15 July 2016

Food | Blueberry, Lemon and Greek Yogurt loaf cake

Sharing an easy but yummy recipe with you today by the lovely Donna Hay, it's her Blueberry and yogurt loaf. If you haven't heard of Donna before, she is Australian and big news on Pinterest.

If you visit her website you will be blown away by the food photography and imagery she really does challenge me to think of new ways to display my recipes in the future on my blog and my kitchen instagram.

What you will need
115g Self Raising Flour
150g Margarine (this is a difference to Donna's recipe)
220g Caster sugar
140g Greek Yoghurt
2 eggs
125g blueberries plus more for decoration if you wish
Zest of 1 lemon
1 tablespoon of Vanilla essence 
Icing sugar for dusting

1) I used a standing mixer so I first added margarine, caster sugar, eggs and greek yoghurt and mixed thoroughly 

2) Then I added flour, lemon zest and vanilla essence and mix further

3) Wash and dry your blueberries and once dry coat them in a small amount of flour as this will stop them from sinking while cooking

4) To try and get your blueberries evenly throughout your cake, spoon some of the mixture into the lined loaf tin then put a layer of blueberries then spoon more mixture and repeat until complete finishing with cake mixture on the top

5) This is quite a wet mixture with the yoghurt so it took nearly 1 hour to cook - 

I cooked it for 30 mins at 200c then I checked it again 10 minutes later, I then ended up turning the oven down and cooking for a further 10 mins until I was happy it was fully cooked through

6) After cooking I left it in the tin for 1 hour before moving it onto a cooling wire

7) Once fully cooled transfer to a decorative plate or board for display and serving using the icing sugar and additional blueberries.

Hope you enjoy making this and eating it as much as I did with my family in the garden last week.

As much as I have tried all my top tips from friends and google, my blueberries are still out of control and moved to one side, let me know if you do anything different to me and have more success.

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12 July 2016

Travel | Santorini Spiridakos Catamaran cruise

I'm back from my summer holidays to blogger paradise in Santorini. The main reason for my visit was for my best friends wedding but there was so much to see and do, I could have done with another week.

We arrived on Tuesday evening and were staying in Kamari which was a hop skip and a jump from the island airport. Our hotel was... rubbish and thats as much as you will hear from me about that. Location wise the hotel was great, we were 1 minute walk from the black beach, shops and cafes. 

On Thursday the groom of the wedding party had organised for 24 of us to go an amazing catamaran cruise around the island. I had been on little boat trips before but nothing quite like this.

The company 'Spiridakos Sailing Cruises' organised to collect us at 9.30am to transfer us from each of our hotels as part of the cost of the trip which I thought was fantastic. So we had no hassle to organise a taxi and made sure we got there on time. 

Hope you enjoy looking at the photos from our 5 hour tour of the island......

On my way to the Catamaran 
There was 8 of us in my minibus including the bride to be and we got to the boat first, and we were warmly welcomed by a lovely crew of 44 - Captain Leo.

Before we could board we had to remove our shoes and place them into a box for safe keeping.... no shoes allowed on the boat!

While we waited for the rest of the party to arrive I was trying to find my sea legs...and we took some photos... plus admiring the boat of course.. pure luxury.

Once everyone was on board, one of the crew - Korina gathered us all together at the front of the boat with a Health and safety briefing and to introduce us to the rest of the crew - Leo, Zenia, Maria and Captain Yiannis. We would get to know all of them well throughout the time we were onboard. You couldn't have asked for a better 'Team' you could tell that they worked so well together and had such fun. 

Not only were they there to make sure we were all safe and enjoying the trip with drinks and food. They also provided us with some history of the islands with Captain Yiannis explaining the story of the volcano which of course is what Santorini is..

Not 100% sure, but I think this is the journey we went on
We set off from Port Athinios on our first adventure towards the red and white beaches.. as expected or maybe unexpected..the wind got up a little and we lost a few hats... and sunglasses (Paul 1)! We did go back for a couple of hats but after that hats were either banned or you had to promise to hold onto it. I chose to hold onto my £12 Asos hat as I  burn easily and if it did fly away, it's only a cheap and cheerful.

Time goes fast when you are having fun and getting to know each other! This was the first of 4 times everyone would be together over the next few days for the wedding celebrations.

After 3 hours we pulled into a bay on a near by island which I think was called Thirasia where the wonderful crew prepared us a yummy meal. 

Korina & Maria prepared some fried flounder fish which was delicious
Leo was in charge of bbq-ing chicken which was probably the best ever!
(Thank you Paul 1 for taking a picture of me with my food)

There was a great selection of food available including flounder fish, chicken, prawns, greek salad, spaghetti in tomato sauce and a bread basket. 

Once we had finished eating, we had a slow sail back to the port which took around 1 hour. Everyone was chilled and enjoying the journey with a few beers. 

You couldn't wish for a better day! No one wanted to leave!

The boat arrived back at the port at around 3.30pm where we were then allocated to a transfer back to our hotels. 

Not going to lie.. had to have a nap when we got back, all that fresh air (and maybe the wine and beer) made me zzZZZzzzz!

Amazing trip with amazing people! More Santorini posts to come.. 

Going to Santorini? Book your Catamaran or Yacht experience via the Spiridakos website.

Love MISS K xx
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