Hotels: Madejski, Reading

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Madejski, Reading

I recently had business in Reading and stayed at the Madejski Hotel; this is part of the Reading Football Club stadium complex. I always travel with the SatNav giving directions so the hotel was easy to find.

The Madejski is a modern hotel with everything that means. In a lot of ways this is a good thing, but the dining room is a large cavernous room surrounded by lots of glass.

This means all sounds in the dining room are amplified and echo loudly. Having just finished a five hour drive to get there I found dinner a somewhat tiring and annoying experience due to the noise level.

I was also somewhat restricted in terms of what I could order off the menu as the majority of items contained sauces or spices I don’t like. That said I did enjoy the burger although if I had stayed a second night then I’d have had to have had the burger again.

Breakfast was a buffet affair and was pretty good (I prefer buffet breakfasts as I can get exactly what I want to eat).

Overall, I’ll try to avoid the Madejski on any return trips to Reading.

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Recipe: Ham And Cheese BBQ Pizza

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Recipe: Sausage And Bacon BBQ Pizza

Ham And Cheese BBQ Pizza Close Up

I made my first ever pizza the other night and I have half a ball of mozzarella remaining so I decided to have a go at a ham and cheese pizza.

Ingredients

  • Pizza base
  • Three slices of smoked ham
  • Mature Farmhouse Cheddar
  • Half a mozzarella ball

I had another pre-baked pizza base to make life easier.
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Recipe: Sausage And Bacon BBQ Pizza

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Sausage And Bacon BBQ Pizza Close Up

There is no other way of saying this; I am a fussy eater. I would say I eat well, but I do eat a limited range of items.

In recent times I have been trying to broaden my horizons, food wise, by trying other foods. One food I have never tried is pizza; mainly because I don’t like the smell and also because I don’t like tomato. However, I’ve spent a little time thinking about this and then searched online for alternatives.

The alternative I found was BBQ sauce which I do like. Having determined this I looked at the toppings I could use which I had in the house or could easily get.

Ingredients

  • Pizza base
  • Two pork and apple sausages
  • Four rashers of smoked bacon
  • Mature Farmhouse Cheddar
  • Half a mozzarella ball

I bought a pre-baked pizza base to make life easier; making the pizza at all is fairly adventurous for me.
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Dark And Sticky Gingerbread With A Whiskey Glaze

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I’ve always enjoyed baking and have always tended to bake based on the recipes I got from my mother. Well, I recently decided that I wanted to do a proper gingerbread, but I didn’t have a recipe. I did some looking around and found one in the Food section of the Daily Telegraph website.

I’m posting the recipe here so that I can easily find it (I have a large sceptical streak which makes me concerned the recipe a disappear, or have the permalink changed, at some point) and to record any adjustments I may make.

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This site has no special meaning or significance. I doubt there will ever be anything meaningful posted here.

Unless you count recipes.

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