Friday, 9 October 2015

Orange polenta cake

We baked a batch of Star Wars cupcakes yesterday with Eddie, but today I've been baking an orange polenta cake. I have made it in the past quite often, but haven't done any recently. I have slightly changed my old recipe for orange polenta cake, as I wanted to see if it works with oil.

Orange polenta cake
2 oranges, zest and juice
4 medium eggs
200g caster sugar
100g butter, melted
80ml lemon-flavoured olive oil
90g polenta (I use Polenta Valsugana)
100g self-raising flour
40g ground almonds
1tsp baking powder
for the icing:
icing sugar mixed with juice of 1/2 orange

Beat the eggs with orange zest and caster sugar. Add the melted butter and lemon-flavoured olive oil, polenta and flour, ground almonds and baking powder. Add the juice of 1 and a half oranges. Mix well. The cake batter should be smooth and quite runny.
Pour the cake batter in the oiled spring cake tin, and put in the oven preheated to 180C. Bake for about 50+ minutes. Check if it's ready with a wooden toothpick.
Once cooled, decorate with the icing made from the mix of icing sugar and orange juice.

I used Nudo Olive Oil Stone Ground with Real Lemons, which is a beautiful zesty oil. I have recently posted a recipe for Leek and potato soup with lemon oil infused croutons where I used the same oil. As you can see, it's a versatile ingredient, which works equally well in sweet and savoury recipes.

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Birchall tea

When tea becomes ritual, it takes its place at the heart of our ability to see greatness in small things. Where is beauty to be found? In great things that, like everything else, are doomed to die, or in small things that aspire to nothing, yet know how to set a jewel of infinity in a single moment?
Muriel Barbery, The elegance of the hedgehog

If tea was a religion, I'd worship at its altar. I start my day with a cup of tea, and I have the last cup before bedtime. This year, when my Mum visited us in summer, she was appalled impressed by the amount of tea boxes and tins stashed in our kitchen. I have tried many brands and kinds of tea, but I'm always happy to discover new (to me) brands and flavours. Birchall Tea has an impressive background, its history goes back to 1872, through five generations of tea devotees.
The company is based in London and has extensive interests in East Africa.
As they announce on their site: "By not compromising on quality at any stage of the creation process, we are confident that every single cup of Birchall tea is absolutely perfect every time. Birchall's signature black teas are all sourced exclusively from estates across East Africa, from Rwanda through to the Great Rift Valley in Kenya, where the very best teas are to be found".

Pfunda Earl Grey was the first tea from Birchall that I have tried. Earl Grey is my top favourite tea, and I'm always curious to test and discover how different brands interpret this classic brew. Pfunda Earl Grey is a single estate tea. The Pfunda Tea Estate is acknowledged as one of the most inspired and innovative tea gardens in East Africa. Black tea is blended with a classic oil of Bergamot to create a distinctive unique flavour of Earl Grey tea. It has mild floral citrussy notes. I prefer to have my Earl Grey with a slice of lemon. A beautifully refreshing cuppa, well-rounded and delicately scented.

Pfunda Earl Grey/Birchall Tea
Great Rift is a breakfast blend. It is robust, strong and invigorating. It has recently won the highest accolade at the 2015 Great Taste Awards. It is delicious with milk, or just as it is, with perhaps half a teaspoon of sugar or honey for a touch of sweetness. While Pfunda Earl Grey is amber in colour, Great Rift is darker and stronger.

Green tea is a pure green tea sourced from China. Green tea is renowned for its therapeutic properties, as it is a great source of anti-oxidants. I prefer a flavoured green tea, but I enjoyed a cup of Mao Feng from Birchall tea. The colour is green straw, the flavours are smooth and fragrant.

Peppermint tea is a lovely after-dinner infusion, great for digestion and vibrant. We often have peppermint tea in the evening, usually with a little bit of honey. It cleanses the palate and helps with digestion. It is also naturally caffeine-free, so perfect for the evening.

Red Berry & Flower is a fruity brew made with hibiscus flowers, currants, elderberries, flavour and strawberries. Colourful and rich in anti-oxidants. Ruby red in colour, it is very summery and refreshing.

Lemongrass & Ginger is a spicy herbal tea, made with lemongrass, liquorice root, ginger and orange peel. It is a bit too sweet to my taste, and alas, I'm generally not fond of liquorice. Unlike me, my husband loves it, so it's truly a matter of personal taste.

