• Cotswolds,  Food & Drink,  Photography

    Testing out the Olympus Pen E-PL8

    I love blogging. The community of the areas I try to cover, both Bristol and the Cotswolds is great. I’ve yet to notice any competitiveness or bragging between bloggers. I guess it’s because we’re all quite similar people in that we either love food, taking photographs of food or writing about experiences we have eating food. It’s a wonderful connection that brings a group of people that are essentially strangers, together. One of my blogging highlights of the year was about a month ago now when James and I were invited by Clifton Cameras to an event they were hosting, sponsored by Olympus. The event was a Bloggers Brunch, involving…

  • Bristol,  Food & Drink,  Photography

    The Bunch of Grapes, Bradford on Avon

    It’s that time of year where we lock away our BBQs that have barely been used over the Summer and wonder why we ever bought one in the first place, preparing ourselves for the long Winter. Trying to get into the mindset that there are definitely some things to look forward to over Winter, I’m sure. I used to be a big fan of the Winter but as I’ve grown older I’ve started to appreciate the warmer months, coming home from work in the light and still feeling like you have some spare time may be part of that. I feel I need a reminder that it’s not all bad.…

  • Food & Drink,  Lifestyle

    The Malvern Autumn Show; something for the foodies

    This year’s Malvern Autumn Show falls on the weekend of the 23rd and the 24th September which also coincides with the start of the British Food Fortnight that runs until the 8th October. To celebrate this the show will play host to some well-known names in the foodie scene including one of my favourite bakers from last year’s Great British Bake Off, Selasi Gbormittah. Andi Oliver, a judge on the Great British Menu and Judith Hann, who has just published her new book Herbs: Delicious Recipes and Growing Tips to Transform your Food. Visitors to the Cookery Theatre over the weekend will be in for a real foodie treat. Playing host…

  • Lifestyle,  Photography,  Travel

    Pretty Prague Part 1

    James and I had heard very good things about Prague. Both of our parents had visited and fallen for it’s charm so when we decided to squeeze in one last holiday last year, we knew exactly where we were going. At the end of September we had two weddings over two back-to-back weekends over in Essex and Norwich, we decided that the week in between would be the perfect time to plan our trip for. When it came round to it the packing proved somewhat difficult; trying to decide what to wear to two weddings and one that is a week away is a little tricky but we succeeded in…

  • Food & Drink,  Lifestyle

    Harvest Festival of Food at Malvern Autumn Show

    This weekend a harvest festival of food comes to the Malvern Autumn Show, headlined by none other than BBC TV Chef Tom Kerridge. Taking to the stage, Britain’s best-loved publican celebrates the wealth of produce showcased at this ultimate harvest festival event. Otter Farm’s Mark Diacono hosts the Cookery Theatre throughout the weekend and a carefully selected collection of producers also bring a buzzing Local Food Market to life with the latest and greatest flavours from the three counties and further afield. Tom’s demonstrations on Saturday of the event showcase recipes from some of his best selling cookbooks. Dishes are given a local twist as Tom incorporates ingredients from producers…

  • Food & Drink,  Lifestyle,  Photography

    Christmas prep begins with Sloe Gin

    James’ parents have a lovely farm on the beautiful west coast of Pembrokeshire in Wales. Visiting is the perfect opportunity to escape from the hustle and bustle of city life for a couple of days, go for long walks, not worry about what time it is and just relax. The end of one of their fields is home to a considerable number of blackthorn trees, which bear the sloe berry. And we all know the only reason sloe berries grow is so that we can pick them and make a delicious gin aperitif from them. When we returned home, sloes in hand, we removed any unwanted bits of twigs, leaves etc…

  • Lifestyle,  Photography

    HomeSense August Bank holiday treats

    So far we’ve had a pretty pathetic summer, the rain has graced it’s presence considerably more than the sunshine. The temperature has dropped that I’m convinced I fell asleep for the whole summer and have now woken up to Autumn. Not a completely terrible thought, I love the colours on the trees, dusting off my autumnal coat, lazy darker mornings in bed, the crispness in the air and the cosy evenings. I’ve even already bought two pairs of Chelsea boots in preparation. I’ve got a summer holiday in a few weeks so I still get a hit of summer, so I’m selfishly not complaining too much. I recently made the…

  • Food & Drink

    Autumn Recipes: Apple and Forest Fruits Crumble

    After a late summer holiday I feel I’ve made the most of the sunshine and am now fully ready to embrace Autumn. I’ve already bought a new pair of boots and can’t wait to get into thick woolly jumpers, cosy up on the sofa with a blanket and fully explore all of what Netflix has to offer. Another plus to Autumn is the food. Plenty of comforting, hearty meals that warm you up from the inside. Although I’m struggling to comprehend the fact it will be October next week, but with the nights getting colder, I’ve already cooked up one of my favourite Autumn puds – Crumble. My mum makes the…