I’ve also added a couple of delicious recipes;
Sprouts with Bacon and Blue Cheese
and a stir fry recipe with Chestnuts, ginger and garlic
Have a lovely Christmas.
We recently stayed at The Bivouac a fantastic retreat in North Yorkshire. We stayed in one of the 7-berth woodland shacks. No electricity and the only heat was from a wood-burning stove in our one-room shack.
Our first day we spent kicking back and relaxing – to the point where we even visited the on-site cafe for a splendid lunch.
I tried the vegetarian Falafel Burger with Red Pepper Marmalade
Red Pepper Marmalade
150ml 1 cup bell pepper, finely diced (no stem and seeds)
120ml /1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
120ml / 1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon dried chili flakes
Place all the ingredients in a pan on medium/high heat.
Once it starts boiling, bring the heat down to low – stirring regularly.
Cook for 20 minutes or until most of the liquid evaporates and becomes a thick syrup.
Staying down in Dorset means we can stop off at the delightful village of Wimborne. We nipped into No.9 on the Green for a light lunch; where I discovered the pleasure of Pea mayonnaise!
Coupled with the fish fingers this sandwich offered a pleasant variation on fish, chips and mushy peas.
As far as I can figure out this might be the recipe for delicious …
Makes a pleasant accompaniment to any fish based dish.
150g (1 cup) – Frozen peas
120ml (1/2 cup) – Sour cream
120ml (1/2 cup) – Mayonnaise
Hot Chocolate is such a comforting and dreamy experience (apart from when you’ve lost your hat, of course!)
Just the thought of it conjures up images of snuggled up in dressing gowns clutching the hot mug between your hands and sipping carefully at the steaming chocolate.
Quite often we reach for the instant packet of hot chocolate; great for speed and convenience, but not so great on the sugar. Commercially bought Hot Chocolate is always way too seer for my liking.
Why not make your own hot chocolate?
The only ingredient which isn’t probably already in your store cupboard is the vanilla pod.
Okay, so we’ve got a vanilla pod. Here goes a smooth and creamy Hot Chocolate recipe that hits all the right notes.
Hot Chocolate Recipe
1 vanilla pod, split and seeds scraped out
1 litre/1¾ pints milk
150g/5½oz plain chocolate, in small pieces
sugar, to taste
freshly grated nutmeg, for dusting
- Heat the vanilla pod, seeds and milk in a saucepan until boiling.
- Remove the pan from the heat and add the chocolate pieces, stirring until the chocolate melts.
- Whisk until frothy on top and add sugar, to taste.
- Serve with a dusting of nutmeg.
– Add a cinnamon stick in at step one to give it a little extra twist.