That's just a glimpse of what treats you can find in the range.
To see the whole range visit Birchall Tea.

Disclosure: I received some samples of Birchall tea for the purposes of testing and reviewing. All opinions are mine.

Monday, 5 October 2015

Going batty with Hotel Transylvania 2

Eddie has been begging me to take him to the movies, ever since we watched Shaun the sheep together. He also went to see the latest Minions with his Dad, but I was a tad reluctant to repeat the experience (we had very annoying neighbours who kept kicking our seats and putting their feet up next to our heads, a guy to my right kept eating smelly food non-stop etc). But my son kept asking, so I looked at the Cineworld listings for Sunday. It so happened that they showed a preview of Hotel Transylvania 2. I booked our tickets online.
And off we went - Eddie woke up early filled with enthusiasm, eager to go to the movies, and kept asking every few minutes if it was time to go.
We were lucky this time, as nobody bothered us. I did a grumpy old woman impersonation, as the ads and trailers took over 20 minutes. This is a film for children. A. Ads should be banned. B. How is a L'Oreal new lipsticks' range ad relevant to the audience of kids like my 5-year-old? Totally bizarre.

We haven't seen the original Hotel Transylvania, and knew nothing of the new HT2 apart from the latest release trailers which I share here, on my blog.
Starring Adam Sandler (Dracula). Andy Samberg (Johnny), Selena Gomez (Mavis), this is a sequel to Hotel Transylvania, but can be easily watched without knowing anything about the previous animation.

"Drac's pack is back for an all-new monster comedy adventure in Sony Pictures Animation's Hotel Transylvania 2! Everything seems to be changing for the better at Hotel Transylvania...
Dracula's rigid monster-only hotel policy has finally relaxed, opening up its doors to human guests.
But behind closed coffins, Drac is worried that his adorable half-human, half-vampire grandson Dennis isn't showing signs of being a vampire. So while Mavis is busy visiting her human in-laws with Johnny - and in for a major cultural shock of her own - Vampa Drac enlists his friends Frank, Murray, Wayne and Griffin to put Dennis through a monster-in-training boot camp"

Image credits: Sony Pictures Animation

Drac is now not just an adoring Dad, but a totally besotted Vampa, or Vampire Grandpa. He calls his little grandson who looks like a close relative of triplets from Brave (the same red mane, and cute face) Denisovich. It sure sounds cute, though Denisovich is a patronymic rather than the first name (and would have been appropriate if his father was called Denis. Never mind).
Mavis might look like a Goth teenager, yet she has become an overprotective Mum who baby-proofs the hotel to make it safe for her son. Funny dude Johnny, on the other hand, is a more relaxed type who loves the Hotel's lifestyle. He does try to modernize it though. Good old Drac is not too keen on all those modern gadgets and social media.
Dennis is part-human, part-vampire, but reaching his 5th birthday, he doesn't display any of his vampire powers. Neither does he grow the fangs. Mavis wants to move to California which is meant to be more child-friendly. There are some ironic scenes of Mavis going bonkers in California, where she cannot have enough of "normal" things in life.
The vampire boot camp with its new "health and safety" regulations was a total hoot.
And there were a lot of in-jokes for fans of horror movies too.

I have read several reviews online from "serious" film critics. They already had a blast, ripping the film into pieces. I think they forget one major thing: the audience.
My 5-year-old loved the film, and enjoyed all the jokes (well, at least those which he understood). And judging from the non-stop laughter from the kids in the audience around us, it was a big success.
As for the critics, I find it with journalists, if they have an agenda, they pursue it.

If I confess that I enjoyed the film, does it make me childish? So be it. When I watch a film with my son, I watch his reactions, we laugh together. Later we discuss the film and repeat the jokes.

 ...And I have fallen a little in love with a vampire, and I'm not even into the vampire stuff.

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Baja Fish Soft Taco Kit from Old El Paso

Did you know that today is the National Taco Day? To mark the occasion I cooked a quick meal of Baja Fish Soft Tacos, using a Soft Taco Kit from Old El Paso.
The recipe which inspired this kit originates from Baja California on the west coast of Mexico.

Image credit: Old El Paso

There's not much cooking involved. The kit contains 10 soft mini flour tortillas, Baja crusted fish seasoning and Naja sauce seasoning for soured cream.

