Books June – December 2014

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Looking for a last-minute Christmas gift? Books are still a popular choice. Here is a round-up of all the books I have read over the last few months.  Me before you- Jo Jo Moyes Me before You is a beautiful story, but it is not a romance so the cover of the book is extremely misleading. Me Before You is the story of Will a quadriplegic man who had everything and lost it all in the blink of an eye after an accident. Louisa is hired to help care for and be a companion for wheelchair bound ... [ Read More ]

Christmas in Edinburgh

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  I recently took a day trip to Edinburgh to visit the Christmas Markets. The Christmas Markets are one of the highlights of the winter season in Scotland, a spectacular six week season of festive entertainment featuring a packed calendar of events, attractions and festive markets. For the past 20 years in the heart of Edinburgh, the popular European Christmas Market has been held in its picturesque setting below the Mound, featuring a variety of crafts, gift shops, food and drink there ... [ Read More ]

Homemade Yogurt Cheese

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Ever tried to make your own soft cheese? No me either! Feeling inspired while reading about cheese making in one of my many Pioneer books I thought I would give it a try. Strained yogurt, yogurt cheese, labneh, or Greek yogurt is yogurt which has been strained to remove its whey, resulting in a relatively thick consistency, while preserving yogurt's distinctive, sour taste. Yoghurt strained through muslin is a traditional food in many countries and it is regularly enjoyed throughout the Middle ... [ Read More ]

Halloween

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Happy Halloween from Scotland The origins of Halloween can be traced back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (summer's end). The Celtic year was determined by the growing seasons and Samhain marked the end of summer and the harvest, and the beginning of the dark cold winter. The festival symbolised the boundary between the world of the living and the world of the dead. In the 9th century, the Roman Catholic Church shifted the date of All Saints' Day to the 1st of November, while the ... [ Read More ]

Slow Cooker Sausage and Bean Stew

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Winter traditionally heralds a rise in slow cooker sales, on a cold and dark winter's evening there is surely nothing better than coming home from a hard day's work to find a bubbling stew or creamy casserole sitting ready to eat on the kitchen table. Slow cookers are cheap to buy, economical to use and they're great for making the most of budget ingredients. They offer a healthier, low-fat method of cooking and require the minimum amount of effort.  Low-energy – slow cookers only use the same ... [ Read More ]

Easy Banana Bread

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With the popular tv series  The Great British Bake Off back on our screens this week, Britain will be going baking mad!! Here is an easy Banana Bread recipe which makes good use of those over-ripe banana's. Easy Banana Bread Ingredients:- Makes: 1 loaf 200g Plain flour 100g Caster sugar 100g Brown sugar 50g butter, softened (10 secs in the microwave will soften it quickly) 1 teaspoon vanilla powder or extract 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1 egg 2 very ... [ Read More ]

WW1 Centenary 4th August 2014

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Today marks the centenary of the start of the First World War, 100 years on: Lest we forget  In July 2013,  I made an emotional journey to France and Belgium to trace my relatives who died in the Great War you can read more about my experience ... [ Read More ]

Hot Air Ballooning in Cappadocia, Turkey

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Not many things will get me out of bed at 3:45 am!!! Maybe flying in a hot-air balloon at dawn above the incredible landscape that is Cappadocia would do it! Cappadocia (Turkish- Kapadokya) is an area in the centre of the Anatolian Region of Turkey.  It is best known for its unique moon-like landscape, underground cities, cave churches and houses carved in the rocks. The region's conical rock formations, known locally as 'fairy chimneys' are so unusual they would not be out of place in the ... [ Read More ]

Books May 2014

Hello! You have probably noticed it has been very quiet around here on the blog. Lately all I have been busy with is work unfortunately, as usual I will not post just for the sake of it especially if I am not up to anything interesting. Although life is busy with work, I always have time for books! Here are my book choices for May. If you lived here, I'd know your name, News from Small Town Alaska by Heather Lende As both obituary writer and social columnist for the local newspaper, ... [ Read More ]

Homemade Hummus

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Hummus the popular Middle Eastern dip/spread is really easy to make at home and super healthy! Full of protein the homemade version tastes better than the mass-produced hummus you find in the shops. Homemade Hummus Ingredients 1 can Chickpeas 1/3 cup Tahini Paste 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil 2 Tablespoons Fresh Lemon Juice 1 clove of Garlic Pinch of Salt Method Drain and rinse the chickpeas in cold water Add all the ingredients to a food processor and blitz until smooth Pour into a ... [ Read More ]