Month: December 2016

The best things I bought this year

Hoping you all had a gorgeous Christmas and are looking forward to the dawn on 2017. As you may have noticed from the title, today’s post recaps some of my favourite purchases of the year. This has been a difficult year in many ways, being unwell and all that, but I have appreciated even more the chances to get out and about and also to just enjoy being at home. If we’re talking from a wholesome, cost per use, enjoyment perspective then it’s got to be my membership to The National Trust. I’ve enjoyed a few trips to Fountains Abbey, Beningborough Hall, and Goddard’s in York which was the home of the chocolate family, Terrys. I have enjoyed the gardens which are beautiful and provided me some inspiration. And of course, the tea shops. The plan is to next year tick off some more National Trusts. From a completely selfish perspective (because there have been some very boring practical purchases this year, along with lots of lovely things for my new grandson) something that has …

Millers Fish and Chips

I do like to be beside the sea and have my ration of fish and chips, but my destiny seems to be to visit only fish restaurants as far from the sea as it’s possible to be. Be that as it may, you won’t find me complaining. Drumroll, please: the finalists in this year’s National Fish & Chip awards have been announced, revealing the top 10 fish and chip restaurants in the country. Miller’s Fish and Chips in Haxby, North Yorkshire are the best in the North East. The restaurant will now be going head to head in January to compete for the coveted title of Independent Takeaway Fish and Chip Shop of the Year Award 2017. I had a lunch outing recently to Haxby, a delightful village suburb four miles north of York, all part of my relaxing into retirement. Millers, run by Nick, and his dad David has been serving up tasty suppers for 51 years from The Village, Haxby. So off I went to try the Senior Special. The business has recently undergone a …

SNAP! Recipe Box

I’m turning into a bit of a ‘box’ junkie – if it can be delivered in a box to my door, or fit through the letter box, it ticks my box with fascination! And being a foodie, I’ll introduce you to one of my latest… SNAP! recipe box If it can be grown, reared, caught or made in Yorkshire, it’s in SNAP recipe box. And boxes can be delivered monthly all over the country. SNAP was created by two brothers, passionate Yorkshiremen and foodies at heart. They have been out and about in the diverse countryside of God’s Own County discovering and getting to know the incredible food producers who supply them with the top-notch quality local produce you’ll find in their Yorkshire recipe box. My box arrived packed full of fresh Yorkshire vegetables and meat, and all dry ingredients needed for three recipes, this box is not only convenient but also cuts down on waste. It allows you to try ingredients you might not otherwise have tried, in small quantities without having to invest in a whole …