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Dog Friendly Cottages in Norfolk: Cow Parsley Cottage

Dog Friendly Cottages in Norfolk: Cow Parsley Cottage

Finding beautiful yet truly dog friendly cottages in Norfolk can be tricky. Dog friendly Cow Parsley Cottage, Kettlestone however manages to bring together the best comforts of home with a touch of luxury. Location: Based a few miles inland from the North Norfolk Coastline, we […]

Vegan Laksa recipe: Baked Butternut Squash and Cashew Nut

Vegan Laksa recipe: Baked Butternut Squash and Cashew Nut

This vegan laksa recipe is satisfying and tasty. A perfect meal for a cold, dark night. Serves 2. You Will Need: A blender 2 sticks of lemongrass- outer layer removed 3 cloves of garlic peeled 10cm piece of fresh ginger¬† 1 red or green chilli […]

Brilliant Cookbooks for Vegetarian and Vegan Recipes

Brilliant Cookbooks for Vegetarian and Vegan Recipes

If you are looking for brilliant cookbooks for vegetarian and vegan recipes look no further! We love having plenty of vegetarian or vegan days in our house so here are some of our favourite books for cooking up a meat-free storm:

1. The Happy Pear by David and Stephen Flynn:

great vegetarian and vegan recipes

This book is AWESOME! A HUGE collection of vegetarian and vegan recipes for all occasions. Packed full of filling, delicious recipes that will convince even meat lovers to try something new. Also featuring amazing cakes and cookies!

Recommended Recipes: Indonesian satay, one pot creamy mushroom pasta, massaman curry, chestnut and cashew wellington, chocolate cookies.

2. Fresh India by Meera Sodha

vegetarian and vegan Indian food

Delicious weekend cooking for lovers of Indian food. Authentic recipes which make the vegetables the stars of the show. This is a very well used book in our house. Using rapeseed oil, these recipes are lower in saturated fat.

Recommended Recipes: chestnut, mushroom and walnut samosa, cauliflower korma with blackened raisins, fresh coconut rice with cashews and shallots

3. The Green Roasting Tin by Rukmini Iyer

vegetarian and vegan traybakes

Full of fresh traybakes, this is a great book for midweek dinners as the recipes are very easy to prepare with minimal washing up.

Recommended Recipes: –Spicy harissa sprouts and broccoli with halloumi and spinach & roasted , and cauliflower with chickpeas, spring greens, lemon and tahini,

4. Veg by Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall:


A golden oldie with more than 200 recipes to suit all occasions. A great range of different types of food. Clear, easy to follow and make recipes.

Recommended Recipes: kale and mushroom lasagne, macaroni peas, chestnut and sage soup.

kale and mushroom lasagne, macaroni peas, chestnut and sage soup.

*It is important to mention that the next books are not exclusively vegetarian. Meat does feature BUT there are a number of great vegetarian recipes within the books.

5. Jerusalem by Ottolenghi & Tamimi:

great vegetarian recipes

For the more experienced cook, this book has a large section of vegetable based dishes influenced by the city of Jerusalem.

Recommended Recipes: Roasted butternut squash and red onion with tahini and za’atar , spiced chickpeas and fresh vegetable salad, basmati and wild rice with chickpea, currants and herbs.

6. Lost Weight For Good & Fresh Start by Tom Kerridge:

healthy cooking

A small veggie section in these books but family friendly, healthy options so great for weeknights. Tom Kerridge manages to create healthy and filling recipes without compromising on taste.

Recommended Recipes: Lose Weight- sweet potato and blackbean burritos, japanese miso aubergine, Fresh Start- beetroot risotto with goats cheese, romanesco, corn and coconut curry.

7. Tagines and Couscous by G. Basan:

tagine recipes

Meat recipes do feature in this book but there is a good selection of great vegetarian (and vegan) tagines and salads within. Our ‘go to’ tagine books.

Recommended recipes: Tagine of butternut squash, shallots, sultanas and almonds, tagine of baby aubergines with coriander and mint.

Brilliant Cookbooks for Vegetarian and Vegan Recipes:

We hoped that you enjoyed these ideas for meat-free cooking. Please comment and share your favourite books in the post below as we are always looking for new ideas!

For more ideas of great places to eat and recipes click here.

Great spa days in Bedfordshire- Y Spa.

Great spa days in Bedfordshire- Y Spa.

For great spa days and stays in Bedfordshire look no further than Y Spa. Great facilities, treatments and overnight packages. This place is a touch of luxury for those who love the spa experience.

