A little piece of heaven up a tree
First we had yurts – we were early adopters and approving of this cosy tent with fire and blankets. Then came glamping– a term coined to cover camping out in yurts, gypsy caravans, retro trailers, and anything which can be converted with a touch of quirk and luxury. The latest self catering trend seems to be for treehouse breaks and maybe the most luxurious of them all is possibly the Bower Treehouse in Somerset.
I was in desperate need of a break, but my travel insurance has gone astronomical as I wait for an operation, so we decided to stay here in the UK and look for something a bit different. We did two stops, the Bower being the first. Continue Reading
I love a good scone, but truth be told, I am always a bit disappointed when I make them myself. I collated a load of recipes last year from friends when I was doing my afternoon tea fundraiser, but the two things which let them down were 1) lack of rise and 2) lack of sweetness.
You might argue that scones shouldn’t be too sweet. After all, they are a vehicle for all that creamy and jam. But here’s the thing: I quite like a scone with just butter. I know, I know, don’t tell the cream tea police! But a just warm scone with slightly salted butter is a thing of beauty for me so I want a scone which is maybe a bit sweeter than usual. Continue Reading
Tasting non alcoholic beer so you don’t have to!
As a reluctant non drinker, I do miss a good beer. It is particularly tricky in these summer months when a single decent beer on a hot day and cure all ills.
Non alcoholic beer doesn’t have the best reputation, and with good reason. There is a lot of dross out there. So I tried a quite a few, and you can see my thoughts in the video below. Continue Reading
This post has been scheduled because right now I should be recovering from neurosurgery. Back in February I went for an eye test; no reason to need one, I just realised I hadn’t been for ages. So long story short, turns out I had a benign tumour in front of my brain; something called a meningioma. It was the last thing I was expecting but they’ve acted to get it out and so I have to be thankful it has been caught.
As soon as I knew I’d be going in to hospital, I started planning to fill the freezer. Not only am I going to be in hospital several days, but I don’t want Andrew worrying about what to cook when I’m recovering. I’ve been advised that I’ll be tired for quite a few weeks, so I wanted to make sure that there’s easy and nutritious food that either Andrew or I can cook easily and just add veggies and carbs to make a meal.
Tucked away on Fountain Street, behind Primark in Manchester city centre, Enzo Pizza is in a good spot for shoppers looking for a lunch time pit stop.
The menu covers breakfast (including breakfast pizza *shock face emoji*), pizza, pasta and ciabatta sandwiches. I popped in to have a try.* Continue Reading
Summertime is here and the lure of the picnic is strong. But how many times has your picnic turned into a disappointing mess with warm salad and squashed sandwiches?
Here’s my tips for the perfect, stress free picnic.
It’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it!
Yesterday, I was a judge at the International Cheese Awards. I know, awesome eh! I’m like a kid in a sweet shop at the awards normally, but this time I had responsibilities. So, pull up a chair and I will give you an insight in to what really goes on behind the scenes of the best job in the world…. Continue Reading
Whenever I want sweet stuff, my first instinct is to bake, so this month I have been stepping away from the flour and sugar and trying to get my sweet kicks elsewhere. My no-bake dessert pots were heavenly, so now I am sticking with the keep it simple theme for these honey ginger palmiers. Continue Reading