Sunday, 28 August 2011

Del's Delicious Melt In Your Mouth Chocolate Brownies

Del has spent many many years looking for and perfecting the perfect chocolate brownie.. and I think she's pretty close.

I have made these brownies too, and I was surprised at how easy they are to make! Served cold or hot with ice cream they are truly sublime.

Rather than keep the recipe a secret, I think it's always more fun to share the love.

Saturday, 27 August 2011

My First UK Dominoes Pizza Experience.

Right OK... I know what you're thinking... First Dominoes 'UK' Pizza... huh?

I have tried Dominoes before so it's not completely new to me. I tried it for the first time whilst living in New Zealand on my career break (I only lasted 3 months working for accommodation before I ran out of money... maybe I should have laid off the Dominoes pizza). Dominoes Pizza in NZ is a lot different from those in the UK, firstly they have an obsession with putting barbecue sauce on pizzas, and eggs... and it you ask for peppers? You get ground fresh pepper for an outrageous price (I made this mistake) if you want peppers (as we know in the UK) you need to ask for capsicums.

Henderson's Bistro - Stirling, Scotland

A place we visited on the way home from Loch Ness is to feature in the final post for my blog on tour.

Having already done the scenic way on the way up to Loch Ness we decided to take the less scenic way home but stop off at Stirling Castle (slightly detoured way home).

I love castles, any excuse to see one, I can't drive past without demanding to get out of the car and take pictures. So I when the options were given whether to go to Stirling Castle on the way home or stop by Loch Lomond (which have already seen but in very wintry conditions; parts of it were actually frozen!) there was no competition for me. Everyone else was dithering saying either would be nice and didn't make any firm decisions. I think my enthusiasm for the castle settled it.

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Thursday, 18 August 2011

Natural Spice Drumnadrochit, Loch Ness, Scotland

Please note this establishment has now closed. 

So, after our big day out visiting the Isle of Skye we were far too tired to go back to the cabin and cook. We decided to try one of the local restaurants near to where we were staying.. there wasn't much choice and many places looked very unappetising and expensive.

We stumbled across the Natural Spice a new Indian restaurant (so new it hadn't managed to get an alcohol licence yet- so it was bring your own). One of the previous guests at our cabin had wrote a recommendation in the guest book about this place too.

The place was almost empty when we walked in with only two other tables occupied at around 7pm. The d├ęcor was very simple, minimalistic, and airy. Not something you would normally find in an Indian restaurant.

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Cafe Arriba - Isle of Skye, Scottish Highlands

So on day three we decided to take a VERY long drive up to the Isle of Skye.

The weather was surprisingly good and the views were amazing. It was slightly cloudy which apparently makes the scenery better as when it's not cloudy and too hot your views are blurred with heat (I can't imagine this happening a lot in Scotland). More often than not the highlands are met with lots of low cloud and fog... meaning you can't see the amazing scenery. I was told that we had a chance of seeing red deer and I nearly strained my eyes out of my head trying to spot them but constantly being disappointed upon discovering all that I was seeing was a funny shaped rock or tree stump.

On the way up there we stopped at Eilean Donan Castle....

It's like a scene from a film.. breath taking.

Full of tourists.

Saturday, 13 August 2011

The Real Food Cafe - Tyndrum, Scotland.

The destination of our summer holiday was Loch Ness. I have seen very little of Scotland so we decided to take the scenic way. This way I got to see the amazing sights including Glencoe and Ben Nevis.

Which ever way we decided to drive up there it would have taken us over 4 hours to get there and we would have needed to stop for refreshements. F and D often like to travel around Scotland and see the sights, F likes to show off his country to his English wife, and who wouldn't? So due to F and D frequently driving on the roads north (of which there are not many and no motorways past Perth on the East coast, so no motorways insight for us past North Glasgow...) they know the roads and pitsops rather well. Where we were stopping for lunch had already been decided.

The Real Food Cafe is at the road side and near to it is The Green Welly Shop which houses it's own cafe but also a range of shops. The shops mainly consist of an outdoor shop and a whiskey shop... which stocks the most brands of whiskey I have seen in my life... ranging from £1.75 for a mini bottle to over £3,000 for vintage whiskey!