Junction Bar & Brasserie in Windsor {review}

It was a Tuesday night when my friend and I ventured out to Windsor to visit Junction Bar & Brasserie. I had been invited to check it out as it's just opened in the last month and they were looking for people to check it out! I said of course as if I hadn't I would be writing this post.

Junction aspire to be the place that people go to have a great time and a place where memories can be created. A place where people get together.

Junction literally means a point where two or more things are joined. 

It's located right in the middle of Windsor just down from the castle. It doesn't look like much from the outside, in fact it sort of blends into the rest of the shops on the street. It doesn't help that right now there is construction going on outside (as seen in the picture to the right).

However, once inside you can tell that some thought has been put into the decor. It is interesting and well thought out. A bit hip with the string lights and pictures half painted blue.

What is most important is the food! The food though is what always matters most and then service. It was quiet that night so we were pretty well taken care of. 

We started with the Thai style fish cakes and pan fried scallops with parsley puree, tomato relish and pickled radish. Both were presented nicely and both were very good. 

We then spent a bit of time deciding what to get as our main because everything looked so good! I settled on the Shepherd’s pie with glazed seasonal vegetables, because as the weather has been chillier I have been craving more comfort food! I wasn't disappointed! It was a nice rich sauce with very buttery mashed potatoes. My friend ordered the Duo of pork with Mac├ędoine potatoes and pork jus and she was very impressed with it! 

We were pretty full after a starter and a main, but we could resist trying something off the dessert menu!! My friend went for the Belgium chocolate brownie with vanilla ice-cream and I went for the Baked cheese cake, fruit salsa & Roseberry sauce. Both were delicious and rich! 

We had a good night and the food was really good! I would recommend it if you live in or around or planning to visit Windsor! Definitely worth a visit and find out for yourself!

Junction Bar & Brasserie: 51, Peascod Street, Windsor, England

These pictures and more can be found on my Instagram! If you are interested in my adventures follow me there @unitedcakedom

notes: As mentioned above I was invited to visit Junction, I was not asked to give a positive review. All opinions are my own check out my contact/policy page/tab above for more information. 

Peanut Butter and Banana Milkshake

So, my good friend loves milkshakes. We talked forever about making one of those popular monster milkshakes ... you know the ones with the cups covered in chocolate and sprinkles and has cookies or doughnuts sticking out the top? We were totally pumped for it and we were like yay let's definitely do it! 

However, in the end it looked like a lot of effort for a milkshake. We weren't in the mood for all the faff and to be honest all the sugar. So, we made just what we wanted a simple peanut butter and banana milkshake. 

For this milkshake I literally blended some peanut butter, a banana, vanilla ice cream, and a dash or so of milk. Topped it with whipped cream and some dry roasted peanuts. Dry roasted because that is what was in the cupboard! I couldn't tell you how much I used of each ingredient and let's face it for a milkshake do you need to know? 

I believe you can use as much of or as little of each that you want and once it's blended it will still taste great! 

Do you have to have a recipe to follow? Let me know in the comments below! 

Baking Lately - the adventures and happenings at United Cakedom

I wouldn't say I loved my job at Sainsbury's, as an online shopper, but I didn't hate it either. I loved being a witness to the sun rising and to scenes like the one above. I loved having my whole day ahead of me, but most of all I loved my co-workers. It was a comfortable environment and we were a great team of people. The only thing that made me want to change my job is that I was tired of dragging myself out of bed at 3:30am for a 4pm start. Picture below was taken on my last day and you can see how tired I am. 

I have found another part time job that suits my lifestyle better. It's just another change in a year of changes. I am looking forward to a new challenge, but sad about leaving behind two years of essentially some really great friendships. There are a handful of people I will be keeping in touch with, and the rest well let's just say thank goodness for Facebook!

One of things I did before I left is bake this Coffee and Walnut Cake for a charity bake sale going to BIBS, the local charity that our branch is currently supporting. Recipe can be found in Nigella's Kitchen on online here! 

I was told it was big hit and I got pictures of people eating it and the empty plate! The bake sale it's self was a big hit and it raised money for a great cause! BIBS (Babies in Buscot Support) is a registered charity that supports babies and their families in the special care baby unit (Buscot Ward) at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading. 

This cake is one of many things I have baked lately, but haven't shared with you all! A lot of what I have been baking is stuff I not only have baked before, but also blogged. Here are a few of the things I've been Baking Lately

Banana Bread 
(I haven't actually blogged this, but the recipe comes from the hummingbird bakery cookbook.) 

So, that's a quick update on what I've been up to lately! I am still baking, but not as frequently nor as experimental as I used to be. I have also been a terrible baking supporter and have missed most of the Great British Bake Off this year. Think I will spend the rest of my Sunday trying to catch up with it as it is the semi-finals this week! 

It is my hope that once I've settled into my new job and I get a new routine set I will have more time to not only bake, but blog and get back into the blogging world! I have missed it as I have been dealing with real life stuff. 

I was all ready to get my Jamberry business off the ground and running and I've literally done nothing in regards to running it as a business, but I am still buying and using them! My latest manicure is called Ribbon Dance and I'm very pleased with it! 

United Jamdom
A link to my sight if you want to check them out! 
There are a lot of new styles for Autumn/Winter! 

Thanks for reading! Do you have a favorite cake or cookie or pastry or bread and so on recipe that you bake over and over again? Leave a comment below I would love to know! 

notes: This post has not been sponsored in any shape or form by any of above mentioned people/places/things! Please see my contact/policy page above for more information!