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Boozy Bloggers Brunch with The Avenue Cookery School

October 27, 2017

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Recently I attended a brunch cooking class with fellow bloggers and Avenue Cookery School. We cooked eggs benedict, soda bread and had an endless supply of bloody Mary’s.

We had been spoilt with the amazing brands that were involved. Brands such as Pips organic who’s orange juice is delicious and Truffle Hunter truffle oil which tastes great drizzled over pasta or meats. What breakfast is complete without a good cuppa tea from TeaPigs.

Avenue Cookery School Brunch London - Enjoy the Adventure BlogOn arrival I was greeted with a delicious bloody Mary served with celery, this had been made with Big Tom’s spiced tomato mix and Absolut Vodka.

Cooking Brunch

So we started out making a soda bread which was really easy to make and only took a few minutes to complete. We then moved onto making the hollandaise sauce, our sauce did become a bit of a scrambled mess but luckily the chef Richard was there to fix it. To make the sauce you need 2 egg yolks, we used Clarence Court eggs and a spoonful of Belazu Chardonnay Vinegar.

We then poached the eggs, I’m pretty impressed with how ours turned out. Whenever I used to cook them at home, there would always be so much egg white left in the pan. The trick is to crack the egg onto a plate first and get rid of any of the white which is too liquidy. You then boil the water, reduce the heat and swirl the water. Allowing the bubbles to disperse and just as the water stops spinning carefully add the egg.

Avenue Cookery School Brunch London - Enjoy the Adventure BlogMy favourite part of the morning was eating our creations, everyone’s dishes looked fab! We all had the option of using salmon or Denhay bacon, I couldn’t resist the bacon and it was slightly crispy which I love! On the way out we were each handed an amazing goodie bag filled with a selection of treats such as muffins, brownies, oil, bacon and eggs. Thanks so much to the Avenue Cookery School for hosting this brilliant event! The atmosphere was very relaxed and friendly, I’d definitely recommend checking out their cookery classes.

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How to get here

Avenue Cookery is located in Wandsworth, the nearest station is Wansworth Town, address below:

3 Enterprise Way
Wandsworth
London
SW18 1FZ

Book your own Sunday Brunch Club here 

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Days Out UK

Gin Festival Guildford

October 23, 2017

Last month I attended my first ever Gin Festival in Guildford. This festival takes place in loads of places across the UK such as London, Leeds and Manchester. It’s an afternoon or evening of drinking loads of gin, enjoying music and gin masterclasses. If you get hungry they have some great street food options to tuck into.

Gin Festival Review - Enjoy the AdventureOn arrival you receive a lovely gin glass which is yours to take home with you. A gin explorer booklet which has all the gins on offer and whether it is at bar A, B,C or D. It also recommends which tonic to add to it, they had a bar in the middle where you could top up with different flavours of Fever Tree tonics.

You also have the opportunity to sample some gins at the stalls. The festival has a cashless system where you go up to the top up station scan your wristband and top up your wristband. It costs £5 for one gin and tonic or £10 for a cocktail.

Gin Festival Review - Enjoy the Adventure

Gin Festival Review - Enjoy the Adventure

Gin Festival Review - Enjoy the Adventure

Gin Festival Review - Enjoy the AdventureMy favourite drink was the Pinkster gin which was garnished with mint and raspberry this had a soft fruity flavour. My boyfriend Sam went for the Tinker gin flavoured with botanical such as elderberries and garnished with pears, this was fruity with a smooth aftertaste. I also tried a Fuddled Daisy Cocktail served with prosecco and lemon. Sam had the Boe Violet gin with floral notes of lavender and berries, this reminded me of the parma violet sweets.

The festival had a free photo booth so you could take home a Polaroid of you and your friends to remember the day. It’s also possible to buy a bottle of the gins you enjoyed. The Gin Festival was a really fun event with a buzzing atmosphere. The gin festivals can sell out quite fast so if your a gin fan I’d definitely recommend getting tickets.

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*I was a press guest of Gin Festival but all opinions remain my own*
UK Weekend Away

Fun Activities to do with Active Ramsgate

October 16, 2017

Ramsgate is a seaside town in East Kent packed with natural beauty and stunning sea views. Active Ramsgate has launched a campaign to promote fun activities around the area that will also keep you fit and healthy. For more information on Active Ramsgate click here. Below is a list of what me and my boyfriend did when we visited Ramsgate for the weekend.

Cycling

Ride Bike Hire offer a range of good quality Pashley bikes for hire so you can explore the Viking coastal trail. They offer a number of pick up points along the coastal trail so you can explore as much as you want. Hiring bikes is an excellent way to explore more of Ramsgate and to see more of the beautiful coastline.

Pickleball

Pickleball is a great new sport to try out originating from the USA it is a mixture of tennis, badminton and ping pong. This fun sport is a great way to keep active and burn some calories. Head to Spencer Square Tennis & Pickleball Centre to give it a go.

Kayaking

We visited at the beginning of October and unfortunately the weather on the Sunday was very rainy and windy so we couldn’t go kayaking. If visiting on a nice day you can kayak from Ramsgate to Broadstairs taking in the beauty of the white cliffs and you might even be able to see seals! For more info click here. If you don’t fancy kayaking you could take a boat trip for views along the Kent coastline.Food

Archive Home Store – Great place to relax with a drink and admire the views over the harbour. Serving healthy lunches, loose leaf teas and cakes. They also have a range of books, home ware and stationary for sale.

