up of what I’ve been up to, where I’ve been going and what I’ve been eating (naturally).

Up top there is a picture of my tea on Wednesday night. An impromptu dinner at The Reliance, there was rabbit loin, chorizo and peas. I also shared¬†pig cheeks with pomme puree and it was glorious, with the sunshine blazing in through the huge windows.¬†Add Moules Marinere for a main, with a lake of silky, garlicky sauce¬†and¬†chips to dip in and I could’ve been in a cafe with gingham table cloths, on the back of a beach somewhere. True seasonal grub. I left full and dizzy with love for the summer.


A few weekends ago I got to spend some time at L’Eroica Britannia, in the Peak District. I was there in a Street Food Wife capacity, sampling all the delights and snapping pictures – but, weirdly, it filled me with a huge enthusiasm for bikes. The vintage outfits, buzzing atmosphere and the lady who had come all the way from Canada in a full 80s power suit to take part in the 30km ride on a Pashley, were all extremely lovely and made me feel like I wanted to be part of their vintage cycling club. Instead, I ate my weight in street food and watched everyone else burn calories. It was fun! You can tell we were in Derbyshire, they served their bacon in¬†“cobs”. It’s a breadcake where I come from, love.

(No it’s not, I’m a southerner…¬†please don’t tell anyone).


The guys over at @BodegaOlives sent me a few boxes to try this week. I’m going to be making Gin Martinis and antipasti platters for the foreseeable future. The Alfonsos are my favourite.

Other action from this week – I’ve been getting to grips with my new camera lens. The¬†change has made me keener to use¬†my DSLR¬†on manual, so I’ve been reading up on aperture, shutter speed and ISO, and looking at some of my favourite blogs for inspiration.¬†Working with a 50mm is different, and it’s hard to be lazy. The whole “zoom with your feet” thing is starting to sink in and I’m looking for opportunities to shoot everywhere I go. The slightly more compact lens also means I’m more inclined to carry my camera in my bag, so hopefully I’ll be taking pictures a lot more regularly. I’m having a lot of fun playing around with the f-stop, which has produced a lot of out of focus, super ugly pictures, but I think I’m learning. The photo below was taken the day I got my lens, sitting outside the Corn Exchange with a tray of ribs from Reds.


Oh yeah, there was a big cycling race too. The Tour de France came to town, and it was pretty fun. Most of Yorkshire turned out and apparently there were over 200,000 people lining the streets of our fair city. I was lucky enough to watch Le Grand Depart from up high, out of first floor windows at The Light, so I saw the whole thing Рgiant Fruit Shoot and all. After I saw the start I headed over to Ilkley on the train for the day for more street food and street parties. For about 20 minutes I thought I might invest in a road bike. #cyclefever.


I also got to treat myself to some excellent cookware this week, thanks to my prize money. I added a 30cm Le Creuset Casserole to my kitchen collection, a set of measuring spoons, a KitchenAid ice cream maker and a waffle iron! So tomorrow I’m treating myself to a rare Sunday off to test a few recipes. Watch this space!

In the meantime, let me know what you’re up to down in the comments section or come and chat to me over on Twitter @WhipUntilFluffy. Remember you can keep up with me over on Facebook, too. See you soon!

Le Creuset, Victoria Quarter Leeds

Le Creuset, Victoria Quarter Leeds

As new store launches go, Le Creuset is pretty much as good as it gets for me. Before last month, you could have asked me what shops I thought Leeds was missing and I would’ve reeled off a short but painstakingly compiled list of three: Le Creuset, Kitchenaid & Lakeland. Yeah… my tastes are quite niche.¬†When I saw the sign go up as I walked through the Victoria Quarter one lunchtime on my way back to work, I was pretty excited, to say the least.

Le Creuset and I go waaay back.¬†We’re best pals. We’ve seen each other at our best (chocolate panettone bread and butter puddings – ramekins) and our worst¬†(curdled, gloopy bernaise sauce – gravy boat).¬†As I whizzed around the bright, gleaming VQ store on opening day (I was very kindly invited down for a preview, about an hour before doors opened) I was racking up parallel lists of gots and wants as quickly as a junior school kid with a packet of Panini football stickers.

Le Creuset, Victoria Quarter Leeds

Le Creuset, Victoria Quarter Leeds

The Le Creuset brand was born in 1925. Sure, it’s a premium, quality range¬†– but it ain’t snobby. What I love best about it, is that the prices aren’t high to attract the “right” kind of customer. Le Creuset don’t have pretensions like that. As Katherine Tranter,¬†Head of Retail in the UK, said herself – the brand’s customers are¬†“passionate home cooks, food lovers and style hunters alike‚ÄĚ. Ding ding ding. That’s me! Le Creuset’s¬†prices are high, of course, but that’s because each piece of cookware is a lifetime investment. Each item is built to last, and it’s not a flash in the pan (ho-ho, a cooking metaphor!) endorsed by Michellin starred chefs as *the* kitchen essential. Le Creuset is a brand for the home cook. We’re talking huge, heavy casseroles, marked by¬†years worth of gravy, and seasoned cast-iron griddles that have seen more than their fair share of Sunday brunches. It’s cookware that’s built to be passed down, and around.

Le Creuset, Victoria Quarter Leeds

Le Creuset, Victoria Quarter Leeds

Le Creuset, Victoria Quarter Leeds


Our¬†story is long and varied. I started collecting in my early 20s, and now my kitchen is filled with items which have come ¬†to me through many different channels. Some were bargains, sitting solo and sad on TK Maxx shelves. Some pieces were presents – box fresh and shiny. And some were eBay or jumble sale finds – including a fondue set from the 70s, a little sooty around the edges, and privy to many candid conversations and suspect¬†dance moves¬†in the last year alone – never mind the previous 40. The point is, my Le Creuset collection is big, and¬†the jewel in its crown is our 30cm shallow casserole, given to Matt and I by my parents when we got engaged, used for everything from one pot chicken dishes to macaroni cheese (spoiler alert: it’s in my upcoming Top 5 Kitchen Essentials post).

