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!

Being back home in Devon has allowed me to get back into Beekeeping! Went up to the apiary (we keep our bees on a friends farm) with my Dad yesterday to check on the brood boxes and see if we could do anything about one of the particularly vicious hives (they keep swarming. It’s very frustrating). My hive is confusing me greatly at the moment. The brood pattern is pretty weak and I am convinced that the queen has died. However the drones keep presenting at the opening to the hive, so clearly somethings going on as they’re reacting to pheromones. Bees are so damn confusing sometimes. Annoyingly I need to have a proper look for the Queen before I try and unite that hive with another (would rather not just leave them all to die, but if there is a queen in there I shouldn’t disrupt them). 

However in all it was a pretty wonderful trip. We’ve brought some frames back to spin honey from, and stayed just long enough to see the sun setting over the lovely Devon countryside. God I love where I live.

Nigella’s Vanilla Fudge (Vegetarian)

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Makes roughly 20 squares.

Firstly I would like to apologise for being slightly “missing in action” for the last few weeks! Turns out when you’re not a student, you get one of those fancy full time job things which subsequently take up all of your time. Still my job involves learning a lot about beautiful food and wine so I can’t be remotely annoyed. Employment suits me! It just doesn’t suit my blogging! I have a lot to catch you all up on, but first I’m taking advantage of my afternoon off (Working the dinner shift does have it’s perks) to make vanilla fudge at the request of my younger brother. I’ve made fudge numerous times in the past with varying success. However this recipe by the culinary goddess Nigella Lawson (who is my inspiration for all things) never fails. Never. Not once. Every single time I’ve used it, the fudge has turned out perfectly. Rather than being soft all the way through, I beat it with an electric whisk to make proper “scottish tablet” style fudge; grainy, crumbly, buttery and melt in the mouth. As fudge should be! Enjoy with strawberries and white wine on a hot day, or any day really!

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