Bon Apetit – This French restaurant has beautiful views overlooking the harbour. Choose from a selection of sea food, meat and wine. I was very impressed with the friendly service, presentation of the food and the white chocolate creme brulee was a real highlight for me. Try and book in advance as the restaurant is quite small and was full when we were there.

The Empire Room – This traditional cosy restaurant serves a range of gourmet food. Serving Sunday roast, afternoon tea and a selection of meat and vegetarian dishes. I really enjoyed the scotch egg starter and the wonderful presentation of the food.

Where to stay

Glendevon Guest House

The owner Rebekah was incredibly welcoming and friendly and always there to help or suggest great places to go in the area. Our room was spacious with it’s own kitchenette, bathroom and television. Located minutes from the seafront and walking distance from shops and restaurants.

We had a brilliant weekend in Ramsgate, we were very impressed with the range of activities and would visit again to try out more of them!

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* A huge thank you to Active Ramsgate for inviting us along, all opinions remain my own*

Food UK

Italian cooking class with Obby

July 11, 2017

Obby

Obby is a website listing a whole selection of different classes, courses and workshops in London.  All of the classes look really fun, they are a great way to try something new and meet like minded people! Ranging from cocktail making, photography, floristry and cheese tasting to jewellery making, calligraphy and lollipop making, there are so many options to choose from. There is something for all ages and interests, they would all make great gifts for the whole family to enjoy. Recently, I was invited to try out the Italian cooking class which I was very excited about!

Emma’s Kitchen Simple Italian Cooking Class

The class is based in Emma’s home, immediately upon entering you feel so welcome. Emma’s so friendly and engages with everyone in the class making us all feel included. We started the night off with some nibbles and prosecco or wine, which were always topped up thanks to Emma’s husband and friend who were there to help out during the class.

Emma goes through how to cook each dish and get’s people to help out with chopping and mixing etc. You can get involved or watch how its done, it’s up to you how much you want to join in. We made an amazing selection of dishes including gnocchi with pesto, Neopolitan meatball, Italian lamb with potato garlic and rosemary, spaghetti vongole, chicken paillard with rocket and lemon and also a risotto carbonara. All the dishes tasted amazing my favourites were the gnocchi with pesto and the Neopolitan meatballs. I’m going to attempt to make my own pesto at home and I’ll also be trying out the risotto carbonara as it looked pretty easy to make. I’d definitely recommend this class. I learnt so much and it’s inspired me to make a lot more Italian dishes at home.

Discount Code

Enter discount code : ENJOYTHEADVENTURES10 to receive £10 off your next class

Check out the classes at – www.obby.co.uk

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Days Out UK

Arundel Castle, West Sussex

July 2, 2017

Last month, Mum and I went for a day trip to Arundel Castle. We had such a nice time exploring the old medieval castle and wandering around the beautiful gardens.

The restored medieval castle is based in Arundel in West Sussex. Founded at the end of the 11th century the castle was originally home to the Dukes of Norfolk. I was unable to take photos of inside the castle as photography is not permitted there, but the architecture’s lovely and is worth a look around.

I would definitely recommend visiting the gardens too. There’s lots of different areas to explore such as the rose garden and glass houses. My favourite area was the collector earls garden. This garden is full of pretty flowers, water fountains and a unique floating crown.

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Address: Arundel Castle, Arundel, West Sussex, BN18 9AB

  • Pay and display car park opposite the castle
  • 1 hr 20 mins from London Victoria to Arundel station
  • 10 min walk to castle from Arundel station

Prices start from £11.00 with options to pay more to see all of the rooms, it costs £20.00 to see everything.

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UK Weekend Away

Harepath House Rural Retreat in Wiltshire

June 29, 2017

Harepath House Wiltshire

This beautiful accommodation is set in the heart of Wiltshire in Bishops Cannings near Devizes. The location is perfect, rural with lovely views but still walk able to the local village. We arrived on the Friday evening and the owner Claire was there to greet us and show us to the room. She was very thorough with this, from showing us how to work the heating to providing menus for the local pub. She really made the place feel like our home for the weekend. The self contained studio apartment has its own entrance so you have your own privacy and is well equipped with everything you need, there was even fresh eggs from the chickens in the village.

Harepath House Visit Wiltshire - Enjoy the AdventureFacilities

  • Excellent WiFi Connection
  • Parking spaces
  • Welcome Pack – bread, jam, eggs and biscuits
  • Kitchen equipment, kettle, frying pans etc
  • Condiments, tea and coffee provided
  • Ideal location for exploring World Heritage Sites
  • En suite bathroom with shower and toiletries
  • Full Sky Package
  • BT Sports Channels
  • Radio

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We visited a local pub called the Crown Inn, it was about a 15 minute walk from the house. The pub had a very friendly atmosphere and we had a really good burger there. Overall we really enjoyed our stay here the location was excellent and the apartment was so cosy. The property was spotlessly clean and bright with a lovely view of the countryside. It’s such a great place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Attractions Nearby 

  • 15 miles from the iconic Stonehenge
  • 3 miles from Devizes Castle
  • 1 hour from the historic cities of Bath & Sailsbury
  • 8 miles from Lacock Abbey

Click here to check availability for Harepath House

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My stay was in collaboration with Visit Wiltshire. However, all views and opinions are my own.