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Instagram gallery: August 2013

I’ve really been getting into Instagram recently, and thought it would be good to have a monthly gallery round-up of some of my favourite photos. So hopefully this will be the first of many Instagram gallery posts!

If you’re on Instagram, let me know what your username is by commenting below and I’ll check out your photos too!

 

Pear, almond and amaretto tart with stem ginger mascarpone cream

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Almond has to be one of my favourite flavours, and as I’ve got a super sweet tooth I’m always tempted by almond puddings! This one is so easy to make and is really tasty, and is taken from Lorraine Pascale’s ‘Fast, Fresh and Easy Food’. We had this for pudding after our Butternut and sweet potato lasagne – much later in the evening though, because we were stuffed!

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Butternut and sweet potato lasagne with sage, toasted pine nuts and nutmeg

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I love getting new cookery books, and the latest addition to my collection is Lorraine Pascale’s ‘Fast, Fresh and Easy Food’. I saw her TV show when we got back from honeymoon and really liked the recipes, and when I flicked through the book in the shop this recipe caught my eye. I couldn’t wait to start cooking (and blogging) again, and this seemed like a great recipe to start with! You could easily make this on a week night for a super tasty treat. I used half a squash and a sweet potato for this but it wasn’t quite enough, so next time I’ll use a whole squash and 2 sweet potatoes. Continue reading…

Make your own floral buttonholes

20130828-204208.jpg Making buttonholes is surprisingly easy – but it is a good idea to have at least one practice before the big day! I wanted to include a gerbera in them because they’re my favourite flower, but couldn’t find a tutorial that used one. So I ended up doing what I usually do – I made it up! If you’re going to use gerbera I’d suggest that you buy more than you need, just in case you break them (I broke about three…). Continue reading…

Grays Court York

We held our wedding reception at the gorgeous Grays Court in York, and we were blessed with lovely weather all day! Part of the house dates back to 1080 and it is possibly the oldest continuously occupied house in the United Kingdom. Grays Court is just behind York Minster, and the walled garden can be accessed from the city walls (find out more about the history here). A huge thank you to Rhiannon and all the staff at Grays Court – we had the most perfect time!

Here are a few photos to give you a taste of Grays Court. Check out their website for more information – the restaurant comes highly recommended and they also do a fantastic afternoon tea!