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    Family, Food, Outings

    Belgrave Feast | Leeds

    I have a bit of a tick list of places I’d like to go out in Leeds and Belgrave Music Hall was one of them, until that is I took my…

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    Lavender and Elderflower Floral Gins

    Regular readers of my blog will know I love a gin and tonic, from the time I sampled the local gin at Slingsby’s in Harrogate to the creation of a simple…

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    Veganuary – how did it go?

    For the month of January I was a vegan. Well – I was mostly a vegan. With the month behind us now, I think it’s time for a debrief on how…

  • Glasses for gin with Darlington high balls

    The gin bar in your kitchen

    The popularity of gin is so great that there are so many varieties out there to choose from – or should I say try. As a gin lover I have managed…

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    Veganuary – an update two weeks in

    I have been a vegan all year – well we are only just over two weeks into it but you know, I have been vegan for that whole time. It’s because…

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    Going vegan for January – Veganuary

    I have been vegan for four days now. It’s not a permanent lifestyle choice, more something I wanted to do to satisfy my curiosity. I know a few vegans and they…

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    Slingsby gin and the Spirit of Harrogate

    Gin is most definitely having a moment. With every pub worth its salt now offering a gin menu, it’s a long time since the choice of your G&T was limited to…

  • Lavender grey tea

    Lavender tea, Styling the Seasons in May

    There’s never an occasion where drinking tea isn’t the right thing to do in my view. Even when it’s time to switch to something slightly more celebratory, like prosecco or a…

  • Orange and Polenta Cake

    Orange Blossom Polenta Cake

    After our visit to Jamie’s Italian in York last week, I felt inspired to try to bake my own version of the gorgeous dessert I had there – an orange blossom…

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    A girls’ lunch at Jamie’s Italian

    I spent a day in York yesterday with two of my closest friends, Imogen and Bridget. We’ve been friends since we met at university and have been through a lot together,…

  • Banana, milk, oats and honey smoothie

    Four favourite smoothie recipes for kids

    All this smoothie making is all well and good if you’re into making green juice, mixing up chia seeds and curly kale, but will that get your little ones asking for…