13th February 2018 by - No comments

We are in sunny Antalya for the half term holidays! It was such a wonderful treat waking up late and seeing blue skies and sunshine.

The sun just lifts your spirits, making the world look so sparkling and fabulous!
I took a long walk by the sea this morning. Breathing in the fresh sea air, it was so invigorating!

Every time I come to Antalya there are places I love to visit.

Ataturk’s home in Antalya is one of my favourites, and a must see for anyone visiting Antalya!

The Museum –

Atatürk’s House (Atatürk Evi ve Müzesi) is a museum that displays the visits the first president of the Turkish Republic Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, made to Antalya in the 1930s.

The current building is an exact replica of the original house where Atatürk stayed and the exhibitions inside are very interesting.

Displays include original items of Ataturk’s clothing, books, furniture.

The museum is located in the center of Antalya right beside the ‘Kale Ici’ area by the port.
It is open daily and entrance is free.

A Must See –

The importance of Ataturk to Turkish people cannot be put into words. He is not only the founder of the Turkish republic, he continues to be an inspiration to Turks of all ages.

This museum is small but must be seen to just get a feel for what type of person this great leader was.

There is no oppulence in his residence. No glittering gold furniture or antiques that would be seen in the Ottoman palaces. The rooms are well furnished but sparce. Elegant and understated.

Mustafa Kemal Ataturk was a man of the people. He was well groomed and took pride in his appearance.

A must see when in Antalya.

5th February 2018 by - No comments

I have never been hugely into politics, but I do like to keep up to date with this complex world that we live in. I like to know who is in charge of ruling our country and other if only to figure out why they make the decisions they make.

Politicians are very interesting indeed, they have very difficult jobs, and so much responsibility.

The same can be said about journalists. Without journalists, newspapers, news channels, how would we know anything about politics and the world we live it. In many ways I feel the journalists have the tougest job of all. Conveying the ‘correct’ news to us all so that we know the truth.

There are some instances however when the politicians do not want the public to know about the truth, thats when the problems arise.

The Post is based exactly on this, a newspaper tries to expose the wrong doing of the politicians, and the politicians try their best to stop it from being published.

The Movie –

Katharine Graham is the first female publisher of a major American newspaper — The Washington Post. With help from editor Ben Bradlee, Graham races to catch up with The New York Times to expose a massive cover-up of government secrets that spans three decades and four U.S. presidents. Together, they must overcome their differences as they risk their careers — and very freedom — to help bring long-buried truths to light.

Verdict-

This movie is based on a true story. The cast is top class – Tom Hanks & Meryl Streep.

It is very political though. The first hour was quite difficult to comprehend at times. But make sure you sit it through to the end when things get clearer. A good movie.

Lets see if The Post gets an Oscar! I think it deserves one for sure.

It can be seen on the big screen now at cinemas Nationwide.

30th January 2018 by - No comments

I have always loved breakfast! As soon as Im up, dressed, the dishwasher is emptied its time to get everyone fed.

At the weekends we love our family breakfasts with eggs, toasted breads, fresh pastries and jams. But during the week we are all in such a rush and to get to school and work, its the quick breakfasts which are the best.

My boys love cereals and porridge, I tend to go for bran flakes, but lately its been getting a bit monotonous and Ive been exploring other quick healthy breakfast ideas.

There’s been a lot of talk about ‘Bircher Muesli’ in the press lately, Deliciously Ella has brought out her own ‘ready made’ variety which has had mixed reviews, but I always like to make things at home before I reach for the ‘ready made’ variety. Im not a big fan of dried up fruits which are hard and get stuck in your teeth in cereals. Why not use fresh fruits instead?

So here is my super simple ‘Bircher Muesli’ recipe. Muesli is a breakfast dish based on raw oats, and other ingredients like grains, fresh or dried fruits and milk of any kind. Bircher adds freshly grated apple into the mixture making it less dry, and more fresh and crunchy. Whats great is about this is it can be made the night before, like overnight oats, and so all you need to do in the morning is enjoy!

Ingredients – (makes enough for 2 jars)

  • 1 large eating apple peeled and coarsely grated
  • 50 grams rolled oats
  • 1 tablespoon Chai seeds
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin seeds
  • 100grams Full fat natural bio-yogurt
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 100ml cold water
  • To top with  – sliced bananas, a drizzle of honey, berries – anything really!

Method –

In a bowl add the grated apple, seeds, oats, cinnamon. Give the dry ingredients a good mix. Then add the yogurt and water. Mix until all the wet and dry ingredients are incorporated.

I then spooned the mixture into two glass jars with lids. These jars can be kept in the fridge for 1-2 days. And voila! Ready made yummy Bircher Muesli!

In the morning all you have to do is open the jar, top with slices of banana, add berries and a drizzle of honey! I add more cinnamon too. Its gooey, creamy and crunchy! Yum!

Who needs dried ready made cereals, homemade always tastes much better!

Enjoy! xxx