The cake and bake show: in pictures

Last week, I was lucky enough to not only be given tickets to Manchester’s cake and bake show for my birthday, but also press passes through my gig as Editor of food website Kitchen Bitching. You can read the write up of my day in full over at KB, but I just had to share some of my amateur snaps from the day on White Rabbits.

The best part of having a press pass was seeing Paul Hollywood, Simon Rimmer, John Whaite, and Cat Dresser ‘back stage’. Baking talent galore!

The lovely GBBO contestants

The lovely GBBO contestants

Then came the marketplace, full of sumptuous displays, clever designs, and playful decoration.

Gorgeously gilded gold

Gorgeously gilded gold

Luxury cake pops

Edible gardening

Edible gardening

Tree stumps never looked so tasty

rose cake

Of course, things got even tastier upon discovering the gingerbread village.

Home sweet home

Home sweet home

The stars of the show

The stars of the show

Sugar cane heaven

Sugar cane heaven

And then came the wedding cakes, quirky baking delights, and a CAKE CATWALK!

Inspiration for your big day

Inspiration for your big day

An artist at work...

An artist at work…

A little Mad Hatter, don't you think?

A little Mad Hatter, don’t you think?

There were no skinny offerings on this catwalk!

There were no skinny offerings on this catwalk!

Up close and personal with the models

Up close and personal with the models

But of course, the stars of the show came into their own in the live demos; with Mich Turner showing us amateurs how to produce the most glorious looking rose covered cake. Heavenly.

The baking guru in full swing

The baking guru in full swing

Pretty as a picture

Pretty as a picture

Now, get yourselves along to the London leg in September – you’ll be up to your eyes in icing, edible glitter, and baking gods. Can’t say fairer than that.

Love Emma xx

Review: Wasabi Teppanyaki, Leeds

My life is slowly turning into one giant blur of 30th birthday parties and cake ― which is no bad thing (in fact, it’s bloody fantastic) ― and for the latest celebration, I was heading North to visit another of my ageing friends in Leeds.

Because Tom (said birthday boy) is so darn popular, his incredibly efficient fiancée was quick to book his entourage (a table of around 30) in at Leeds’ impressive Wasabi Teppanyaki restaurant. Despite living in Leeds for two years whilst studying frantically for a Masters (then trying to figure out what to do with my life), I’d never been. In all honesty, I’d never even heard of it. But boy oh boy, did she make the right choice!

Being such a large party, we had to order well in advance. When you’re dealing with a standard set menu, this is no doubt easy peasy for chefs and waiters alike ― but the menu at Wasabi Teppanyaki is far from easy to remember. There was an impressive range of set menus (combining everything from steak, chicken, and Miso soup, to prawns, salmon and Tori Katsu), and vast array of a la carte offerings ― and the chefs remembered everything.

Now, the really special thing about this place is that the food is cooked in front of you ― and believe me when I say they make a real show out of it. The clamouring of kitchen utensils was akin to the sounds from Stomp, and man do these guys know how to throw a flame!

Flamin’ eck!

The first thing to hit the hot plate was garlic, garlic, and more garlic. As a garlic fiend, there is no finer sight.

Yes, that’s ALL garlic

Then the eggs were lined up one by one, and expertly cracked to produce tip-top fried rice.

Cracking stuff

And you really can’t beat watching an array of meat being cooked up in one place.

Mouth-watering tastiness

They love to involve their diners too ― it’s like having your very own private chef for the evening. And by ‘involve’, I’m specifically referring to the amazing egg game, which involves taking one of their enormous silver spoon-like contraptions and taking a shot at whacking an empty egg shell into a convenient little table-top hole. This was my favourite part. You can probably guess why. Being incredibly competitive (and viewing this as a food-related game), I was determined to be the first to ‘pot the egg’ in one shot. Did I do it? Of course I did!

The ‘show’ of cooking at Wasabi Teppanyaki is fantastically entertaining; topped only by the experience of eating the freshly cooked offerings. Hot off the plate, every morsel of food tasted amazing. I have to admit being more than a little bit jealous of my other half’s fillet steak (it was to die for!)

Seriously good!

But my chicken teriyaki with leeks was extremely delicious. And the egg fried rice was like no other.

The guy had serious skills

In all, Wasabi was a fantastic experience and the food was incredible. It worked out a little pricy (around £85 per couple), but that was with plenty of drinks. Whether you’re looking for somewhere to hold a party, or just somewhere a little different for a date, you must give this one a go.

(If you do, let me know what you think).

Love Emma xx