I’m aware that¬†it might seem that I’m¬†going a little over the top. But seriously, I love this stuff. It’s classic, and it’s colourful – which in a world full of pastel silicone, throwaway “vintage” and cupcake mania,¬†feels overwhelmingly genuine to me. I’m proud to have this stuff on my shelves, in my oven, on my table, and I have every faith that’s a lasting feeling.

It’s surprising too, there’s more on offer than you would think. There’s a whole World Cuisine¬†range, with tangines, balti pans and condiment pots, amongst many more¬†pieces for your kitchen arsenal that you may not expect Le Creuset to stock. There are also Wine Accessories. #justsayin.

Le Creuset, Victoria Quarter Leeds

Le Creuset, Victoria Quarter Leeds

Le Creuset, Victoria Quarter Leeds

Le Creuset, Victoria Quarter Leeds

Le Creuset, Victoria Quarter Leeds

Le Creuset, Victoria Quarter Leeds

If you can’t tell, I’m very excited to welcome¬†this brand to Leeds. With two floors of gorgeous products, plus a demo kitchen, I’m really looking forward to becoming a regular. You know, like one of those people on that Liberty of London programme, where the shop assistants have my number on speed dial for when new ranges come into stock, and I scream “OMG, gimme 12!” down my mobile in the middle of the office. Well… maybe not. But you know what I mean, right? I LOVE THIS SHOP. Get down there.

Le Creuset Victoria Quarter Leeds LS1 6AZ | @LeCreusetUK @VQLeeds

Disclaimer: I was invited down to the new store to have a little look around before it opened its doors to the public. I received no payment or goods in exchange for this write up.

A sidenote:¬†¬†I’ve been pretty strict about taking meals and endorsing brands on Whip Until Fluffy, and I set out to¬†only ever work with brands I could talk your ear off about if I met you IRL. If you know me offline, you’ll know my kitchen is filled with this stuff. So please, this won’t be a regular thing and I’m not selling out… I just can’t get enough of that ol’ volcanic stoneware.

A Low-Carb Italian Feast


I’ve had a bit of a challenging time at work lately. Over the May bank holiday, I launched my freelance website, CopyStorm. I’ve been busy anyway, working all sorts of hours (and a lot of weekends!) to keep up, but with the new site on top of that, things got a little crazy. Matt was away a few weekends ago, frying up a storm with Fish& on Liverpool Dock, so I was alone in the evenings. During the day I had to work and clearly Saturdays are not the ideal time to be slaving over your laptop, especially when the sun is out. As the afternoon rumbled on I became convinced that I owed it to myself to get a takeaway as a reward. I’d worked so hard after all. You deserve it, said the voice in my head. You need a treat for the weekend. And I nearly did it.

Thing is, sometimes, you deserve a takeaway, if that’s your thing. I am a firm believer that if sweet & sour pork or a battered sausage and chips is the way you give yourself a pat on the back,that’s fine. As a diabetic though, sometimes that’s stupid. Not always. But sometimes. So on this particular weekend, and for no apparent reason, my blood sugars were running the highest they’ve been in a while and despite treatment, they just didn’t want to come down and stay there. I gave myself a stern talking to and I went to the Co-op instead of the chip shop. I bought a courgette and an aubergine, some tomatoes, and I set some minced beef from the freezer to defrost. At first, I was miserable about it, but by the time I served up, I felt pretty smug. Just call me Saint Lil. Careful of my halo now! 


So, Italian food. It’s not exactly a carb counter’s dream. It’s rich, it’s delicious, and by golly is it mostly made of flour. I had a hankering for bolognese, so I started with that. Matt and I have worked together on what we think is the perfect beefy ragu for almost the entire time we’ve been together. I think, after about four years, we now have it down to a fine art. It needs a bit of time. Eight hours if you have it. If not, four’ll do. It’s a long wait, but it’s worth it. It’s a delight: the perfect, methodical thing to do when you’re stressed, or if you just want to time-out for a while. Prep, throw everything in, and leave it to bubble away. At the finish line you’ll be left with a dark, silky sauce fit for kings. And your house will smell heavenly.

So this recipe is low-carb. To keep my blood sugar levels from unexpected spikes, I decided to skip the pasta. I‚Äôd just like to clarify that I don‚Äôt find this kind of thing easy. For reference, I‚Äôm not on board with¬†‚Äúsquashetti‚ÄĚ or ‚Äúcourgetti‚ÄĚ. Cauliflower ‚Äúrice‚ÄĚ? No thank you. With all the respect in the world, ain‚Äôt nobody got time for that. Well, at least,¬†I¬†haven‚Äôt got time for that. Aubergine slices in place of¬†your carb, though? That‚Äôs legit. And it‚Äôs easy! The only form of carbohydrate in this dish comes with the b√©chamel sauce, and if you‚Äôre really feeling angelic, you can replace the plain flour with an alternative thickener, and use soya or almond milk in place of your regular cow juice. For me though, one heaped tablespoon of flour and 400ml of semi-skimmed¬†split between six portions is good enough to slip through the net.


Aubergine Lasagne (makes enough for six portions)

1 Large or 2 Small Aubergines

For the ragu:

2 Onions
2 Celery Stalks
1 Large Carrot
2 Cloves of Garlic
65g Pancetta
400g Beef Mince
100ml Milk
250ml Red Wine
400ml Beef Stock
1 Punnet of Plum Tomatoes (between 250 & 400g)
1 Bay Leaf
1 tsp Nutmeg
2 tsp Salt
1 tsp Black Pepper
Fresh Basil

For the Béchamel sauce:

50g Salted Butter
35g Plain Flour
400ml Milk
1 tsp Nutmeg
1 tsp Salt
40g Parmesan

This is long ‚Äď stick with me.

