Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Beside the Seaside

Somewhere between the the seashore and the pier we decided to stay another day.

Maybe it was the breeze carrying gull-cries across the ocean, maybe it was the smell of seaweed, maybe it was the feeling of freedom that came from splashing through the shallows whilst granny pushed the pram, maybe it was the way we cuddled and giggled like teenagers as the water kissed our toes, maybe it was the unlikely sight of a pirate ship rollicking in the waves, maybe it was the way John's eyes widened as he looked to the horizon, maybe it was the sight of children mesmerised by rock pools, maybe it was the rainbow-coloured kiosks spilling over with sweeties or maybe it was simply the siren scent of fish and chips and the lure of Knickerbocker Glories.

But whatever the reason, the seaside called to us to stay, and we were very glad that we did.


  1. I am loving the picture of young Master Jumbles looking out to sea like a miniature pirate with his proud dad.

  2. Hello,

    I have really enjoyed reading your blog. you write beautifully and the pictures are lovely!

    I wonder if I could be cheeky and ask if you would mind sharing your recipe for the gluten free chocolate cake you posted a little while ago? My boyfriend is wheat intolerant and as yet as I have not found a recipe that turns into edible cake (they turn out like rubber or very dry and crumbly!). I hope you don't mind me asking! I could send my email address if you don't want to post it here!


  3. Hi Louise,

    Thanks for your comment. The chocolate fudge recipe is as follows:

    4oz butter
    2 beaten eggs
    2oz cocoa powder
    pinch of salt
    10oz sugar
    6oz gluten free flour
    1 tsp baking powder
    2 drops vanilla essence
    1 tbsp milk

    Put the sugar in a mixing bowl and add the hot melted butter. Mix well. Add the beaten eggs then sift in the flour, baking powder, cocoa and salt. Add the milk and essence and mix together to give a stiff consistency. Line 2 9" sandwich tins with greaseproof paper and pour the mixture in. Bake at 180 for 15-20 mins. Fill with chocolate butter icing and dust with icing sugar.

    It's a very dense, heavy cake whether you make it with gluten free flour or self-raising flour but it tastes soooo good and is a definite favourite in our house. I hope you enjoy it!

    ps. have you come across Gluten Free Girl and the Chef? (www.glutenfreegirl.blogspot.com) a lovely blog full of great gluten-free recipes.