Ypres, Belgium. WWI

So in the summer we went on a little driving holiday. It wasn't even planned but after pricing up a week in a Lakes cottage it worked out way cheaper to drive to France and get a Gite! Crazy but thats british school holidays. Anyway to cut up the journey to Provence we decided to make a few stops; I got Paris in there (blog to follow). The boys really love learning about the World Wars though and a mere 1 hour from Calais, just over the French boarder into Belgium is Ypres pronounced - Ee press.


Fish Chowder #recipe

 If you don't know I’m a fisherman's daughter so loooove fish and very lucky to have a great fish quay on my doorstep. I had Fish Chowder when I was travelling  in San Francisco but I have to say it was far too rich for me. So I’ve made this without potato, less cream and more fish, much lighter but still a lush hearty dish. Perfect warming main with crusty bread or a smaller portion as a starter; truly delicious if I do say so myself. 


Minecraft Party.

I havent a clue about Minecraft, its a different world to me... literally. However, both the boys adore it and it was first choice for Archie's 8th birthday. Gone are the days (thank god) of hoards of children, a musty church hall and dodgy looking magician. 


Black Forest Cake. #recipe

My mum had a party the other day and I was put in charge of dessert, "Something with cream". I'm not a meringue fan and I hate trifle...I think it's the jelly so I decided to make a cream cake.