1. Approximately 8 hours before you plan on serving, dice the onions, celery and carrot. Place a heavy-bottomed casserole pot on a low heat and add some oil (about 2tbsp if you‚Äôre the measuring kind). There‚Äôs no need to wait for it to heat up, so just chuck in your onion and cook for around 5 minutes ‚Äď until it¬†starts to turn translucent. Throw in your celery, then 3¬†minutes after that, your carrots. Add your garlic too ‚Äď you can crush it if you fancy, but I can never be bothered to wash up the grinder ‚Äď so a rough chop will do.

2. After your veg has softened (around 5 minutes), turn your heat up to medium, clear a space in the middle of the pan and add your diced pancetta. The only reason I like to get pan-bottom-on-pancetta-action is that you get a nice golden crust on the edges of the meat. Let the pancetta crisp up and when it’s nearly done, stir it through the veg.

3. Next up is mince, repeat the process – trying to get a bit of surface area contact – until all the pinkness has disappeared. Pour 100ml of milk over your meat ‚Äď this may seem weird, but it‚Äôs one of the secrets to such a rich and¬†unctuous sauce. Let it bubble away with the heat on high until there‚Äôs barely anything left. Stir in the bay leaf, nutmeg , salt and pepper.

4. Add your tomatoes, sliced lengthways into 2 halves. Cover with¬†red wine. Repeat the same process you went through with the milk, letting it bubble and reduce by two thirds. It‚Äôll take 5-10 minutes depending on the heat from your hob, gas versus electric etc. If you can‚Äôt get¬†fresh tomatoes, add one tin of chopped tomatoes instead. There‚Äôs no problem with that, but I think the fresh ones just elevate your sauce slightly –¬†ramping the sweetness up a notch. Put the kettle on.

5. Give the mix a stir while you wait for the kettle to boil. When it’s ready, pour 400ml of water over a beef stock cube in a jug or bowl and whisk quickly to dissolve it. Pour in the stock. Turn the heat as low as it will go and set the lid on your pot at a jaunty angle, leaving a small gap for the steam to escape. Step away and let your bolognese do its thing. Check on it every now and then and give it a stir. Top up with a bit of water if it looks a little dry around the 6 hour mark.

6. When you ragu is done, preheat your oven to 180¬ļc. Then, melt 50g butter in a saucepan. Add in the 35g flour and stir, to make a roux. The mixture should form a thick, beige paste. Keep¬†it moving over a low heat for a minute or two, and bit by bit pour the milk over. Do this slowly and your sauce should thicken as you stir, leaving you with a consistency that should easily coat the back of a spoon. As the sauce bubbles on the stove top on the lowest heat possible, grate your block of parmesan. Take approximately 75% of it and fold it through your sauce. Stir in the nutmeg and salt (don‚Äôt be tempted to add more, parmesan itself has a high salt content) before removing it from the heat and setting aside.

7. Slice the aubergine in approximately 0.5cm rounds. Move quickly so it doesn’t colour. Begin to layer the lasagne, starting with bolognese on the bottom, then a thin layer of béchamel, followed by aubergine slices. Repeat the ragu, béchamel, aubergine layering until you fill your dish. Make sure the top layer is béchamel, and then scatter over the remaining parmesan.

8. Place in the oven for 30-35 minutes, until golden brown on top. Garnish with torn basil leaves.

Deep Fried Courgette with Fresh Mint

While you’re playing the long game, listening to that beauty bubbling on the stove, you’re going to need something to tide you over. I’ve talked on the blog before about my love for Zucco, a restaurant not far from where I live which serves Italian small plates. One of my three regular orders there is the Deep Fried Zucchini with Mint.¬†I thought I’d¬†have a crack at¬†replicating it at home. I’m having a bit of a courgette moment right now. It’s near on my favourite vegetable at this time of year. I can’t get enough!

Deep fried courgette slices with fresh mint (makes enough for two sharing)

nb.¬†there’s an egg in these pics. I started making this recipe, breading the slices with flour, then egg, then flour. It was a little too claggy and thick for me, so I dropped the egg. After I’d made this, I went back to Zucco – they’d seen my tweet about this recipe and told me the secret is to use milk and flour instead – next time!

1 Large Courgette
80g Plain Flour
1 tsp Rock Salt
¬Ĺ tsp Black Pepper
¬Ĺ tsp Nutmeg
6 Fresh Mint Leaves

1. In a shallow bowl, mix together the dry ingredients.

2. Slice your courgette. I stuck to approximately¬†the thickness of a 20p piece, you need a little bite or you’ll end up with crisps. Chop each round in half so you have semi-circles.

3. Roll your¬†courgette slices,¬†a handful at a time, in the flour mixture. While you’re doing this, heat about 2 inches¬†of vegetable oil in a heavy bottomed, deep frying pan.

4. When your oil is up to temperature (stick a wooden utensil in – the handle of a wooden spoon, maybe – the oil should bubble gently around the handle) drop in your courgette slices. Be careful not to overcrowd your pan.

5. It should take around 5 minutes for your slices to start browning around the edges. When they’re nicely coloured, remove them from the oil with a slotted spoon and set them on a couple of pieces of kitchen paper. Repeat with the next batch.

6. Dress your slices with a sprinkle of rock salt, pepper and a slug of olive oil. Chop your mint and throw it in. Toss them around for an even covering. Serve warm.

Deep Fried Courgette with Fresh Mint

Aubergine Lasagne

It’s a big meal – but when it comes to carbs, it’s pretty virtuous. I’ll be making this time and again in the future. Happy feasting!

Got any tips and tricks to share about lasagne making, carb-swapping or courgettes? Share them with me in the comments or over on Twitter @whipuntilfluffy.

