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Blogmas 2016- Favourite Christmas Recipes

 

Hey guys!

Oh you all know how much I like to eat. Food is just great, and what is there not to love about Christmas dinner? (I bet some of you are thinking- sprouts)

I thought today I will share with you the three dishes that I absolutely love, and would miss the most if they didn’t appear on my Christmas dinner table.

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Tiramisu

This is not even part of your meal as such, as it is the dessert but OMG I think all hell would break loose if my mum would decide not to make this. Dad and I would be so shocked that we would probably give it a go ourselves. ha Honestly this is my absolute favourite dish, HOWEVER saying that I have never had a nice one from a shop or a restaurant. My mum makes the best one, she managed to figure out the quantities and I will make sure this is copied by J this Christmas. I pretty much eat all my dinner leaving my dessert belly all empty just to demolish half of mummy’s creation. SUPER YUM

Ingredients:

  • 2 boxes of mascarpone
  • 1 tub of whipping cream (large)
  • sponge fingers (3packs so around 30)
  • rum extract
  • sugar (2 tblsp)
  • cocoa powder (just to drizzle on the top)

For the cream: Mix your mascarpone, cream and rum extract in a large bowl with the sugar until smooth. Make sure not to overdo it, as it will turn into butter.

Layering: Simply make a really strong coffee and wait for it to cool down. (The biscuits will soak the hot coffee up too much and that is where it goes wrong and things go soggy.yuck) dip your sponge fingers in the coffee, but do not submerge. I just hold it with a finger at either end and just dip each side into the cold coffee. That is all you need, I promise. Layer your biscuits at the bottom of the dish. Now add a layer of your cream, make sure it covers the biscuits but not too thick. Now add another layer of the biscuits and then cream and repeat until you have run out of cream. The cream should be the top layer .

Serving: I like to just scoop it into little bowls with a spoon, or an ice-cream scoop. Drizzle it with plain cocoa. DELICIOUS.


Yorkshire puddings

You may think I am mad to include this, but I think the first time I had a Yorkie was made by J so could not have been more than 3 years ago. CRAZY isn’t it? Our traditions are much different in Hungary of course and my mum keeps the traditions all year long. Anyway, I do love a Yorkie pudding, as it basically is a pancake that I can stuff with stuffing and gravy and mash. FANTASTIC.

Since J has a secret family recipe I cannot tell you what exactly is in it, but it basically is a runny pancake batter. I know that you put a little oil into each section of the muffin tray and heat it in the oven until super hot. This is the stage when you add your pudding mix, and stick it in the oven until golden brown. Sounds easy? Well, they so often shrink or don’t even rise at all. They can be crispy which is not correct or too soggy which is also not great. I honestly can say that J makes a great Yorkshire pudding -yes I know he is a chef but still.


Cider and Jam ham

Just so you know, this is usually something I have either at home with my parents, but more likely at their friends’ house. Really easy but super delicious. All you need is a big gammon joint, cheap cider (dirt cheap one like the Sainsbury’s own value) onions, garlic and apricot jam.

There is two way of cooking the ham, either in a large pot for a large portion of the day or in a slow cooker. The slow cooker is probably the best option. Just place your gammon, onions, garlic and cider into your slow cooker and cook it for about 6 hours on a low heat, but make sure it doesn’t fall apart. Oce cooked, remove it from the slow cooker, take the skin off if you have any on it and place it onto a large baking tray. I recommend that you wrap the baking tray in tin foil as this can get messy.

This is the point when you generously coat the cooked ham with your apricot jam and place it into a hot oven. (Probably 180 degrees C). This is where it gets a tad messy, as you will have to make sure to come back to it every so often and spoon the jam back on the top. You want to make sure to get the ham completely glazed with the jam, so it goes nice and crispy on the outside.

This is great for your Christmas dinner, or also as a sandwich filling throughout the year. I absolutely love it, and even though it sounds like an odd combination, TRUST ME it is gorgeous.


 

What are your Christmas dinner favourites?

