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

Hummus

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 ]

Winkles

Winkles

Evening all, hope you have had a great weekend! This post will probably be a little like my Octopus recipe not to everyone's taste that's for sure but hey lets give it a bash you never know you might get to try them one day and at least you will know how to cook them!! While I was in the Outer Hebrides last week, I spent a glorious afternoon at the seashore searching for fresh winkles. They are found down by the seashore among the rocks and rock pools. Winkles or Peri-winkles as they are ... [ Read More ]

Turkish Rice Pilaf (Pilav)

Turkish Rice Pilaf (Pilav)

Hello y'all! I am around, it's just been a quiet few weeks with all work and no play. I thought I would share my favourite Turkish Rice recipe with you. It is the staple Turkish food - a side serving of rice. If you have ever visited Turkey you will find rice served with most main meals.  You will never go back to 'ordinary' rice after trying it Turkish style! Turkish Rice Pilaf (Pilav) Ingredients:- 3/4 cup of long grain rice (I use Basmati) 1 cup hot water 2 tbsp Butter Salt and ... [ Read More ]

Days Out – Knaresborough

Knaresborough

I visited the lovely town of  Knaresborough when I was away on my short break recently. The historic market town is located near Harrogate in North Yorkshire. Here are some of my highlights! Knaresborough Castle Knaresborough Castle is a ruined fortress overlooking the River Nidd. The first documented evidence of the castle dates from 1130. The 14th Century Kings Tower The Courthouse Museum The undercroft of the Courthouse building is the oldest surviving structure on the ... [ Read More ]

Days Out – York

York City Walls

 Recently I visited the Yorkshire area of England for a few days and I was able to spend a day in the city of York. York has a rich heritage with many historic and interesting sights. I had a great time and tried to see as many of York's attractions as I could in the short time I had. Luckily it was a lovely sunny day and as it was early March it was not too busy with other tourists. Here are some of my highlights! York's City Walls York's centre is enclosed by the city's medieval walls, ... [ Read More ]

World Book Day 2014

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Today is World Book day! This is the 17th year there’s been a World Book Day. World Book Day was designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and is marked in over 100 countries around the globe. A main aim of World Book Day is to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading. Have a look at the official website for your £1 book token and the 2014 list of ten books for £1! http://www.worldbookday.com I was delighted to see Fun with the Worst Witch ... [ Read More ]

Pasta e Fagioli (Pasta and Beans)

Pasta e Fagioli

I love Italian food and Pasta e Fagioli  is one of my favourite dishes.  Pasta e fagioli means pasta and beans and is a traditional dish found all around Italy. I am a big fan of "cucina povera" the poor/peasant Italian cooking style and this dish is a typical example of this. It is very simple and uses cheap easily found ingredients. The ingredients and how it is prepared varies greatly throughout Italy, this version is the closest I have been able to recreate that reminds me of the Pasta e ... [ Read More ]