Sharing the Love

Sharing the Love March

1. A fry up @the_greedy_pig¬†2. Lunch at #Noonshine @grubandgrogshop¬†3. Rousseau <3 4. Twisted fish n chips from @nofishybusiness 5. Bathtime with Grey’s Anatomy & a Dark n Stormy or 2 6. Childlike sleeping quarters during my trip to London 7. Brunch at Whyte & Brown in Kingly Court 8. Cakes lined up at Hummingbird 9. A humble tea at Honest Burgers¬†10. Justin Timberlake at the O2 – and what? 11. Trying chinese at home – honey sesame chicken 12. Vegetable fritters from @eehbanhmi.

Lately it’s been all go. My husband started a new job, and with that came a bit of a lifestyle change. Gone are the days of the 9-5 (as 9-5 as freelancing can be), I’m trying to line our schedules up. Happily, with a husband now fully embroiled in the street food world, I’ve also been spending a bit more time at food events and, as a result, I’ve been learning a lot more about what mobile Leeds has to offer.

Yesterday I ventured out to @Amazing_Graze. There’s more on that to come later in the week, but it’s safe to say there was a veritable smorgasbord of delights on offer from some of Yorkshire’s best, plus a few Londoners who made the journey up to see us. Last week took me to Kirkstall Deli Market, an event held on the last Saturday of every month in the grounds of Kirkstall Abbey, brimming with local traders including Salts Deli, The Yummy Yank and That Old Chestnut. I filled up on twisted fish and chips from Fish& (who¬†@MattTomorrow is now frying for) and cinnamon madeleines from @MadeleineExp which are my new favourite thing. I took some roasted garlic bread from Leeds Bread Co-op home and made garlic bread from it on instruction from the seller. Garlic bread made from garlic bread?! This is madness. The sweetness of the roasted garlic in the loaf mixed with the fiery, raw garlic in the butter spread on top is a dreamy combo, believe me. Plenty of chopped, fresh parsley in there too.

Next week will take me to my first (I know, I can’t believe it either) Belgrave Street Feast. Ah, life is good. Naturally, all this activity means that work has stalled on the house. We’ve done just what I thought we would, got to that liveable point and abandoned all home improvements and started to enjoy our weekends again. It’s finally comfortable, so the rest can wait, right? WRONG! I need to be more disciplined. There’s still a lot of gloss-work to get done and we need to get all our prints up on the walls instead of in a pile on the table. Work will begin again this month.

On another subject completely, last night I was chatting to @TheStyleTag over a few gins¬†about what we’d like to do before we’re 30. I’m 27 in May, so I’ve got a few more years yet, but it got me thinking about how I’d like to spend that time. While Lauren has set her sights on Australia and New Zealand, plus a bit of dancing on a beach in Thailand, I’ve already done some of that. Naturally, my thoughts turned to food.

I can say with certainty that I’m heading back to Portland, OR within the next year or so. Some of the best food I’ve ever eaten was contained within those six days I spent there last September. I’m eating another sarnie at Lardo and I’m definitely having another Blue Star Donut. Another meal from the American Craft Kitchen Ned Ludd is a must too. Next time I’m definitely venturing further out to more food pods. Potato Champion sounds like my personal Mecca and I can’t believe I didn’t make it last time. As for new experiences, Hamburg, Berlin and Vienna are all up there for me. Obviously, a tasting menu at Noma would be a treat too. In this country, I want to get to Bermonsey to sample some Jose Pizarro tapas ASAP. A weekend at L’Enclume has been a near-constant daydream since I first saw The Trip. Finally, since it’s Marina O’Loughlin review a few weeks back, The Lockhart has been very much on my lust list too. Where is your dream eatery? What about it makes you so lustful?

Since my last Sharing the Love post, this is the stuff I’ve been inspired by:

What have you been loving during March? Please let me know what’s floating your boat down in the comments or over on Twitter @whipuntifluffy. I always love discovering new blogs and unusual recipes to try.

As for what’s next from me, well if you follow me over on Twitter you might know that I’ve sorted my schedule out and I’m now working on a two post a week minimum, hopefully three when I can. Planning ahead has been really useful for me and I’ve jumped into full community manager mode with an extensive content calendar, making my recipe posts easier to put together. So you can hopefully expect a bit more regularity for me over the next few months! If you have any ideas for posts for me to put together, or there’s something in particular you love seeing from me or would like to see more of then please let me know, any feedback is really useful. This week we have a tribute piece to someone I rather adore, plus I’m talking about what to eat in April. See you soon!


Where to Eat in Leeds

I eat out a lot. To the point where I’m almost ashamed. The other day I was outed on Instagram, tagged to do the #widn tag with the comment “@whipuntilfluffy who is prob out having an awesome looking lunch again”¬†… What can I say? Guilty.

So with this (excessive, if anything) experience, I thought I’d put together a little guide to eating in this city. Whether it’s a 3 course meal or a quick snack, here are what I consider to be the best bites in town at the moment.

Where to Eat in Leeds: Shears Yard

Shears Yard¬†A firm dinner favourite since its opening in August last year, Shears Yard is my go-to for a special occasion. Brought to us by the team behind the Arts Cafe on Call Lane, Shears Yard serve seasonal, British cuisine with a relaxed and sociable atmosphere. Each plate throbs with tastes and textures, every element seems painstakingly created so that it all sings together on the plate. Not even the bread is boring (whipped truffle butter, anyone?). The dishes are complex, elegant, but they’re not pretentious. You might struggle to choose just one dish, so coordinate with a partner and go halvsies. Visit on a Thursday night, it can get noisy on the weekends. Dishes pictured include¬†Duck liver parfait & homemade duck ‚Äúham‚ÄĚ, black pudding brioche, white onion chutney & blackberry gel and¬†Local corn fed chicken breast & leg, crab & lobster fritter, sweetcorn & chorizo salsa & lobster mayonnaise. Starters from ¬£4.50, mains from ¬£10.95.

