Yes, you guessed it! I went to Copenhagen, Denmark!
Why? You ask... Why not? I'd never been there and we figured we should get a fresh perspective on the New Year. So we went in February! lol! (More pictures below!)
Seriously though! We were just so excited to have a great deal to travel and Air B'n'B, that we signed up and went back to work.
Only to realise as the day grew closer that YES, we are travelling to another COLD country and we are sightseeing! *yikes*
The trip was very early in the morning (another thing about cheap tickets!) and we were suitably tired on arrival in the colourful, bike-filled city! We managed to eventually by train tickets out of the airport to the centre of town and we walked from the station to our new digs. And walked around the block in the wrong direction! Yep, sleep-deprivation does that to you!
Finally, we were welcomed warmly by our hostess' housemate, M who pointed us to the room where we ooh'd and aah'd about the space and the view (over a beautiful river parted by a statuesque bridge)! Our hostess (also an M) joined us soon and we were encouraged to do a bit of exploring with the aim of finding food nearby.
Well, we found a lovely Turkish restaurant where we were served a portion that could have fed 3 or 4 people (but we handled it well, doggy bag please!). Humus, Tzatziki, Falafel balls, Bread and 3 types of salad with a side of ....crisps! Yummy!
Then we did what any two jet-setting women would do: went home to catch some Z's!
I won't give you a play by play of the next 2 days! Here are the highlights:
1) Went to Manfreds and tried a 7-course taster menu with a naughty Red wine (for my friend of course...I'm a good girl!) and felt thoroughly stuffed!
2) Ran 8-miles around Copenhagen on the Saturday morning to afternoon to see the "Little Mermaid" statue, a Star-shaped castle and battlements and Christiania (a commune-style dwelling with alternative market stalls and bars! Hipster haven, perhaps? It's found in Christianshavn)
3) Went to a Jazz Festival show at the ... and ate them out of Peanuts (kidding, they had loads left)!
4) Ate at Maven, a posh restaurant which gave us steak and chips! Yep, you can take us out of England...hmmm!
5) Ran another 14 miles on the Sunday morning (I had to, I'm in training!). I also bounced mid-run on a set of Trampolines in the centre of town!
6) Enjoyed looking at the canals and eating out at the Market stalls which stocked pretty yummy deli foods.
So, I feel it was a good trip but next time, we're going in Summer!
Although the same temperature as London, it was just too cold to be fully immersed in the atmosphere! We needed more than one sunny day (the day we arrived) and we wouldn't have seen had as much without the running we did (to keep warm as well).
Have you been to Copenhagen or some other part of Denmark? How did you find it?
Have you been anywhere this year (other than your home town)?
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See you in the next instalment! (pictures below)
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Recipe | Jolly Jammers!
So it's the New Year and here we are with another recipe!!!
Jammy Dodgers, Jolly Jammers, whatever you call them, they are yummy! Time for you to make something at home that you'd probably bought as a child in the shops. And it's so easy! (I WOULD say that!)
100g Unsalted Butter, softened
100g Caster sugar
200g Plain flour plus extra for dusting
1/4 Cream of Tartar
110g Icing sugar, sifted
30g Unsalted Butter, softened
10ml Whole Milk
Couple drops of Vanilla Extract
25-30g of smooth strawberry Jam
Equipment: 3 1/2cm (1 1/12in) round, fluted cookie cutter, 1cm (1/2in) piping nozzle, 2 piping bags
Vancouver | A Girly Guide!
I promised a Part 2 so here it is!
Since I stayed in Vancouver for the majority of my visit to Canada, I thought I would make the rest of it about this beautiful city.
Let me warn you first:
Although most people say the weather is "similar to London, UK," it isn't! It's quite a bit colder - at least it was for my time here in late November!
I went outdoors for a run a couple of times but I'll be honest:
I was F-R-E-E-Z-I-N-G!
Minus 4 Celsius most mornings! I am not built to withstand those temperatures! I am AFRICAN! lol! So, I bundled up like an eskimo on my last run. I was also very afraid of falling on the frost-covered walking paths. I totally broke the rules a little and ran on the cycling path for some of my Seaside run (shhh, don't tell anyone!).
In between those outdoor adventures, I gave into the indoor swimming pool at the hotel (25m and not deep) and the gym downstairs - ran my 5K then played on the elliptical machine! And who wouldn't say yes to the Hot Tub (deserted), Sauna and Steam rooms (great for hair conditioning sessions)?
I even planned to try Ice Skating for the first time in my life.... only to find that the rink opposite Nordstrom wasn't yet open. =(
*I have to add here: Canadians are MAD about ICE HOCKEY! There was always some mention of Hockey and even the walk through exhibit at Canada Place had Ice Hockey cutouts to stick your face behind! Okay, I've done my bit for the national sport. lol!*
I did get up to a lot more walking adventures, so check out what I got up to below! (Pictures galore!)
My first stop was to properly explore what Stanley Park had on offer.
Discover Canada | A Girly Guide!
So this month (November 2015 in case you are tuning in later), I ventured to the other side of the world...at least it feels like that!
I'm in Canada!
You may have noticed the snow-filled backdrops of some of my recent Instagram posts. lol!
Visiting a friend in Calgary (Alberta), Canada then we quickly headed to Vancouver (British Colombia) for the remainder of my week here.
So far, I've seen snow (oh so cold in the mountains of Banff), light drizzle (welcome to Vancouver) and Sunny days (oddly enough, Banff and Vancouver). We have been really lucky with the weather being around 1 to -2 Celsius most days. In Calgary it was a lot colder but that is neither here nor there.
Here are some highlights so far (pictures below):
Recipe | Lemon Cheesecakes
After trying out a large cheesecake recipe earlier this week, I searched my shelves for a good cupcake cheesecake recipe (this is from a Women's Weekly Cupcakes compilation book). I used the topping technique from a Mary Berry "American Cheesecake" recipe. I think I prefer the baked cheesecakes...what about you?
100g sweet digestive biscuits
50g butter, melted
2x 250g packets Cream Cheese, softened (I used Philadelphia Light and Lightest!)
2 teaspoons finely grated Lemon rine
1/4 cup (50g) Caster Sugar
Recipe | Malted Chocolate Cake
This was my first foray into "The Great British Bake Off Celebrations" recipe book! I got this at the start of the month at the Cake and Bake Show 2015 (pictures below)!
This is a very straightforward recipe and I enjoyed making it into an actual cake as opposed to my usual cupcake leanings!
Tools: 1 traybake tin or cake tin 20.5 x 25.5 x 5cm, or a roasting tin, greased with butter and base lined.
60g Malted milk drink powder ('Original' not diet or flavoured) e.g. Horlicks
50g Cocoa powder
225ml Milk (I used Almond milk)
150g Unsalter butter, softened
90g (125g) Caster Sugar
100g (125g) Light brown muscovado sugar
3 medium Eggs, beaten to mix
185g Self-raising flour
Recipe | Carrot Cupcakes!
Here is my absolute FAVOURITE carrot cupcake recipe!
I was meant to post this a long time ago but...better late than never!
I have some optional add-ins that up the taste and allow you to reduce the sugar in the recipe. I hope you enjoy this as much as I (and my friends and family) do!
Recipe of the week | Flapjacks!
This recipe was given to me by a dear friend so I will simple call them:
Mrs. M's Flapjack Recipe: Gluten-free and yummy!
This is a simple and tasty treat for the whole family.
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