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A Festive Weekend in Edinburgh

We started December by spending a long weekend in Edinburgh; it is a beautiful city to visit at this time of year with lots of festive activities and lights twinkling at every corner. It was my first visit to the city, in fact it was the furthest North I have ever been and it opened my eyes to a beautiful part of the world that I would love to explore more. Edinburgh is steeped in history and the architecture is breathtaking and well preserved, there was so much character but at the same time everything was so pristine. I can see how the beautiful city provided such inspiration for J.K. Rowling. The castle is obviously one of the most iconic...

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Recipe: Smokey Baba Ganoush Dip

If you're planning a BBQ before the end of summer then this smokey aubergine dip is a great accompaniment, perfect with a selection of mezze dishes or simply as a side dip. It's very simple to make and has a lovely smokey taste, you can also cook the aubergines under a grill but nothing beats that charred smokey BBQ flavour.  Ingredients:  3 Aubergines 1 tbsp tahini Juice of half a lemon 2 cloves of garlic 1 tsp cumin 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil flat-leaf parsley A pinch of salt and black pepper Method:  1.  Prick the aubergines and place on the grill over the BBQ, making sure to turn frequently so all sides get nice and charred. They will take around 15-20 minutes...

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Recipe: Buckwheat and Cashew Cream Pancakes

These pancakes are the perfect dish for a weekend treat, they are vegan and gluten free as well as easy peasy to make. They are the most heavenly mix of fluffy pancakes; creamy cashew, tart berries and the sweetness of honey. If you have never tried cashew cream before then prepare to become addicted, it's yummy!  Ingredients: For the pancakes 150g buckwheat flour 300ml almond milk 1 tsp vanilla extract ½ tsp ground cinnamon 1 ripe banana Pinch of salt ½ tsp baking powder 1 tsp coconut oil (for cooking) For the cashew cream 200g cashew nuts (these need to have been pre-soaked in water overnight). 120ml water 1tsp maple syrup 1tsp vanilla extract For the topping A mix of...

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Visit: Hovis Hill

If you saw my previous post on Stourhead and are thinking of making a visit then be sure to include a quick stop to the infamous Gold (Hovis) Hill in nearby Shaftesbury. It's a picturesque spot and Shaftesbury is nice for a little stroll around.      

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Visit: Stourhead – Looking for Mr Darcy

If you love historic places, beautiful scenery and countryside then there is no better place to visit than Stourhead. Nestled in the greens of the Wilshire countryside, Stourhead is a feast for the eyes and when we climbed up to the viewing point, believe me when I say it took our breaths away. I tend to be in awe of pretty much everything but it takes a lot to take Scott ‘s breath away, but this did it! A tip is to get there as soon as it opens before the crowds filter in. Our first stop, of course was the greenhouse, it also provided some shelter from the early morning rain. Next we moved onto wandering the grounds and felt...

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