Wednesday, 23 July 2014

A day out to Baddesley Clinton and the best sausage sandwich ever!

Baddesley Clinton, National Trust
The few weeks ago I visited Baddesley Clinton, National Trust property in Warwickshire, in the Midlands. It was a lovely sunny day and the trip was a very late Christmas present to my parents, which had been postponed twice earlier in the year. 

National Trust Midlands

Baddesley Clinton is a moated manor house dating from the 15th century, set in acres of land and gardens. As with many National Trust properties there was a restaurant, gift and garden shop and a secondhand book area. We arrived around 11 am and immediately headed for the restaurant for a late breakfast. Which proved to be the best decision in a long time, we all ordered sausage sandwiches and enjoyed them sitting in the courtyard outside in the sunshine. I am not exaggerating when I say this was the best sausage sandwich I have had - ever! I was not alone in this opinion both my parents and sister also agreed. The sausages were local to the area as was the delightfully fresh bread roll. Well done Baddesley Clinton for the best sausage sandwiches in England, according to me.
Baddesley Clinton
Best sausage sandwich - ever!

Moving onto the moated house, which was a very short stroll from the restaurant and shop area. You enter the house across the drawer bridge, and once through the entrance area you encounter an adorable  small but immaculate garden. This property breathed history, as expected a house of this age and history had a priest hole, stories of intrigue, marriages of the unusual, a bloodstained floor and tale of murder. I will not go into detail as if you decide to visit the property I would not want to ruin your visit.

National Trust
One of many of the magnificent stained glass windows

There were two particular volunteers that helped to bring the property to life, they were very good and delivering the story of the house without making you feel you were back at school. A number of stairs and floors were a little uneven as you would expect, there were seats dotted around to sit if you needed a rest. 

What a beauty - not your average garden shed

A moat - every home should have one!

There are extensive grounds to the house including a number of fish pools, we did not explore the wider grounds as I can only do so much walking. There is a formal walled garden, which hosted fruit trees, roses and a peacock roost along with some lovely benches and thatched hut.  Some of the benches had a large handheld information board, which explain the view or area of interest located by the bench - which made rest stops interesting. There was most oddly to the rear of the gardens a vegetable area in a dug up section of a field, which just did not seem to fit in. Maybe I just missed the explanation around this area. Although there was a rather splendid scarecrow.


We finished a our trip with another visit to the tearoom for a cool drink and a slice of cake, the Rose Lemonade was very refreshing.  A most enjoyable day indeed.

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Triple Chocolate Brownies - Recipe

Easy Recipe Chocolate Brownies
Triple Chocolate Brownies #CookBlogShare
I can now tick off another recipe from my list of bakes, this one's from Australian's Woman's Weekly Cupcakes and Baking book and made especially for my cousin Verity's birthday. It is my first time at baking chocolate brownies, I have previously made Butterscotch Brownies but they are very different in texture to chocolate brownies. It is  a recipe that I will bake again and again - they were delicious!

Easy Recipe Triple Chocolate Brownies
Triple Chocolate Brownies

Triple Chocolate Brownies 

  • saucepan
  • scales  
  • wooden spoon / spatula 
  • 19 cm square baking tin
  • baking parchment to line tin
  • sieve
  • knife
  • chopping board

makes 16

Oven temperature
oven temperature 180 degrees C / 160 degrees C fan

200g dark chocolate chopped
100g milk chocolate chopped
150g white chocolate chopped
185g plain flour sieved
2 eggs
125g butter cubed
110g caster sugar

  • Preheat the oven.  Line cake tin. 
  • Melt the dark chocolate and the butter in a saucepan on a gentle heat. Then leave to cool for 10 minutes.
  • Stir the sugar and eggs into the chocolate mixture. Then mix in and plain flour.  
  • Add the white and milk chocolate and mix.
  • Pour the chocolate mixture into the cake tin.
  • Bake in the oven for no longer than 35 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and leave brownies to cool in the tin.
  • Once cooled, lift the brownies out of the tin using the parchment paper. Cut into squares, these are very rich brownies so you may want to think small.
Chocolate Brownies
The best Chocolate Brownies recipe ever!
Recipe Triple Chocolate Brownies
Brownies so easy to make
Other recipes you may like to try:-
I am linking up with this weeks #CookBlogShare 