Shears Yard 11-15 Wharf Street, The Calls, Leeds, LS2 7EH | @ShearsYard

Where to Eat in Leeds: Zucco

Zucco This is the neighbourhood restaurant that dreams are made of. Draped in a candlelight blanket, Zucco serves Italian small plates, classic cocktails and really good house wine. It’s dark, atmospheric and there’s a clatter from the open kitchen just loud enough to feel exciting. The menu changes every day depending on the produce available but some favourites are there day in, day out. I’m talking fritto misto, served simply with the lightest, crispest of batters. There’s¬†aubergine parmigiana, deep fried zucchini and mint and, what I believe to be the best plate of pasta this side of Rome, braised beef pappardelle. Zucco has become a regular in my friday night routine, the perfect place to rock up to after a couple of post-work pints, feeling a little tipsy and positively buzzing at the thought of the weekend. Treat yourself to a Negroni (it comes with a stripy paper straw!), order enough food to cover the table top and return the next day to nurse your hangover,¬†sitting at the bar with a pizzette and a carafe of wine, ready to flick through the newspaper. Plates from ¬£2.50 to ¬£8.50. Book early in the week to secure a table on Friday or Saturday nights, but don’t panic if you didn’t plan ahead, time it right and there’ll be room at the bar.

Zucco 603 Meanwood Road, Leeds, LS6 4AY | @zuccouk

Belgrave Music Hall and Canteen

Belgrave Music Hall & Canteen While it may not be the obvious choice for dinner in the city centre, this music venue and bar holds some serious culinary gems. You’d be forgiven for thinking that you might not get past the door without a lumberjack beard and full sleeve of tattoos, but never mind that, just bust on in there and get yourself some pizza. Belgrave currently offers three food options: Dough Boys Pizza, Patty Smiths & Fu Schnickens. Each offering is outstanding in its field, but the Guo Bao by Fu Schnickens are really something to behold. Little steamed buns made on site and filled with pork belly,¬†hoisin, cashew nuts, sesame, palm sugar, pickled carrot & mooli, they originate all the way from Taiwan and I would go so far as to say they are the best single bite available in Leeds right now. The crispy panko chicken version is pretty tasty too. Here’s my advice: arrive at Belgrave, buy a pint of Symonds cider from the bar or a flat white from the Laynes pop-up, get yourself a guo bao, wait a bit (optional), get yourself some pizza, wait a bit (optional), get yourself a Patty Smith’s Dirty Burger, repeat. Grab a half price slice (¬£1-¬£1.40) everyday until 7pm, get two Guo Bao for ¬£6.

Belgrave Music Hall & Canteen 1-1A Cross Belgrave Street, Leeds, LS2 8JP | @Belgrave_Leeds @DoughBoysLeeds @PattySmithsUK

Where to Eat in Leeds: The Reliance

The Reliance What I consider to be one of Leeds’ unsung heroes, The Reliance is that perfect, solid option to keep in your back pocket and play as your trump card. Sure, it’s pub grub, but it’s more refined than rustic. The dishes are seasonal, they’re simple but in the most glorious sense of the word. No foam, no espuma, no¬†soil, but flavours that bowl you over.¬†It’s good, honest food and I never leave one morsel on my plate. Not one. Whether you’re soaking up last night’s gin with a fish finger sandwich, or getting rosy cheeked over candlelight and featherblade, The Reliance is that old friend who’s just easy to be around. With good beer and relaxed, friendly service, you’ll leave with a smile on your face. I wish I lived next door. Oh, and they cure their own charcuterie too. Starters from ¬£4.25, mains from ¬£9.95.

The Reliance 76-78 North Street, Leeds LS2 7PN | @The_Reliance

Where to Eat in Leeds: Trinity Kitchen

Trinity Kitchen I thought and rethought Trinity Kitchen’s inclusion in my top five, and while it feels wrong to tarnish the indie attitude of this list so far, it is true that some of the best things I’ve eaten over the past six months have been part of the shopping centre’s street food line-up. Trinity plays an important role in bringing exciting and diverse street food to the people of Leeds, and without the capitalist big-guns I wouldn’t have discovered this month’s favourite, Dorshi, or even (heavens, just imagine!) my beloved OFM. I can’t endorse any of the main-stays in the Trinity Kitchen set up, I’ve tried all of them and been thoroughly unimpressed, but the street food rotation is always interesting and provides somewhere different to go on an otherwise monotonous lunch break. I look forward to seeing what’s new every month and I like that it brings London traders up here to Yorkshire, somewhere they probably didn’t give two hoots about before.¬†Highlights have been the Bacon Blue Burger (@OFMLondon), crispy chicken with fried “rice” (@eatDorshi) and just about everything from Cafe Moor (@CafeMoorLeeds). Street food meals starting from around ¬£4.50.

Trinity Kitchen Top Floor Trinity Leeds Albion Street Leeds LS1 5AT | @TrinityLeeds

Sharing the Love

Sharing the Love February

1. Finally unpacking my unhealthily large cosmetics collection #sorrynotsorry 2. Katsu Curry with Rice from @_YuKyu_¬†at Trinity Kitchen 3. Setting up for a Burns Night party 4. Eating What to Eat in February 5. Sweet Cured Beef for dessert at the Beef & Bourbon tasting event at RARE 6. Happy Husband <3 7. Posh nosh at Shears Yard 8. Leeds’ best roast? At Cross Keys 9. We’ve got kitchen shelves! 10. Selfie 11. Veg Board at The Reliance a few weekends ago 12. Learning to love coffee: the one shot Piccolo.

