Tuesday, 20 September 2016

30th Celebrations in London

I've been saving this post for a while because although it's about birthday celebrations, the birthday in question wasn't actually happening until today...

My little sis turns 30!  Happy B-day, B!

A few years ago we all met up in London to celebrate my mum's birthday so plans were made to do the same again this year.

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Simply Ice Cream - I Scream for Ice Cream!

Simply Ice Cream review - a range of ice creams from Kent produced by hand in small batches using local, quality ingredients.

If someone asks you if you want to try ice cream in one of the hottest weeks of the year, there isn't much decision making to be made.  Not for me anyway because I'm somewhat of a sucker for ice cream.

Simply Ice Cream got in touch with me to see if I would be interested in reviewing some of their natural ice cream.  I loved the sound of their flavours (I'll get to those in a bit) and how all of their ice creams are made by hand in small batches using only simple, natural and local ingredients.  Obviously I said, "yes please!" and then waited excitedly for my delivery to arrive as instead of asking for specific flavours (or ALL of them...), I asked them to surprise me so had no idea what was coming.

Saturday, 3 September 2016

Photo a Day 2016: August

I've been slacking again.  I skipped two months of my "photo a day" posts, I've hardly spent any time in the kitchen and I'm well off track on my 2016 reading challenge.  It's been super busy at work and it's been hot and...ok, ok, I'm just making excuses...

August is kind of the bridge between my least favourite season (summer) and my favourite season (autumn) but it's been a hot month and has only now started to feel that autumn is actually on its way.  I love autumn because you can wear more layers, you can snuggle up under a blanket and tis the season for comfort food!  Oh, and Great British Bakeoff starts again...hurrah!

Sunday, 21 August 2016

My Homemade Guacamole

My go-to recipe for fresh, homemade guacamole.  A simple mix of avocado, spring onion, coriander/cilantro, tomato and lime - perfect for dunking chips in, topping a burger with or as a side for brunch.

I love snacking, don't you?!  It's even better when what you're snacking on is actually pretty healthy and not just a bag of crisps or other junk, right?  Cue fanfare and enter homemade guacamole and tortilla chips!  The best thing about both of these is that you can make a fairly decent size batch of both which will keep for days in airtight containers so you always have something to hand if you need something to nibble on.

Everyone who loves guac probably has their own prefect recipe.  I'm sure it's tasty but I'm telling you, mine is the tastiest ;)  I've been lazy and bought guacamole from the supermarket but it really doesn't compare to making it from scratch - homemade is much more fresh and zingy taste than anything made on a production line.

Saturday, 30 July 2016

Afternoon Tea at BB Bakery, Covent Garden

A review of afternoon tea at BB Bakery in Covent Garden. Tea, savoury treats, cakes, pastries and scones are all part of the experience in this cafe just around the corner from the hustle and bustle of Covent Garden Market.

We all love afternoon tea, don't we?  It's one of those totally English things that tourists and locals alike enjoy doing - teeny tiny sandwiches (crusts cut off, of course!), dainty little cakes and pastries, a pot of steaming tea and let's not forget the scones!  Before I continue, clotted cream or jam first?  If you tell me you like jam first then we're just not going to be friends.

So afternoon tea started around the reign of Victoria - dinner had been pushed back to 6-ish so everyone needed something in the afternoon to get them through to the main meal of the day.  It was also a great opportunity to get together with your chums for a bit of a chin wag or, as it wasn't such a formal meal as dinner, you could invite your daughter's potential suitor over to weigh him up.


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