Thursday, 21 September 2017

Cookies

Hi all,
Hope you have had a good week. This week I wanted to share with you these cookies! They were so tasty. I feel like they are a bit autumnal (really can't say that work!!). I think they're autumnal because of the toffee. Toffee reminds me of autumn, is that just me? Probably because of toffee apples!


Ingredients 


140g golden caster sugar 
225g self raising four
175g unsalted butter at room tempriture 
2 tbsp milk
50g ground almonds
2 egg yolks
85g ready to eat dried apricots 
85g chewy toffees (I used dark chocolate ones to make the cookies chocolatey)


Method

Preheat the oven to fan 170'c, conventional 190'c and gas mark 5.

 Using an electric whisk, beat together the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy.
Then stir in the egg yolks and ground almonds. Cut up the apricots and toffees if they are big and add them to the mixture along with the flour.



 Mix well until the mixture is like dough, then roll into walnut size balls and place on a baking tray. Flatten the balls to make the cookies. Leave room between the cookies as they will spread and then brush  with the milk and bake for 10 minuets or until cooked but still slightly soft. Leave to cool for 5 minutes on the baking tray before placing on a wire cooling rack.


And then enjoy!! These are really good with milk or hot chocolate!! You could also experiment with different fruits! I really like these with the chocolate covered toffees! 

Thank you for reading, hope you enjoyed! What is your favourite flavour of cookie? Let me know in the comments below, let me know if you make these yourself!
Bye for now, see you next week!

Thursday, 14 September 2017

My holiday in Croatia (part 2)

Hi all 
I hope you have all had a good week! This is the second part of what I did in Croatia! If you missed part one you can click here to read it. This post will talk about what I did on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Wednesday



On Wednesday me and my family went to Montenegro. First we went to a walled city called Kotor. The photo below shows the wall, with a large doll/statue thing sitting on it. I'm not sure what it is or why it's there. Inside the walls we looked around the shops inside and walked around. We then stopped for some lunch I had a vegetarian pizza. When we were eating there were loads of cats and fluffy kittens they looked very cute!





When we had finished there we got back into the car and drove up a large mountain to see Lake Skadar. The views on the way up were so pretty we stopped a few times to take photos.  The first picture below is one I took on the way up the mountain looking out over the sea.


 (Here is an image looking out onto lake Scadar)

There was lots of green pond weed on the lake (I'm sure there's a proper name for it but I don't know it) and little wooden boats, It looked very pretty with the mountain backdrop and very different to England.

 (Image taken in Perast)

We then went to Perast which was very pretty overlooking the water.

(Image taken from the restaurant)

We ate a restaurant called Dandin in Perast it was really nice I had an avocado and mango salad! 


Thursday 


On Thursday I went on a boat tour around the Elephite islands. We went to three islands called Lopud, Sipan and Kolocep. The boat tour left from Dubrovnik harbour at 10:40. Below are some images I took. 
First we went to Sipan 
 (Here is photo I took on Sipan)

(Another Photo taken on Sipan)

We weren't on Sipan for very long so went for a walk, took some photos and then sat on the beach. I love the photo above and if you look closely it looks like the boat is floating! We then got back on the boat and ate lunch, I thought this would make me feel sick but the boat was quite steady!

Then we went to Kolocep
(Here is an image I took on Kolecep)

On kolecep we walked around, taking photos and went for a paddle in the water.

And then finally we went to Lopud, we were on Lopud for the longest amount of time but I didn't take any photos there. Instead I went swimming in the sea! It was so lovely and very warm! Then after swimming I had a very nice ice-cream! We then got back on the boat, someone did fall in the water when getting back on the boat, which was quite scary but they were okay and we made it back to Dubrovnik. We then went back to our apartment and ate dinner.


Friday 


On Friday I went to Split which took a long time to get there in the car. Originally we were trying to go to a national park with waterfalls but that was taking too long to get there so instead we went to Split. When we finally got there it was past lunchtime so we were all hungry so we went to a restaurant for lunch, I had a veggie burger, which was really good! Then once we had eaten we went inside the walled city. There seem to be a lot of walled cities in Croatia. Inside were shops, cafes and restaurants. There was also a palace called palace Diocletian which looked very old and grand. We went down inside the palace basement. Below are photos I took of the palace.

