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If you follow me on Instagram then you may have noticed that there has been rather a lot of food pictures on their recently. I have fallen in love with cooking and I thought I would share with you some of my foodie snaps and where I found the recipes for them (if possible), sadly I am not advanced enough to be writing my own yet.

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Hello Fresh – Wandering Foragers’s Wild Mushroom Risotto

 This is a healthy gluten free vegan risotto by Hello Fresh a great food delivery service which each week delivers ingredients for tasty yet healthy meals right to your doorstep, luckily the recipes are online! If you are a fan of mushrooms and cheese then this risotto is for you plus it only takes 30 minutes to make.

Hello Fresh Website – www.hellofresh.co.uk

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The Easy Roast – Various websites.

The thought of cooking a whole roast can be pretty daunting however I am well practiced in the art of one tray roasting. I have used various websites but my favourite is the BBC Good Food recipe, it uses a whole chicken but I prefer to substitute in two chicken breasts; less waste. Sunday roast doesn’t need to be a chore!

BBC Good Food Website – www.bbcgoodfood.com 

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I love Sorted Food their web series is amazing but I also recently bought their book Beginners get Sorted its amazing for people who don’t normally cook or for someone who needs some basic recipes that will still impress.

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Basic Homous – Sorted Food

I never knew how easy homous was to make but it really is super simple and takes around five minutes, plus its packed full of protein and is the perfect healthy snack or pre-dinner nibble. Sadly I can’t find the recipe online but I would highly suggest buying the book!

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Smokey Bacon and Tomato Soup – Sorted Food

I had also never made soup before and yet again Sorted proved how easy it is to make. I love this twist on the classic tomato soup; adding bacon gives it this whole other flavour. I would suggest adding some double cream to the finished product as it makes it much more, well creamy!

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Sausage and Three Bean Stew – Sorted Food

Not the most photogenic dish but this is an amazing winter warmer. Stuffed full of protein and fibre it may not look super healthy but it is. Again a very easy dish to make but you will have to buy the recipe book to find out how.

Sorted Food Website – www.sortedfood.com

Sorted Food Youtube – www.youtube.com/sortedfood

My Sorted Food Profile – whatkatedidnext92

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Squid with Pasta in Tomato Sauce

Saying I haven’t written any of my own recipes this is something I cobbled together. I love seafood and squid is one of my all time favourites luckily I can get frozen squid tubes which I fry before adding to some gluten free pasta with a shop bought (shhhh don’t tell anyone) tomato sauce.

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Squid in Black Bean Sauce with Noodles

Again a very simple dish that I love to have for a quick lunch. Stir fry the squid with some vegetables before adding some noodles and yet again a shop bought sauce. Cooking really isn’t that difficult especially when all you have to do is chuck everything in one pan and bam its done!

Anyone else got any recipes they think I would love or do you run a cooking blog, leave your links in the comments box because I would love to read them!

Peace Out and Pixie Dust XO

Disney on Ice

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When K and I aren’t abroad on one of our Disney adventures (read about our most recent adventure here) we like to get our Disney fix closer to home and as a Christmas present she took me to see Disney on Ice at the O2.

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It started with a trip to Five Guys; my first trip and I was impressed. Mainly by the huge choice of Fanta flavours I recommend Peach or Strawberry accompanied by a Little Cheeseburger.

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The show was fantastic, the lifts and tricks never fail to amaze me and the added Disney magic just added to the overall experience.

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Mickey and his friends present the show; how they skate in those huge costumes I do not know!

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The show was full of characters including some of the lesser celebrated characters like The Incredibles and Pocahontas.

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Disney on Ice happens throughout the year and with different shows each tour I would highly recommend whether young or old to get yourself a ticket and see the magic for yourself.

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Don’t forget your Mickey ears!

Peace Out and Pixie Dust XO

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For more information and tickets click here.