You will need to buy 400g of white fish, a small tub of soured cream, a lime and fresh coriander. The kit also suggests to add some shredded red cabbage to the dish, but my guys are not big fans of red cabbage, and I am not quite sure about the fish and cabbage combination. I added a thinly sliced sweet red pepper instead.
You will also need some oil to fry the fish.
Add the Baja seasoning to the soured cream and mix well until combined. The flavours are sweet and spicy, mildly hot.
The fish seasoning is made with breadcrumbs, paprika, cumin, chilli, cayenne pepper, onion, herbs, marjoram, parsley etc.
Cut the fish into chunks, coat on all sides with the seasoning and fry in a big frying pan with the vegetable oil until golden and cooked through.
Warm the tortillas, and assemble your soft tacos by adding pieces of fish with the soured cream sauce, red pepper slices, torn coriander leaves and serve with a wedge of lime.

I bought a big piece of cod for this meal, to cut the costs, a cheaper white fish could be used.
It was very tasty. So good, that I will definitely buy it to cook again.
This kit is part of a new Restaurante range from Old El Paso, which is inspired by the delicous places to eat across Mexico.

The blurb inside the box says:
"The new Restaurante range is designed to bring the quality cuisine and vibrant experience of Mexico's restaurants simply to your dinner table".
I haven't visited Mexico in real life, and this kit allows me to travel through cuisines and cultures. Looking forward to exploring the whole range and discover new flavours.

Disclosure: I received the Baja Fish kit for the purposes of testing and reviewing. All opinions are mine.

Saturday, 3 October 2015

Photo diary: week 40, 365

Sunday was a cookies-galore baking day. Eddie and I baked a big batch of lemon cookies, and they were lovely. He had a blast, decorating them with icing and sugar sprinkles.

The sky looked bright blue, criss-crossed by the white lines left by the airplanes.

Our Papa was in Italy over the weekend, and returned home on Monday, bringing a bubble gun shooter for Eddie - a gift from Nonna. Eddie was so happy with it, he used the whole bottle of bubbles in one day.

More baking this week: this time it was an apple cider cake. I quite often bake with alcoholic drinks, but it was the first time I tried an apple cider, and it worked really well.

My garden has responded to the Indian summer by splashing on some late blooming roses, which were at their most abundant in May and June. They are so beautiful and fragrant.
The evening before I tried to take a photo of this rose in the dark, but the image was rather unfocused and hazy. This is a rose at dusk.

Friday was an Inset day in both schools, but as Sasha was still poorly, we didn't go out. Eddie cheered up though, when a huge package arrived in the mail. It was a prize from Epic magazine. It's not really appropriate for his age, and more suitable for Sasha, but he wanted me to take a photo of him and "his" prize.

I picked up a little promotional leaflet in The Entertainer shop, which invited kids to come to the store dressed up as their favourite Superhero character in order to be entered in the draw to win tickets to Madame Tussaud's and an overnight stay in London. We had a bit of a dilemma, which costume to choose, in the end Eddie decided to go as Batman. He was as pleased as punch, every time someone commented on his attire and told him to save the world. On the way home we popped into the cinema to check out what they show at tomorrow's matinee. Eddie couldn't resist to sit into one of those gaming chairs.

Friday, 2 October 2015

#ReadCookEat Round-Up for August-September

So many ideas, so little time. I've been reading a lot of books with food references as well as actual recipes printed at the end of novels, and bookmarked many for #ReadCookEat linky, yet I only managed two posts in August (hanging my head in shame, lol).
What were we reading and cooking?
My initial post in the linky was a Lemon Souffle as mentioned in the poignant novel Silent Hours by Cesca Major. I was quite worried it would be a total flop, as souffles are well known for been temperamental, but it turned out to be pretty good. At least, my main critic aka dear husband approved.

Cheryl from Madhouse Family Reviews is a prolific book reader, and her culinary posts are often prompted by books. She is the most enthusiastic supporter of #ReadCookEat challenge, and always finds exciting dishes.
Patricia Scanlan's A Time for Friends has inspired her to cook not one but two tasty meals.

The first one was a Biscuit cake. I remember reading that Prince William is a big fan of a good old biscuit cake, and that he and Kate had a biscuit cake at their reception. Not sure if that's true or an urban myth.
Cheryl's mini-chef Pierre was in charge. The cake was made with chocolate digestive biscuits, butter, dried sour cherries, golden syrup, Smarties, white chocolate and was there something else I forgot to mention?! It's a fun recipe, perfect for kids, when you let them rule the kitchen. I bet my guys would approve of this cake, though knowing them, they'd put Jelly beans and jelly babies on top rather than Smarties.

