Wednesday Lensday: Just Beachy

Wednesday Lensday: Just Beachy

Although I consider myself more a lakes and mountains girl, I do love the sea. I just like being around water which, if you believe in this sort of thing, is a little strange as I’m a fire sign – I guess my moon ascending chakra or something is in Aquarius. 😉

bleak-beach10

However, I much prefer a ramble around some rock pools than basking in blazing heat on the sand, so when the British summer weather was being fairly kind to us, I thought I’d head to the local beach with the ‘proper’ camera!

bleak-beach11

But it rained. A lot. And I didn’t pack the rain gear. ‘It’s okay,‘ I thought, ‘I’ll hastily wrap the DSLR in a plastic bag,‘ …that had a hole in it. Back to the iPhone it was!

Read more

Feeling the No-Churn burn!

Feeling the No-Churn burn!

If there’s one treat that immediately says ‘summer is here’ it’s ice-cream. Everyone loves a scoop or two, whether it’s waffled coned, in a dish or a good old ’99’ with a flake in it. Don’t they?

Well, I’m one of those who isn’t that fussed by its sweet creamy goodness – maybe I just have over sensitive gnashers! For me, it’s more of an accompaniment to a pudding, rather than a stand-alone dessert. But when the sun finally puts its hat on, I do indulge now and again.

So when we went wandering in York over the weekend, ice-cream was on the agenda. But I came over all pretentious, wanting something more artisan than a typical Mr. Whippy, and ended up getting none. Probably serves me right…

Iceccream5

Make some, that what I’ll do!’ I thought. And that’s what I’ve done for Monday Munchies this week. I’ve seen loads of recipes for No-Churn varieties and they looked super easy and didn’t need an ice-cream maker. Which is handy as I don’t have one.

Read more

Messing about with a horde of strawbs!

Messing about with a horde of strawbs!

Seeing as it’s the start of Wimbledon (and I’ve gained quite a few new followers recently, thank you!) I thought I’d re-share the recipe that still makes me feel the most accomplished for this week’s Monday Munchies: As an added bonus, you get to see me with a strawberry for a nose!

I’m terrible for having sudden whims and fancies that I like to put into immediate action, usually much to the annoyance of S. Friday saw such an event as we were on a drive to a sporting final out in the country and I suddenly spotted a ‘Pick Your Own‘ strawberry patch.

‘Ooh, can we go there?’

‘Where, that field? Now?’

A big grin signalled that yes, I would like to detour into said field right this minute! Despite the audible sigh, S obliged and abruptly turned into the parking area. Of course, it couldn’t be that simple could it? We had no change on us (I’m also awful for only ever carrying plastic) and this field was clearly living in the Dark Ages and had no power supply for a cash machine 😉 However, after a bit of back and forth to a local garage, we had money and a basket and off we went.

IMG_4314

I was loving it! Just the smell alone was wonderful, but there’s something very calming about pottering around a field and foraging. After about 40 minutes, we had around a kilo of strawberries (some right hefty specimens too!) of differing varieties for a bargain price.

I do like strawberries but they’re not something I buy generally as they usually get wasted. So having a kilo to use up because of my impromptu madness meant I needed to find some suitable recipes. I’ve been seeing a lot of Eton Mess recipes recently (they always seem to be rolled out as a summer staple) and a few for a cheesecake variation were looking enticing! Cheesecake at one point was my ‘go to’ dessert when out for a meal, though I think I over did the consumption and my appetite for it was lost. However, I’ve recently become reacquainted with its creamy loveliness, so announced to S that this is what he could expect as dessert when he got home…

Read more

Easy Pleasy Meat Treats

Easy Pleasy Meat Treats

As the British sunshine mustered up enough courage to break through the clouds for more than four hours this past weekend, it seemed the world and his wife were dusting off the old BBQs (including us!) So I thought I’d reshare this tasty, meaty recipe post, great for a BBQ gathering but equally as delicious for a weekday meal. I hope you enjoy and remember, ‘n’er cast a clout ’til May is out‘ – in other words, it might snow next week… 🙂


It’s Monday Munchies which means recipe o’ clock 🙂 But I thought I’d branch out this week and share something other than baking. As much as my first love will always be cakes and sweet treats, apparently we have to eat other stuff too! ‘Boo and hiss’ I hear you cry, but unfortunately carrot cake does not constitute one of your 5-a-day!

However, I’m not going for greens today, more of a protein angle. Despite me trying to encourage Sam to consume more vegetables by cleverly disguising them in exciting dishes (he is an adult, honest!), his inner neanderthal never feels completely satisfied unless he’s gnawed on flesh.

So here are two meat dishes (both easy, one quick) that can be rustled up for a tasty weekday meal or used to impress friends at that weekend BBQ you promised to bring something along to! I hope you enjoy them, they got the thumbs up for a re-cook from Sam, so they can’t be too bad!

Read more

Cache Fever: The case of the hidden chopper…

Cache Fever: The case of the hidden chopper…

Continuing my weekend of reblogs, as promised, here’s one of my very early posts – You just never know what will turn up when you’re out for adventure!

As geocachers go, we’re beyond rubbish. Due to us generally partaking in this pastime on a whim, we are rarely adequately equipped – ‘You forgot a pen AGAIN?’ has been uttered by one or both of us far too many times. And to anyone in the know, omitting such a basic essential to help you in your quest is the equivalent of entering a desert without water, climbing a mountain without a rope or leaving my grandfather’s after 9pm and not giving three rings when you arrive home. You just don’t do it!

Recently, we’ve improved in this minor task although I’ve still been known to sign the log (carefully) with lipgloss in an emergency! But ‘real’ cachers have kits – all manner of tools and improvised bobbins – that assist their caching adventure and make life a little easier. Now, being lazy fair weather cachers, I don’t feel the need to have a full blown utility belt, but when the British summer screamed at us to leave the blanket, because it was only visiting for the weekend, I did think we should pack a few important items. So I added the following to my handbag (yes handbag… we weren’t getting that serious it needed a rucksack!):

  • Tweezers (some logs are tricky little minxes, rolled up tightly and placed in tiny tubes).
  • Disposable gloves (you are often required to scrabble around in bushes).
  • Baby wipes and a couple of tissues (see above).
  • Some small trinkets to swap.
  • A torch (I don’t know why I thought this was a good idea, we were hardly going to stay out and attempt night caching. We had a meal booked!)
  • Oh yes…a pen…

Feeling like pros, we set off to complete a series of ten hides close to our home. Little did I know just how handy our new inanimate assistants would be…

Read more