The Woodman

Good food and good friends are all you need to beat the January blues. I recently met up with a few of my old dancing pals something that seems to happen only once in a blue moon (read about our last meet up here.)

We headed to a pub in Battersea called The Woodman with the promise of good hearty winter warmers and we were not disappointed.

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The menu is full of british food but with a twist on the traditional pub grub – No pie and chips here.

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After chit chatting over a few glasses of wine we ordered and for once I knew exactly what I wanted. K and I are currently in the habit of acting like a married couple and sharing food is one of those things that most married couples do.

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I chose the Winter warming Venison cobbler with cheese scones paired with creamy mustard mash and seasonal veg and K went for the Pan fried pheasant breast with smoked bacon lardons, roast onions, mushrooms and gratin potatoes.

Both were a fantastic combination of flavours and textures, my favourite was the venison I’ve never had cheese scones with my meal and it was an added bonus perfecting for mopping up all the gravy. The meat from both dishes was full of flavour and melted in the mouth.

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Next up was pudding and although I didn’t want to part ways with the other half of my Sticky toffee pudding I did for a half of K’s Chocolate mocha tart and I am so happy I did. The desserts are well worth leaving room for, I would highly recommend the Sticky toffee it is to die for!

If you happen to be in the Battersea area definitely pop in for a bite to eat, I will be heading back to try one of the burgers they looked fantastic! Make sure you take some friends with you to enjoy the grub!

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Peace Out and Pixie Dust XO

For menus and bookings click here.

Instagram here.

5 Things To Do In London

London is my home town and if you want to learn all about the groovy hidden spots (that really aren’t that hidden) then Google has the answers but if you’re new to London and just want to hit up some great places then here are 5 that I personally love!

The London Aquarium

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Right by the River Thames is the London Aquarium bursting full of exotic fish, plants,reptiles and more. Perfect for taking the kids but also anyone who has a keen for photography – there are some great snaps waiting to be taken. Its not the cheapest trip out in London but there are some great vouchers and codes out there again Google is your friend! 
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The London Eye

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If you are new to London then a trip on The London Eye is the perfect way to view the entire city. Again it’s not the cheapest of attractions but the views are well worth it. Even as a Londoner I still find it breathtaking and would happily take another trip on the eye.

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The Natural History Museum

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If you are more of a museum lover or need somewhere for a rainy day then The Natural History Museum is the place for you. I often visit when I’m just at a loose end but there are plenty of exhibitions going on all the time as well as the permanent collection – check out The Darwin Center if you want to see what goes on behind the scenes.

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Harry Potter Studio Tour

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A little out of central London is the Harry Potter Studio Tour and trust me this is not just for us Potter nerds. If you have any interest in the film industry then this is a perfect day out. Full of fun facts you can live out your dreams of going to Hogwarts-not just for kids adults love this as well!

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Hampton Court

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Again a little outside of London but this historic palace is an amazing sight seeing visit, perfect throughout the year the castle adapts with different events occurring throughout the year but again is a great place to visit even when there isn’t something extra exciting on – and don’t forget to get a cloak!

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What are your favourite places to visit in London?

Peace Out and Pixie Dust XO

Festive Kitchens at Hampton Court

Hampton Court is best visited in the festive season for one reason; the Christmas kitchens.

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Just after Christmas the palace kitchens come alive with cooks re-creating a standard tudor Christmas dinner.

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The rest of the castle gets involved and everyone is invited to court. I am a huge history geek so I love getting involved and it’s a perfect way of introducing little ones to the Tudors.

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If you’re not completely exhausted then take a little tour of the Georgian half of the palace,it’s not as full on as the Tudor part but equally as beautiful.

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Afterwards grab some Tudor style grub from the cafe.

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The best part of visiting Hampton Court Palace is the cloaks you can wear; perfect for keeping you toasty whilst walking through the palace and fabulous for swishing!

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Peace Out and Pixie Dust XO

For opening times and entry fees click here.