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Liberty Stationery - Giveaway

Next month I will have been blogging for three years, to celebrate this fact, and to thank all my fabulous readers I thought it time for a giveaway. Whilst I was in London in May I picked up a rather pretty notebook from Liberty, especially for one of my lucky readers. Although I am now wishing I had also treated myself to one too! 

International #Giveaway

How to enter

  • Leave me a comment at the end of this blog post. It can be about your favourite cake, garden or house to visit or something about my blog, choice is yours. Scroll to the bottom of this post, to the Post a Comment section.  Complete the comments box,  you do not need a special account to leave a comment if need be select anonymous and leave your name in the comments box. Or if you have a Twitter or Instagram account then leave those details.
  • You can gain an extra entry, by Tweeting the competition, just tweet the following and be sure you leave me another commenting telling me you have done so. "I want to win a Liberty Notepad at @daisyangel1 "
  • I will announce the winner in a new blog post, so if you want to received notification when this is published simply complete the follow by email box on the right hand side. 
  • The winner will have 10 days from publishing the winners announcement to contact me, after this time a new winner will be selected. 
  • Competition closes Friday 8th August 2014. 
  • Winner must respond within ten days of being notified via a blog post, after which time a new winner will be selected
  • Open Internationally - that's right I will send it anywhere in the world! 
  • The prize of a Liberty Notepad will be dispatched to the winner by myself within two weeks of the winner notifying me of their address details.
I have decided not to use a competition widget like Rafflecopter, do let me know if you prefer this method on entry.

Good luck!

Monday, 7 July 2014

Garden Flowers Bouquet #2

Sweet Pea Flowers - waiting to be picked
My effort to bring more of the garden into the house continues, time for Bouquet #2. Today's small bouquet contains all red flowers, as you can see they are deep, rich, red in colour.

Flowers in Bouquet #2
  • Sweet Pea
  • Pelargonium
  • Knautia Macedonica previously called Scabias
Knautia Macedonica are the spiky looking flower

Garden Flowers
Sweet Pea - Tall

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Afternoon Tea - Fortnum and Mason

Review Fortnum and Mason
Afternoon Tea Cakes - Fortnum and Mason
My recent trip to London included Afternoon Tea at Fortnum and Mason, a chance to celebrate my parents 50th Wedding Anniversary.  The Afternoon Tea was served in The Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon, the atmosphere was relaxing with the sounds of a pianist playing Debussy's Clair de Lune.  The service and attention we received was exemplary, whilst warm and welcoming.

Afternoon Tea Cakes - Fortnum and Mason
I have my eye on those cakes!
You will see from the photographs and menu, there was an excellent choice of sandwiches and cakes, they even included some plain sandwiches for some of us. We did not quite manage to eat all of the cakes, we left one scone and a chocolate cake. My favourite was the Rose Eclair, a light and slightly fragrant cake. Afternoon Tea at Fortnum and Mason cost £40 per person, which I thought was good value for the surroundings, atmosphere and quality of the cakes. 

Fortnum and Mason cup and saucer
Cup of tea

Afternoon Tea Menu

Fortnum's Classic Blend Tea
Fortnum's Single Estate Tea

Finger Sandwiches
Cucumber and Cream Cheese
Chicken and Sweetcorn
Fortnum's Smoked Salmon and Horseradish Cream
Rare Roast Beef, without Cafe de Paris Butter

Plain Scones
Apricot and Amaretti scones

Afternoon Tea Cakes
Mini Rose Eclair
Cherry and White Chocolate with Pistachio tart
Mango Choux bun
Chocolate Parfait 

Rose Eclair - my favourite cake