never tired

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Last week we celebrated Rich's birthday by popping in the car and heading to Bath for a couple of days of relaxation. I really love Bath - the architecture, Roman Baths and quaint feel in places really appeal to me, and love visiting! We spent Thursday afternoon mooching round the shops, having some lunch (meat meat meat), more mooching and then a drink sat outside, does that make it summer now?!

In the evening I had booked us into Marco Pierre White's Pear Tree Inn just outside of Bath for the night, and we left suitably impressed. Think beautiful old building, traditional yet modernly-sparse decoration, amazing food and friendly hosts. Perfect! Food-wise, we both had steak for dinner in the restaurant followed by a simple but delicious honeycomb ice cream. Breakfast was equally delicious with crumpets and poached eggs for me, and waffles with fresh fruit and maple syrup for Rich... its making me hungry just thinking about it!

We finished our time away by visiting Lacock en route home, which is a gorgeous village not far from Bath. Again, gorgeous buildings, scenery and best of all the sunshine beating down on us. 

Oh how I love the Easter Holidays! I've got the rest of this week off and am just loving having something that resembles a life! Tomorrow I'm popping to London to see my good pal Mel, and Thursday will be spent looking after my gorgeous nephew William. It doesn't get much better than that!


Monday, 14 April 2014

I love butternut squash, and with bacon is one of my favourite combos! Almost two years ago to the day I shared with y'all a butternut squash and bacon soup, and today is something different using those two ingredients. 

You will need
Butternut squash
Hard goats cheese
Yes... I'm aware I used sheep's cheese below, I grabbed the wrong one!
Chilli flakes

Chop your butternut squash down the middle and scoop out the seeds - harder than in seems, they're slippery little buggers! Score with a knife and drizzle over a small amount olive oil, salt, pepper and chilli flakes. In the little hole I threw in some chopped garlic and a bunch of coriander. You could use thyme or rosemary instead, I just used what I had to hand. Pop in the oven on 180C for about an hour, or until soft. Scoop out the middle of the squash and transfer to a mixing bowl. Add the cooked, crispy chopped bacon and cubes of cheese - mix/mash well before putting back into the squash shells. Pop back in the oven for about ten minutes, with a sprinkling of Parmesan on top if you fancy!

Now in terms of serving - its up to you. I had this on its own with salad, whereas Rich had it with a small portion of steak chilli. Garnish with coriander and dig in! PS, don't eat the skin, yuck. 

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Saturday, 12 April 2014

Introducing the latest pair of shoes I've fallen for! A mere £32 from Next, and they also come in tan suede and monochrome leather. The lovely Tabitha brought my attention to a pretty awesome deal Next are running from 19th April - 10th May, whereby new online customers receive £10 off first time orders. Check out the details here

I don't know about you, but this deal is something not to be missed and would take these down to just £22. It's hard to say no!