Winter Sun (Hopefully ) 🌺

I am in official holiday countdown mode ! Which means I am struggling to do anything at work and I have already packed and then realised still need half the stuff that I have put in the case before I go. ( this happens every time I go on holiday , I never learn ).

On the 16th December myself and my husband will be taking our third trip of the year. We are going to Torremolinos , Spain. Our first and second trips were a total disaster. The first was in feb of this year, also to Spain but a smaller port further south along the coast towards Gibraltar called Duquesa . It rained the entire time , mixed with a few rolls of thunder and flashes of lightening , made for a pretty depressing long weekend.

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We decided to put that behind us and play it safe and stay in the UK for our next holiday. We had heard good things about Centre Parcs from friends and family and the forest setting described on the website as peaceful and tranquil with a few activity’s thrown in sounded right up our street. So my husband booked a long weekend for us in early September of this year as a birthday present for me. Yet again total disaster ! It was torrential rain from the moment we got in the car to make the 2 hour drive to the moment we left !

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Anyway so after that total fiasco we then decided to give Spain another try ! We deided this time to go all inclusive ( something we have never done before ). We picked a hotel that is closer to Malaga airport than where we usually  stay , and booked return transfers so that everything was booked and paid for in advance. We picked a town called Torremolinos on the Costa Del Sol and decided on a hotel called Marconfort Beach Club on the sea front. We found a good deal on Expedia for a long weekend , and flying with easy Jet from our local airport ( only 15mins away).  So we booked it for the 16th-19th December. Since booking the deal it has become a bit of an obsession with me and my husband to constantly check the weather for that week in December as we are so desperate for a decent holiday with a bit of sunshine !

There is a few things to do in the area , with a local sea life centre , amusement park and unlimited chiringitos ( Spaninsh Beach Bars ) within walking distance or a 10 min drive we should have enough to keep us busy.

I will try to keep you updated on each day of our trip and how the dreaded weather turns out !!!! And hopefully I can get some ideas of traditional Spanish dishes that I can try out when I get back .

Wish me luck and sunshine !!! ☀️☀️☀️

 

 

 

 

Popcorn Prawns 🍤

 

My first cooking post …. here goes !

I thought I would start off with something quick and simple ( but delicious). On a recent trip to America myself and my husband visited Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. We had an amazing meal and fell in love with their Popcorn Shrimp served with bell peppers in a bucket . We liked them so much that when we got home i decided to try and do a take on them myself . I looked online at recipes of similar things and used ideas from them to come up with my own .

Below is a step by step of my tried and tested recipe !

INGREDIENTS 

  • Cooked and peeled prawns, I used large king prawns but any would work.
  • 3 lg eggs whites & yolks.
  • 1 cup plain flour.
  • 1/2 cup cornflour.
  • Paprika hot or smoked , I used hot.
  • Powdered chilli.
  • Powdered garlic.
  • Chilli flakes.
  • Salt & pepper.

STEP ONE

Whisk three large eggs together.

STEP TWO.

Add your prawns to the egg mix and set to one side.

STEP THREE.

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Mix the plain flour with the cornflour. Add two table spoons of praprika , two table spoons of chilli powder , one table spoon of chilli flakes, one tea spoon of garlic . And a pinch of salt and pepper. Mix together until blended well.

 

STEP FOUR.

Take a few prawns at a time from the egg mix and toss them in the seasoned flour mixture until well coated . Repeat for all .

 STEP FIVE.

Place the prawns in your fryer basket in batches and fry at 190 for around five mins . I have quite a small fryer so you may be able to get all of your prawns done in one go. Once crisp and golden place on paper towels to soak up excess oil and serve with a dipping sauce .I served mine with paprika wedges and sweet chilli sauce ENJOY !!!!!

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It’s Christmas 🎁

I started this blog exactly 14 days before Christmas , so I thought it would only be right for my first post to be a festive one . I am a huge kid at heart and still get extremely over excited about putting up Christmas decorations! This is only the 2nd year that I have been able to have my own tree etc … ( only had my own house with my husband for two years ) . So needless to say I love the fact that I get free reign to do whatever I wish .

I personally prefer the traditional theme. A tree that actually looks like a tree not a silver space age looking thing , but not real so that 1000’s of needles fall off every time someone within a mile radius sneezes . So I picked an artificial pre light traditional fur tree . It stands at 6ft without the tree topper .

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I decided to go with Red & Gold baubles, with berries and pinecones .

The only exception being the hand made glass Disney World bauble that we bought in Florida on our honeymoon in 2014 !

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I was pretty pleased with it once it was up 🙂

I then realised I didn’t have a centre piece for my table . I didn’t really want to spend more on decorations , so I decided to throw something together with stuff I had already and this is what I ended up with !

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Yes that is Lindt chocolates 🙂 I had a spare wreath and wrapped that round a solid oak fruit bowl ( this normally spends its time full of pens, batteries, hair bands , keys and change )

Unfortunately those chocolates only lasted a few days 🙂 so I then filled it with spare tree decorations.

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Not the best thing I have ever made but not bad for 5 mins work 🙂 .