Do what you love & love what you do…

Brew & bake






Its been a while since I last posted. To be more accurate its been a few days short of 2 months.

I’ve been busy during these two months. Not too busy to cook because I’m always cooking but I’ve just not had any time to shoot and write about any of it.

The reason for this lack of time? I’ve bought a coffee shop.

If you’ve followed my blog during 2014 you would have seen my posts about my love (& addiction) of coffee and cake so naturally the next step was to do what I love and buy my own coffee shop.

Let me be the first to say its not the biggest coffee shop in the world, it’s not even the biggest coffee shop on the street (and there’s 5 others on the same street) but what makes this coffee shop so special? it’s mine and I’m going to do what I love to do.

It would be a bold statement for me to say that my coffee shop is going to be the best on the road but this is my plan. Our coffee comes from Oxford. It’s wood roasted, fair trade & organic, our tea’s are loose leaf and produced in Cheltenham. Our cakes are not from a packet, they are made on site fresh everyday by whisking eggs, beating butter and folding in flour and our sandwiches are made fresh daily using artisan breads with chutneys from Stroud.

Unfortunately this means the time I have for Custard or Cream will be reduced but if you like what you’ve seen here follow me over on twitter at @bakeandbrewhq for all the latest news, views & recipes.



Quick Recipe: Avocado Toast…

Avocado ToastIt wasn’t until I went to London that I tried Avocado Toast in a nice little café called Le Pain Quotidien (

Avocado Toast isn’t ground breaking in anyway. It only has a few ingredients and its method is so simple that anyone could put it together. So why is Avocado Toast filling up your Twitter, Pintrest & Instigram timelines?

Because its healthy, quick and full of flavour.

Bread – Take your favourite unsliced bread, gluten free, sour dough, bloomer.
1 Avocado – Ripe and ready to eat
1 Red onion
1 Spring onion
8 Cherry tomatoes
Pinch of Coriander
1 Lime
1 Red chilli

Slice your favourite bread in to chunky slices and toast. You could se your toaster or grill to toast the bread but I prefer to use a chargrill pan. Whilst toasting half your avocado, remove the skin & the stone. Cut the avocado in to 1/4’s and smash a 1/4 avocado on to each piece of toast. Dice your tomatoes, red onion, chilli & spring onion and sprinkle over your toast. Chop your coriander and sprinkle over the top along with some salt & pepper.


My Cat, The Cake Connoisseur: Mexican Chicken Nachos…

Mexican Chicken NachosWhen my partner (other half, girlfriend, co habit or whatever you call each other when you get to my age) said she was going out for a girly night in the first thing that came in to my mind was dinner and drinks with the boys. what could I make for her to take with her.

We all know girls love chocolate so I thought a rich raspberry & pistachio brownie with a gooey centre would be a good choice and might even score me some brownie points (no pun intended but is this how that saying came about?).

I’ve made chocolate brownies many times and have posted the recipe for my white chocolate & pecan brownie on the blog before but instead of following this never fail recipe I though I’d try a new one.

I bought a book some years back when I was traveling around America called “Amazing Cookies & Brownies” like most of my cookbooks I haven’t made any recipes from it so I thought why not give it a go and when the first brownie in the book is called ” The ultimate brownie” I thought why not. Continue reading

Quick Recipe: Chimichurri Beef

Chimichurri BeefI must admit I am about 6 months too late in posting this. I cooked this Chimichurri Beef a while back in the summer for a group of 14 of us but when I came to writing the post that went with it I already had about 12 recipes in the post (The original post can be found here http// and forgotten I had taken any photos of the Chimichurri Beef.

So what is Chimichurri? It’s an Argentinian “green sauce” used on grilled meats. Chimichurri works well on just about anything, chicken, fish, pork or beer and using a BBQ or chargrill just enhances the flavour even more.

If you’ve packed the BBQ away and don’t want to wait until next year, buy yourself a chargrill and bring the outside in.


2kg Flank steak – Ask your butcher for this as it is not available in most supermarkets (yet)
Bunch coriander
Bunch oregano
Bunch flat leaf parsley
250ml Cooking oil
Cumin seeds – Good pinch
6 Cloves of garlic
2 Chillis
125ml White wine vinegar


Take all the ingredients except the beef and put them in a liquidiser or a bowl and use a hand mixer. Mix all until a puree. Place your beef in to a bowl and cover with the marinade, making sure all the beef is covered. I took my marinade to the butcher I bought my beef from and he vacuum packed it for me (you don’t get that in a supermarket).

Leave to marinade for minimum 12 hours I left mine for 48 hours.

Heat the BBQ or chargrill pan. Cook the beef on both sides until you have bar marks on it. remove from cooking and place on a baking tray. Bake in the oven at 180ºc until it is cooked to 58ºc (this will still be very rare and take about 12 minutes, cook for longer if you like it more well done).

Remove from oven and rest for 10 minutes and then slice. This can be eaten either hot or cold.

Cocktails & Dreams (Blink Blink Blinkerdy Blink): Is A £15 Cocktail Worth £15?

gin & tonicAway from cooking I love films and of all the films I’ve watched (which are a lot) I know 5 of them line for line: Days of Thunder, Top Gun, War Games, Escape to Victory & Cocktail. I don’t have a thing for Tom Cruise but during the 80’s & 90’s he made some cult movies.

For those of you that haven’t seen Cocktail it’s a love story (aren’t all the best films?), boy meets girl, boy messes it up, boy does all he can to win back girl.


Sorry I digressed.

At a pivotal point in the movie Tom Cruise & Brian Brown discuss names for their potential bar should life go to plan (which it doesn’t). Tom Cruise comes up with the name Cocktails & Dreams where he explains the neon light will go blink blink blinkerdy blink.

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