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Spanish Alfajores

Some sticky caramel goodness wrapped up in buttery biscuit form. This biscuit can be found all over Latin America, Spain and the Philippines and it happens to be one of the first treats I had upon arriving in Sevilla, in a little cafe opposite my flat! Normally the Spanish biscuits are sandwiched with dulce de leche, I made a caramel substitute, which tastes just as good. The coconut sprinkling is optional! They’re perfect with a cup of tea and 5 minutes of peace. You could just as well use tinned carnation caramel for these, I had a lot of leftover caramel which is going into some brownies. This particular recipe from Waitrose magazine uses golden syrup and dark sugars, which give it a gorgeous rich flavour and colour. I have to say seeing this Spanish gem gave me a whole lot of nostalgia and an urge to get baking. Check out a simple recipe on bbcgoodfood.com I do have a few hints and tips to make sure your beautiful biscuits go without a hitch… I …

Just A Lil Semana Somethin’

Wanted to share the first time I saw a real gosh darned Easter procession on my travels. I have to say, Seville was particularly impressive, this is where the proper old fashioned Catholic traditions are carried out in full. Malaga was another experience I won’t be forgetting in a hurry, which I shared with my friend Chrissy. The music and the overall shock of rounding a street corner to be faced with what looks like members of the KKK, (really just the brotherhoods) and a guy aggressively playing the trumpet, takes some doing. Religious festivals in Spain are an intriguing melting pot of solemn old world Catholic tradition and the buzz of a modern day crowd of spectators, that creates an experience you’re not likely to forget. Semana Santa is no exception. During holy week, the cities of Spain bubble with an undercurrent of excitement that’s palpable even to the casual visitor. Some cofradías or brotherhoods, have been preparing for the processions all year and when the day finally arrives the mounting excitement is contagious! …

Things to do in Birmingham

Speaking as a local Brummie, I know we sometimes get a few jokes and jibes about Birmingham..often accompanied by HILARIOUS comedy Birmingham accent, which by the way NEVER GETS OLD. There are, you may be surprised to hear, a whole truckload of exciting things to eat/do/see/experience in Birmingham that you’ve probably never heard of before! Well, strap yourselves in tight and prepare to be wowed by everything Birmingham has to offer aside from all the canals and comedic locals residents. Just a few things to do in Brum that’s blow your mind: See a concert at Symphony hall with the world class CBSO orchestra and choir. Treat your ears to a night out and catch a festival of Vaughn Williams, Mozart or Mendelssohn. Not your thing? Symphony hall and the ICC also play host to comedians, guest speakers and conventions so get your skates on. You can also pop to the Town Hall for many more performances. Go see a play at the newly re-opened REP theatre and while you’re at it, pop over the …

Before I’m 30…

In April, I’ll be turning 21. I’ve always thought of myself as a pretty independent girl, I like my own space, I like learning to do things by myself and if I’m determined to do something, I’ll follow it through. Now that I’m old enough to go do these crazy things and see the world, I feel like I want to make the most of it! There’s a ton of things I want to see, places I want to visit and things I want to achieve. Some of them might be more realistic than others… the chances of me learning not to freak out when I see tiny harmless spiders, is a distant dream and I don’t think I’ll be allowed to adopt any more cats… but there are some I can get started on ASAP!  The past two or three years have been biggest hurdles of my short but colourful life. Choosing to go to university, gaining a bit more independence and living abroad in Spain for a year has kind of opened my …

Places I’ve been, people I’ve seen…

I’ve been lucky enough while I’ve been in Spain, to travel around a bit and see some places a bit further afield.  Living in Seville was fantastic, it was small enough that I wasn’t feeling totally lost and shell-shocked, but big enough to provide lots of exploring opportunities. There’s a big student community in Seville, plenty of bars and cafes with student friendly prices and a crackin’ atmosphere. I landed on my feet doing my first internship there for a translation company. My housemates were always up for going out, meeting new people and trying everything that seville had to offer, which is good, because left to my own devices there’s a good chance I’d find a nice cafe with my equally nice book and forget about the world. I do that sometimes. So a handy kick up the arse was always on hand.If you’re thinking about visiting Sevilla, I would say go for it. It really is a stunning city and it’s one of the few places where you can drive yourself mental trying …