Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Five Colours Competition

Mytravelsupermarket are running a competition with some great prizes details on link http://www.travelsupermarket.com/c/holidays/capture-the-colour .

The colours that need to be shown in pictures are Blue, Green, Yellow, White and Red. My photos are below so I am hoping they are good enough to win myself something nice. Do you fancy a try as the overall winner will win £2,000  now wouldn`t that be nice. I would be off to Florence as I would really like to go there.

I have chosen five photos from holidays in the uk which I have really enjoyed. The skydiving in Cumbria was definitely a one off I was the one taking the photo from the plane not the person skydiving. That was my son I would need to be thrown out of the plane as I am just not brave enough to jump.  

Blue -Skydiving


Green - Bernard Shaw's Garden

Green  Bernard Shaw`s Corner which is now owned by the National Trust. I spent a lovely few hours here  wandering through the lovely garden. I saw the Oscar awarded to Shaw for his contribution to Literature which sits in his office at the house.  

Southwark Cathedral London
YELLOW the lights in Southwark Cathedral shine over the flags and light one of the beautiful arched windows. I visited Southwark on a recent trip to London to see some of the Olympics. I watched Beach Vollyball at Horseguards Parade and then went to see this lovely Cathedral.  

White - Wimbledon is so exciting and the buzz on Murray's Mount is fun and special. This photo shows the magnificent roof over centre court. The sun decided to grace the courts when we were there so we didn`t see the roof closed. We did see some amazing tennis from Serena William and had a wonderful day. 

Wimbledon Centre Court

Piccadilly Circus

Red -  London at night I love London it is such an amazing city and the lights of Piccadilly Circus strike a comanding pose against the dark night sky. This photo was taken when we went to see the musical Rock of Ages recently.

The hard part with this competition is to get five other blogs to recommend  the competition to.  You also need to tweet or say on facebook which blogs you have recommended but maybe your friends would love to enter to. 

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Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Easy Strawberry Sponge Cakes

Strawberry Sponge Cakes

These are ideal for those times when guests are on their way. Fabulous with cream teas and they look very tempting.

I used a sponge mix to make 12 muffin size cakes because I am not very good at mixing butter and sugar. I don`t always get light cakes if I make the sponge myself.

When cold I cut the cakes across the middle

add a thin layer of strawberry Jam and some clotted or whipped cream (I used whipped cream)  place top of cake back on over the cream.
add clotted or
whipped double cream to the top

 add sliced strawberries and any other small fruit like blueberries if liked.

Now go and impress the guests.

Three Cheese and Tomato Salad

Easy 3 cheese and tomato salad.

"I want to win a week in one of your Tuscany villas!" http://www.to-tuscany.com/


I often make this easy salad and serve it with olive bread. It can be a starter or a tasty lunch.

Ingredients - Serves Two

Rocket Salad leaves 1/2 packet
8 vine tomatoes
1 packet  drained Mozzarella  cheese
Parmesan cheese freshly grated
Brie (with chilli flavour if liked)
olive oil and basmati vinegar for dressing
I also add some pesto

Serve With Olive Bread and Green Olives


Divide washed rocket leaves between two plates
slice Mozzarella cheese and add to plates
slice brie and add to plates
slice vine tomatoes and stack over the cheese
add grated Parmesan
make salad dressing using olive oil and vinegar add to salad or leave in small dish on the table.

Serve with black peppers, olives and crusty or Olive bread.