Castleton – The Gem Of The Peak District

Castleton is an outstandingly picturesque English village, situated in the heart of the Derbyshire Peak District National Park. An ancient place first settled by the Celts, the remains of who’s hill fort still resides on Mam Tor today. After which came the Romans who came to mine the area and then the Normans with William […]

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One Chicken Four Meals: Chicken and Chorizo Hot Pot

As a society we waste a lot of food. Good food. Edible food. We’re all guilty of it. In a bid to cut back on our household food waste I decided it was time to do another one of my one bird three meal series, or as is the case this time, four meals. I […]

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#LittleMoments November – 5 Things That Made Me Happy This Week

This week was one filled with a couple of much bigger moments along with the little ones, the bigger of which will have their own separate posts appearing soon. All in all I have a lot to be thankful for and have ended this week with a big smile on my face! Trip To Le […]

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A Family Trip To The Zoo

Nestled in the East Midlands countryside is Twycross Zoo. 80 acres of land housing almost 150 species, some of which are the most endangered on the planet. Twycross is a zoo that specialises in primates. Renowned for its breeding programme that has seen the first births here in the UK of thirteen different species and […]

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One Chicken Four Meals: Elizabeth David – Chicken Savoyarde

A while back I did a series of recipes using one chicken to make three meals. Making the most out of a joint of meat is something that is important to me and so I thought it was time to do a few more recipes on what you can do with one chicken,Β only there will […]

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Mummified Sausage Rolls

Halloween is fast approaching and I have the simplest of recipes for you! To me, one of the best things about the Halloween season is inviting friends over for a party and any good party requires nibbles. One of my favourite finger foods are homemade sausage rolls. A very British thing. They take all of […]

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#LittleMoments October – 5 Things That Made Me Happy This Week

This week has been an extremely quiet one. Peter has been away on the continent for work travelling through Slovakia, Czech Republic and Hungary so it has just been Heidi and I on our lonesome. Well, not really alone – we have the family next door so we have daily company! We’ve spent our days […]

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Weekend Wanderings Around Sudbury Hall

At the weekend we took Heidi for her first National Trust outing to Sudbury Hall just down the road from us. I love exploring old houses and was keen for a day out somewhere new so this place seemed just the ticket. Built by Sir John Vernon in the mid 17th century, Sudbury Hall is […]

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An Impromptu Dinner at Le Mistral

It’s been just over a month since the birth of little Heidi Rose and last night when Nana and Grandad offered to take her for a few hours so we could escape for a dinner date we leapt at the chance. And so, we went on our first solo outing for the evening sans baby […]

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Tomato And Basil Tarts

I can’tΒ imagine anything that smacks you round the mouth shouting summer more than the flavours of tomato and basil. Cherry tomatoes especially. Β Tiny flaming fruits, sun blushed and glowing from the golden rays they have have absorbed over the long midsummer days. They partner perfectly with classic Italian flavours – basil, olives, mozzarella. As I […]

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