Viewing Neverland and Skimming Stones|Orkney Day One

Orkney is a place loved by the rest of my family but somewhere I have never been,

So when my mum and I were thinking about where to holiday this summer it was top of our list.

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After flying on the smallest plane i’ve ever flown on – it seated around 30 people. I caught my first glimpse of The Orkney Islands; which through the clouds looked like Neverland.

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We checked into our charming little hotel in Stromness (on the mainland) The Ferry Inn.

Linked to a proper country pub with friendly staff and an amazing menu – more on that later.

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Not wanting to miss out on any of the day we set off for a ‘stroll’ around Ness Point.

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Jumper – Thrifted (similar)|Coat – Jack Wills (similar)|Leggings – River Island (similar)|Sunglasses – Thrifted (similar).

The views around Stromness are just absolutely stunning.

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We stopped to skim stones and collect pebbles before heading back for dinner.

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We ate at the hotel where I went for a house special. Beer Battered Haddock with Homemade Tartare Sauce, Handcut Chips and Peas – the dish speaks for itself.

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Followed by sharing a Rhubarb Fool with my mum.

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Exhausted but excited for the next day we retired early.

Peace Out and Pixie Dust XO

 

Seared Tuna and Stripes

A bit of a random post today, but sometimes as a blogger you start an OOTD but only like one photograph or you turn up at a resturant not wanting to blog about it and then suddenly you have to tell everyone about it but didn’t bring your camera and only have Instagram as proof you went; well both of these things happened in the same day so I am popping these together to bring you and OOTD and restaurant review in one.

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Chilli Salt Squid followed by Seared Seasame Tuna.

Rock and Rose is a restaurant in Richmond right next to another favourite of mine Cafe Mamma. The menu is an eclectic mix of Asian fusion and good old fashioned grill food and it tastes amazing. I broke my gluten free rule and went for the Chilli Salt Squid and I regret nothing; so many flavours in one but working perfectly together before moving onto a healthier choice the Seared Tuna on a bed of wok fried vegetables and Asian slaw. The tuna was cooked to perfection; the perfect summer dish. All washed down with a few G+T’s.

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Crop – Topshop|Jeans – ASOS|Boots – H&M (similar).

Not the most exciting outfit but I love the crop top; because I just can’t stop my addiction with stripes or crop tops. I also can’t seem to stop wearing ASOS Ridley Jeans or these old H&M boots, i’m a creature of habit what can I say.

So there you go an OOTD and a restaurant review all in one!

Peace Out and Pixie Dust XO

Instafood

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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