Tasty Tortilla Pizza :-)

Tea tonight was simple and tasty.An easy peezy variation on Pizza which my lovely friend Becky told me about.She often makes these for dvd nights,snacks and yep even tea!
You will need

Pack of Tortilla wraps
jar of red pesto
mozarella
proscitto ham or salami
sliced olives
capers
anchovies(optional)
fresh basil to garnish( I forgot this 😦  )
Parmesan shavings( forgot these too!)
Black pepper to season.

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Your base is…….a tortilla wrap of course.
Simply spoon a little red pesto onto your wrap and spread evenly.

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Then choose your topping.Things did go a bit pear shaped at this point as I turned my back after putting some ham on my pizza…..only to discover our pet cat Tibbs whipping it away.Catastrophee!

So I started again and created mine with mozarella,salami,capers and olives.

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About eight minutes in the oven at 180 degrees and your tasty tortilla pizza is ready!

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Garnish with fresh basil and grated parmesan or if you forget to buy them like me….sprinkle on the black pepper. Repeat several times.You might want more than one!

Visiting Family and the Bowes Museum.

Last week I went to visit my family who live in Cumbria.My Mum and younger brother have lived there a while and my sister and her family have just moved up too. Only me left now but I’m definatly a lancashire lass and I’ll be remaining right here! It is always great to visit though. πŸ™‚
My old cat Teddy aka Teddy Sheringham( he was born during Euro 96) still lives with Mum.Like his namesake he has always enjoyed kicking a ball around, though usually the ping pong variety. He also likes to give me a playful swipe when I walk past him.He loves me really…..

Teddy perusing his fave bird book.

Mum has always been fond of discovering old castles and museums so my visit provided the perfect opportunity to drive 40 miles east to Teeside,county Durham and Bowes Museum. Bowes Museum is a grand stately home on the outskirts of Barnard Castle which was purpose built by John and Josephine Bowes in the 1800’s to house their wonderous collection of art and antiques.Avid collectors, their wish was to share their beautiful finds with the local people.Much of their collection was from France where John Bowes met his future wife Josephine an actress, after buying a theatre where she performed.

Bowes Museum

Bowes Museum is particularly famous for its beautiful 230 year old Silver Swan. I loved it! I wish my photo did it more justice.Its an automatan, one of several that the Bowes collected.It really does shimmer and sparkle.

The Silver Swan

A portrait of Josephine Bowes and her beloved dog Bernardine.

John and Josephine were passionate about building their museum but sadly Josephine died in 1874 before it was completed. John devoted the rest of his life to finishing it. we were glad he did.

A beautiful stained glass window.

After we had spent the morning exploring the museum we had our lunch in the lovely cafe there. The food was delicous and I was amused that the fries here are served in a teacup.Very Posh!

And after lunch we bobbed into Barnard Castle which is a bit of a haven for antique shops. I had a good old hunt for teacups : ). My favourite shop was a little vintage store called ‘My Generation.’ I cannot resist vintage shops.

Goodies in My Generation

It was definatly good to spend some quality time with Mum. : )

La Rosa and Whitby.

I thought I would share with you our recent trip to Whitby.I booked a night in the gorgeous La Rosa hotel which is perched high on the West Cliff with views of the harbor and the commanding presence of the old abbey. We were in good company.Lewis Carroll stayed here once. πŸ™‚

All the rooms are individually themed.We chose the ‘Stoker Room’ with its fabulously high bed and amazing views.Its decor was definantly inspired by Dracula too I think…


The furnishings at La Rosa are very quirky indeed.Think of it as a haven for teacups and taxidermy!

Mr Forbes the fox.

The Mad Hatters tearoom is downstairs : )

After we checked in and had a nosy around we went for a wander.The first thing to do was tackle the 199 steps up to the abbey. That was a killer!

The imposing abbey.

After that we definately needed cake.Marie Antionette’s serves the best hot chocolate and I loved my Lemon drizzle cake. Let me eat cake here again I say!
Marie Antoinette’s Patisserie

Scrummy coffee & walnut cake & Lemon Drizzle cake.

There are lots of quirky little shops to browse. I was excited to come accross ‘Dotty About Vintage’,located just over the little bridge in the centre. : )

Pretty things πŸ™‚

La Rosa is very near this whale bone arch given to Whitby by a town in Alaska.It very cleverly frames a perfect view.

In the evening we had a few drinks in the various old Inns scattered round this old seaside town. Most serve a grand choice of real ales which my other half is a big fan of.Alot are dog friendly which is great if your holidaying in Whitby with the hound. All are olde worldy.

After a cozy nights sleep and a leisurely lie in there was a knock on the door.Our breakfast had arrived.

Breakfast is a hamper delivered to your room in the morning.Croissants,fruit,cheese,yogurt,eggs,coffee,orangejuice and fruit cake.Fab! You can choose what time you would like it between 8-30am and 11am. If it was summer (or at least not a wet november morning) we would have definatly eaten it on the balcony.

We needn’t checkout until noon which gave us more time to explore. I wish I had booked another night!

All to soon it was time to head home to Lancashire. On the way we stopped off for lunch at an American diner ‘Uncle Joes’ near Pickering which looked interesting.

The bf had pulled pork,fries,coleslaw and beans.


The decor was pale blue and white with vintage touches.It’s a good place to take the kids too as they eat free during the day Mon-Fri.

Tee hee I think most of my pics have been food related!
Hope you enjoyed the pictures anyway. We had a lovely time. Have you ever visited Whitby?

The Old Vicarage Tearooms.

If your ever in the Forest of Bowland you may stumble on the tiny dwelling of Tosside.This pretty community is in an area of outstanding natural beauty with the east side of the village standing in Yorkshire and the west in Lancashire.The name Tosside actually derides from the old english word Tod meaning fox.

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And you cannot miss this rather handsome Fox weathervain in the centre of Tosside.Head West to the pub and East to The Old Vicarage tearooms. πŸ™‚

The Tearooms are owned by my friend Emmy.I might be a wee bit biased but she is a terrific cook specialising in home cooked meals using locally sorced ingredients.
Today we dropped by for a brew and cake.Yummy!

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Wil had Emmys delicous coffee and walnut cake and I had aΒ  scrumptious scone warm from the oven with strawberry jam and clotted cream.

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The decor in the Old Vicarage is very homely.Emmy is kind enough to sell some of my teacup candles for me as well as other homemade goodies and freshly laid farm eggs.

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And kids and even big kids can get busy colouring in these Foxy masks.Cool hey πŸ™‚

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So if you do ever find yourself in Tosside ( it is one of those places you kind of stumble accross on your travels!) be sure to bob in for a hearty meal or even for some of Emmy’s famous sticky toffee pudding.And watch out for those Foxes.They are everywhere πŸ˜‰