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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Ilam – A Must See In Manifold Valley

We had a family outing to Ilam Hall the other day. A stunning place I never even knew existed and pretty much on my doorstep. Ilam is a 158 acre country park, situated on the River Manifold just northwest of the village of Ashbourne in Derbyshire. For centuries it has been an important settlement, although […]

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Milldale – The Perfectly Situated Derbyshire Village

With its grey stone cottages, running stream and old pack-horse bridge, Milldale is one of the most picturesque villages in the Peak District. Situated at the northern end of Dovedale, it really is the most tranquil, perfectly situated riverside hamlet, consisting of only a dozen or so cottages which date back to the 17th and […]

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Tissington – The Grade Listed Derbyshire Village

Tissington is a place that most of you will not have heard of. It is a small village in the heart of Derbyshire, just north of Ashbourne, with a population count of under 200 people. It is one of the prettiest, most unspoilt villages in the county – some say the entire country, where 70% […]

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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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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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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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Spinach And Ricotta Pizza

What do you do when you have a handful of spinach? Make pizza. The obvious solution. Especially to a hungry, ready to pop, 40 week pregnant lady. One of my all time favourite pasta dishes is spinach and ricotta cannelloni, which I don’t get to make very often due to the time it takes to […]

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