Biscuit cake/ Image credits - Madhouse Family Reviews

The second recipe from the same novel was another quick and easy meal. Filled croissants might not win a Masterchef for the complexity of the recipe (and why not?!) but they make a tasty and speedy lunch when you cannot be too fussed about anything taking too much time or effort. Imagine a hot croissant filled with bacon, mushrooms, tomatoes and cheese, wrapped in foil and baked in the oven, and I'd be definitely happy to join in. Save one for me!

Hot stuffed savoury croissant/ Image credits: Madhouse Family Reviews

Alison from Dragons and Fairy Dust cooked a delicious Moroccan Chicken as mentioned in The Island Escape by Kerry Fisher. It is bursting with warm spices and fruit flavours. You can find chickpeas and apricots there as well as a lot of warming flavourful spices. It was prepared in the slow cooker, and was much appreciated by Alison's men.

Moroccan chicken, image credits: Dragons and Fairy Dust

As it happened, we have another Moroccan chicken dish in the linky, this time by Cheryl from Madhouse Family Reviews. She read Hippy Dinners and cooked this tasty family meal. It has apricots and almonds, as well as lots of delicious spices. Cheryl loves travelling in cuisines, and I cannot recommend her Globe-cooking folder highly enough.
The two recipes are similar yet different, and both get thumbs up from me. I love the combination of chicken, dried fruit, nuts and spices.

Moroccan chicken/ image credits - Madhouse Family Reviews

Cheryl has added another tasty meat dish to the linky - Breaded pork with mushroom gravy, which is described in School of Good and Evil 2 by Soman Chainani. There are so many wonderful flavours in this recipe - mushrooms, parmesan, dried herbs.

Breaded pork with mushroom gravy/ image credits - Madhouse Family reviews

From meat dishes back to cakes:

Alison from Dragons and Fairy Dust baked a wonderful boiled cake. She found the description of the cake in Ghost Moth by Michele Forbes. This was an experiment, and Alison did actually boil the dried fruit first, which made the end result very moist and succulent. I'm very tempted to try this idea. The cake looks very pretty, and is one of the traditional fruit cakes that you can imagine being served in old-fashioned tearooms.

Boiled cake/ Image credits - Dragons and Fairy Dust

While Cheryl went for the Moroccan chicken, I baked a lemon drizzle cake which appears in Hippy Dinners, as a "normal" dessert cooked by a "normal" Grandma in the novel (normal as opposed to hippy, and is meant as ironic). It was a big success with my family. I really should bake it again soon, as they keep asking when I'm going to make it.

lemon drizzle cake

Have you read a book recently which inspired you to run to the kitchen and cook to your heart's content?

I hope you are inspired by books to join in our #ReadCookEat challenge.

The idea is to choose a book, either a world classic or modern fiction, or even memoirs and pick up a dish mentioned or described in that book and then recreate it in a recipe. Please say a few lines about your chosen book, and maybe even do a quote from the book.

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Thursday, 1 October 2015

Green pepper and sweetcorn tortilla

Today is a World Vegetarian Day. It initiates the whole month dedicated to the vegetarian way of living. To celebrate the Vegetarian Awareness Month many bloggers and brand sites are posting a variety of recipes. Apparently a few days ago, on the 27th of September to be precise, it was a Hug a Vegetarian day. You wonder sometimes who comes with these ideas, and why should I hug a vegetarian on that particular day, and not on any other. Incidentally 4 October will be the Feast Day of St Francis of Assisi.
Moving aside from this useful piece of trivia, did you have a meat-free meal today? We did, as I cooked a tortilla.
The idea for a tortilla was suggested by Green Giant who rustled up a few recipes for the World Veggie Day.

