Review: The Street Food Cook Book

Review The Street Food Cook Book

It's been great to watch the growth of street food in the last few years. Northern cities have definitely been at the forefront, and Yorkshire has embraced the trend with open arms. If you're a regular reader you'll know I'm a fan. The meals I've eaten from food vans have been amazing. Now a new book, The Street Food Cook Book, has pulled ...

A meal inspired by Greece

Meal inspired by Greece - recipe for moussaka, Greek salad, tzatziki

When we were in Athens last month, we had one of those moments that you know is going to sit in your memory bank forever. We were sitting outside at a restaurant near the area of Monastiraki, eating a traditional dish of gyros each (delicious, and about £5), looking on to the Acropolis which we'd just been exploring. It ...

How I’ll live more sustainably

Introduction to Ikea Live Lagom project

With a baby due in the spring, it really focuses your mind on what legacy our generation should leave the next. (Frankly, it's not looking too cracking at the moment, is it? But I'm hopeful). I think climate change is something we absolutely have to address seriously - now - but I appreciate it's not easy ...

Cruise part 3: Dubrovnik, Venice

Old Town, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik was probably the destination I was most looking forward to from the whole cruise. It didn't disappoint: it's definitely on our list to go back to, to explore properly. In fact, I'm hoping to spend more time in Croatia next year. With just a few hours in Dubrovnik this time though, we only really had time to see the ...

Cruise part 2: Santorini, Mykonos

Oia, Santorini, Greece

I was so looking forward to seeing these two Greek islands of Santorini and Mykonos. Santorini was beautiful. We took a trip to the famous village of Oia, with its picture-perfect blue and white buildings, bougainvillea and homes - many now turned into expensive boutique hotels - carved into the cliffs. After an hour-or-so wandering the narrow, winding pathways, we ...

Cruise holiday day 1: Athens

Athens, Greece - Acropolis and Parthenon

A few days ago, we got back from our first cruise holiday. I've always dismissed - in fact, looked down my nose at - the idea of going on a cruise. It seemed the preserve of the distinctly middle-aged, the badly-dressed, pseudo-travellers, those who say they've 'done' a country without dirtying their hands or spending time immersing themselves in the culture. But we ...

Afternoon tea at Creams, Leeds

Afternoon tea at Creams, Leeds

A little while ago, the girls and I decided to try a new-ish tearoom in Leeds. Creams opened earlier this year in The Core shopping centre. It's certainly shaking up the idea of the traditional English afternoon tea. This is afternoon tea with added bling. As well as the familiar British afternoon tea - the triple tier of sandwiches, ...

Bloggers’ lunch in Leeds

Yorkshire Bloggers lunch at Kith and Kin Chapel Allerton

The latest #YorkshireBloggers meet was a few days ago in Chapel Allerton, a popular Leeds suburb. I hadn't been able to get to the last couple of meets, so I was looking forward to it. What I love about these lunch dates is the easy-going, welcoming nature of the group. Each time I go there are new faces ...

Family weekend in Scarborough

View of North Bay and Scarborough Castle from The Sands apartments, Scarborough

After a night alone in the Lakes just before our wedding anniversary we then headed to Scarborough, where my mum had booked the family into an apartment for the weekend to celebrate her birthday. I rather cheekily got married on her 60th birthday - she got two parties for the price of one! This time it was her turn to ...

Anniversary in the Lake District

Cartmell Fell suite at Masons Arms, Strawberry Bank, near Grange-over-Sands, Lake District

Although our two weeks off work were typified by being ill (me) and grafting in the garden (him), we did have a few days away. First, we headed to the Lake District and checked in to the Masons Arms, a small pub with rooms at sweetly-named Strawberry Bank. It's pretty much in the middle of nowhere, ...