I have a really busy weekend with my staff party being a full weekend thing, so if the posts are a bit late I’m sorry. I’m not sure what the internet is going to be like in the hotel.

Love,

Fil, x

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October favourites

Hey guys!

I thought I’ll share with you a few of the things that I have been loving this month.

  • Pumpkin spiced lattes from Starbucks – Need I say more??! I must not be the only person who is counting the months down until September so she can finally get her hands on grande pumpkin spice latte. If you haven’t tried it, then you MUST go and grab one before it is too late.

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  • To stay on the food wagon, this is a bit of a strange one, but since I ate at LEAST one a day this month, it deserves a feature. These biscuits above are from Lidl and are individually wrapped and come in a pack of 10 for under £2. Who can say no to that right?? I love them and they remind me of the ones I ate in Hungary as a kid.  

Right onto some beauty products:  

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  • As you might have read in Octobers glossybox review, I have received the Rituals body cream. Let me tell you guys this might just be the best thing I have ever applied on my skin. I absolutely love this, the smell is incredible and it just glides onto your skin. It also stays on your skin all day, AND the scent stays strong throughout the day too. Once I jump into the shower, I can feel that it doesn’t mix with the water on my skin. Of course, it washes away with some shower gel. I think it has been a great addition to my tanning lotion too and has kept my skin soft and smelling amazing all throughout the month. Expensive?-YES but worth is so much. 
  • Another ‘new-to-me’ product is the Real Techniques brush cleansing palette. WOW! this thing is great! My brushes have not been this clean since the first time I got them .I couldn’t believe how much ‘dirt’ has been coming out each and every one of them. (Bit gross really but we have all been there) I cannot recommend it enough and if you use makeup at all this has to be something you add to your tools and accessories, as I couldn’t imagine cleaning my brushes without it. It is recommended that you use their cleansing fluid alongside the palette for the best result, and yes it does work well, however I will stick to baby shampoo or bath products for now. its priced at around £10-£15 depends on where you purchase it, but by shopping around you will be able to find one for a decent price. 
  • Lastly, but definitely not least I have been loving my Too Faced- Peach palette lately. I have purchased this off Ebay (will not link the seller but you can find them easily) so I am not a 100% sure that it is real (in fact it’s more than likely fake). Saying that it smells like peaches and the colours are great and pigmented. I cannot fault the product and I believe I got my hands on it for less than £10 which is a bargain either way. Love love love it! 

So, these are my October favourites, I hope you have enjoyed them.

Love,

Fil, x

What have you been loving this month? Have you tried the above products before? Also if you want me to do a few tutorials and looks with the eyeshadow palette just let me know in the comments.

 

Gingerbread Halloween Cupcakes

Hey guys!

As you may already know I absolutely love autumn, and it’s October which means it’s HALLOWEEN time 🙂 I am a fan of Halloween and I used to love getting dressed up and get extra sweeties than normal – not a massive fan of dressing up these days anymore. (age has gotten to me) but sweeties are welcome!

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Since I still love the celebrations, and the pumpkin spiced lattes and decorations, I thought I will bake some cupcakes this year. J is the chef in our house, therefore I am not the bestest of cooks- maybe I need to practice more, but when a chef offers to make dinner I ain’t gonna say no 🙂 That would be silly!

Pinterest is your best friend in situations like this, therefore it was pretty easy to find a recipe that I can follow.

I simply picked the one that seemed easiest with a not too complicated ingredient list.

This is the recipe that I followed: Gingerbread muffins. Instead of purchasing all the spices on the list, I have bought a spice mix which is ideal for baking as it had cinnamon and ginger in it. I think the cupcakes tasted really nice and I was rather impressed with myself. (I also doubled the amount just to leave extras in case I mess it up a bit)

I did try to film my baking, but it did not turn out well, therefore its only pictures this time. I will make it much better the next time I get my pans dirty.

Love,

Fil x

What did you think of these cupcakes? Let me know if you make them, and leave the link below so I can see some pictures- also anyone has some similar gingerbread dessert recipes also point them my way.

 

Lovely Saturday lunch with the parents

Hi guys!

