Strawberry and Walnut Salad with Walnut Balsamic Vinaigrette

As the weather warms up, I find myself craving salads, especially the light, fruity variety like this Strawberry and Walnut Salad with Walnut Balsamic Vinaigrette. The sweet juicy strawberries are the perfect foil to the mild chicken and avocado and walnuts add a lovely crunch. Don’t miss out! Become a subscriber to keep up to date & Read More…

Highclere Castle – The Real Downton Abbey

The history of the real Downton Abbey – Highclere Castle near Newbury – is every bit as exciting as the much-loved television series. Not only that, but the real life characters who lived here at Highclere Castle were every bit as interesting. The best thing is, you can actually come and see the real Downton Abbey Read More…

Taking Time Out At The Hearth and Soul Link Party

Summer is perfect for taking time out. With (hopefully) warmer weather and longer days, it feels like there’s a bit more space to relax and just be.   Please note – The Hearth and Soul Link Party will be taking time out (2 weeks) for a summer break.  The Hearth and Soul Link Party will Read More…

Baked Cod with a Sautéed Veggie Topping

My Baked Cod with a Sautéed Veggie Topping is fresh, colourful, bursting with flavour, and it’s good for you too! Fresh, delicious, lightly sautéed vegetables sit atop tender fillets of cod in my Baked Cod with Sautéed Veggies recipe. If you need a quick, easy, good for you dinner that takes very little time to Read More…

Enjoying Summer at The Hearth and Soul Link Party

It’s time to relax and start really enjoying summer at the Hearth and Soul Link Party! This week’s features will provide lots of inspiration to help you get started. At The Hearth and Soul Link Party, posts about anything that feeds your soul are welcome – from family, home, decorating, crafts and DIY to travel, Read More…

The Ritz London – Making The Most of Your Stay

This is a sponsored post about The Ritz London on behalf of Expedia but the opinions contained herein are my own. A stay at The Ritz is such a treat! While it may be a stretch to define it as affordable luxury, it’s definitely worth saving your pennies for. Once you arrive at this luxurious property, Read More…

Lemon and Blueberry Bakewell Tart Squares Recipe

I have a serious weakness for Bakewell Tarts, a classic British teatime treat. In fact, I love them so much, I developed an easier version of this classic treat, my Raspberry Bakewell Tart Squares. The recipe did so well on the blog – friends even posted photographs of their delicious versions on Facebook – I was keen to develop Read More…

Red, White and Blue from The Hearth and Soul Link Party

Welcome to this week’s Hearth and Soul Link Party where this week there’s lots of red, white and blue to inspire your patriotic celebrations! I had red and white on my mind last week as we were celebrating Canada’s 150th Birthday. This week I’m adding blue to the mix as it celebrates both the 4th of Read More…

More Than Just Tennis At Wimbledon

There is nothing quite like The Championships at Wimbledon, currently being played at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon. Wimbledon is a borough of south west London, not just the name of the tournament that is being played. The thing that makes Wimbledon different is the atmosphere. Even those who haven’t Read More…

Mixed Fruit Pavlova – A Family Recipe

With tender, toothsome meringue, lovely light whipped cream and delicious fresh fruit, Pavlova makes the perfect dessert anytime! Made famous by my late mother-in-law, Avril, whose recipe we still use, Pavlova is an oft-requested family favourite and is a familiar sight on celebration tables in our family. This gorgeous Pavlova was made by my lovely sister in law, Read More…