Monday, 30 December 2013

Broccoli and Stilton Soup

Broccoli and Stilton Soup

1 large head of Broccoli 
3 small potatoes chopped into chunks
2 onions sliced
2 oz butter
2 vegetable stock cubes
2 pints hot water
4 ozs Stilton cheese crumbled
4 tbsps double cream
Black pepper

Melt the butter in a large pan and add the onions.  Saute for five minutes with the lid on, not letting them brown.  Add the chopped potatoes.  Remove the stalks from the broccoli.  Give the mixture a quick stir and then add the broccoli, stir again.  Add the stock cubes and the hot water.  Cook on a low heat for half an hour until everything is cooked through.  

Blend the soup mixture and pour into another pan once blended.  Place the pan on a low heat and add the cream and Stilton cheese, keep stirring until all the cheese has melted.

Season to taste with black pepper.  I don't add any salt to this recipe as the cheese tends to give it quite an intense flavour.

Enjoy with buttered crusty bread on a cold Winter's evening.

Monday, 9 December 2013

Inn On The Lake

We had a beautiful family wedding at the weekend and I thought I would share some of our memories.

My handsome and beautiful nephews and nieces along with my three children.

My four nieces and our daughter

Our two sons and daughter in the middle

Family get together

Me and hubby with Lake Ullswater in the background in the grounds of the Inn on the Lake at Glenridding.

Me and my boys.

My niece was one of the bridesmaids in beautiful silver shimmer dresses with faux fur capes.

Me and my gorgeous daughter.  She wore an Eliza J gown that was just stunning with her hair in a large bun with a crystal band that wrapped around.

The bride after the ceremony.

The Bride and Groom with their magical castle wedding cake.

We had a fantastic weekend, staying for two nights and even though there wasn't any electricity for a few hours the hotel still provided us with an evening meal that was delicious.  Plenty to drink, beautiful rooms with a seating area and a great view of the fells.

It was just magical and everything went off smoothly.  A great place to enjoy a family celebration, reunion and Christmas all in one weekend.

Congratulations to the Bride and Groom, we hope you have many happy years together. xx