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Chocolate and Hazelnut Yule Log Recipe

Chocolate and Hazelnut Yule Log Recipe

It’s nearly Christmas so the perfect excuse to make this delicious, rich chocolate and hazelnut yule log. This really is a chocolate lovers dream! You will need:  A Swiss roll tin (25cm x 30cm) lined with baking paper For the sponge:  4 eggs 75g sifted […]

A Whippet Christmas Wish list- Gifts for Whippets

A Whippet Christmas Wish list- Gifts for Whippets

We love buying presents for those pointy faces don’t we? So, when the festive period arrives we most definitely want to treat them with a little gift (or two, or three…). Here are ideas for the most valued items of whippet kit, as shared by many fellow adoring whippy owners:

wishing whippet

 

Blankets!

Loads of them. The furrier, thicker and cosier the better. In every room, ready to cover those skinny bodies at every opportunity. Blankets are welcomed by our dogs in most months of the year in the U.K, many owners specified coupled with  an open fire/ wood burner for extra warmth.

cosy blankets

Lovely blankets can be bought from many home furnishing shops. These pictured were from our local Dunelm store. For a real treat for your pointy check out the beautiful blankets found at Charley Chau. I have my eye on their faux fur blankets.

blankets for whippets

 

Beds:

For those owners not wanting those little bed-hogs with them overnight there are many fabulous dog beds and cosy sacks available, for example,  Charley Chau make many luxurious beds. Our boys LOVE their memory foam Lounger bed from Ivy and Duke. This bed has been going strong for 4 years now and still looks clean and feels springy and comfortable.

Lounger Bed

Also getting inside and on top of their more portable Cosy Cave beds.

cosy cave

 

Equafleece:

These are fabulous- rainproof, breathable, cosy, easy to wash, cute looking – need we say more?We frequently rave about Equafleece (please see our review Essential Kit: Equafleece)

equafleece dog jumper

As previously stated essential whippet kit. We opt for the dog jumpers (in slim of course). For heavy rain we reach for a Blizzard coat. 

Martingale Collars:

These wonderfully designed collars are perfect for the long, delicate neck and skin of the hounds. Even better if they look beautiful hey! We love Silver Peacock‘s gorgeous tweed fabrics (pictured above with Equafleece). Also great in bold and hard wearing fabrics are Finnstown, also sold by Pointy Faces, and Brindle and WhyteBrindle and whyte collar

 

Toys:

For a big hit try anything chewy and furry. Our boys love their antlers. These continue to be popular time and time again. Available from many local vets, pet shops and online at Pointy Faces, they also help with the teeth cleaning process. Balls, floppy fur toys and ropes to run after are all favourites. Kong toys offer a good brain workout too.

staring whippets

 

Pampering products and treats:

Want a sweet smelling cuddle companion? Look no further than Pointy Faces. They produce scrumptious, organic  products for our skinny friends. From their ‘Neem and Lavender Shampoo’ to their ‘Paw and Sore Balms’ these are pamper heaven!

In a nutshell, it appears that our wonderful whippets quite  simply want to be warm and cosy. Some toys and accessories to help them look even more ‘sharp’ and beautiful are also welcome.whippet Christmas gifts

Merry Christmas to all of those beautiful pointy noses out there!

Brunch or Lunch? Little Acre, St Ives, Cambridgeshire

Brunch or Lunch? Little Acre, St Ives, Cambridgeshire

A local  brunch or lunch is a lovely way to catch up with friends and enjoy delicious food. We are lucky enough to have Little Acre Kitchen St. Ives on our doorstep which serves tasty food using local ingredients. With a great range of vegan and […]

Christmas Gifts for Winter Runners

Christmas Gifts for Winter Runners

Good winter running kit for the chilly, dark conditions is crucial. Here are some gift ideas for the runner(s) in your life, or perhaps the potential new year running newbie? 1.A Base layer: Wearing a base layer creates maximum warmth whilst maintaining a lightweight kit. […]

Best Burgers-Original Patty Men, Birmingham

Best Burgers-Original Patty Men, Birmingham

Nestling behind the shiny disc-covered building that is home to Selfridges in Birmingham you can find the Original Patty Men– the self-proclaimed ‘patty pimps and purveyors of filth!’

