We recently returned from a trip to Cape Cod, its a lovely part of America rich in history and a great summer destination. It almost feels like you are stepping back in time, you will find pretty towns to stroll around with art galleries and good seafood, lovely gardens and beaches. We stayed in Brewster in the Middle of the Cape and drove to Wellfleet a delightful little town, then returned via Eastham and saw the National seashore the beaches in this National park are stunning they go on for miles and wilder than the other side of the cape. There have been a few sightings of great white sharks recently. The weather is great this time of year like a perfect English summers day.
Friday, July 25, 2014
Friday, July 18, 2014
I thought I would share a few gardening tip blog posts, I am a newly certified master gardener and a very newbie gardener. I am about to embark on a fun learning and volunteer journey in local gardens. I really want to help in school and community gardens as I adore the link between health and vegetable gardening and inspiring kids to know how food is grown and to experience the joy of tasting food they have grown. My gardening journey was inspired by my wonderful Granddad my hero one of the best people I have ever meet. He passed away last year and I miss him dearly but this keeps his memory alive and shares him with the kids :-)
I have learnt a few tips for tomatoes from trial and error and am still learning here are some pointers:
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
When I was in Boston my friend Jennifer who I meet on vine :-) mentioned a drink they have there called coffee milk. Its a syrup they add to milk and drink it like chocolate milk. In fact did you know that this is Rhode Island's state drink it goes back to the 1930's and it can be found ready made in grocery stores next to milk. I asked around on my last day in Boston and no one had heard of it. I then added on the blogs facebook page and had a lovely discussion with folks, Amy shared a recipe. So I figured rather than buy it why not make a little to try. I actually boiled the sugar and milk a little too long so got a coffee toffee :-) I used a little as garnish. It's a fun drink and reminds me of camp coffee a British coffee syrup. This is similar in taste but has chicory in it. My Grandma would add to cakes and icing.
- 2 cups of brewed coffee
- one cup of sugar
- one cup of milk
- brew the coffee
- then add to a pan with the sugar and let it reduce down about 20 min, be careful not to boil too long like I did as it turns into toffee
- add a little about a teaspoon to milk and stir, the rest can be kept in the fridge for a few days
My hubby thinks I am crazy walking around Boston asking for this then returning home to make it but thats the magic of food blogging to me, finding regional foods and learning food history and culture and sharing it :-)
In other news I passed my gardening exam and am now a Master Gardener super excited to start volunteering in community gardens. My kids love our wee garden and I hope at times to take the kids with me when I volunteer great life lessons.
Have you ever had coffee milk?
Sunday, July 13, 2014
|Kings Chapel founded 1686|
Boston Massachusetts is a vibrant city steeped in History, the downtown is a lovely mix of historic landmarks along with modern buildings. It offers visitors a glimpse into the past and how it shaped our life today. You will also find colorful neighborhoods and great food showcasing different ethnic groups that call Boston home.
Sunday, July 6, 2014
We recently went to Asheville North Carolina one of my favorite cities in the World, lovely countryside and mountains with a buzzing food scene. When we were there we had a simple watermelon salad and I mean simple. Its just watermelon with freshly chopped mint. Chocolate mint works particularly well. If you haven't tried it such a wonderful combination. I often enjoy this as a snack :-)