Red Letter Days Review - Tranquillity Spa Day for Two at Peckforton Castle

I was recently contacted by Red Letter Days and asked if I'd like to review a Red Letter Days experience and so of course I said yes. Booking our chosen experience was really easy.

If you're buying one as a gift there's no need to worry that they may not like what you've chosen because they can easily exchange it for something else making Red Letter Days the perfect Christmas or wedding gift. They can even choose a more expensive gift by simply paying the difference. Once you have your gift card or voucher you just pop over to Red Letter Days website and click on 'use voucher' and follow the instructions. The only thing that's difficult is choosing something; there are so many Experience days and Gifts it really is hard to pick!

Peckforton Castle

Once you've decided you book your chosen directly with the place you've chosen to go; in our case we chose the Tranquillity Spa Day for Two at Peckforton Castle in Cheshire.

Oh my goodness such an impressive place and way too big to fit it all in my photo! It's a shame the weather wasn't nicer for taking photos but hey ho it is November I suppose.

Lavender and Lovage - Book Review

Last week I was lucky to receive an advance review copy of the book 'Lavender and Lovage - A Culinary Notebook of Memories and Recipes from Home and Abroad' by Karen Burns-Booth.

I've known Karen for many years now and her recipes can be trusted to actually work and her photography is truly stunning. She's a very busy person and so I've never actually met Karen in person but we have spoken on the phone before and via FaceBook messenger. Now this book stands out from many cookbooks because it's full of 'snippets and memories' of Karen's life. It's just so interesting, I sat there on Saturday morning and couldn't put the book down.

Cover of Lavender and Lovage

Of course as a food blogger I love reading recipes too but I found myself reading the bits about Karen's life; she's such an interesting person. Stories of her life growing up (I think she's lived in more places than you can shake a stick at) and she has traveled to just about everywhere! She has so many tales to tell and little stories behind her recipes.

How to make Bread Sauce - Kaufmann Sienna Stainless Steel Saucepans

My first thoughts on seeing this 3 piece set of stainless steel Kaufmann Sienna range saucepans was how well they are made and how expensive they look. But in fact they're seriously fantastic value for money at under £38 for the set; plus they come with a 10-year guarantee and a 5-year non-stick warranty.

The core collection includes a 3-piece saucepan set, a 2-piece frying pan set and a 5-piece saucepan and frying pan set.

Bread Sauce
Recipe from Saturday Kitchen by James Martin, photo above is my own. Expendable Trivet by Stellar Cookware.

Lovely, mirror polished stainless steel is not easy to photograph you could either see the reflection of me in the saucepan, or the trivet, or both! But before we go on to the Bread Sauce recipe let me tell you more about these saucepans.

5 Food Proposal Ideas

You’ve decided that you want to pop the big question to your other half, but how are you going to propose? Will you go down on one knee in of a beautiful sunset? Will, you go on holiday and propose on the beach? Will you get dressed up, go out for a fancy meal and ask this question with a glass of champagne in hand?

For the food-fanatic fiancé to be, you may want to incorporate their love of everything edible in your proposal. Here are our top five food proposal ideas,that we guarantee they’re going to love.
Two forks together with a love heart
(c) Can Stock Photo / carrieduay

Tell your partners fortune:
If your other half is a lover of Chinese food, create your very own custom fortune cookie with the message, “Will you marry me?” inside. There are companies who can do this for you, but it's easy enough to do yourself. Fortune cookies are malleable when heated, so all you need to do is zap it in the microwave for a few seconds until it becomes soft, unfold it, put your message inside and then refold. For more in-depth, instructions check out this guide. This is a great way to propose if you want something low key at home or a Chinese restaurant. Just swap the cookie they give you without them seeing.

Book People Review and Giveaway

I have to say I hadn't heard of Book People until I was contacted by them and asked if I'd like to pick and review a few cookbooks from their Hand-picked Favorites. Now, I do love a cookbook and so of course I said yes 😊

But before I go on I'd just like to point out that all thoughts and opinions are my own, I was not required to write anything positive. I haven't been paid to write this post but I did receive compensation for my time in the way of free books.

Bundle of ten cookbooks

With all that out of the way let's get back to the books! The first thing I noticed was the low prices of these books. With the likes of Amazon to be honest I didn't expect anyone could math or be lower than them; but this is not the case. Book People have a lot of bargain books; I'll tell you a bit about a few of the books.

The Wine Making Process - How it is Made

With wine being one of the nations favorite drinks, have you ever wondered how it's made? Barefoot have come up with this this step by step guide on how those juicy grapes end up in becoming wine.

The Wine Making Process: How Is It Made?
Provided by Barefoot Wine


Five Dream Desserts to Consider for your Next Celebration

No matter what your celebration, share the joy by the plateful with dream desserts and puddings your whole party will enjoy. From bite-sized desserts to show-stopping cakes, sweet treats are the favourite part to anyone’s buffet or refreshment table. If you’re all about building unique flavours or want designs that’ll dazzle, you’ll be able to find a dessert to suit all styles. If you want to purchase food or you're up for the challenge of making a dessert yourself, there are plenty of sweet options out there.

Selection of desserts
© Can Stock Photo / Francesco83

With so much to choose from, including cakes, puddings and ice cream, I've found five of the dream desserts you can consider for your next celebration.
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Red Letter Days Review - Tranquillity Spa Day for Two at Peckforton Castle

I was recently contacted by Red Letter Days and asked if I'd like to review a Red Letter Days experience and so of course I said yes. Bo...