a night at sheherds house

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The Sunday before last we had a little stay-cation at the next county over from us for a night of R&R at the beautiful Shepherds House in Faversham - a total interior inspiration hot spot, from the mustard yellow walls of the lounge to the deep velvet purple chairs.

It was a complete dream of a stay from start to finish. Greeted by Clare with flutes of champagne bought to our room as we settled in (aka had our first bath of the day, there would be 3 had in the space of 14 hours, I mean look at the tub!) with the most exquisite room (we stayed in the very very large) heavenly bed, double shower and stunning bath tub feature to the room.

Matt and I wanted to make the most of the stay in such a beautiful place, by fully relaxing and just enjoying the night in our room. We did venture out a couple of times, once in the early afternoon for a walk and some chips and then later on for a glass of red in a cute micro pub almost directly opposite the house.When we got back we attempted to read some of our books in the lounge, whilst Matt enjoyed some of the complimentary whisky from the cabinet that was on offer whilst we listened to Wild Beasts and Tame Impala,  until our eyes got so heavy that we just needed to be in that huge bed.

After a well earned lie in (it's so tiring to do the bare minimum isn't it... ha) and after one last deep bubble bath, we ate our breakfast cooked up by Clare, fresh coffee, green juices, fruit bowls and avocado with home made bread, hit the spot.

I can't recommend Shepherds House enough for a stay and I said to Matt we should try and stay in the other rooms there in the future.

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neopolitan cake

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I made this cake for a special Mum on Mothers Day (clue: it was for my Mum) The shade of the strawberry layer wasn't exactly a lovely pink that I was envisioning (I used pink coloring so next time I think I'll go for red) but without a doubt that was our favorite flavored cake, it's amazing what adding some strawberries can do, it really did give it that strawberry and cream taste.

Ingredients 

Vanilla Layer
200g self-raising flour 
120g Caster Sugar
1 tsp baking powder
200ml soya milk
80ml vegetable oil
1 tbsp vanilla extract

Chocolate Layer 
170g self-raising flour
120g caster sugar
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
200ml soya milke
80ml vegetable oil
1 tbsp vanilla extract

Strawberry Layer
200g self-raising flour
120g caster sugar
1 tsp baking powder
200ml soya milk
80ml vegetable oil
1 tbsp vanilla extract
120g finely chopped fresh strawberries
tsp of pink or red food colouring

Method
Grease or line 3 round cake tins (roughly 20 or 23cm) and preheat the oven to 180c.

Start with making the vanilla layer. In a large bowl, mix together the dry ingredients - the flour, sugar and baking powder then add in the wet ingredients - the milk, oil and vanilla to the bowl. Stir by hand until just combined. Do not mix the batter too much. It should still be a little lumpy. Tap the bowl on to the work surface to stop the raising agents working too quickly - you will see the bubbles pop. Spoon the batter into the prepared cake tin. Repeat this method for the other two layers.

Bake each layer for about 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 10-15 minutes before removing and transferring to a wire rack. 
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Prague

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It may have been well over a month ago that we escaped London and visited Prague, we really wanted to visit over the festive season last year but time escaped and good deals were hard to come by. Prague is a very small city (but also very beautiful) and my main tip off is to explore on foot and walk everywhere, you have a few places that you must czech out (sorry- had to) such as the famous Charles Bridge, one of the oldest squares and the old town, they also seem to be into their jazz in a big way with underground club and venues around most turns. I was surprised by how mild it was whilst we were out there, I had expected to be bundled up in my thermals yet I barely had to even pop my gloves on - and this is from a girl who sits at work with a hot water bottle.














Where we stayed Beseda Prague

Where we ate  
Sushi and Schnitzel at Loving Hut 
Burritos at Burrito Loco
Noodles from Wokin
Tapas at Monarch

Where we drank and got silly
Cocktails at Hemingway Bar
Vino at Monarch 
Music and vibes  Jazz Republic




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