September 8th, 2014

After finishing work at midnight last saturday, I drove for three hours to work at a music festival in Surrey. Don’t ask me why I decided that was a good idea. It was a decision made very much in the moment, based on an excited snap chat from my friend Tom suggesting I needed to embrace spontaneity. The fact that my all time favourite rock band “Squeeze” were headlining sweetened the deal! I have been trying to embrace spontaneity at every given opportunity. Thus I now get to experience sunday nights of drunk dancing with ginger cake and listening to incredible 70’s new wave rock!

September 1st, 2014

It turns out, that trying to make pizza in a friends make shift pizza oven isn’t as easy as you’d think. Still, after a few burnt bottoms we managed to create two beautiful sundried tomato, goats cheese, red onion and basil monstrosities! Just what the brain needs when locked in a heated scrabble match that is only being hindered by excessive amounts of sangria.

August 30th, 2014

I spent my bank holiday weekend gallivanting along the Devon coastline with my lovely friend Tom. We took an adventure to a relatively private beach, which can only be accessed via a very overgrown and steep path way down the cliffs. It was quite a mission to undertake but worth it for nothing but the sound of the surf, and no one around for miles. 

Brought a loaf of bread cooked with Mediterranean herbs and spices, to accompany some sundried tomato and onion hummus. Perfect after a long hard day of relaxing on the pebbles and laughing about complete rubbish. Vegan days are the best days!

August 29th, 2014

Sangria (Vegan)

Sometimes you will find yourself with a bottle of red wine that can only be described as completely undrinkable. Usually because your family and friends think Hardy’s is a reputable wine company, and that “red” is in fact a grape variety, region and country of origin all rolled up into one. It’s unavoidable, because people like buying wine and don’t understand how easy buying rubbish wine really is. Not all is lost though! That is where the elixar of life that is Sangria comes in. Very easy to make, and completely delicious, this amazing wine based drink is the logical solution to a bad red!

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The sporadic sunshine that defines an English summer has been inspiring me to make Jam and bake scones. It doesn’t help matters that the blackberry bush on my families allotment has exploded this year. I have blackberries coming out of my ears, and evidently the only logical thing to do is eat them in as many delicious ways as possible. Such a tough life, but I suppose someone has to live it!

Missing in Action send help!

I would like to quickly apologise for my lack of recent activity. Full time employment appears to have taken over my life, which is actually quite a good thing. I really love my new job! Working in wine has given me something new to be genuinely excited about. In fact I think I may have discovered a new talent. This coming month I will be completing my Level 2 WSET qualification in Wine and Spirits, meaning that I will be eligible to be hired for positions as a Wine expert. Not only will I be able to continue chatting rubbish about wine, but I’ll actually be qualified to do so! My free time has mostly involved a lot of time spent with friends having adventures, and I’ve been swept up in the madness. It’s not left much time for me to blog properly. 

However I hope to rectify this in the coming weeks, so please watch this space for signs of life!

August 20th, 2014

Throw back to Graduation with my favourite people and a truly delicious celebration dinner (with a fair bit of bubbly!). Wildes wine bar remains one of my favourite places to eat in Leamington Spa.

I do quite miss student life.

Quick n Easy Portuguese Custard Tarts (Vegetarian)

Makes 8

Portuguese tarts are one of my favourite things, but unfortunately baked custard is not exactly my forte. This recipe rectifies this inability, but still satisfies my cravings for something creamy and sweet! Plus squishing pastry is weirdly satisfying.

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August 16th, 2014
I dyed my hair ginger because I’m sick of being a muggle, living a mundane existence devoid of magic and dragons. I am Ginny Weasley now. 

I dyed my hair ginger because I’m sick of being a muggle, living a mundane existence devoid of magic and dragons. I am Ginny Weasley now. 

August 9th, 2014

Spent one of my rare nights off enjoying macarons and cups of wine in the moonlight. Then I woke up on a beach in a completely different town, roughly an hours drive from my home. Fresh open air and the sound of waves to soothe my hangover. At least I had Margaret Atwood in my bag to pass time until the bus back…

That definitely escalated quickly. I enjoy my ridiculous adventures.

Elly and I (mostly Elly as she is the brains of this operation) made macarons filled with chocolate ganache! Recipe shall go up at some point. Baking with my best friend is undoubtedly the best way to spend a day off. 

Elly and I (mostly Elly as she is the brains of this operation) made macarons filled with chocolate ganache! Recipe shall go up at some point. Baking with my best friend is undoubtedly the best way to spend a day off. 

August 7th, 2014

Mediterranean Vegetable Tart with Feta and Balsamic Glaze (Vegetarian)

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Serves 4

Took a trip into the countryside yesterday to spend my day off baking with my beautiful Elly. Rustled up something suitably summery for lunch! This recipe is essentially ratatouille on puff pastry with cheese. Nice and simple, but still light enough to be eaten in excessive amounts on a hot day. After all the aim of the game is to eat as much good food as possible! I would also recommend putting olives in the ratatouille if you fancy it. Yummy stuff. There can never be too many olives. 

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August 4th, 2014
Post work “Tea and Sea”. A friend of mine builds cliff side huts along the South Devon coastline. Hiking to his current project, sitting on the roof and unwinding as the sun sets; these are the moments I live for. I may find Devon dull at times, but good god it is beautiful.

Post work “Tea and Sea”. A friend of mine builds cliff side huts along the South Devon coastline. Hiking to his current project, sitting on the roof and unwinding as the sun sets; these are the moments I live for. I may find Devon dull at times, but good god it is beautiful.

July 28th, 2014

My beautiful best friend Elly made me Chocolate, Strawberry and Rose Macarons for my birthday! Such a talented lady!