So today I had such a lovely afternoon with my parents! Unfortunately, because we live in different countries we don’t see each other as much as we would like to. I know that some of you may live even further apart from your parents and you must understand that having full-time jobs and other commitments it is very hard to find some time off to travel and see them.

They were on their way back to Ireland from their annual holiday and they stopped off in Manchester for some quality family bonding :). And of course to unload all the Hungarian goodies that they have gotten me and J. I have great memories of my childhood in Hungary and quite a lot of them come to alive when I eat some fantastic Hungarian food. So this week (month) I am in for a treat as Mum and Dad have yet to disappoint me with their great goodie choices. The goodie bag includes some plain and spicy kolbasz (smoked sausage), soup, paprika, pasta, pate, piros arany and of course some pilota biscuits. I have already eaten a few of those bad boys with my morning cuppa. WIN all around. These may not be to everyone’s taste but I absolutely love all of them and I am grateful that my parents brought me some.

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So after I have packed away my goodies we decided to go for a meal, and what better place than Revs de Cuba. My heart will alway love this place deep down and it is nice to pop in from time to time. Our food was amazing, this place is yet to disappoint me to be fair. J is a good chef and his team has done extremely well.again. 🙂

I went for my all-time favourite, a burrito – and this time, I picked a pulled pork one. If you are unsure what a burrito is, it is a large tortilla wrap, in this case, filled with a pineapple glazed pulled pork, red and yellow peppers, refried beans, guacamole, soured cream and some rice. I absolutely love this – maybe because it is a carb overload. Cannot say no to some carbs 🙂 and of course soured cream- YUMM. Daddy had the – Cubano sandwich which has pickles, mustard, pork, ham and cheese in Cuban style baguette with some fries. Mum went for the lime and chilli salmon steak which was served with some giant couscous and roasted veggies. Oh let me tell you all of the meals were prepared to perfection and we loved it. AND of course we could not resist a cheeky Churros cheesecake at the end, with some fresh strawberries and in-house made rum caramel sauce.

We all had a fantastic time and as I have said earlier this place is yet to disappoint me.

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If you live in the UK I recommend going down to one of the bars near you to try their food, their cocktails and to experience Cuban style dining – oh and there is always live music in the bars.

Overall I had a lovely few hours with the parents and I cannot wait to see them again. They have gone home now and I need to catch up on some well-earned ‘beauty’ sleep before I head to the gym with J later.

Have a lovely weekend!

Love,

Fil x

 

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Happy Sunday 🙂

Love,

Fil x

Holiday at Faweather Grange

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Both J and myself love a small getaway, camping trip or just a long Sunday walk with Archie. This is the reason why I planned a romantic weekend away for his big 30th Birthday. We couldn’t go abroad as I (we) would never leave Archie with anyone else unless absolutely necessary. It is a ‘sacrifice’ we choose to make when we got him and I’m sure I’m right to say that neither of us really would want to leave him anyway.

There are many many beautiful places in the UK and I spent weeks and weeks of researching the perfect place to go. I was so scared that J wouldn’t like the idea, the place and would be disappointed with his present. I had to make it a great one since he is only 30 once right? I knew I wanted somewhere dog friendly (which did make the list much much much smaller), somewhere he has not been before, I wanted a private hot tub an

d a nice area preferably out of the city. Sounds simple right? Well it wasn’t simple at all as there were a lot of places I liked but all exceeding the budget. Unfortunately I cannot afford over £1000 for a few nights and also wouldn’t be willing to pay that much when that could get me far far away from the UK. So here I was sitting on my lovely IKEA couch brainstorming about the above.

I must have opened over 100 webpages about romantic getaways in the UK and I’m not kidding when I say page 99 was the lucky one. I have come across Hoseasons and knew instantly that I will find something on there that will tick all of my ‘boxes’. I was actually surprised how long it took me to find the website in the first place.