I have to apologise for being a bit few and far between these last couple of weeks. It’s not for lack of inspiration, I promise!¬†Work is busy and I’ve had lots of lovely visits from family and friends taking care of my weekends. One small mercy of living so far from family is when they visit I get to show them the best sights (aka restaurants, cafes and bars!) in town. All for their benefit though, of course *licks lips*. Seriously though, I’ve been so spoilt lately that I’ll be putting together a “Where to Eat in Leeds” post in the next few weeks. I feel like I’m a pretty good authority on that now.

So, because of that, Matt and I are finally waking up and coming out to play¬†after what feels like a whole winter of hibernation. With the house to deal with and a seriously limited budget after Christmas, a lot of our weekends have been spent locked away at home until now. Thankfully we’re getting out and about a bit more again now, eating in new, exciting places and revisiting old favourites too. While we were in though, we’ve devoured a lot of one pot chicken dishes and plenty of box sets, including season one of¬†The Bridge. Love a bit of scandi-noir. Have you seen it? We’ve started working our way through True Detective now.

Things are going well with the house. We now have flooring throughout and¬†skirting boards. I can’t believe how done everything looks. We keep wandering around saying “this looks like a real room now”. We still have gloss-work to paint, starting on the bathroom. After the painting in the bathroom is done I’m going to put together a little Before & After post ¬†– it’ll be our first finished room and I’m excited to share it. When I look at the pictures I can’t believe how far we’ve come. We also have some open shelving up in the kitchen which means I can unpack all my crockery and pans too. I’ll be sure to share some pictures once the wood is oiled and the boxes are empty. ¬†It means I can finally tell you all about my kitchen favourites and must-haves too, something I promised way back when I was talking about How to Eat Well. The kittens have arrived too, so if you have me on Instagram @whipuntilfluffy you might want to unfollow if you aren’t a fan of furry friends. Kittens and burgers are pretty much all you’ll see from me from now on, sorry (not sorry).

Here’s what I’ve been reading over the past few weeks:

What have you been enjoying recently?¬†Let me know what you’ve been loving down in the comments or over on Twitter @whipuntilfluffy. I’ll be back later this week with an event write up and a recipe. But now, I’m off to play with my new kittens!

Filmore & Union, Leeds

Filmore & Union, Leeds

I can’t lie, health conscious food is not something I usually¬†look for when I’m dining out. Meals out are generally a treat, something I don’t eat at home and, let’s face it, preferably something fried. I know I know, that’s not the right attitude. But sadly, a carb lover never changes her spots. However, being a diabetic, my choices are often limited, so I appreciate that something of a food haven exists for those with dietary requirements, and that a diet-savvy alternative is there for those who want to dine out without fearing the calorie intake.

About two weeks ago I had lunch at Filmore & Union in the Victoria Quarter, Leeds City Centre. It’s kind of an odd spot. A cluster of tables sectioned off in the middle of a shopping centre, albeit a beautiful and upmarket one, the design of the place is modern and rustic. It’s gorgeous but it’s not an obvious lunch choice, especially on such a cold and blustery day in January. Arriving with hands bundled in pockets, I was pleased to see¬†patio heaters belting out waves of warmth, with an army of fluffy throws on the backs of chairs, perfect for covering chilly knees. Obviously this kind of venue will flourish in the summer, but I snuggled up and within 5 minutes I’d already forgotten the draft. The environment was relaxed, some customers sipping on tea, others tucking in for 2 courses. The restaurant manages to be airy, open and light but without being loud. Holding a conversation across a table was easy, unlike a lot of shopping centre eateries, and the presence of other diners and wait staff was unobtrusive.

Filmore & Union, Leeds

Filmore & Union, Leeds

We started with juices. Just the menu itself is a pretty good read, packed full of seasonal information and health tips plus information on the brand’s philosophy. Eat Clean, Eat Pure¬†is the idea.¬†To your smoothie or juice, you can add loads of healthy boosters including chia seeds, echinacea and vanilla whey protein powder, depending on what you’re in the market for. I opted for the Joluxe Immune Booster (¬£3.75)¬† juice. It’s made up of blended yellow pepper, carrot, ginger and orange. I topped it off with an Aloe Vera shot (¬£2) for an added kick up the immune system’s backside. Aloe Vera is a super healer, they say, great for digestion.

Now I’m not big on fruit, I’m a naturally savoury person, so I was interested in trying something vegetable heavy. The juice was zingy, tangy, it seriously sang inside my mouth. I genuinely felt shaken up after I drank it, more alert and productive for the few hours that followed. Plus it left none of the sticky aftertaste I dislike from packaged juices. The best thing about it was purely how orange it was, a great change from the dull greens and browns I usually associate with juices and smoothies. Lauren’s smoothie, Super Antioxidant (¬£4.95) was packed with strawberries, blueberries, cranberries, apple, mint leaves and coconut water. Jen went for the Raw Choco Fix (also ¬£4.95), made from almond milk, raw cacao, raw cashews, banana and agave syrup. It was weirdly chocolate bar like, but with none of the sickly, cloying characteristics. Healthy and indulgent at the same time! None of the three drinks we tried were overly sweet or filling, which contrasts with the juice bar experiences I’ve had before. They felt clean, simple and fresh.

Filmore & Union, Leeds

For my main I went for an Open Steak Bagel with Sweet Onions, Tomato Salsa and Tzatziki (¬£12.95). The steak was cooked perfectly, pink in the middle and with a charred crust. There was barely a chew to it and loads of fresh, juicy crunch from the salsa. I was pleased with the generous portions, wrongly thinking eating healthy meant eating small, the bagel came piled high. On the whole, I enjoyed it, my only criticism is that the dish was a little sweet. The sweet potato and caraway chips promised a bit of spice but I couldn’t taste the caraway and I didn’t really think they were necessary, they left a sweet aftertaste I could’ve done without, with no crunch or heat to balance them. The salsa, onions and tzatziki were all very good, but without something spicy or sharp to cut through it the bagel fell just short of full marks. I’d have preferred it with a small side salad or slaw, and maybe a slick ¬†of wholegrain mustard on its lid.¬†My second choice would’ve been what Lauren ate, the Asian Smoked Salmon & Sweet Potato Fishcakes (¬£10.95). Again a generous portion, two round fishcakes sat atop curly kale and orange segments, with pomegranates and almonds dotted in. The dish was an absolute beauty.

