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Discovering the Peak District

Holidays full of physical activities like cycling and hiking aren’t usually on the top of my list when planning a summer holiday. I also rarely decide to book breaks away in England, usually opting for somewhere with a little more sunshine or a new culture to explore.

So, surprisingly we decided to book a summer holiday in the Peak District. England was probably in the middle of a miniature heat wave when we booked this, so our optimistic minds were hoping for a glorious British summer holiday filled with sunshine and pub gardens. Continue reading

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Macaroni Cheese with Caramelised Onion

Macaroni cheese is one of my favourite pasta dishes. The best thing about macaroni cheese is it can be so simple yet so delicious, and a huge crowd pleaser. I’m always trying new ingredients and mixing together different cheeses to add some variety to the dish. This one is definitely my favourite so far. Simply adding rich, sweet caramelised onions to cheddar and mozzarella really enhances the flavours of this creamy, comfort food. Continue reading

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Drinking beer in Brussels: Delirium, Moeder Lambic and Nostre-Dame

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Impasse de la Fidelite 4A, Brussels 1000, Belgium

The Delirium Cafe at Delirium Village is well known in Brussels for holding the world record for the most beer on sale with 2400 beers offered – it’s reputation means it’s really busy with a loud and lively atmosphere. We visited the cafe for one drink and a browse at their extensive beer menu, but having visited Delirium Monasterium the day before we much preferred the atmosphere and ambience at the Monasterium. Not only that, but the selection of beers on tap was more to our taste. Some of our favourite Abbey and Trappist beers were available on tap that you would hardly ever see in the UK, so we were in beer heaven. So much so we made a visit every single day of our trip.

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A weekend in Brussels

After visiting the small Belgian city of Bruges early last year it wasn’t long before we were planning our next visit to Belgium. We completely fell in love with Bruges – the gorgeous scenery, delicious chocolate and the quirky, unique pubs and bars. So Brussels had some pretty big boots to fill in terms of our expectations. When we first arrived it was obvious that Brussels wasn’t quite the ‘picture perfect city’ that Bruges proved to be. But in a way this made us love it even more. In Brussels you get more of a feel for the true Belgian way of life, where as Bruges is definitely more of a tourist trap.

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Valentines day & buttery banoffee pancakes

Valentines Day and Pancake day. This year two of my favourite days fall within the same week, which basically means I put on about half a stone within a few days. To Sam and I Valentines Day is basically an excuse to eat some great food (aren’t most holidays?) As I cook most days, this year Sam decided to wine and dine me, which meant banning me from the kitchen for an evening. I love spending time in the kitchen, and to be honest I’m a bit of a control freak when it comes to cooking. So, this wasn’t an easy task. But my god was it worth it. Continue reading

York

2 days in York: Beer and Betty’s Tea Room

York is definitely my favourite city in England. It’s packed with history, amazing food, plenty of shopping and of course some great pubs! It’s only down the road from where my boyfriend Sam grew up, so we’re frequent visitors to the city. Our most recent visit was to celebrate Sam’s Dad’s birthday, so we spent the weekend doing what we do best – eating and drinking at our favourite places. We started off with a quick lunch at Shambles Kitchen, down York’s most iconic medieval street.

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