hampshire & bath

A Few Days in the South: The New Forest, Stonehenge & Bath

Last November we went on a little 3 day jaunt down south to celebrate my birthday. We started off with a day and night down in the New Forest. We started off with an afternoon in Lepe – right on the coast for a lovely walk along the beach. From Lepe you can look right across to the Isle of Wight and over to Southhampton. The scenery was beautiful.

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binswood hall

Review: Afternoon Tea at Binswood Hall

A couple of months ago I hopped in my car and headed over to Leamington Spa to meet 3 lovely fellow bloggers and friends of mine for afternoon tea. The afternoon didn’t start off that great for me as being the dunce that I sometimes am, I didn’t look at the venue name closely enough, typed it in my sat nav and ended up in a  totally different venue over near Stratford first! Anyway, 30 minutes behind schedule I arrived at Binswood Hall, a listed building only 10 minutes from the heart of beautiful Leamington Spa. It’s actually a very upmarket retirement complex that houses Whittles restaurant. It really was a gorgeous building and done out inside to the highest spec with glittery chandeliers, gilted mirrors, huge glass vases and plush teal velvet chairs.

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Scallop and Chorizo Paella

Scallop & Chorizo Paella

Paella must be one of the most iconic Spanish dishes. It might seem complicated, but in reality it’s a pretty simple and very satisfying one pot dish, perfect for something like a dinner party.  Seafood paellas are arguably the most traditional, but one of the great things about them is you can alter them to your tastes, for example chicken and chorizo or Shellfish with mussels and King Prawns or any combination in between! Scallops are one of my favourite things so I wanted to to combine them with fiery smoky chorizo.

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Jamie Oliver Tikka Massala

Tried & Tested: Jamie Olivers Chicken Tikka Masala with our Homemade Raita & Spicy Pickles

I always like trying out recipes from books – it’s a good job as we have over 100 now, its becoming a small  big obsession! I’ve talked before about not particularly loving Jamie Oliver, but the older I get the more he’s growing on me. I guess I’m still not a great fan of his shows, but I do like his recipes – more so the books he’s done the recent years. We tried out his Winters Night Chilli not too long ago and have ben enjoying cooking from his Comfort Food Book. In an effort to avoid the Saturday Night Takeaway, a few weeks ago we thought we’d have a go at his Chicken Tikka Masala recipe, and boy was it a good one.

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