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 […]
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 […]
If you are looking for great spa days in Bedfordshire, look no further than Y Spa . Tucked away in the Wyboston Lakes Resort, on the outskirts of St. Neots, this place is a must. I love a spa day with friends (see my review of the lovely Bedford Lodge Spa) and Y Spa is one of my favourites places to meet, catch up and unwind.
I have visited many times. Mostly because I love great spa days and the facilities here are so luxurious. From the warm outdoor spa pool on a cold day, to the heated water beds, this is a great place to unwind and recoup.
My lovely spa partner and I made a beeline for the fabulous waterbeds. These are cosy beyond belief, but there are only three so you may have a little wait.
For the first time we tried the pictured egg chairs. I am not sure if this is their actual name but you can see why we named them this. They are extremely comfortable, and they spin. Great for a cheeky joke!
For those having treatments, the dimly lit treatment waiting room welcomes you.
Food and Drink:
Lunch (included in our package) is generous and tasty. There are a selection of hot and cold options, for example jacket potatoes, salads and pasta dishes. There are also dessert options, for example fruit, or cheeky tarts and cakes.
The spa cafe (pictured) also offers a selection of herbal tea, warm and cold drinks. They also serve cakes and snacks.
The spa use (and sell) a range of quality products including one of my cruelty free favourites Elemis.
Great Spa Days and Stays in Bedfordshire:
Y Spa offer a wide range of spa stays, days or demi-days. My favourite packages are the Afternoon Tea or the Sundowner Spa. These are good value packages and a great way to catch up with friends.
See you (as soon as possible) Y Spa!
If you like a chocolate and nut cake recipe this one is for you. You need little excuse to make this delicious, rich chocolate and hazelnut yule log. This really is a chocolate lovers dream so not only for Christmas!
You will need:
- A Swiss roll tin (25cm x 30cm) lined with baking paper
For the sponge:
- 4 eggs
- 75g sifted icing sugar
- 75g SR flour
- 2 tablespoons of good quality cocoa powder
- 2 tablespoons of vanilla bean paste
- 2 tablespoons of caster sugar
For the hazelnut buttercream:
- 100g butter
- 100g icing sugar
- 2 tablespoons of crushed hazelnuts (crush extra to decorate the top)
- a splash of milk
For the chocolate buttercream:
- 100g of 70% dark chocolate
- 100g unsalted butter
- 100g icing sugar
- First preheat your oven to 180C/ 350F/gas mark 4
- Separate the eggs, setting aside the yolks. Whisk the whites in an electric mixer to stiff peaks. Add a pinch of salt. Gradually whisk in the icing sugar and egg yolks until light and pale.
- Sift in the flour, cocoa and vanilla bean past and fold everything together with a metal spoon. Be careful to keep the air in the mix here!
- Spoon the mixture in to the lined tray and cook for 8-10 minutes until springy.
- While your sponge is cooking, place a large piece of baking paper on a flat surface and sprinkle with caster sugar. When the sponge comes out of the oven carefully tip it upside down onto the paper and remove the bottom, baked baking paper. Still hot, fold the roll with the paper inside as this will stop it cracking and sticking. Leave to cool. *you can fold along the short or long side depending on how wide you want your log. We folded along the short side.
- Next your hazelnut buttercream, mix the butter with the icing sugar until light and creamy then add the crushed hazelnuts. Unroll the cooled sponge and spread evenly. Re-roll and place in the fridge to set.
- To make your chocolate buttercream, melt the chocolate and allow to cool slightly. While the chocolate is cooling, mix the butter and icing sugar until creamy. Add the chocolate and mix until fully combined.
- Spread the chocolate buttercream completely over the cooled log (including the ends). Use a fork to make textured lines and decorate as you wish! We used more crushed hazelnuts.
Merry Christmas everyone! I am a HUGE fan of the combination of chocolate and nuts so love this cake recipe.
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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 […]
Local: 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 […]
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 first so try a shop offer advice and running analysis. If you fancy something innovative, read our review of On Cloudflyers.
1.A Base layer:
Gloves make a huge difference to comfort when running and also prevent chapped, dry hands. There are many that are reflective also for those dark night runs. I love my Nike running gloves which keep my hands warm and (with their towelling palms) dry. Pictured are the men’s dri-fit gloves- Jon’s favourites.
3. Headbands/ Hat:
Wearing a running headband keeps ears warm but allows the head to breathe. Sweaty Betty’s Thermal Earwarmer is extremely cosy and also reflective. I also love my (very worn) Nike band. Jon is a big fan of the Ronhill reflective beanie for those really cold days (shown in feature picture).
4. The right socks
Keep your feet warm, comfortable and protected with the many quality brands of running socks available. My top choices are Hilly, Thorlo low cut and Sweaty Betty. These brands are excellent for those of us with smaller feet as they start at size 3.5.
5. Lights and Reflectors
Anything bright and reflective is a must for the winter months. My Sub4 long sleeve top is super bright and warm with a baselayer underneath. Lightupu have a wide range of lights that easily fit to your trainers, clothing etc. Also recommended is the head torch from Alpkit. I have these on my Christmas wish list!
Other Dark Nights Running Kit Essentials:
- A good moisturiser and lip balm to protect from the elements
- A reflective, rainproof running jacket
Thumbs up from these guys in their Pointy Faces reflective snoods. They are the experts at running after all!
The Venue: 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!’. These are brilliant burgers in Birmingham. A firm favourite of the cities street food scene […]