Eating Out in Cambridge- SmokeWorks

Eating Out in Cambridge- SmokeWorks

Tasty, well-priced BBQ food when eating out in Cambridge. Quality meat, cooked to perfection. Also offering delicious vegetarian and vegan options.

Alternative Therapies in Cambridgeshire: Feet First Reflexology.

Alternative Therapies in Cambridgeshire: Feet First Reflexology.


I am a true believer in the emotional and physical benefits of alternative therapies, particularly reflexology. In my previous post I visited  Michelle at Cambridge Holistics for a wonderful treatment and here I am recommending another Michelle- I think that there must be healing magic in the name! 

alternative therapies in Cambridgeshire, reflexology

Alternative Therapies in Cambridgeshire:

Michelle at Feet First Reflexology (based in Bluntisham near St Ives) offers quality reflexology, Indian head massage, hot stone massage and reiki treatments in the calm, candlelit setting of her home therapy room. The room overlooks open fields and is a therapy of its own. 

I am a regular customer for reflexology with Michelle and feel that it keeps me balanced and relaxed. It offers me the opportunity to catch my breath and refresh my weary, work frazzled mind. 

The Treatment:

Michelle begins the pampering with a hot, steamy foot bath before I get to snuggle up on the heated couch and be wrapped in blankets. The treatment begins. Michelle uses aromatherapy creams which (as a qualified aromatherapist) she blends herself. And relax! 

 In literally a few minutes of Michelle’s hands touching my feet, I am feeling calm and relaxed. I try very hard to stay awake as I want to feel every part of this fabulous massage but it is not easy! 

Michelle’s treatments are excellent value at ¬£35 for reflexology. I come away refreshed and feeling ready to face the world again. I also sleep brilliantly afterwards. 

The Gift of Relaxation:

Michelle offers treatment packages and gift vouchers. Fingers crossed that I get one for Christmas! I bought my mum the Indian head massage voucher- she loved it of course.

But if you don’t get one? Then visit Michelle as a  present from you to you I say! 

Chocolate and Nut Cake Recipe- A Yule Log is Not Just for Christmas.

Chocolate and Nut Cake Recipe- A Yule Log is Not Just for Christmas.

This is a rich, moist cake for those times when you want a real treat. Too good to only be made at Christmas!

What Whippets Need- A Wish list for Whippets

What Whippets Need- A Wish list for Whippets

We love buying presents for those pointy faced whippets 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 what whippets need (and want) as shared by many […]

Brunch or Lunch in Cambridgeshire? Little Acre, St Ives

Brunch or Lunch in Cambridgeshire? Little Acre, St Ives


If you are looking for a place for brunch or lunch in Cambridgeshire look no further. 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 vegetarian options, the customer is able to choose between the righteous (smoothies, Buddah bowls etc.) and the indulgent (full English breakfasts and crispy toasties).


The menu never stands still and there is always plenty of delicious choices for brunch or lunch. Having visited many times now, this time I opted for a balance of the healthy and indulgent. Firstly, a wholesome, satisfying Buddah bowlcrunchy, fresh vegetables on a bed of quinoa with beetroot hummus, roasted squash and kale, topped with halumi cheese- yum!

brunch or lunch in Cambridgeshire

Followed by a smooth hot chocolate topped with toasted marshmallow- pure comfort.

Lunch Little AcreThe food here is great. The portions are generous and reasonably priced, and the dishes are all home cooked.  This is obvious in the way that they taste. Yum!


Little Acre Kitchen feature in the 2018 Cambridgeshire Cookbook, which showcases their sweetcorn fritters. My favourites (it is hard to choose with their excellent food offering) are their amazing brownies. They really are something special (more on the indulgent side of course). With regularly changing flavours, they are gooey and dense in the best way. These hunks of heaven are hard to resist when I walk past.


Little Acre Kitchen host a number of pop-ups, workshops (there is a Christmas wreath making one coming up) and regular events such as yoga and supper clubs.

Brunch or Lunch in Cambridgeshire:

Little Acre is highly recommended if you are wanting brunch or lunch in Cambridgeshire. To find more information about this they can be followed on Facebook or Instagram.

For other great places to eat in Cambridgeshire click here.

Dark nights running kit- Gifts for Winter Runners

Dark nights running kit- Gifts for Winter Runners

Dark nights running kit is crucial for safety and comfort. Here are some gift ideas for the runner(s) in your life, or perhaps the potential new year running newbie? Having quality trainers is THE starting point. Finding out what you need can be confusing at […]