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Coriander Bournemouth

If you’ve spent any time in Bournemouth, you’ll know what happens to the town on Saturday nights. If not, then let me explain. Bournemouth is known by many across the country as the ultimate stag and hen destination. The town is taken over by boozy stag and hen doos paining the town red. We no longer blink twice at a group of scantily clad nuns or groups of men in animal onsies. Its a way of life for our town.

Coriander is one of those restaurants in central Bournemouth which kind of gets caught up in all the commotion. Set right in the centre of town and of course being a mexican restaurant, it is a major attraction for people wanting to line their tummies before they start the evening festivities.

But this doesn’t stop us, I mean, who doesn’t love nachos and fajitas on a Saturday night?

Its all very Mexican inside, and if you’re lucky, they’ll even provide you with a sombrero to enjoy your meal with.

This was a major attraction.

We got down to business and ordered some drinks, of the Mexican variety of course. I’m not going to tell you this is the best Mexican I’ve ever eaten at because it isn’t, but it’s simple and extremely fun. Anyway, how wrong can you go with nachos?

Not wrong at all!

We ordered a sharing platter of chicken wings, potato skins and jalapeño poppers for starter which were basic but tasty none the less.

All meals are served with a Coriander dip selection. Homemade salsa, sour cream and a spicy dipping sauce.

Scott went for the steak fajitas which a little on the “plain steak” side, but tasty non the less.

Jennie has the spinach quesadilla which came highly recommended by our hostess.

And, naturally, I ordered 3 giant chicken burritos which were cheesy and pretty darn delicious.

Unfortunately we were too stuffed to eat dessert, but here’s a cheeky peek of their menu.

Coriander is a great little jaunt for groups heading into the Bournemouth razzle dazzle. Lots of atmosphere and a whole lot of mexican food…go on, you know you want to. These guys get rammed at the weekend so try and book ahead. You can find all of their details on their website.



Rhumbar Bournemouth

I’m a huge meat eater. I admit it, I don’t eat a lot of vegetables due to Scott and his vege-phobia, but I’m a great believer that you can still make meat healthy without a sea of green on your plate. Ok, this post is not a healthy one, but it sure is a gooden!

Rhumbar is a Caribbean inspired restaurant in the heart of Bournemouth’s town centre. Relaxed and oh so Caribbean-esque, friendly staff show you to your table and allow you time to peruse the menu. You’ll find the typical “island favourites” such as Curry Goat and Jerk Ribs but they offer the best meaty combos that if you’re strong enough to resist,  you’re crazy!

Our pick was the Rib Combo. Plates after plates of spicy and BBQ chicken wings were bought out…

…along with rice and peas. The ribs were gone within seconds. Fall off the bone meat, cooked in a spicy and delicious sauce, gone before I could click the camera.

Some wings were sticky and oozing with BBQ flavour…

Others nice and spicy!

We ordered an impressive two rounds and demolished the whole lot.

If you dare, add some hot pepper sauce.

Oh and an ice cold beer.

And sit back and enjoy. Rhum Bar is a great all-rounder. It’s got that family vibe, a little bit of reggae reggae playing in the background, and some of the best juicy chicken and sticky ribs in town.

You’ll find Rhum Bar on Firvale Road behind the high street. Check out their website and menu here. It would make the ideal location for dinner before a night out on the town. So a good excuse to pull out the dancing shoes if you ask me!


mum’s flapjacks

I grew up around children. My mum was a child-minder so from the age of 5 I was her little helper with all of the little babies and toddlers we had running around the house. There were lots of things we used to do to keep them entertained like one year making papier-mâché money pots using balloons and of course lots and lots of baking. From as far back as I can remember, my favourite bakery snack has been a flapjack. Gewy, chewy, oaty squares. This was my mum’s signature dish.

Whenever I’m feeling a little under the weather or in need of a bit of cheering up, I’ll pop a batch of these in the oven. To make 12 large rectangular Flapjacks (or many many many more if you’re not as greedy on the potion size as me) you will need:

175g butter
175g Golden Syrup (plus additional spoonfuls for licking)
175g Muscovado sugar
350g porridge oats
1/2 lemon
pinch of ground ginger (optional)
20 cm tin 

First of all, get organised. Measure out your ingredients and line the baking tray with greaseproof paper. Heat the oven to 150c.

Then set a saucepan over a medium/low heat and slowly melt the butter. Watch out it doesn’t over heat, you just want to melt it.

Then add the sugar and golden syrup. Try and refrain from eating too much of the syrupy goodness. Too much sugar is no good for you snigger snigger snigger.

Stir, stir, stir until the sugar has dissolved. Ensure you keep the heat low. Again, you don’t want to burn the syrup.

Once the sugar has dissolved, remove the pan from the heat and slowly stir in the oats. Make sure you cover each little oat. This is what makes them deliciously gewy and sticky.

Now for the special ingredient, the juice of half a lemon. Give the mixture a final stir then carefully spoon the mixture into your greaseproof paper tray and compress the mixture into all the corners ensuring it is evenly spread (you don’t want someone else’s flapjack bigger than yours!)

Ok, I got caught licking the spoon.

Pop them in the oven for 35-40 minutes depending on how chewy or crunchy you like them. When their done, you’ll know. The kitchen will be filled with the sweetest syrupy smell. Let them cool for 15 minutes before removing from the baking tray. Chop with a sharp knives and serve warm, preferably with a glass of milk.


If you’re feeling more naughty, add chocolate chips or dried fruit and you’ll be in flapjack heaven!