Lamb, lamb and more lamb

Easter. That amazing time when it’s acceptable to over indulge like it’s Christmas again. Asides from chocolate – of which I have naturally eaten far too much of – lamb is usually the order to the day in our house and this year was no different. Normally, I use our leftover lamb to make a curry or layer on crusty rolls with mint sauce for lunch. But this year I tried something a little different and stuffed aubergines with the remaining lamb. Fancy giving it a try? The recipe is on AO at Home right now. What do you do with your leftover lamb?

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Urban walk-in wardrobes

For the past two years, all of our funds have gone towards our wedding. Now that I am in the way of saving, I’ve started to think about the next project I can put my hard-earned cash towards, and something I’ve always wanted is a walk-in wardrobe. If we sacrifice a large cupboard in our hall, we could create the space and I have been looking at some of the walk-in wardrobe ideas that Urban Wardrobes has on its website. If you’re in the market for a walk-in, I recommend having a good look at some of the solutions on their site – they are just beautiful. My favourite is the Modern Walk-in wardrobe. What do you think?

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Hello world

Wine and Olives has definitely been neglected in recent months. It can all be attributed to a pretty big event that took place in my life last Sunday, and if you read my blog regularly you’ve probably guessed that my intermittent blogging is all down to our wedding, which took place on 06 April at The Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh.

We had a brilliant day and after five days of staying in five-star hotels and having Champagne with breakfast, lunch and dinner, it was back down to earth with a bump yesterday. But, on the upside, I can now turn my attention back to Wine and Olives and get back to blogging about all of the things that I love, which will include a few posts about our big day. And one final thing, the above photo is by Lauren McGlynn, who photographed our wedding. You can see a few more pictures from our day in her beautiful blog post, and based just on these pictures, I already can’t wait to share the rest with you. Have a great weekend everyone!

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Chocolate and hazelnut truffles

Ok, if I told you you could make chocolates at home for a fraction of the cost of a fancy box, would you believe me? Well it’s true, and if I do say so myself, these chocolate and hazelnut truffles taste pretty darn good too. They are so easy to whip up, and look really impressive. Mine are all boxed up and ready for Mother’s Day on Sunday and if you’d like to make some too, pop on over to AO at Home for the recipe. You’ll be guaranteed a happy mum!

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March to-do list

1 Start thinking about Mother’s Day. Last year, I put on a Champagne afternoon tea at my house for the family, with cupcakes from Cuckoo’s Bakery. It went down a treat, so if you’re not sure how to treat your mum this year, I would definitely suggest doing something like this.

2 Check out some of the fantastic events taking place as part of the Edinburgh International Science Festival. I’m particularly excited about Gastrofest, which looks like a real treat for the foodies among us.

3 Get your hands on some Rachel’s Organic Greek style lemon yoghurt. It is absolutely delicious – look out for my smoothie recipe using this yoghurt next week.

4 The Blackbird, one of my favourite bars in Edinburgh, has recently launched its new menu. The duck is to die for and I can’t wait to get back there to work my way through the rest of the menu.

5 Look out for signs of spring. The mornings are getting lighter, as are the evenings, and flowers are starting to bud. Doesn’t that just put a smile on your face?

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