The Weekend | Summer BBQ

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The BBQ is one of those amazing food choices which I can’t fail to full for year on year. Alongside family picnics (which I have mixed in here) the BBQ always feels somewhat indulgent and ultimately the best way to relax into a summer evening, wherever you are.
Food for a Great British BBQ

On the Menu (for a feast)

  • Burgers (bun or bunless – Lettuce wraps are equally amazing!) +
  • Chicken Drumsticks wrapped in bacon or Joshes Korean BBQ version (Josh uses a sauce mix and rub leaving them in this mixture over night in the fridge within a bowl firmly covered by clingfilm.)
  • Sausage Rolls (homemade)
  • Apple Rockcakes (recipe below)
  • Strawberries and clotted Cream
  • Joshes Mocktail/Cocktail

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Apple Rockcakes/buns

I have a whole host of BBQ/Picnic Staples from my childhood which I wanted to share for this post but none have been so prevalent as the Apple Rockcake. A recipe taken from my mums Sainsbury’s companion cookbook from the late 80’s (I’m guessing here) I have a lot of fond memories of these little piece of apple goodness.

You will need;

200grams Plain or wholemeal flour

25grams Ground Rice

2 teaspoons of baking powder

pinch of salt

75grams of butter

75grams Demerara sugar

250grams of dessert apples, cored and diced

1 egg

2 tablespoons of milk

  1. sift the dry ingredients into a large bowl; if using wholemeal flour, just stir all the dry ingredients together.
  2. Rub in the butter until the mixture resembles fine crumbs, then stir in the sugar and apple
  3. Whisk the egg and milk together, add to the mixture and mix into a stiff dough.
  4. Divide the mixture into eight and place the mounds on a greased baking sheet, Bake in a preheated oven, 200C/400F/Gas Mark 6, for 15-20 minutes, until firm to the touch. Cool slightly on a wire rack and serve warm.

The perfect mix of food for a delicious afternoon and evening in the garden complete with a nice glass of wine or cold beer . . .

 

Dine and Celebrate | Friends Christmas

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Sloe Gin update!

  
Back in September I shared the easiest thing a girl or guy could make at home for a homemade and delicious Christmas present.

You will be pleased to hear that it all went smoothly and the photo above is the end result! A beautiful rich and sweet Gin! Let me tell you you really only need a mason jar, some sugar and a cinnamon stick and let me tell you that is perfect. 

As you may read this we are currently preparing for our very first friends Christmas! We are uber excited and have made our house as festive as possible to prepare so stay tuned this week for a post on Christmas jumpers, friends Christmas and all things Christmas! 

Therealjlow Shops | Christmas Fashion Buys

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Zara, Black Velvet Bag, George Asda, Jumping Stags jumper, Next, Red Dress, Zara, dancing shoes.

So I always have these ideas about a Christmas outfit, that I will buy one, photograph it on the blog, that it will look fabulous! The truth however is I never find anything I really love for the price I’d like it at.

This year however, things are going to be different.

We have decided to have a ‘friends Christmas’ this year where our nearby friends get together, with each person making a different dish and of course that will be all done in a Christmas jumper.

Now this will be held at my own house so I don’t really need a bag and shoes and probably not a floor length dress but who said you have to need something to want it? No one at all.

The Weekend | Halloween flashbacks

Theres nothing like a belated Halloween post.

After having some friends round me and Josh were so tired that the thought of uploading photos was just a step too far! So here are a few photos of our night where we watched halloween films, ate far too much and fell in love with my best friend Becky’s ghost cakes, over and over and over again!