(Here is an image of the Palace)

(Here is an image down in the basement looking onto the market.)

 (Here is an image of an art exhibition in the palace basement)
 (an old palace beam)

(A sphinx missing its head) 


Saturday


Saturday was our last day in Croatia. We spent most of the day at Kupari which was only a short drive from our apartment. At Kupari there are old hotels that were ruined during the war with Serbia. There is also a beach in Kupari so we went swimming!  
The photos below were taken of the Grande hotel! The metal detailing on the building was pretty!

(Image taken of the abandoned hotel)

(image taken outside of the abandoned hotel)

Thank you for reading, hope you enjoyed! Where is your favourite place to visit? - let me know in the comments below!
Bye for now, see you next week


Thursday, 7 September 2017

My Holiday in Croatia! (Part 1)


Hi all
Hope you have had a nice week, and that those of you going back to school after the summer holidays are not having too bad a time! I have gone back to school and already I am looking forward to the weekend! But let's forget about that for now and go to a sunnier place because this week's post (as I promised last week) will be all about my holiday in Croatia! I had a really nice time, and some photos that I love so I of course wanted to share these and talk about what I did, this is like my online holiday scrapbook/diary! I am going to do this in two parts because I have so much to say and feel as one post this is just going to be too long!
Enough with the waffle and onto what I did...

Sunday
Arriving in Croatia

(Image taken before the plane set off to Dubrovnik)

Me and my Family got up early on Sunday morning, and by early I mean ridiculously early we got up at 2:30 and left our house at about 3 in the morning! We then arrived at the airport at 4 AM and went through check in and security. Once in the airport shopping bit and restaurant it was time for a 5 o'clock breakfast, for this very early breakfast I had a very large and tasty sandwich!  Then as we were eating our very large sandwiches the voice speaker thing came on and said that our plane was now boarding so we had to take our sandwiches with us to the boarding gate. We then finished our breakfast and boarded the plane. On the plane I did some colouring that was in my on flight essential bag (you can view that post Here), the flight went so quickly. When we got off the plane in Dubrovnik  I could feel the heat hit instantly! It was now about 10 o'clock so we went through the air port, then got the hire car and headed to the apartment! On first glance of Croatia it looked LOVELY I especially like the pointy trees that seemed to be everywhere! The apartment was really nice and had a large balcony with a lovely view over the water.

(These were steps leading up to the apartment and looking out over the water)


Once we had unpacked and had been to a shop to get the essential food items we headed down over 300 steps to the old walled city of Dubrovnik. The city looked very grand with big cathedrals, towers and lots of shops. We walked around the shops for a while before heading back up the 300 steps - that was hard work in the heat and having had very little sleep the previous night!

(Here is a picture I took on the first day looking down a street in Dubrovnik)
Once back in the apartment we had some bread, chutney and cheese on the balcony overlooking the lovely view! 


Monday
Cavtat

(Image taken in Cavtat)
On Monday we took the car down to a place called Cavtat. It was a bay with many restaurants, and lots of ice cream! When we got there we found the car park, which was very busy so it took us ages to find a space, then when we eventually did we went for a walk. We walked around a pathed walkway which took you along the waters edge. The views were amazing I love the picture above of the sea and mountins through the trees. The trees were so pretty I loved walking along the tree lined pathway with the water and mountains to one side! We then went out for lunch at a restaurant called Konoba Taranj, I had broccoli pasta which was really nice. What was not so nice is that I ordered Fanta Orange - here's a tip - if you ever go to Croatia or somewhere else hot with many wasps don't order Fanta! I had one wasp fly over it then fell into the bottle of Fanta it then got out again and many many more wasps came to lick (if that's what wasps do?) the Fanta  from the wasp that fell in and before long there were A LOT of wasps at the table, and I really DON'T like wasps. Other than that however (I did not have Fanta again that week) there were no problems with wasps.

(Image of a tree lined walkway in Cavtat)

We then went back to the apartment and ate bread and chutney on the balcony. Above is a picture i took of the sun setting from the balcony that evening. 

