15 ‘Best’ Things to Do in Aldeburgh

Our recent trip to Aldeburgh reconfirmed just how lucky we are to have so many coastline hotspots and charming seaside towns on our doorstep. Here in Norfolk, a trip to the coast always feels like we’ve managed to ‘get away from it all’, very quickly. Although we’re loyal friends to neighbouring Aldeburgh, there are certain things we […]

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Maltese Kappunata

  This is a recipe from my Maltese roots. Although it’s probably best known as an Italian dish, it’s a popular aubergine accompaniment in Maltese homes too. My Mum would make a big batch of this and serve it up as a sidekick to grilled tuna or with barbequed meat. Recently, I’ve really enjoyed making […]

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Wild Deer, Risqué Art and a Good Pint

If I was asked to recommend a good pub to visitors coming to Norfolk, I’d be hard pushed to pick just one. But if I was held at gunpoint with a cucumber at my chest, I’d probably pick The Gunton Arms, a stunning gastro-pub with rooms and where we’ve spent many happy family birthdays. Plus its large spacious […]

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A Buddhist Silent Retreat in Northern India

For less than £100, you can spend 10 days on a meditation retreat in Northern India at the Tushita Institute, located a short distance from the Dalia Lama’s residence in Dharamsala. This was by far the most beneficial thing I’ve ever done for my mind and soul. In 2013, I spent five months travelling around […]

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Get lost in Bangkok

When visiting Bangkok, on your first day I’d thoroughly recommend not having a plan and instead, do as I did a couple of years ago: Get absurdly lost and find the best things by chance. You won’t be able to avoid bumping into China Town, where you can feast on char siu bao, crab and shrimp […]

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Sweet Crab, Chilli and Kale Stir Fry

The lovely folks from Debenhams sent over a delightful stash of Asian-themed cooking utensils last week! Oh the joy – especially for an Asianophile such as me. These wondrous collection of gadgets (more about these at the end of my post) inspired me to make a seasonal stir-fry with a Japanese twist. The three things […]

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An Insider’s Guide to Malta

Although I was born and raised in the East of England, and with ancestral roots in both Scotland and Sicily, more often than not I feel the most connected to my Maltese heritage. So with holiday-booking season upon us, it feels like a good time to share with you my insider’s guide to the beautiful island of Malta. With over […]

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