The ingredients in all our mains were clearly so fresh, their colours jumped off the white background.¬†Obviously nothing had been sitting around, there wasn’t a wilted leaf or past-best vegetable in sight. They looked, shock horror, like they’d been pulled right from the ground. Imagine that! The 100% Fresh, 100% Natural produce is a huge part of what Filmore & Union are offering and for me that’s a massive plus. They make a point to source their ingredients from the local area, so there’s every chance your lunch has come from ground to plate within hours.

Filmore & Union, Leeds

Filmore & Union, Leeds

We finished off with dessert, of course. I have never seen so many beautiful but virtuous¬†looking cakes in one place at one time. The counter was overflowing with platters and cake stands offering everything from a gluten free lemon & polenta cake to a vegan chocolate and blackberry cake. It looked good. Like, the kind of good where there’s absolutely no guilt to come from ordering a pudding. It feels like it’s actually the right thing to do. The whole menu obviously caters fantastically for those with dietary requirements and the cakes really don’t disappoint, with more range than I’ve ever seen before. I opted for a Banana, Oat and Flaxseed Muffin¬†(¬£3.75). There are a lot of oats in my diet for their low GI credentials (again, the diabetic thing), keeping blood sugars level without the peaks and troughs that simple carbs can bring, something that the whole F&U menu boasts. The muffin was a good way to round off the meal, it was fluffy, and came with a deep, nutty texture you don’t find in mass-products desserts in chain coffee shops and cafes. I loved it and I will go back for it again, maybe to take out for breakfast on my way to work. The other desserts our table ordered looked scrumptious, without fail. Even the giant Granola Bar (¬£3.95) got me salivating. It was so interesting to see a sweet menu really come alive with unusual ingredients, not a nasty in sight. Plus, every dessert comes with a little pot of natural yoghurt and a few berries. A lovely little touch, as if your halo could shine any brighter.

Filmore & Union, Leeds

It was lovely to go back to work without the hangover from a too-large lunch. So many times I’ve come a cropper to grabbing something too heavy in my lunch hour, giving me a headache and having me snoozing at my desk all afternoon long, to-do list forgotten. It’s good to know that you can eat a great meal and leave with a spring in your step, without the threat of the inevitable sugar come down. I’d really recommend Filmore & Union to those looking for not just low cal or carb, but a nourishing, nutritious option for lunchtimes, breakfasts or early evenings. For me, it’s probably best as a brunch spot. They have a great bagel menu, plus muesli, porridge, granola and more. They have a good range of teas and organic coffees, and I’ve already waxed lyrical about the healing power of the juices. It’s also an ideal fit for its environment. The Victoria Quarter is beautiful, with a huge sky light, amazing architecture and luxury stores. F&U is a great pitstop to rest your aching feet, or a great place to drop off anyone who’s holding you back. Got a husband dragging his feet? A nagging teenager? Leave them here, there’s free wifi. The prices are, I think, slightly high. So just bear that in mind when you’re adding extra shots to your smoothie.

I think it’s also important to add that the staff were incredibly knowledgeable about the menu. They answered all our questions, made some great recommendations and really had me feeling like I was in safe hands. If you’re gluten free or vegan, lactose intolerant or allergic to anything, you can really put your confidence in this lot and you won’t leave unhappy.

If you eat clean or you’re trying to be good, you’re going to love this place. If you’re partial to a chicken nugget… maybe not, but give it a go, it might change your life! I haven’t been converted, I’m afraid I’m too devoted to burgers, but I am interested in trying more. Open to eat in and take out Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 8am-7pm, Thursday 8am – 8pm, Sunday 9am-6pm.

Filmore & Union Restaurant and Express Bar Victoria Quarter Leeds LS1 6AZ | @FilmoreandUnion

Disclaimer: The Victoria Quarter invited me down to try Filmore & Union free of charge. That has had no effect whatsoever on my opinion. All honesty here, friends.


RARE, Leeds


Uncommon Excellence is what RARE is all about. I’ll be honest, I’m not really sure what that means. My guess is that Rare think they’re something special, a little something out of the ordinary, if you will. They class themselves as refined, but not fine dining. They want to offer the people of Leeds something we can’t get elsewhere in the city. Apparently that includes comfortable surroundings, value for money, generous portions and knowledgable, enthusiastic staff.

The dinner menu is simple. A whole chicken for two, pork belly, lamb sausages, game pie and a burger. The crowning glory is one mammoth porterhouse steak to share between two. For ¬£60. That’s ¬£60, folks. I’ll come back to that later.

I was invited down to RARE for the second of its two preview nights. Between the three of us, we ended up ordering one steak and one burger. On top of that we shared the full range of starters (three of them) and a lot of sides. Oh and we finished off with both puddings. Why not, eh? All in the name of research. Let me run you through it.

Rare4Spicy Tamworth Pork Belly Ribs £7.50 served with red cabbage and beetroot pickle
Rare6Potted Smoked Duck £6 served with grilled sour dough toasts and date, fig and apple chutney
Rare5Yorkshire Pudding £4 served with beef, onion and porter gravy

My favourite of the starter line up was the Potted Duck. I’m a sucker for any meat-based spread and this was good, with a thick layer of duck fat sealing in the meat, crisp sourdough and spicy chutney. As always with pat√© there wasn’t enough bread, so I opted to fork the rest of the stuff straight out of the jar into my mouth. The duck itself could have been chunkier, the consistency was straddling rough and smooth a bit uncomfortably, committing to neither, but the flavour was good and I would definitely go back for more. The Yorkshires were crispy and fluffy, just as they should be. We opted for gravy and as we were sharing we ended up ripping and dunking. The gravy itself was a touch on the bitter side for me and went cold pretty quickly in its little ramekin. I wish we’d opted for the “warm Yorkshire blue cheese sauce” instead. Finally, I’m ashamed to say that the pork ribs were none of my business. I’m not the biggest fan of fatty pork cuts (sacrilege, I know!) but they smelled great, glistened with meaty juices and I’m informed by my friend Nicola (a self-confessed pork fanatic), they were very satisfying with the red cabbage and beetroot pickle providing a sharp, tangy accompaniment to cut through the fat.