When I came across Faweather Grange I was first unsure of the location as it was so close to home and I expected to travel further for a brilliant holiday. I have read pretty much all of the reviews that I could find for these lodges and surprisingly I was still not 100% convinced that this is THE place where I should take James for his birthday. I was concerned that even though he said he doesn’t want a huge party as it would be impossible to get all of his friends into one place at the same time – I probably would have had to book a relatively big venue haha- I still didn’t want him to think ‘oh is that it’. This was my biggest concern as I didn’t want to disappoint him.

So yeah the date was coming closer and I was more and more stressed as the days went on . I HAD to make a decision fast! Everything was getting sold out quickly so I went with what I believed was the best lodge/cottage that I have seen. It had to be Faweather Grange as it seemed to be priced reasonably for what I was looking for. I know i could have paid for a holiday abroad with the price but it wouldn’t have been that special, just a simple hotel and flights AND the constant worry for Archie and how he was behaving.

I must say this was one of the most stressful experiences of my life (the booking part anyways!-I wanted it to be perfect for James) but it was done an all I needed to do was book time off work and make sure James doesn’t find out anything until the day we arrive 🙂

faweather grangeSo Monday morning we packed the car and came to the lodges. And my oh my I was so relieved! I knew instantly that we are going to have a great time!

The lodge was absolutely beautiful, the area was gorgeous and we were so extremely lucky with the weather. (if you are from the UK you know what I mean)- I believe we got the one week that was actually hot in this English summer. We were greeted by very helpful and friendly staff, who came and showed us to our ‘home’ for the next 4 nights. Once we settled in it only took us a few minutes to read all the rules about the hot tub, sauna, pets and local area and quickly we were enjoying our free champagne in our own private hot tub. Honestly couldn’t ask for more.

The next few days we literally did the same, went for a few lovely walks in the area, which was beautiful and then just chilled in the hot tub. Was exactly what we both needed, as we were pretty stressed in our jobs in the past few weeks/months.

If you are planning to go to somewhere relaxing, with great extras I really really do recommend Faweather Grange as it is amazing. We stayed in Serenity 1 and would definitely come again.

Now back to reality… off we go to do the washing, the weekly shop and cleaning. FUN..

Thanks for reading sorry its rather lengthy today. Share your experiences if you’ve stayed here before or any other lovely getaways in the uk. We are confident that we are going to go to many other places even just for the weekend 🙂

 

 

Love, Fil x

The V day… <3

As I mentioned in the previous blog we had a party on Saturday night for Olivers 25th. It was good craic.

I had the chance to meet all of their school friends and everyone was lovely we all had a great time. We went to watch the dog races which was good (think the highest winnings were 3.75- we are good at gambling) . It was just funny and we just had a few drinks and some burgers while watching the dogs. This was then followed by a crazy (lets not get into the details) house party. Managed to come home fairly early around 4-5AM as I knew we had Valentines plans the next day.

So I surprisingly woke up okay and wasn’t hungover-SCORE!!! 

We decided to go to the cinema like most couples this weekend, to watch Deadpool. It was hilarious I quite enjoyed it even though I didn’t think I would. Only downside was that we both thought the trailers have showed the most funny parts. HATE when they do that to movies… It was still very good though. 

We didn’t make a massive fuss for Valentines… not one of ‘those’ couples. I love James the other 364 days of the year so if I was to celebrate the love and all I would be VERY VERY poor haha. 😀 We did get each other a card and I got a lovely rose and a Harry Potter characters book and sweeties and a Dobby pendant ( RIP DOBBY). He got a some Lush beard care stuff… it smells LOVELY!! I love Lush products. 🙂 Need to start getting into the habit of baths so I can buy bath bombs.. doesn’t have the same effect in the shower haha 

So yeah overall it was a great weekend and was glad I got the chance to spend some time with James as due to his career it is not always easy to plan things. 🙂 ❤

I’m very excited about his birthday in April and hopefully my plans work out 🙂 

Hope everyone had a lovely weekend and if you are single hope you had fun hating the couples. (I used to think that and still find most couples cheesy) 

Now I must go pick this man up from the train station otherwise I’ll be in ‘trouble’ 😛 Also need to do leg day. Mondays are fun eh?

Love,

Fil, x

 

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