My review of the Harrods Christmas Hamper: The Harrogate
Over the years, I have managed to acquire some rather nice hampers. I love their wicker look and they make great storage options. But mostly, I like what the often contain – food! I did a little squeal when Harrods asked if I’d like to review one** of their Luxury Christmas Hampers. They have a vast selection on their website, and I would be reviewing ‘The Harrogate’ – a generous hamper with an enormous selection of indulgent treats, perfect for Christmas time and festive evenings.
Textures. Salty and sweet. Smooth and rough. Liquid and crunch. That’s what I like. Something with some bite. I love a hearty soup in Autumn and Winter, but sometimes miss the motion of chewing or crunching on some ‘substance’, this savoury turmeric granola was a whimsical idea that turned out rather fantastic. We have made it on repeat since then and pack it into a jar for easy accessibility at every meal time. Read more
When the lovely folk at A Little Bit got in touch about their delicious artisan dips made with fresh herbs, I was eager to hear more. I am a little bit dip obsessed. Give me hummus, guac and baba ghanoush, give me hot salsa with crunchy corn chips, give me white bean dips with all the garlic. I’d happily have a selection of dips for dinner every evening. I like having lots of little options to choose from. The selection feels like a pic’n’mix, and who can argue with that? Read more
In my parent’s garden, behind the house where I grew up, there are 4 or more apple trees lined up in a row. Every year they bear their fruits of the season; big, juicy apples ready to be baked or turned into chutney. We would have apple pie for weeks while my mum tried to use up the bucket loads of fruits that the trees had gifted us with. This vegan slow cooker Autumn apples recipe reminds me of all those times we would plead to have something different for pudding, but were secretly glad we got to have a comforting bowl of homemade pie.
I love making these vegan slow cooker Autumn apples on a cosy Sunday afternoon. Just 10 minutes prep, then 2-3 hours in the slow cooker makes for an oh-so-easy comforting pudding recipe fit for a king or queen. I used my Crock Pot and love the fact I can switch it on and forget about it for a few hours. More time for snuggles on the sofa in front of the fire.
Vegan Slow Cooker Autumn Apples
An oh-so-easy pudding to make in your Crock Pot
roughly chopped hazelnuts
seeds and nuts of your choice
dried cinnamon sticks
medium sized apples
soft brown sugar
traditional apple cider
tub dairy free yoghurt
Combine the walnuts, trail mix and 2½ tbsp of the coconut sugar in a small bowl and add ½ tsp of cinnamon.
Slice the base of the apples to create a level surface and then peel the top third of each apple and core.
Place the apples in the Crock-Pot® Slow Cooker pot and spoon the walnut mixture into the cavity of each apple. Place a stick of cinnamon on top of each apple.
Combine the remaining cinnamon, 130g coconut sugar and apple cider in a small bowl. Pour over the apples and cover.
Cook on low for 2-3 hours.
Remove the apples with a slotted spoon. Spoon ¼ cup of the cooking liquid over each serving.
Serve with a scoop or 2 of yoghurt to balance the flavours.
Serves 4 Cooking time: 2-3 hours (low)
I made this recipe in my 5.7 litre Crock Pot slow cooker. It’s a perfect size for us to meal prep and cook in bulk. You can lift the lid and serve straight from the bowl, but when you just want to stir, the hinge means you don’t drip water on the counter. I haven’t used a slow cooker before, but I am loving the ease and simplicity of the Crock Pot. Winter cooking is a-go!
October is peak season for slow cooking, why not follow along on social media using #Crocktober! You’ll find loads of fantastic blogger recipes and inspiration to encourage you to get your Crock Pot out and get creating.
Disclosure: This CrockPot recipe for slow cooker Autumn apples is sponsored by Crock-Pot. Thank you for supporting the brands that make it possible for me to continue following my passion. All opinions are my own.
Autumn is one of my favourite seasons. I love the golden hues that make the trees glow, the cooler misty mornings with pink sunrises, and cosy evenings infront of the fire. Now we have swapped a boat for a house I appreciate these even more. Wrapping up in throws on the sofa and settling down with a book in front of a glowing woodburner, these are my Autumnal moments that I love. I remember running into the park and nose diving into piles of leaves as a child. Gleefully kicking up orange leaves and watching them float down like nature’s confetti. Watching the trees change colour in wonder from my bedroom window. The smell of the first bonfire of the season. The first conker fight with my brothers. Autumn holds so many happy memories for me and I itch for it’s return year upon year. Read more
Reichshof, Hamburg: A Review
During our recent trip to Hamburg, we had the pleasure of staying at Reichshof Hotel (part of Curio Collection by Hilton). We enjoyed 3 wonderful nights in the stunning Art Deco themed hotel. Read more
A few weeks ago, Coastal Cottages invited C and I to stay in one of their stunning rentals – 2 Penally Boathouse Mews. Having fallen in love with Pembrokeshire a few years ago on THIS trip, we had longed to go back and explore more of the beautiful coastline. Read more
Wahey, summer is officially here (or is it?). While I adore the heat, it’s important to stay hydrated and energised, as the heat can really wipe you out, that’s why I have put together this list of 30 Gorgeous Green Smoothies you need to try. One smoothie a day for a month, let’s give it a go shall we? Read more
We are blessed in Bath with many a good restaurant. New ones pop up each week and it’s always exciting to check out the new kid on the block. One recent newbie is Tapas Revolution. Tapas Revolution is the brain child of Spanish chef Omar Allibhoy, and the Bath branch is his seventh tapas bar opening. Tapas Revolution, Bath promises to offer dishes cooked with the finest ingredients sourced from small artisan producers in Spain, all freshly prepared. Read more
This weeks post is slightly different to my normal style, I do hope you enjoy reading: Rosie Letts Nutrition and my health journey.
Early this year, I hit a slump. I was feeling sluggish, tired and lacking any get up and go. I knew something was up, I was constantly bloated, hungry and was craving sugar like mad. I had constant brain fog, and it was so bad it was making me seriously anxious. My diet was pretty good, and I was exercising often, yet didn’t feel the benefits as much as I thought I should. A friend of mine had had sessions and a treatment plan from Rosie Letts, a nutritional therapist based in Bristol, and had recommended her highly. Read more