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    Food & Drink

    Sugar-free Wholemeal Apple Cake

    Gosh, it’s been a while since I last did a food and drink post! It’s not a topic I write about much nowadays, but I spent some time cooking over the weekend, and based on my Instagram stories poll, I’ve decided to share the recipe. This one is a sugar-free wholemeal apple cake. Since the possible Crohn’s diagnosis, I’ve been watching what I eat more. It’s advised to cut back on the sugar, but me being me and having a sweet tooth wanted to find a loophole (guilty). There was some wholemeal flour and xylitol (a natural sweetener) in the cupboard, so I adapted my grandma’s Victoria sponge recipe. Plus,…

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    Alcohol: A Few Thoughts

    Hello everyone! How has everyone’s week been? Quite a controversial post coming your way now, but I would like to make clear that these are just my opinions that I felt the need to write about. So, what is this post all about you may wonder? The answer: alcohol. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not totally against drinking. I completely understand having a glass of wine with a meal on the weekend, and until recently, I was known to enjoy the odd Friday night G&T. Now, however, I have been without said G&T for over a month and honestly, it’s not bad. What I don’t get about alcohol is all…

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    Hollows Farm Vintage Tearooms, Leicester

    *I decided to write this post. It is not in collaboration with anyone.* I feel like you would only know about Hollows Farm Vintage Tearoom if you lived nearby or a friend told you about it. That’s how my family have came across this little gem. My mum heard about it from a friend at work and although this sweet place is down the road from us, we didn’t know it existed until then! So, I thought why not spread the word, so that Hollows Farm can be enjoyed by all! I guess you would not think to drive down a farm track, but tucked down a country lane just…

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    Restaurant Review: Gino D'Acampo My Restaurant, Leeds

    I was completely social media absent yesterday because my mum came to visit me and we spent the day in Leeds. Of course, that means that I have not blogged/posted about my weekend at all yet, and believe me there is a lot to talk about! I will get onto the main reason for this post, which is reviewing Gino D’Acampo’s news restaurant in Leeds, but first of all, here are few highlights from the weekend. Unfortunately, like the majority of the time, the weather has been pretty rubbish today, so I did not get a chance to take photos. The Tetley: I will admit I did drag my mum…

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    Visiting the Cotswolds

    As you may have seen from my Twitter or Instagram, yesterday we went to the Cotswolds, so here is my post as promised. Whilst the weather was not at its best, cloudy with some rain, probably left over from Storm Doris, making photography go completely out the window, it was still a really nice trip and definitely something worth blogging about. First of all, we stopped to check out Moreton-in-Marsh. This was mainly due to the fact that a cup of tea was much needed, but the town is very picturesque and was a great place to stretch our legs for a bit. Visiting these Cotswolds towns and villages always…

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    Restaurant Review: The Grey Lady, Newtown Linford

    If you haven’t already gathered, I am definitely one for comfort, whether that is clothing or food. My Instagram profile is proof of this. I am a roast dinner and apple crumble kind of person and have never been too fussed about going to restaurants that serve what I would regard as ‘posh food’. However, this weekend we had a family gathering as a very belated birthday celebration for my uncle. We of course wanted to go somewhere special to eat and The Grey Lady in Newtown Linford was one of the suggestions to pop up. The restaurant is perhaps not your choice for an everyday place to eat, but…

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    My Top 10 Christmas Food and Drink

    Hello everyone! Sorry for the lack of posting over the past couple of days, but I was not feeling too great so spent most of my time curled up on the sofa. How good was the Strictly final though?! I would usually do a video today, but I felt in the mood to write and I am also going to see the new Star Wars later, so do not have time to film and upload! I have not done a foodie post in a while and as it is Christmas, what better time than to talk food and drink! I will be giving you the run through of my Top…

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    Continental Cafe, Syston

    If you are ever in Leicestershire and want a cosy little cafe to enjoy a full English breakfast, lovely lunch or perhaps just a tea and cake break, the Continental Cafe in Syston is a wonderful place. With good prices and friendly staff, the cafe is a great find and perfectly situated in Syston town centre. It provided the perfect escape from the grey, wet weather yesterday, with the interior being calming and inviting, and the cooked breakfast and tea was excellent fuel for spending the rest of the day in Nottingham. I enjoyed my brunch in the cafe’s extension, which is only a couple of years old and it…

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    The Classic Victoria Sandwich

    Cake, what a great way to start my foodie posts! The reason for making a Victoria sponge today is that I have American relatives coming to stay. So, nothing better than a traditional British cake to represent our culture. Sorry about the old fashioned measurements. I got the recipe from my mum who got it from her mum! Ingredients: For cake: 6oz Β caster sugar 6oz butter/margarine 6oz self-raising flour 3 eggs Vanilla Essence (optional) Raspberry jam For buttercream: Now I never use an exact recipe for buttercream. I just add butter, icing sugar and a splash of milk until I get the amount and consistency that I want. Method: Preheat…