Green pepper and sweetcorn tortilla
1 big potato, boiled and diced
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1/2 tsp dried thyme
4tbsp olive oil + more
1 medium green sweet pepper, deseeded and chopped
3 small tomatoes, chopped
1tbsp fresh basil, chopped
4 medium eggs
4tbsp sweetcorn
2 heaped tbsp hard grated cheese
salt and pepper

Peel and cook a big potato, let it cool before dicing. In a frying pan pour 2tbsp of olive oil, when sizzling, add the finely chopped onion as well as a bit of thyme. Cook for about 5-7 minutes, stirring often, until the onion is soft and slightly browned. Remove from the heat. Slice the sweet pepper and tomatoes and cook with 2tbsp of olive oil for about 5 minutes. Add a tablespoon of fresh basil.
In a big mixing bowl beat the eggs. Season well. add the diced potatoes, onions, peppers and tomatoes, grated cheese and sweetcorn. Mix well. Pour into a frying pan and cook under the grill until set, or like me, pour in the oiled cake tin and bake in the oven at 180C for 15 minutes.
Cut into slices and eat hot.
It will keep well for another day, if you won't finish it all in one day. Just wrap it cold in cling film or foil and keep in the fridge overnight.

For another healthy vegetarian tortilla follow the recipe created by Green Giant. It uses much more sweetcorn in the recipe for obvious reasons.

Image credits: Green Giant

Sweetcorn and spinach tortilla (recipe courtesy of Green Giant)
2 medium onions
3 tbsp olive oil
300g bag spinach
250g/9oz potatoes
340g Green Giant sweet corn
6 large eggs
3 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
1. Peel and finely slice the onion, heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in the frying pan and cook the onion over a medium heat for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally until softened.
2. Meanwhile, peel the potatoes and cut into small dice, put into a pan with light salted water and boil for 8-10 minutes until just tender, drain. Add to the onions and cook for a further 5 minutes.
3. Cook the spinach in a large pan of boiling water for 1 minute until just wilted. Drain in a colander and immediately transfer to a bowl of cold water to stop cooking. Drain again, squeezing to extract excess water. Place on a board and roughly chop. Transfer to a large bowl.
4. Drain the sweet corn, add to the spinach with the potato and onions.
5. Lightly beat the eggs, season then stir into the vegetables.
6. Heat the remaining oil in the frying pan then add the egg mixture and cook over a medium low heat 10 -15 minutes or until almost set.
7. Remove from the heat, scatter over the cheese and pop under a hot grill for 2 minutes until the top is golden. Cover and stand for 10 minutes so the steam firms up the tortilla.
8. Run a palette knife around the edge to loosen the tortilla then slide onto a large flat plate. Cut into wedges and serve warm or cold.

If you liked this recipe, the Green Giant has plenty more of recipes and ideas on their site.

If you are a vegetarian or just try to celebrate the Vegetarian Awareness Month by staying meat-free (even some time during this month), you are welcome to link-up your vegetarian recipes.
It's a one-off linky in honour of the Vegetarian Awareness Month.
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Out and About September Round-up

It feels like we were only just moaning about going back to school, and now September is already yesterday's news. My Mum stayed with us for a month, and she offered to look after the boys, while my husband and I would go out to the restaurant. And so we did, and I even took a lot of photos. I might try to do a blog post about our dinner, though it is already a bit of a distant memory now.
What did our bloggers do in September?
Cheryl from Madhouse Family Reviews took the whole gang including grandparents to eat out at the newly-refurbished Treacle Mine Whitbread Inn in Polegate near Eastbourne. Kids were given an option of choosing just whichever combination of foods they fancied, and they had picked rather unusual ones. How about pizza with mash and peas? Well, I'm not so sure I'd fancy such a combo. The sign at the entrance set everyone off in giggles, and I can see why.

Image credits: Madhouse Family Reviews

Alison from Dragons and Fairy Dust is a chronicler of the North. Recently she and her men visited the Intu Metro Centre and popped into the locally based Beckleberry ice cream shop. This is a small family owned company which produces ice cream, sorbet and speciality desserts. They have received 80 great taste awards, how amazing is that?! I'd be very happy to tuck in into any of their delicious-looking ice creams.

Image credits: Dragons and Fairy Dust

Eileen from ET Speaks from Home and her family went for a short break to Ringwood and decided to drive to Moors Valley Country Park, which is not far from where they stayed. The kids were absolutely thrilled with an amount of climbing frames and playgrounds, and who wouldn't be?! And I'd be the first in the queue to have a photo taken with the big Gruffalo.

Image creidts: ET Speaks from Home

Back to Cheryl and her lovely trio. They spent a day at Fort Mardyck Zoo. This is a small Zoo which focuses on the native European species, they have about 250 animals covering 50 different species. The younger members of the family were also delighted to find a play area in the Zoo. It was a sunny day, and many animals were basking in the sunshine.

