Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Grove Farm: Pick Your Own (2016)

Hey everyone :)

One thing I really do enjoy is fruit (and vegetable) picking. Near where I live is a place called Grove Farm and they grow everything from strawberries to raspberries to garlic and onions ... I could go on but the list would get exhaustive.

Dave and myself try to go every year ... but I don't think we managed to go last year as we were both really busy and the strawberry season finished before we could get there. This year we did plan to go when they opened however Dave went to France on the weekend they opened - typical!

We managed to pick up some strawberries, raspberries, onions, spinach and courgettes on this trip. The strawberries were amazing (note the 'were') as I have ate most of them already. I even baked some lovely strawberry & vanilla cupcakes with a strawberry sauce yesterday which will be up soon.

Grove Farm is open 7 days a week. Monday to Saturday is 10am to 6pm and Sunday is 9am to 1pm. We managed to get there for 10am-ish and it was relatively quiet. When we left at about 11:30am the car park was full and they were stopping cars coming in and the queue was all the way to the entrance ... which is a good 5 minutes from the main road so a long, long queue and it was a hot day ... so we felt bad for the people waiting in the hot weather.

You can find Grove Farm at:

Grove Farm PYO
Great Gap
Leighton Buzzard

Do you have any 'pick your own' farms near where you live? Let me know in the comments below.


Thursday, 14 July 2016

Dark Chocolate & Raspberry Meringue

Hey everyone :)

I love simple and easy dishes - especially desserts! When I saw this on a television program a few weeks ago I simply had to add it to my 'i need to make this' list.

In the original recipe the meringue was sprinkled with cinnamon before baking but I have left this step out as I just didn't fancy cinnamon that day.

280g golden caster sugar
6 free-range eggs, whites only
pinch of cinnamon (optional)
350g raspberries (1 punnet will do)
100g dark chocolate

1. Preheat the oven to 140°C / 275°F / GM1.
2. Line a baking tray with baking paper and sprinkle the sugar over the top and pop it in the oven for 5-10 minutes until its warm to the touch.
3. Put the egg whites into a mixing bowl and mix on slow until small bubbles form, then put the speed up to full and wait for stiff peaks to form.
4. Start spooning the sugar in - tablespoon by tablespoon ... slowly until you have a glossy, shiny, stiff egg white.
5. Line another tray with baking paper.
6. Spoon mounds of the egg white onto the baking tray in rough shapes approximately the size of a tennis ball. (Optional: Sprinkle them with cinnamon now)
7. Bake in the oven for 30-35 minutes.
8. Melt the chocolate in a bowl over a pan of simmering water.
9. When the meringues are cooked, flatten the tops down. Evenly distribute the raspberries on top of each one.
10. With a spoon, trickle the melted chocolate over the meringues and leave to cool until the chocolate is solid before serving.

These are so quick and easy to make and such a great dessert ... let me know in the comments below what you think!


Wednesday, 13 July 2016

River Island Wishlist: Tops & Shirts

Hey everyone :)

River Island is one of my favourite shops - I remember the first item of clothing I purchased from them and it was a pair of jeans and they cost around £80 and that was the most (at that time) I'd ever spent on an item of clothing! They were light blue and slightly flared at the bottom so they sat nice on top of my DC trainers. They also had some jewels and patterns up the side of the legs - yes jewels - they were slightly girly even for a mens jeans! 

I still have a bit of an obsession with shirts and t-shirts so here are 5 of my favourite from River Island:

White Geometric Print T-Shirt - £15.00

Grey Floral Print Pocket T-Shirt - £15.00

White Side Print T-Shirt - £15.00

White Floral Print Slim Fit Shirt - £25.00

Navy Polka Dot Short Sleeve Shirt - £25.00

Let me know what you think in the comments below!


Tuesday, 12 July 2016

It's Booked: Toronto, Canada

Hey everyone :)

I'm so excited ... I did this a few weeks ago and forgot to blog about it!

I've booked our holiday to Toronto - we leave on Monday 29th August and return on Sunday 4th September.

We are flying with Canada Air and the hotel we are staying at is called Trump International Hotel & Tower Toronto (it's not owned by Donald Trump - a few people have noted this in the reviews).

We are going to plan what we are doing and hopefully have a plan for each day ... Dave doesn't like to 'wing it' like I suggested. I'll hopefully blog most of the trip and if I get the courage will try and daily vlog if I can remember to pick up the camera.

We are hoping to tick of the major attractions such as Niagra Falls and the CN Tower (if you can visit it) - I'm looking all over Pinterest at the moment and there are lots of boards for 'Things to do in Toronto' so I'm sure we'll be spoiled for choice!

Have you ever been to Toronto - let me know in the comments below!

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