Afternoon Tea

An English tradition of afternoon tea has to be one of my favourite things. The cake being the highlight of course and the company you share it with.

I recently arranged an afternoon tea for some friends to visit a beautiful hotel called Netherwood Hall, in Grange Over Sands, UK. It was great to get together in a stunning setting overlooking Morecambe Bay.

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The views were breathtaking and we were fortunate to have lovely weather, not something you can always guarantee in England.

We enjoyed drinks on the terrace.

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Followed by retiring into the salon and having our relaxing afternoon tea. We didn’t sit at a large table – there was 12 of us – so we just sat on comfy sofas and enjoyed a beautiful, relaxed afternoon tea.

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Afternoon tea with a view…..

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To finish it all off we even had this beauty to demolish….

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A delightful afternoon with friends. I will definitely try to arrange this again at such a special location.

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Netherwood Hall Hotel is the place to be; for afternoon tea.

Stephy x x

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Brasserie Georges, Lyon

Brasserie Georges is in the heart of Lyon city centre, conveniently situated near the train station. It was established in 1836, building an excellent reputation for first class service and gourmet food. A friend recommended this restaurant to me; what a recommendation.

Whilst in France of course, I sampled multiple patisseries and boulangeries but not eaten out in a traditional, historic restaurant. I was so pleased to have had the opportunity to visit Brasserie Georges.

We booked a table, as you can imagine it is very popular, so it gets busy. We were greeted by kind, attentive staff and were seated promptly. The menu was excellent with traditional French dishes, some local to the area and more less adventurous dishes – basically pleases all diners.

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The menu was written in French and English, this made it much easier!

I ordered a Sirloin Steak (rare) with dauphoinse potatoes, a pepper sauce and green beans. Of course, a glass of red wine to accompany the meal.

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The dauphoinse potatoes were trés bon! I was very chuffed with the portions too; very generous!

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Of course, bread to mop the plate of the sauce. My plate was clean by the time I had finished. ‘Compliments to the chef.’

As the meal was large I didn’t want a huge dessert but craved something sweet to finish the meal off. I ordered a café gourmand which is an espresso with a selection of small pastries. Perfection!

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A tasty end to an exquisite meal. Mercì beaucoup Brasserie Georges!

If you’re ever in Lyon, sorry correction; when you are in Lyon, as you must visit, please, please go to Brasserie Georges to experience good food, good wine and good service! Viola.

Stephanié x x

Move Over Coffee, Tea Has Arrived

I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the French have an obsession with tea. I was expecting to drink lots of coffee but no! They enjoy a cuppa just as much as the English. They are very passionate about it too.

I drank some beautiful tea in Lyon, France. It was in a traditional Chinese tea room with a French twist. Very extraordinary and unique.

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It was very delicious and refreshing and felt much healthier than drinking a strong coffee or espresso.
To prove my theory about the French’s obsession with tea, a friend sent me this interesting article about France’s Silent Tea Revolution an interesting read.

Who knows, in the future coffee will be no more and tea will be the normal accompaniment with a croissant!? Watch this space….

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Stephanié x x

Delectable Dinner

Just had to share this lovely meal I had. It isn’t dead fancy or ‘posh’, just simple home cooking, really delicious and comforting.

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Chicken Stuffed with Spinach and Mozzarella, Potato Wedges, Onion Rings, Roasted Vegetables and a Corn on the Cob

For dessert;

Tangy Tarte au Citron served with.....Ben and Jerry's Cookie Dough Ice Cream!

Tangy Tarte au Citron served with…..Ben and Jerry’s Cookie Dough Ice Cream!

This dish is such a crowd pleaser and can easily be made with food from the cupboard. I’ll definitely be making this again.

Not forgetting an important part of the meal though…..

A Bottle of Red Wine 😃

A Bottle of Red Wine 😃

Cafè Culture – Costa Coffee

The smell of freshly made coffee…….sensational!! I love visiting local cafès and sampling tasty treats including cakes and bakes, a warm baguette and a panini. Me and a friend visited the local Costa Coffee, it didn’t disappoint.

Cappuccino

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I had a medium cappuccino and a warm, toasted chicken, roasted red pepper and rocket panini……I would highly recommend it. Let’s just say; I’ll be going again! 😃☕

Never Mind Red Or White…. An Aperol Delight For Me!

There’s nothing wrong with red or white wine but it’s nice to have a change and this is a refreshing change!

While I was in Italy I had Martini’s, of course, but I also tried an Aperol Spritz. I ordered it at a bar in the local town and was abit taken aback by it’s rich and refreshing flavour. Not to mention it’s vivid orange colour.

An Italian aperitivo is traditionally served before a meal with nibbles such as olives and crisps, to get your taste buds going. It’s lovely though, even as a tipple at night with nibbles.

Aperol Spritz

Aperol Spritz

Ingredients and Measurements

3  parts Prosecco

2 parts Aperol

1 splash soda water

Serve with ice cubes and a slice of orange.

If that’s not enough, here’s the measurements for a Martini Bianco Spritz. It’s not as vivid in colour but a truly sublime drink.

Martini Bianco Spritz

Ingredients and Measurements

70ml Martini Bianco

100ml Soda Water

Serve with ice cubes and a slice of lemon.

So give these a try this weekend, they’re fantastico!

Aperol Spritz