Scottish Cranachan With a Wee Twist

Suzy Rhodes Fri, 01/16/2015 - 13:00
Scottish Cranachan

I grew up in a Scottish town (yes, in England)… in the 60’s Scotland had a bad recession and numerous Scots came down to this town because of the British Steel Works that had opened up and many jobs were available.  So a lot of my childhood friends were from Scotland.  Anyway, I had heard about Cranachan growing up but never really knew what it was until a friend of mine who lives just outside Edinburgh was telling me how to make it. 

Scottish Castle Hotels

Suzy Rhodes Wed, 01/14/2015 - 09:06


Have you ever dreamed of staying in an enchanted castle like in all the fairytales?  In Scotland there are so many castles that have been turned into luxurious hotels over the years; your dream could actually come true.  The only problem you’ll have is deciding which one to stay in.

I love going to the Celtic Castles Website for gathering information about different castles in Britain and Ireland. 

Edinburgh Castle - Scotland

Suzy Rhodes Mon, 01/12/2015 - 21:45

Scotland Edinburgh

Edinburgh Castle dominates the city’s skyline as it sits upon an extinct volcano, literally known as Castle Rock, for all to see and admire. This 900 year old fortress is the main reason for Edinburgh’s existence and has played a very important role in Scottish history. 


Edinburgh Castle Scotland

French Quiche Lorraine

Suzy Rhodes Sun, 01/11/2015 - 16:48
French Quiche Lorraine

This dish is known as a classic French dish, but did you know the quiche actually originated in Germany? The word quiche means ‘cake’ deriving from the German word Küchen.  High German dialects are spoken in the Moselle regions of Germany and also in parts of Lorraine France. The Lorraine Franconian word ‘Küeche’ turned into the French word ‘quiche’ and today we have ‘Quiche Lorraine’ which is named for the Lorraine region of France – originating from the German word Küeche. 

There's More Than Just London, You Know!

Suzy Rhodes Fri, 01/09/2015 - 15:14


I know…a trip to Europe typically means you’re trying to cram in the usual hotspots in a short 2, possibly 3 weeks – you’ve just got to see London, Paris and Rome and everything in between. How on earth do you fit it all in?  This is the reason why most visitors to England begin in London and some never go beyond that.  It’s a shame really; I think they’re missing out on the true English experience and it’s all just sitting right outside London waiting to enchant its next visitor. 

French Potato Soup

Suzy Rhodes Wed, 01/07/2015 - 18:24
French Potato Soup

Potage Parmentier

A French classic for cold winter days!

Picture Perfect!

Suzy Rhodes Tue, 01/06/2015 - 00:14


2014 Favorites

Now that we’re well into the year 2015 and currently making new goals for this blog, I thought I’d take a look at some of our favorite photos of Europe that we posted in 2014.  We have accumulated thousands of photos from our trips back to Europe and choosing particular photos was a tough endeavor however after picking from a variety of countries I’m happy with what I came up with. Here are 30 photos. Enjoy!

French Thin Crust Pizza

Suzy Rhodes Mon, 01/05/2015 - 10:58
French Thin Crust Pizza
Alsace France



Swiss Doughnuts - Shenkli

Suzy Rhodes Fri, 01/02/2015 - 08:55
Swiss Doughnuts

The Swiss name for these doughnuts are SHENKLI

Warm, deep-fried doughnuts are very popular in the winter in Switzerland.  Dip it in a chocolate fondue and you’ll have a true Swiss experience.  They are especially popular on Christmas Eve but doughnuts with fondue are eaten throughout the winter, especially at ski resorts.  Try just having one – hhmm I would say that’s pretty much impossible. 










Downton Abbey - Does It Have You Hooked Too?

Suzy Rhodes Thu, 01/01/2015 - 15:27


What makes this show one of the most critically acclaimed English-language television series ever watched?  It became so popular right from the beginning that by the third series it had become one of the most widely watched television drama shows in the world.  Five series and four years later (the fifth series being aired in the autumn of 2014 in the UK and Ireland) it has acclaimed numerous awards including a Golden Globe Award for Best Miniseries.