Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Food: Asparagus season is on!

I don't know if it's sad to admit that asparagus season is something I really look forward to. I don't know whether that's more to do with the food or actually because it means summer is on the way! Either way, it's a good day when the very first of the season's asparagus arrives at work and it means I can cook some of my very favourite dishes including asparagus wrapped in parma ham, dusted in parmesan and lemon drenched pasta. Yum...


Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Style: Spring

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Sunday, 29 March 2015

Style: Monochrome

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Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Lifestyle: Scotland travels

Soon we're taking a trip to Scotland, the Fatherland!
I've only been a handful of times before, so I'm quite excited. We're starting the trip by visiting family near Glasgow, friends in Edinburgh and then a few nights on the East Coast, holed up in a fishing village near Fife. Ideally we'd be going for longer than a week. This time we won't be able to visit the Highlands or the West Coast unfortunately. Next time I'd love to go to some of the Scottish Isles.

I've made a couple of short plans for the week already...

1. Walk Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh and visit Edinburgh Castle. These are both pretty obvious really, unless you're not a walker and then I'd cross of Arthur's seat! However I've got quite used to hiking up hills since getting Ted, so I'm ready for the challenge.

2. Buy some of my clan tartan, yes really, preferably with clan coat of arms embroidered!
I'm secretly very proud to have a cool coat of arms!

3. Take a trip to Loch Lomond, north west of Glasgow.
I've been to Loch Lomond before but it offers such great walks that it has to be done again.

4. Visit St Andrews Castle, yes, big castle fan!
St Andrew looks beautiful and if we get time I'd love to visit the University too. It's one of the oldest universities in the world.

5. Take afternoon tea, possibly at The Willow Tea Rooms in Glasgow, beautifully designed by Rennie Mackintosh.

5. Visit Rosslyn Chapel, outside Edinburgh, this will probably disappoint me in real life but I can't help being curious abut it after it was brought to fame in The Da Vinci code.

If you have any suggestions about what to do in Scotland, I'd love to hear from you!

p.s family coat of arms below, I'm such a geek!


Saturday, 14 February 2015

Lifestyle: Dreaming of summer

Summer feels like an awfully long time ago! I'm not a huge fan of cold weather so I'm awaiting summer with anticipation!
Last year we had a staycation, I hate that word! We went to Cornwall, Porthleven, as we'd only had Ted about a month and definitely couldn't leave him behind when he was still a baby!

Cornwall to me is the ideal destination, as long as the sun's shining, it has the most beautiful beaches, fabulous food and it's only a couple of miles away.

We stayed in a very cute little cottage overlooking the sea and just a few minutes walk from the village harbour. During our stay we practically became regulars at the local fish restaurant Clay Quay. I've literally just read that it's being bought out by Rick Stein. Anyway it was very nice when we went , lots of fresh seafood and small tapas style dishes.

At the time we couldn't walk down the street without people cooing over Ted, he was a very cute puppy!

Look at that face!

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Lifestyle: Lemon, Ginger & Honey tea

My love for tea at the moment really knows no bounds. If you read my previous post all about the amazing English grown tea from Tregothnan you'll see what I mean! My current love is fresh ginger and lemon tea with a little honey, which I know is nothing new but the health benefits are just huge!
  • There are high levels of anti-oxidant in both ingredients. Obviously lemons are also packed with vitamin C, which always helps keep the body healthy!
  • The combination of ginger and lemon apparently helps food to be absorbed by the body and therefore prevents bloating.
  • The boost of vitamins in winter keeps colds at bay.
  • Finally, it tastes really good!
I've recently taken to brewing up quite a big batch, leaving it to cool and then sticking it in the fridge to have the next day at work. Kind of the iced version! This was less by design, more of a happy accident when I forgot I had made myself a cup and discovered it was actually pretty good cold.... who'd have thought!

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Major IT upgrade- Retina Macbook pro

I finally caved and joined the Apple bandwagon! In hindsight I don't know why I actively deprived myself for so long! I've always been a firm fan of Samsung phones and scoffed at peoples obsession with Apple but my last Samsung laptop was a serious let down. So I upgraded to a Macbook pro recently and will never look back! However I can't help shake a feeling that I've let the Samsung team down! I found this quote on my internet travels and it kind of sums up my Apple vs Samsung feelings perfectly. 

"Samsung fans are old dudes who like computer programming and toilet jokes, and Apple fans are women who buy things they don't need."

I've always felt like 'the old dude' and I liked it that way but really I've now discovered that my Macbook pro is the best thing ever and yes I do realllly need it!
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