12/06/2015

Postcards From Lynton And Lynmouth

It's kind a "Throwback Thursday" post... Last year in August  we went on our first English seaside holiday at twin towns Lynton & Lynmouth situated in Exmoor National Park on the North Devon coast. Luckily the weather was beautiful most of the time and we explored this beautiful part of England and fell in love with it.

We stayed at the "Lynton Cottage Hotel" and were very pleased;  it's a child friendly place and the view from our room (C.S Lewis Suite) was breathtaking.  The Victorian Cliff Railway is a touristic attraction but it came very handy  to go down to Lynmouth, especially with buggy. It's a nice walk from the hotel but it's quite steep and therefore very tiring with a baby.

The Valley of Rocks is just beautiful. Wen went hiking there every morning. At some points it's very narrow but it was easy to go with buggy.  It was usually only us and goats in early mornings.

The only thing that made me miss London was food. We had breakfasts at the hotel and then for lunch and dinners we tried different restaurants and unfortunately I have to say that all the places that we've tried were bad. Really bad. I'd expect some great sea food but nothing was near "good". Hope there'll be improvement food wise, because we're definitely planning to go there again!




































17/09/2014

Rice Pudding - Sutlijas

Quick and healthy, dessert, quick breakfast or with reduced sugar  perfect baby food  and you have all ingredients in your cupboard; traditional Turkish rice pudding is definitely one of my favourite desserts/snack. But finding the right recipe took some time because there's loads of recipes for this simple food out there.  Perfect rice pudding should be gummy, not watery or thick and some recipes use corn starch, rice flour or pudding sachets to get it right but for basic traditional rice pudding you don't need anything else than rice, water, milk, and most importantly right measures for those ingredients.

Ingredients:

-  1 cup rice
- 2 cups water
- 5 1/2  full fat milk (if you use skimmed milk it'll affect consistency of the pudding)
- 1 cup sugar for dessert is the original measure but I prefer it less sugary so I put just 1/2 cup of sugar,  and 1/3 cup of sugar if you're making baby food
- 2 tbs vanilla extract
- Cinnamon/lemon zest/nutmeg/fruits to serve

Preparation:

- Wash and daring the rice then boil it with 2 cups of water until water is absorbed and rice softened.

- Add milk  to the rice and stir frequently. Keep stirring constantly after it boils for 20-25 minutes until pudding becomes thicker.

- Add sugar and vanilla extract and continue cooking for 2-3 minutes more.

- Pour hot pudding into small bowls and leave them at room temperature to completely cool.

- Keep them in the fridge and sprinkle with cinnamon or lemon zest/ nutmeg before serving, or serve with fruit of your choice.

Enjoy!









31/07/2014

Stokke Flexi Baby Bath & John Lewis Bath Support

Baby bath was one of the items on my baby shopping list that I bought in last minute. I bought bath support from John Lewis long time before bath because it I loved it straight away.  It was washable, practical and safe. It was good decision, I'm still using it and it makes bath time much easier which is very very important for me because bath is part of our bedtime routine.  I don't have to hold my son while bathing (although I NEVER leave him unattended) , I don't need help for bath, he's safe on the support, not slipping and he can move and play comfortably while on it. I'm machine washing it once or twice a week, and letting to dry on it's metal frame. Perfect buy!


                                       

When it comes to the bath it was a last minute buy as I said. I wanted something to use at least up to one year but all baby baths were looking too small and taking too much space. These factors are very important especially if you have only walk in shower and are short with storage space. Stokke Flexi is large, suitable for children up to 3 years and doesn't take too much space because it's foldable -actually you can keep it in the drawer or in the cabinet!-. And it's nice because you can fold it up and take with you on your holiday if needed.

My son's first bath was in Stokke Flexi and few after that but later we were taking showers together because it was much easier and he felt more secure while close to me. After two months we were back to Stokke because he became more active and playful. He's taking bath every evening and it's pure joy for him! This turned out to be perfect purchase and I think we'll be using it for long time to come.

Stokke has original  Flexi Newborn Support which looks very practical too and I like that it lefts more space for legs to move around but I didn't bothered to buy it since I already had mine.