Norton House Hotel Walk

At the beginning of the year I noticed that the Norton House Hotel & Spa just on the outskirts of Edinburgh had opened up their grounds for people to come and enjoy during these lockdown times. They also have set up a little bothy selling hot drinks and hot rolls, which in the recent weather…

Archerfield House, North Berwick

For another pre-lockdown 2.0 treat, we managed to squeeze in an overnight trip to Archerfield House in Dirleton, North Berwick. I’m no stranger to Archerfield, popping in to catch up with friends for a coffee or some lunch and to visit their spa. It was great this time though to get to spend the night….

House of Gods Hotel

In early December, for a certain someone’s birthday, I booked us into the House of Gods Hotel in the Cowgate to take advantage of their ‘Locked up like I’m famous’ package which included pizza, cocktails and ‘unlimited prosecco’. I’d seen pictures on social media of the package and it looked like a lot of fun,…

Cramond Brig and Dalmeny Loop

I spotted on social media a few weeks ago the 52 Hike Challenge, it’s one of these challenges that you sign up for, get a list of potential hikes and a medal at the end for completion. The downside is that it’s based in America and therefore the hikes are not relevant and no option…

Mary Berry’s Spiced Ginger Pudding with Toffee Sauce

I love ginger, in any form and definitely in biscuit or cake form! It’s also no secret I am a bit of Mary Berry fan, so when it comes to cake and pudding it is usually her books I reach for. One of her recipes I enjoy is this spiced ginger pudding with a rich…

Cinnamon and Orange Old-Fashioned

I do love an old-fashioned, it’s my go to drink when mulling over the rest of the cocktail menu on a night out, or one to end an evening on. I have also been experimenting more over the last while with cocktails, due to the large amount of random alcohol I have found in my…

Gin and Apple Fizz

Christmas time is a time for being cosy, in front of the fire, Christmas tree lit up and lights and candles festooning the house. It’s also the time to indulge in too much food and some festive cocktails. Here is a refreshing and easy to make cocktail for those winter nights, warmed with a touch…

The Classic Snowball

The Snowball is, I guess a classic cocktail, not one I had tried until recently mind you! I have frequently passed that retro looking bottle of Advocaat so many times, wondering what on earth does it taste like! The Snowball was created in the 1940’s, but it wasn’t until the 1970’s it really took off,…

Mary Berry’s Cottage Pie with Dauphinoise Potatoes

There is nothing more comforting than cottage pie. Simple, tasty and not particularly healthy, unless accompanied by a side of vegetables. It’s no secret that I am a fan of Mary Berry, and the queen of all things comforting has this pretty tasty and artery clogging cottage pie. Rich meaty mince sauce topped with a…

Roasted Tomato and Red Pepper Soup

Winter is definitely coming. So, it is time to get the soup pot out and start to make lots of warming tasty soups to get through these chillier times. Soup is great, warming, nutritious and great to make in bulk and freeze for those soup emergencies. This easy Roasted Tomato and Red pepper soup is…