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Frozen Strawberries

Ahhhhhh, I’ve just lost this post as I went to post it! How bizarre!! This is the re-hashed version.


So…. Where was I?

Firstly, I was thanking Angie over at the Novice Gardener for ‘featuring’ me at Fiesta Friday this week. Most Fridays, I try and attend the blogger party bringing with me all sorts of goodies. Last week I brought tales of my adventures in the Netherlands along with some Dutch bar snacks. Angie’s party’s are a great way of meeting new bloggers, sharing ideas and discovering lots of new recipes.


This week I was going to bring a gorgeous frozen strawberry yogurt, courtesy of a Mr Jamie Oliver. I had thrown a punnet of strawberries into the freezer the morning we flew to the Netherlands, so they were perfect for this recipe (or so I thought). I also had a tub of Greek yogurt nearing its use by date and some store cupboard orange blossom honey.

Jamie’s Ingredients:

  • 1 x 500g pack frozen berries
  • 150g fresh blueberries
  • 1 x 500g tub natural yoghurt
  • 3-4 tablespoons runny honey


So, the first mistake I made- I left the stalks on the strawberries, instead of taking them off before I froze them! DOH!


The second mistake was to leave them whole. I should have quartered them before I froze them! OOPS!


Anyway, I threw the tub of yogurt and some honey into the food mixer and whizzed. I then added the strawberries and whizzed, and whizzed and whizzed to try and break them down. It took ages.


Eventually, the strawberries broke down, but so did the yogurt mixture. By the time I’d finished the mixture was all runny, it looked NOTHING like the photographs in Jamie’s 30 minute meal book.


I served Dr Doolittle a portion poured over a meringue, and I ‘drank’ mine! It was cool, fresh and creamy, with a hint of strawberry- quite strange really.


The photographs don’t do the colour justice, it was a gorgeous reddy-pinky colour.


At least after all the messing around, it tasted ok…. Just gutted that it wasn’t perfect!

Melissa xx

Bed & Breakfast broiche

I got lots of little bits completed around the house in June. The bedroom got its finishing touches and one Sunday morning I made a deliciously simple breakfast, hence the dodgy title to this post!


For the bedroom, I found neutral, simple curtains and beautiful matching bedding. Warm golds and blackcurrant give a hint of warmth to this otherwise white room. Little candles and pictures blend in amongst the necessities like the radio.


I painted the curtain rails and rings white, so that the pattern and colour of the curtains pop out.


The large window cills have been left empty to let the light flood in, with the exception of a simple frame in one and a candle holder in the other.

The simple white bedside tables match the simple cottage style bed.


Finally, the chest of drawers that is nestled in the corner alcove is dressed with family photos and a very special jewellery box. All these little trinkets make this calm, serene room very special.


The breakfast part of my title today comes from this delightful make:

Strawberry breakfast broiche
Take a couple of small broiche rolls and slice in half.


Wash and cut up some strawberries.

Pan fry the broiche in a little butter over a medium heat until golden brown.


Pile the strawberries onto the toasted broiche and serve with vanilla or natural yogurt.

Now, I’d love to invite you to stay for b&b, but if I did that I’d have no where to sleep!

Melissa xx

White Chocolate Celebration Cake

WOOHOO!!! It’s fiesta Friday over at the novice gardener so I though I’d share an amazing recipe for a cake I made a while ago, but never shared…. It’s perfect for a party, gathering or any other excuse you need!



175g butter, softened

175g golden caster sugar
finely grated zest 4 orange and juice of 1 orange
4 egg, separated
100g self-raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
100g ground almonds

For the filling
1 punnet of strawberries (if there are too many, use for decoration later)
200 ml double cream

For the icing
100g white chocolate
100ml crème fraîche
2 tubs of chocolate cigarillos
1 punnets of strawberries


Heat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Line  two 20cm cake tins. Cream the sugar and the softened butter adding the orange zest. Beat for 1 min or so until pale and fluffy, then beat in the egg yolks. Sift the flour and baking powder over the cake mixture and fold in lightly. Finally, fold in the almonds and orange juice. Whisk the egg whites until they just hold their shape. Fold one-third of the egg white into the cake mix, using the whisk. Repeat with another third, then the final third. Take care not to over-mix or you will lose the lightness of the egg whites.

Divide the cake mix between the prepared tins and bake for 30-35 mins. Cool in the tin for 5 mins, then turn out onto a wire rack, peel off the lining paper and leave to cool.

To make the icing, melt the chocolate over a pan of barely simmering water or in the microwave on High for 1½ mins, stirring every 30 secs, then leave to cool. Whip the crème fraîche until thick, then fold in the white chocolate… Let the mix cool slightly.

Meanwhile whip the double cream and sandwich the to sponges together using cream and strawberries. Then spread the cake with the icing. Allow icing to go tacky before quickly adding cigarillos around side of cake. Top with strawberries and then leave the cake alone!


Melissa xx