Hard Rock Calling at London’s Hyde Park 2012

This post promises to be short and sweet unlike Hard Rock Calling’s epic Friday night performance on July 14th. As my first introduction to The Boss, the legend Bruce Springsteen was utterly show shopping. Leaving me completely speechless, funnily enough just like how the concert ended.

More than three hours of truly fantastic pure American rock along with The E Street Band, I felt like I was being embraced into London’s Hyde Park family. Bruce’s devotion to the fans was evident, a love that was completely reciprocated.


This was a real highlight of my summer and now Bruce’s classics and Wrecking Ball tracks rank highly on my iTunes.

 

Bruce and McCartney’s half a ‘One Last Song’

 

 

 

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Ed Sheeran’s home coming to Thetford Forest

Discovering Ed Sheeran a couple a years ago and learning he was an East Anglian boy, his name became household (in our house) long before his rise to super stardom.

Following his international success, Ed’s return gig to local Thetford Forest was sold out in minutes and lucky for us on July 12 my sister and I were metres away.

The atmosphere at High Lodge, Thetford Forest was incredible as Ed’s performance was just audible over the singing rain-drenched crowds.

In the beautiful surroundings music lovers are encouraged to bring picnics and enjoy the laid back feel of a festival in the forest, being the first time I’d ventured to Thetford, I will certainly be going again. Check those coming soon here.

This had to be my favourite of the night along with the first song I ever heard from Ed Sheeran.

Next Year’s Christmas Turkey with a twist! Actually… With bells on!

This year I was given the huge responsibility of preparing and cooking Christmas dinner; even with an Eve night’s hangover it was I have to say a success! I wanted to share this recipe… I think apt for my first recipe post about my cooking!

Whilst gathering ideas about how to make this year Christmas dinner truly special I trolled through cookery sites, watch endless at home with… and asked the advise of chef friends, I came across this recipe….

So Thank You, Jamie’s Christmas with bells on!

Christmas Turkey Wellington

  •  One Turkey Beast (with there only being four of us for Christmas, it’s a perfect way to avoid preparing whole turkey with hours of cooking)
  • Pot of cranberry jam
  • 600g of mushrooms
  • 6 rashes of smoked streaky bacon
  • 6cm of chorizo
  • 2 packets of ready rolled puff pastry
  • Fresh thyme and rosemary

With the preparation all done Christmas Eve, this relieves the stress of cooking on the day and gives way more time to enjoy all of Santa’s deliveries.

Christmas Eve mid-morning

Stage One

Place turkey on a baking tray cut incision to create a pocket, in which to stuff the turkey with cranberry sauce. Rub fresh rosemary over breast, and pull fold together and secure with cocktail sticks.

Cook for 70 mins at 180c

Stage Two

Crop 600g of mushrooms and fry in the pan with the remaining bacon fat, cook until soft with a nob of butter.

Roughly cut 6 rashes of bacon and the chorizo fry with olive oil, as beginning to brown throw in a handful of fresh thyme, toss until crispy.

Blend mushroom into paste and leave with bacon to chill.

Christmas Eve afternoon

Stage Three

When all the ingredients are cold, it’s time for pastry.

Unfold the packet pastry (Don’t make my mistake it doesn’t need rolling!) plenty of flour place the turkey breast on half the mushroom paste to form a bed.

Cover the remaining paste and sprinkle with bacon bits.

Use the second pastry packet to wrap the wellington together folding the pastry under the bird.

Brush egg yolk wash over the top and place in fridge till the morning…

IT’SSS CHRISTMAS

All your centrepiece needs is 70mins in the oven at 180c…. Done!

There's my bird!

Cranberry Ooozing Centre

I hope Christmas was fully packed and after this meal your tummy will be too!

The Dog Days are…..Back!

As the Grandparents popped over to Leeds for the day from their stay in York, a spot of lunch was on the cards.

I always struggle to find places which are quirky, relaxed and show the true variety of this vibrant city. Especially those which don’t bat an eye lid then a quick bite turn into a couple of hours nattering.

The beautiful fully restored Leeds Corn Exchange is a fabulous back drop and a favourite haunt of mine. Its hidden gems and unique boutiques is one I always take show friends and family. Today was the perfect opportunity to taste the latest resident Primos, another tick off the Leeds cafe wish list!

With Thursday’s being Dog Day (Sorry Florence there back!) Buy one gourmet hot dog and get a second for just £1, that’s two for under £5.

With my love for everything Mexicana, I was thrilled to see an all beef Frankfurter, topped with Monterey Jack cheese, guacamole, sour cream, tomato salsa and jalapeños amongst the choices. With my Grandad being a vegetarian finding an option that is suitable is always tricky, but with a selection of salads and bagels, the portion of fries kept him happy.

The service was friendly, and the extensive fridge of soft drinks even included Fenton’s Dandelion and Burdock, another of Grandad’s favourite!

With all the hot dogs being served quickly in plastic baskets, the America feel has definitely been brought to this historic Leeds building, perfect for a take-away grab or a leisurely lunch! I’ll be back!

Sunday Edition #2

I may be a day late but I wanted to share this Sunday Edition post with you…

As you may have heard and honestly I believe the only reason, I would have flown back from a girls holiday in Ibiza for …. A wedding! Really no choice either miss out on one or… do both!

So thank you to the newly wed couple Niamh and Adi for sharing your special day! My beautiful sister made a lovely Bridesmaid, she played her part as the Belle of the ball like a natural and not a girl who had grown up dreaming of this role for her bedsitter come great ‘big’ friend!

The couple’s happiness and love gave a real quality to this perfect day. The only day this month were the sun shone so brightly for these two, both at the lovely local church where they exchanged their vows to the bold rustic barn where guests enjoyed divine food and serious dancing.

Niamh and Adi with the Brides parents

A heartfelt Father-of-the-Bride to a hilarious five paged Bestman’s speech made treasured memories even if I didn’t win on the individual scratch cards which filled our name places.

My family- Sister Kelsey as Bridesmaid

Coming from a family of dancers (not professional I may add) the band were entertaining as well as providing hit after hit, donning different costumes to fit the genre of music they played. Inflatable guitars and Mexican sombreros were given to guests as we watched the Bride and Gloom take the stage for a second less traditional first-dance.

The entire day combined two families; with fun, simple and gorgeous elements truly one which sets my goalposts for future weddings.

The Need For Speed…

Shortly after getting my driving license, my parents decided that it was time to trade in the Ford Puma, for something a little more suitable and practical…

This isn’t what I expected to be in the drive, I’m sure they could have found a subtler way to tell me to get my own car!

Four years on, and finally I get the chance to experience the full power of the Lotus Elise S111 from behind the wheel. Wow I can’t believe I hadn’t persuaded them sooner.

Driving a sports car is so unlike my little Peugeot, and Ruby red glint from the bonnet is something I could easily get used to. Having Dad shouting instructions made me  hardly glimpse at the speedometer as I sped down the airfield. Feeling the bite in the turn before accelerating down the straight was heightened by Dad’s calls to ‘Go Faster’ I can ensure you it is normally the reverse.

Watching my Dad’s passion for cars whilst growing up I don’t think I have ever really appreciated the thrill from the smell of the exhaust, the buzz of the engine and the hours spent walking around car museums in France. The weight your body feels and the heavy drumming of your heart when you turn off the engine is an experience I’m not going to forget in a hurry!

Maybe next time can I have the roof off….. PLEASE!