Tuesday
Exploring Dubrovnik 

(Image taken of an entrance into the walled city of Dubrovnik)

On Tuesday we spent the day doing things in Dubrovnik. First we went on the cable car which was really cool. I am sometimes afraid of heights but the cable cars did not bother me. When at the top of the mountain the views were amazing. There were various platforms to look out at and a souvenir shop. There was also a restaurant, amphitheatre and museum about the war. We walked around and took lots of photos before heading back down in the cable car. 

Below are some pictures I took when at the cable cars:

 (This image was taken from the cable car on the way up)

(This was the view from the top looking over the walled city of Dubrovnik)

(This image was also take at the top overlooking the mountains and greenery at the other side)

When we were back in the city, we went out for lunch and ate at a restaurant called Romerquelle it was so good! I think this was my favourite meal of the week! I ordered a grilled peach salad with tomato mozzarella and walnut puree. I also liked the way this meal was presented!

(Here is an image of the grilled peach salad)

After lunch we had another walk around the city and went in some more shops. We then went down to the water and me and my Mum got a glass bottom boat ride from the harbour. The glass bottom was really cool we got to see loads of fish I did try to take some pictures of them but they moved too quickly! It looked so pretty on the water. The boat rocked quite a lot which did make me feel quite nervous but it was all good and we got back to the shore safely. 

(Image taken from the boat)


(Image looking down into the water through the glass)

When finished we headed back to apartment and again ate dinner on the balcony!


That's it for this week but come back next week to see part 2! You can subscribe on Bloglovin on the panel to the right, so you're sure not to miss it! I will be talking about Montenegro, Split, another boat ride and visiting a hotel that was damaged in the war. 

Thank you for reading, hope you enjoyed. Did you go anywhere this summer? Where would you like to visit? Let me know in the comments below. 
Bye for now, see you next week!

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Sorry about this...

Hi All 
This should have been my holiday post, but its not. I got back from my holiday on Sunday and I had a really nice time, but I have been ill and Im still not feeling great (I may talk about this in more detail in another post). I also have quite a bit of school work to get done before I go back to school next week so I have not had time to go through my holiday pictures and create a post, so this is a little message explaining why. Sorry about this and I am still really looking forward to talking about my holiday, I did have a really nice time.
Once again sorry about this blogging fail on my behalf, hopefully next week I will back better than ever.
Thank you for reading. 
Bye for now, see you next week!

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Pizza!



Hi all
Hope you're having a nice week! While you are reading this I am on holiday in Croatia, so I am writing this post in advance and scheduling it so, hopefully it goes up on time. I love this pizza it tastes so good, I especially, like the avocado on this pizza!

You Will Need
175g of Classic Ciabatta bread mix plus a bit extra for dusting
3 tsp olive Oil 
Large handful of basil leaves 
225g Mixed tomatoes
125g Mozzarella
1 Avocado 
Splash of lemon juice 
(any other toppings you want on your pizza)

Preheat the oven to 240'c/fan 220'c/gas mark 9
 First, put the Classic Ciabatta bread mix in a bowl and pour 125ml/1/2cup of lukewarm water and 1tbsp of olive oil, then mix until it becomes a sticky dough. 

knead for a few minutes and place in an oiled bowl, cover with a tea towel and leave in a warm place for 15 minutes. 

Meanwhile finely chop most of  basil leaves (leaving a few for the top of the pizza) in a blender with the remainder oil.

Then chop the mozzarella cheese into rough chunks and chop the tomatoes in half and drain (I find squeezing the tomatoes in kitchen roll or a tea towel works best) this stops the pizza base from becoming to soggy.


Next chop the avocado and toss in a bowl with the lemon juice 

After 15 minutes the dough should have risen. Take the dough out of the bowl and flour the surface.


Next roll out the dough to the pizza shape you want. 

Place your pizza on a baking tray or pizza tray. 

Then brush over the chopped basil and pile up topping, mozzerella and the tomatoes. Then bake for 10-15 minutes or until the base is crispy and the cheese has melted. When cooked scatter over the avocado,  remainder basil leaves and season.

Thank you for reading hope you enjoyed! What is your favourite pizza? Let me know in the comments below!
Bye for now, see you next week!