Image credits: Madhouse Family Reviews

Mel from The Diary of a Jewellery Lover made a trip of a lifetime, flying in a helicopter over the Grand Canyon. I know it's very impressive but I'd most likely die from fright or at least faint. Brave Mel found the scenery breathtaking. Though she was nervous to start with, it sounds like she enjoyed her trip very much. I guess a glass of bubbly might have helped. I cannot even look at the photos on her post without having heart palpitations.

Image credits: The Diary of a Jewellery Lover
Getting back to our shores, Mel took a trip to Dismaland. It has been in the news a lot recently, and I have read several blog reviews as well as posts on Facebook, describing the experience. Despite the fact that I did my MA in art theory and criticism, I am very choosy selective when it comes to modern art. And as it often happens with the modern art, it is more of a statement than actual art.

Image credits: The Diary of a Jewellery Lover
Some critics described Dismaland as the emperor's new clothes - a lot of hype, and less substance, with one pastiche over another. From what I've read and seen, I tend to agree. The entrance sign in big letters looks very much like the signposts of the nazi concentration camps, and that is in truly bad taste. And so are most of the exhibits in the show, like mini-boats with refugees with the dead bodies floating around, or the parody installation of the Cinderella's pumpkin coach crush.
That's of course, my personal opinion. Dancing Dandelions on the other hand found Dismaland depressingly brilliant, amazingly dismal and eerily awesome. It's fascinating to read all the different opinions and reviews in the papers and online, and this exhibition has definitely split the nation into admirers and harsh critics.
For me, the poster below sums it up in a way. You wait for something interesting. It might never materialise.

Image credits; Dancing Dandelions

Let's move from the dismaland to the sunny beach in Sothbourne, which Eileen from ET Speaks from Home visited while spending a few last days of summer holidays with her guys in Dorset. Dorset is glorious in any weather, but when the sun is shining, it's just perfect for frolicking on the sandy beach.

Image credits: ET Speaks from Home

From one beach to another - Eileen takes her children to the RockReef Activity Centre on Bournemouth Pier. Though this time they spent time indoors, having booked an adventure package which included the Fun Climb and HighLine. This looks like a great fun, and my guys would love it.

Image credits: ET Speaks from Home

Cheryl from Madhouse Family Reviews and her family are one active bunch. One weekend last month they opted to spend time in the multi-era reenactment camp in the local camp. As someone who loves costume and period dramas, I'd be thrilled to tag along. Juliette tried a suit of armour and nearly drowned in it, but Pierre was a true knight and held the sword with pride. The only reenactment camp I ever visited was staged in the Blenheim park many years ago.

Image credits: Madhouse Family Reviews

Fiona from Coombe Mill travelled to France. They explored the beautiful centre of Avignon, visited the castle, browsed the market stalls and left with lots of happy memories. I smiled when I read that the kids wanted to eat in the local MacDonald's. This brings memories of our trip to Naples, where little Sasha refused to eat anything in the fancy Italian restaurant, so we shocked our lunch companions by wandering across the square to buy the French fries in MacDonald's and coming back with a paper bag of fries with us.

Image credits: Coombe Mill

Alison from Dragons and Fairy Dust loved the poppies display at the Weeping Window and Woodhorn Museum. This was a spectacular display, and a very moving exhibition. Alison found it a fascinating experience and learnt a lot at the poignant tribute to the men who lost their lives in the war.

Image credits: Dragons and Fairy Dust
Zoe from Splodz Blogz always has some amazing adventures to share on her blog. This time she travelled to Obergurgl. Have you heard of it before? No, me neither. But if you like skiing and are looking for a decent snow, apparently that's the right spot for you. Obergurgl is Austria's highest parish and a village which has around 400 residents. It sits at 1.930m above the sea level. It looks awe-inspiring.

Image credits: Splodz Blogz
Unlike me, Zoe loves heights, and visits a lot of places where she can climb high up and admire the views from above. On her recent trip of track cycling she went up the ArcelorMittal Orbit in the London 2012 Olympic Park and had some great views across London. Whenever I read her posts, I think "Better you than me!", though I do admire her adventurous spirit.

Image credits: Splodz Blogz

And that splendid view ends our round-up for September.
See you soon!

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