Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Wedding Wednesday White Wedding : Lamorna View Minimoon

Oh my goodness, how long has it taken me to write this? 7 months!! I am a bad blogger! But there it is. 

So, in January we're going to Iceland for our official honeymoon but we did want to take a 'minimoon' away from the hustle and bustle and to relax after Christmas and all the wedding planning. After a lot of searching across all sorts of gorgeous cottages and holiday homes across the South West coast, we stumbled upon Kymaurah Cottages, overlooking Lamorna in Cornwall. We quickly booked a four-night break and then I spent the rest of the year checking the website and looking at the beautiful pictures of our cottage, Lamorna View

Lamorna View Kymaurah Cottages

We arrived late on 31st and were greeted with beautiful, personal touches: chocolates, champagne, and a lit log burner. Despite it being wet and cold, we jumped straight into the hot tub and watched the stars before exploring the rest of the cottage: huge comfortable bed, big copper bath, floor lit bathrooms - it was idyllic.

Lamorna View Kymaurah Cottages

Lamorna View  Kymaurah Cottages

The best bit? The cottage was at the very end of a dirt track, so once we were in and snuggled up away from the cold and rain, we didn't want to leave. Apart from popping out to get food on 1st we mostly stayed in and chilled: luxurious naps on a bed that was as comfortable as a marshmallow with a giant picture window overlooking the gorgeous Lamorna cove, watching films curled up in front of the log burner and sipping prosecco in the blissful hot tub - Can you believe I didn't really want to leave?

Lamorna View Kymaurah Cottages

We did take some time out of all the relaxing to get massages at a hotel in St Ives (about 8 miles away) and on the penultimate day, when the sun did make an appearance we went on the 20-minute walk to Lamorna cove and had a lovely Sunday lunch at the local pub. Perfect. 

I am desperate to go back, maybe in the summer so we could enjoy some more of the local area but there is definitely a lot to be said about visiting in the winter when you don't have to make an excuse for staying cuddled up and doing a whole lot of nothing!! 

Images courtesy of Kymaurah Cottages

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Review: Wahaca Garlic & Chipotle Marinade

I've said it before, I'll say it again: I LOVE Mexican food. So I was very excited to find out Mexican food chain, Wahaca had released new Wahaca at home kits complete with taco kits and yummy, spicy marinades.

Wahaca Garlic and Chipotle marinade

With Andy out, meaning I could have fish and spicy food for dinner, it seemed the perfect time to try one of the new marinades: garlic & chipotle. 

It's so simple:

Pick what you're having: meat, fish, veg and marinade for upwards of 15 minutes (whilst playing the game of "how much can I do in 15 minutes!) 

Wahaca Garlic and Chipotle marinade

Then heat a pan and griddle/fry until the fish, veg or meat is cooked to your liking. 

Wahaca recommends serving in tacos with beans and rice and a squeeze of lime. But, since I was cooking just for one,  I went with rice, corn on the cob and salad - with spare marinade used as a dressing.

Wahaca Garlic and Chipotle marinade

The marinade has a gorgeous spicy, smoky taste that I could eat again and again, hence adding it to everything. 

Now, who's for tacos? Whats your favourite Mexican dish?

#WahacaAtHome Taco Kits are available at over 900 Tesco stores. 

Monday, 8 August 2016

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Spoiler Free Review

Anyone who has spoken to me for more than 5 minutes know that I am a HUGE Harry Potter fan. From running around Orlando to get my hands on the final book to hole punching old, battered copies to use as wedding confetti, I am obsessed. So, there was no question that we would be going to see the "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" play when it came to London. Thanks to my gorgeous twin sister we were able to get tickets for one of the first shows on Saturday. 

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

I received my copy of the script on Tuesday but insisted Andy hide it so that I wouldn't ruin any of the surprises and I'm so glad I did. Without ruining anything (#KeeptheSecrets) the twists and turns were absolutely amazing and so worth being kept in the dark for a bit longer. Yet again, JK Rowling (alongside Jack Thorne and John Tiffany)
 proved she can still write an amazing story and surprise fans right until the end.

We arrived at the beautiful Palace theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue on Saturday and whilst I knew it was just a happy coincidence I loved the synergy of the play and the seventh book where Harry, Ron and Hermione hide out on Shaftesbury Avenue when the ministry falls. The staff the Palace Theatre were all so, so friendly and I'm pretty sure they were all Harry Potter fans because we were able to talk about Hogwarts Houses and Hedwig! 

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

and then the lights came down, phones were put on silent and we were transported to Platform 9 and 3/4s and I was hooked.

The staging was completely amazing, there were honestly some bits I still can't fathom, it was like genuine magic. Obviously, the famous three were present throughout the story but so was a whole new generation of fantastic characters, stories and dramas! 

The story allowed for a lot more humour than is present in the original books and films, in fact, I spent a lot of the show laughing out loud with the rest of the audience. Of course, there were times of tears and whilst there were some bits I figured out ahead of time (although from the reactions of the audience I was in the minority) for the most part I was shocked by the revelations which came out - after all this time (sorry), I can still be surprised by JK Rowling. 

Harry Potter and the Cursed ChildMy only complaints were that some (in my opinion), key characters were missed, I won't say who but it would have been lovely to see some more familiar faces and also, the new pronunciation of Voldemort, with a silent t, was used throughout, which just wound me up a bit!! - that's not a spoiler, right? Y'all knew he'd have to be mentioned somewhere. But these were minor things, for the most part, I was totally and utterly in love and couldn't wait to get home so I could read the script. Now I'm just desperate to go again (but I'll wait, because it'd be selfish not to let other people get tickets!) - and of course, I came away with a T-shirt. 

Are you going to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child?

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Berry & Thyme Gin and Tonic

Berry and Thyme gin and tonic

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen a slightly blurry picture of a free-poured gin and tonic, this weekend. I hasten to add, it was blurry more because of my photography skills than because I was free-pouring gin!

Berry and Thyme gin and tonic

 The recipe was inspired by this Tasty Video but came about using whatever we could find. If you don't mind me saying, it was yummy! Just when I thought nothing could beat the chili and Thai basil cocktail from The Botanist. I'm sharing all the details below

What is your favourite cocktail?

You will need (serves 1):

  • A handful of fresh or frozen berries (we used frozen and zapped them in the microwave for a few seconds to defrost a bit)
  • Two sprigs of fresh thyme
  • Two shots of gin of your choice (or more or less dependent on preference) 
  • Handful of ice cubes 
  • Tonic water 
  • A slice of lemon 

  1. If using frozen berries, defrost slightly and place in the bottom of a tall glass. Muddle these (you can use a muddler if you have one but the back of a spoon works fine)
  2. Rub thyme between your hands, I also tend to clap my hands together - in the back of my mind a mixologist did tell me this helps!  
  3. Add ice 
  4. Add gin 
  5. Top up with tonic water
  6. Add lemon wedge to side of glass as garnish 
  7. Mix and enjoy 
Want a top up? We used the same berries and thyme for a couple of rounds and there flavours were still good! 
Let me know if you give it a try.

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