A No Knead Bread Recipe For Beginner Bakers

Sunday, 16 September 2018
We all know by now that I'm a girl that loves her bread. For the last few weeks, I've tried to make bread on a weekly basis. I've been trying out various 'easy' bread recipes after a burned challah incident that I do not want to talk about. I've adjusted a few and found what I think really works for me. For this recipe, you'll need a big casserole dish with a lid that can go in an oven. Regular ovens don't get as hot as a bread oven would. By preheating the covered dish in a regular oven, the higher temperature can be reached and this gives the bread a really nice crust. 

This bread is no-knead so is perfect for those that would maybe shy away from bread baking because they don't think that they can do it. It does require at least 12 hours of proving time but this means that it can be prepped well in advance. I usually mix the dough together on a Saturday night and bake the loaf first thing on a Sunday morning. There's nothing quite like the smell of freshly baked bread to start off a lazy Sunday!


Underwater Exploring at Deep Sea World

Wednesday, 12 September 2018
Recently I was invited along to Deep Sea World for their media evening alongside lots of other bloggers and journalists. Deep Sea World is an aquarium located in North Queensferry, about 20 minutes from the city centre of Edinburgh by train. I had visited several times before as a child, but this was my first time visiting as an adult. So I was very excited to see what had changed.

I got the train and it was about a 5 minutes walk to the aquarium. By car, there's a large car park and it is right across the bridges. Very accessible. On arrival, we were taken on a tour of the aquarium. As it was after the regular closing time, it was very quiet and we had the chance to ask the keeps any questions etc. The aquarium has lots of different exhibits with fish from lots of different countries.


July and August Reading Wrap Up

Wednesday, 5 September 2018
This has not been a summer full of books for me. But that's ok because life gets in the way sometimes. However, But... I have read some really good books over the past few months. And I'm finally trying to get through all of the books that are on my Kindle. I swear I think I've been reading The Miseducation of Cameron Post for about 3 years that book is so damn long...

Everything I Know About Love by Dolly Alderton
Everyone and their dog was reading this book so who was I to not join in? In this memoir, journalist Dolly Alderton tells us little anecdotes about romantic, friendly and familial love. It was really enjoyable and felt more like a collection of blog posts than a heavy read. It was also broken up by little chapters of lists or recipes. I liked it in that it felt like a book that I could pick up if I had 5 minutes or 30 minutes to spare and still get a little chunk out of it. That being said. I did find Dolly's stories to be a little unrelatble at times but however, I'm probably not the target audience. I gave it 3/5 stars. Did I find it as amazing as everyone has been saying? No. But did I enjoy reading it? Yes. Am I writing my blog posts now like Josh from Love Island?  You betcha. 


The Aperitivi Menu at Mono, Edinburgh

Sunday, 2 September 2018
I've been back in Edinburgh for about three months now and it's been great being able to visit my favourite old Edinburgh food haunts. But that being said, Edinburgh has gotten some new kids on the block. I was kindly invited down to Mono to try out their aperitivi menu with some other bloggers recently. Mono is an Italian fine dining restaurant located on South Bridge, a stone throw away from the Royal Mile and a great number of Edinburgh's museums and hotels.

The aperitivi menu is served between 5-6:30 pm and consists of a 3 course set menu, canapes and a spritz. The menu is £35 which I'm sure you can agree is fantastic value for money. The spritz is served on arrival and was absolutely delicious. We were all so impressed with the metal, reusable straws that they were served with. Very on trend with all the focus on reducing plastic waste at the moment. We tried of a selection of 3 little canapes. My favourite was the tiny caprese mouthful served on a cracker. I could have had about 30 of these!