Sunday, 17 August 2014

Jam.

When I was little I ate jam sandwiches every day in my lunchbox. But then one day, I didn’t eat jam sandwiches anymore.
Blue Jam
I strongly believe that food has that magical quality of being able to instantly transport you back to a moment in time, predominantly childhood.  Jam is most certainly that food for me (along with Jaffa Cakes and Fish Fingers...yes.).
A couple of weeks ago, we picked some home-grown strawberries from the allotment and I hastily decided to make some strawberry jam on spur of the moment – but I was much unprepared. It was a very chaotic couple of hours in the kitchen. I didn’t measure out my quantities, I struggled sterilising my equipment and the final result ended in a burnt hob.  The jam however, was very scrumptious.  (The test is always in the taste.)
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A few weeks and jam observing later I decided to get properly prepared, I sterilised my jars, chose my fruit, measured out my sugar … and voila…
I made blueberry jam!
Yum yum yum.
The problem with home-made jam – like anything home-made, is that once you’ve made your own there is simply no going back. I’m awfully sorry Sir William Pickles Hartley.


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Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Fiji – The Most Beautiful Place in the World

I have always dreamt of visiting a tropical island, when researching destinations for our honeymoon we couldn’t help but fall in love with Fiji.
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It took almost twenty-four hours to get there (We flew from London Heathrow to LAX and then onto Fiji), but the moment we arrived we were greeted by the most fabulous welcome, bellows of ‘BULA’ and singing in the airport and gifts of string beads! We had truly arrived in paradise and there was no going back.
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We stayed at the Radisson BLU Hotel in Denarau, it was truly luxurious in every sense, the staff were so welcoming, we had no worries or qualms whilst staying there. We were gifted some complimentary ‘Honeymoon’ champagne, which we saved until our very last night.
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Newleywed Mr and Mrs Taylor
For the first time ever we ordered room service (The most delicious lamb kofta for me) – and we didn’t even feel guilty doing so!
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We have so many unbelievable memories, moments and experiences. I can truly say our honeymoon was the best time of my entire life – long wholesome days spent doing very little, basking in the sun, exploring the culture, dressing in my favourite bikinis, wearing as many flowers in my hair all at once, feasting on amazing fish dishes (The best ever calamari and chips), drinking fresh coconut juice straight from the tree, trying every tropical fruit in the land, snorkelling with amazing sea life, witnessing the most intimate wedding ceremony on remote coastland and watching the glorious sunset - we were truly spoilt.
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We both had a clear vision of tropical, romance and magic – I knew our honeymoon was going to contain these elements, but Fiji was breathtakingly amazing, it was everything I had dreamed, ached, and longed for, - and so MUCH more.
Fiji
This is most definitely, in every instance, a heartfelt ode to the most beautiful place in the world.
Our hearts will always belong in Fiji forever.  

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