A firm favourite of the cities street food scene for many years they took up residence in this old railway arch in 2015. Since then they have gone from strength to strength. It is always the place to go for a quick lunch or evening bite when I find myself back in the city that I called home whilst at university.

Burgers

A focused but mouth-watering menu of 5 burgers and sides (plus a few specials which change on a daily basis) forces you to make a difficult decision as it all sounds so good. A pleasant problem.

Burger OPM

I go for the Pineapple express burgeraged longhorn beef patty, maple coated bacon, lettuce, roquito chilli peppers, fresh tomato, cheddar cheese, house pineapple hot sauce. The juicy beefy burger works perfectly with the salty but sweet bacon, cheese, and the punch of heat that comes from a spicy pineapple salsa. I greedily devour the burger without pause!

fries OPM

Mel, who isn’t the biggest burger fan (closes eyes and shakes head) is torn between the vegetarian Po money, Po mushroomPo boy style breaded mushrooms, lettuce, pickle, cajun Boss Man sauce, and the vegan special option. On the advice of the waiter she goes for the vegan burger. This is a crispy battered hunk of tofu expertly cooked and tucked inside a fluffy bun alongside some fresh salad and melting cheese.

I steal a bite and am surprised how well it works. Mel also loved the combination and finished it off quickly before I could get another look in! We paired our burgers with Skin on Fries and the O.P.M friesa spicy version of the fries topped with a mound of crispy slaw and Sriracha mayo.

A good ‘Arctic Monkeys’ heavy play, friendly service and a laid back atmosphere all add to the experience. O.P.M is a top place to eat, drink and be happy! Go once and you will be hooked. Arrive early or prepare to wait for your burger. Don’t worry, the queue goes down quickly and it is definitely worth the wait.

Burgers, Burgers, Burgers.

I am a BIG burger fan and also love the burgers at small independent (predominantly London based) chain Patty and Bun. My local favourite is Cambridge based Steak and honour. Quality ingredients creating quality burgers- delicious!

BAO SOHO: Lunch in London

BAO SOHO: Lunch in London

A day trip to London (even if it is work related) is always a good chance for a fantastic bite to eat at lunchtime. BAO SOHO was the choice on this occasion. This is one of three BAO restaurants dotted around the city from the […]

Michelle @ Cambridge Holistics- Reflexology and more!

Michelle @ Cambridge Holistics- Reflexology and more!

As a Reflexologist myself I am a huge fan and promoter of the power of Reflexology. Reflexology is based on the theory of reflex points on the feet (and hands) that link to every part of the body. These reflex points are stimulated using massage […]

Recipe: Doggy Carrot Cake

Recipe: Doggy Carrot Cake

Our oldest whippets reaches the big seven tomorrow. We joke that he will be the oldest in the house as in dog years he’ll be 49! To mark this occasion I made this dog friendly cake which he LOVES. It is easy to make and a proven favourite with our whippets and their doggy friends . Why not give it a try?

You will need:

  • 2 grated carrots
  • half of a grated apple
  • 50g of oats
  • 150g of wholemeal flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • Optional extra- cream cheese for decoration or keep it low fat without.patience is a virtue!

Patience is a virtue birthday boy! 

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180*c
  2. Grease a loaf tin (or muffin tin if you would like to make muffins).
  3. Mix all of the ingredients in a large bowl until well combined.
  4. Cook for about 30 minutes (depending on if you are making a loaf or muffins). If cooking a loaf, make sure that it is cooked through as this is quite a wet mixture.
  5. Allow to cool and serve.

I warn you, this isn’t the prettiest of cakes BUT the dogs tell us it tastes great. It can be cut into small pieces for treats and shared with doggy friends, so not just for birthdays perhaps!

 

 

Lunch in Cambridgeshire:The Red Lion Soham, Cambridgeshire.

Lunch in Cambridgeshire:The Red Lion Soham, Cambridgeshire.

Grace Dent has long been a favourite reviewer of ours when it comes to commenting on restaurants, so when she gave a glowing review of lunch in Cambridgeshire at local pub The Red Lion in Soham in the Guardian a few months ago it was […]