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Mar
2015
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Things that made me smile – March 2015

1. Huevos rancheros waffles, because savoury waffles taste just as good as the sweet ones. Scratch that, they’re better. 2. Dior and I. A truly amazing documentary film on Raf Simons and his debut collection as Creative Director at Christian Dior. It was inspiring. 3. Taking myself out to lunch. I ate sushi and sipped Prosecco all on my lonesome and it was lovely. It’s something I would like to do more often. 4. Getting started on season three of House of Cards. I didn’t think season two could be topped, but four episodes in and I have been proved...
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25
Mar
2015
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Gluten free spinach and caramelised onion muffins

I’ve been a bit aloof of late. I haven’t fallen off the face of the earth or decided that I no longer want to blog. Rather, I have started a new job, which I’m really excited about and I’ll be investing a lot of time in. So what does that mean for Wine and Olives? Naturally, it means that my blogging schedule will need to change. My usual three posts per week will likely change to two, maybe even one if I’m finding it tough to fit everything in. The way I see it is that I’d rather do a...
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19
Mar
2015
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A moment of calm

I’ve had this week off before starting my new job and I must say it has been bliss. We spent Monday and Tuesday in St Andrews before Rob went back to work yesterday and I had the most epic pyjama day, which involved eating lots and watching more Gossip Girl than anyone should ever allow themselves to watch in one day. Did I mention it was bliss? I figured that since yesterday was so unproductive, I should make an effort to be more active today. So I got up at a reasonable hour did some yoga and dragged myself out...
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10
Mar
2015
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Mother’s Day gifts for less than £20

Mother’s Day in the UK is but a hop, skip and a sleep away. On the day itself, I’m having all the mothers round; my mum, my gran and Rob’s mum. I’m serving a light lunch of spinach and caramelised onion muffins (recipe to follow) and then we’ll be having cupcakes from Cuckoo’s Bakery and a glass of Prosecco. I can’t wait! Normally we don’t do huge gifts for Mother’s Day in our family – instead, we prefer to spend the day together and I get my mum just a little something. But it can be expensive, so if you’re...
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8
Mar
2015
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Chorizo and Cabernet Sauvignon crostini

I have a long list of places I’d like to visit one day and Catalonia is one of them. The architecture, the food, the weather … what’s not to love. It’s also known for producing really good wine, so when the Catalan Tourist Board sent me two fantastic bottles of vino from the Torres Family Winery, I couldn’t wait to get into the kitchen and do some cooking with them. When we have people round to our house, I always like to put some food out and crostini tends to go down really well. You can add any topping really,...
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5
Mar
2015
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A taste of Scotland

I’ve recently developed a real taste for whisky. Writing for Hot Rum Cow has definitely had a part to play in it, as have the wonderful people at the Scotch Whisky Experience, whose restaurant, Amber, recently served me with a truly excellent meal. We were invited along to sample the Taste of Scotland menu, a collection of starters, main courses and a dessert, all of which represented the best of Scotland’s larder, and of course, the talents of Amber’s skilled chefs. To start, we devoured game terrine, chicken liver pate and a salmon roulade. All three starters were delicious; the...
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