My Five Tips For Alfresco Summer Dining

It’s almost that time of the year again – the one where we thankfully get to spend as many hours as possible outside.

Morning coffee on the deck, outdoor weekend breakfasts, lazy summer lunches and BBQs aplenty – bring it all on. Summer is so close you can almost smell the suncream, strawberries and freshly cut grass!

We seem to have fallen into a divide of responsibilities in our house. Mr OS spends many hours in the garden tidying, planting and generally making it look good. And the rest of us ensure we put in the time enjoying the end results! The dog included…

Five Healthy Summer Lunch Recipes

Maybe its the recent sunshine we’ve been having. Or the fact that I really am utterly bored with another listless ham sandwich, hurriedly scoffed whilst working.

Whatever the reason, this past week I’ve vowed to up my game a little when it comes to my midday meal. And to try and plan ahead a little more too.

Its always my lack of Lunch For One planning that leads to bad choices made in haste.

That and the dip (not hummus) in energy that arrives just as I realise it’s 2.00pm and I’ve been so engrossed in work that I’ve been studiously ignoring the loud tummy rumblings.

Both of those are a factor in my standing at the fridge, in front of a packet of sliced ham. Asking it to love me…

A White Christmas At Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons

Imagine the frosty countryside bathed in winter sunshine, a beautiful manor house hotel with festive food from the kitchens of Raymond Blanc and a Christmas scene dressed by The White Company… all served up in front of a roaring log fire. All at once. Yep – my Holiday Season excitement levels went through the roof last week!

At least that would be my excuse for all the festive spam via Instagram Stories on Tuesday when I spent an amazing day at Belmond Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons hosted by The White Company.

My fellow bloggers and I hopped aboard a train at London Marylebone and were spirited away to Oxfordshire for a truly stylish white Christmas. Upon arrival we were treated to a warm welcome from hotel staff and The White Company team with coffee and pastries by the fire, before heading out to explore the gardens and orchards in the grounds of Le Manoir.

Simple Spaghetti Supper

Listed under one of those things I could never give up is Pasta. With a capital P. When the yearning strikes, nothing beats a bowl of the good stuff accompanied by a large glass of red – when the rest of the day goes wrong, pasta makes it right.

This simple spaghetti supper was born out of a conversation about the left over Pecorino cheese in the fridge closely followed by some instructions to…

London Brunch – The Alfred Tennyson

Last weekend I had the joy of a girls weekend in London with my friend Eve – an annual pilgrimage that we make once a year at this time and one that centres around and shopping and beverages.

The trip has beed affectionately named Cocktails & COS as that’s basically the gist of it… and where the majority of the budget goes.

Such an undertaking requires stamina that must be topped up with regular…