Rare1010 oz Longhorn Beef Burger £13.50 minced in house and served with baby gem lettuce, heritage tomatoes, dill pickle, red onion rings, swaledale cheese, beetroot and horseradish relish, triple cooked chips, wholegrain mustard and celeriac coleslaw

My perfect beef burger consists of a big, juicy patty, the kind that’s pink in the middle and oozes clear juices all down your chin when you bite into it. I like toppings. Cheese is always good. A bit of lettuce is a must. I like something a bit different, a sauce or a relish, but the right quantities are very important. The RARE burger ticks a lot of these boxes. The textures are near perfect. The bun was of a crusty, chewy persuasion that some burger snobs may look down on for taking up valuable stomach space, but I loved it. My only complaint was that the beetroot and horseradish relish, though it was nicely sweet and crunchy, overpowered the rest of the flavours so that the layers of tomatoes, pickles, onions and cheese were just textures in my mouth instead of distinct tastes. Having said that, I’d probably order it again.

Rare91Kg Longhorn Porterhouse Steak £60 seasoned with oak smoked sea salt, to share

The steak arrived a little more on the medium side than the medium rare we’d asked for but the meat was still tender. Porterhouse is a notoriously difficult cut to grill evenly, made up of the strip steak and the fillet which cook at different speeds. If you ask me, that’s quite a big risk to take for ¬£60 of your hard earned cash. Considering the rest of the mains are reasonably priced (the next expensive dish on the menu is the chicken to share for ¬£24) it seems strange for RARE to position themselves side by side price-wise with some of Britain’s best steak restaurants. At Hawksmoor in London, for example, the porterhouse comes in at ¬£7 per 100g and foodies go to great lengths to get there. With Crafthouse just around the corner offering cuts from renowned butcher Ginger Pig at similar prices, even in Leeds the bar is set high. And whilst purists might sniff at anything more than a bit of salt and pepper with their slab, at ¬£60 I don’t think it’s too much to ask for a few sauces to choose from. By the time you order a couple of sides, you’re talking ¬£35 a head before drinks even come into it. The restaurant claims to offer both “uncommon excellence” and “rare value”, but as a showpiece main course the steak provides neither.

Let’s talk sides. DELICIOUS CHIPS. These chips are¬†really¬†good. They’re just the right thickness, neither chunky nor skinny. They’re like chip shop chips and they’re triple fried too. Swooooon. I could eat them all day, forever. They’re crispy and fluffy because as I understand it, this is what the triple frying method is all about. I’m into it. They’re ¬£3.50, order lots. Root veg and onions rings were nice extras but offered nothing different of note. Honestly, it’s all about the chips.

Rare12Sticky Cinder Toffee Pudding £6 with Cox ice cream and toffee sauce

Rare11Marmalade Bread & Butter Pudding £6 served with vanilla custard

The two puddings on offer are exactly the choices you’d expect to find accompanying the traditional English comfort food at RARE. While both the sticky toffee and bread & butter puddings went down a treat, I can’t help but feel that they were somewhat of an after thought. The cinder toffee leant a lovely burnt flavour, a good match for this time of year and I respect the decision to go with an apple icecream when a vanilla would have done just fine. It’s icy tartness cut through the stickiness of the pudding excellently. The bread and butter came with a gloriously frothy custard that came slathered over the pudding rather messily – I’d have preferred a little jug, but I guess that’s nitpicking. Overall the sweets were good, definitely nothing to turn your nose up at, but I can’t help but think of several other eateries within walking distance who could serve you a more satisfying version.

The wine we had to accompany our meal was a Syrah which cost ¬£17.95. It was good, clearly high quality and a great match for the big meaty dishes on offer, but with the next choice for red at over ¬£20, it would have been nice to see a few more affordable options. Other restaurants I’ve been to around Leeds (Dish & Shears Yard, for example)¬†certainly have a wider choice under the ¬£20 mark, so I was a little disappointed with the selection.

Let’s not forget, this place is a bar too. You’re led downstairs to eat, ¬†into a den-like room with exposed brickwork, rope lighting and a massive stuffed cow called Sue. It’s a lovely atmosphere to eat in, and that means that upstairs is dedicated purely to drinks. The bar menu looks pretty damn promising. Sticking to wine on the night, I didn’t try any of the bar’s cocktails but just a quick skim of the menu made me promise myself I’d go back soon. I’m very much looking forward to this place as an addition to the nightlife scene, somewhere a little different to go to avoid the scrum (RARE have promised to limit standing room which should make for a more comfortable Saturday night atmosphere than the usual Call Lane haunts) and maybe grab a late bite from the Supper Menu.

If you live in Leeds, this place is a reliable shout for indulgent food cooked well. Whilst the quality is high, excitement isn’t. If you’re looking for something out of the ordinary, RARE isn’t it. Nothing about this place screams uncommon excellence to me, but that doesn’t mean it’s without merit. You’ll no doubt leave rubbing your belly and feeling satisfied, just the way I did. Choose well and it can be good value for money. It’s just a shame about their mission statement.

RARE Lamberts Yard 163 Lower Briggate Leeds LS1 6LY | 0113 246 7013 | @eatdrinkrare

Disclaimer: RARE invited me down to try their food menu free of charge.