Easy Frosé Recipe

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Unless you've been living under a rock, and not checked Twitter or Instagram lately, you will have seen Frosé. It is basically frozen Rosé wine, made into a cocktail with splash of vodka and some strawberry syrup. I have seen a few recipes but I have put together my own simple recpie for you try out.

Depending on how many people you are making this for, and now boozy you want it, you can aways add more or less vodka... depending on what kind of occasion you are looking for. I think with my recipe it is fairly boozy but not in a paint thinner kind of way, just so you can taste the flavours and not feel like you are drinking an overly sweet smoothie.

I am not the world's biggest rose fan, as I am more of white or red drinker, but this combination does work really well together and I think it's perfect for a summers day, letting you sit back and pretend that you are on a hot sunny beach somewhere exotic.

First things first, you'll need to get a bottle of rose. I used a Blossom Hill one, you don't need to splash out on a £10-15 bottle as you are going to be adding things to it, so you won't be able to notice the more subtle tastes of a better quality bottle anyway.

Tip the rose into a plastic tub and leave in the freezer for at least 8 hours, I did this overnight but it needs to be at least 8 so it starts to crystallise. It won't freeze completely as it contains alcohol but will almost look like boozy slush puppies when you are done.

Then its time to make the syrup! I chopped into small pieces a handful of strawberries and covered them with around 100g of sugar. I then put this on a low heat until the sugar has dissolved. Be careful not to have the heat too high as the sugar will burn and you will need to start over again. Once this has turned into a pink liquid with a syrup texture, leave it to cool down. Ideally put into the fridge until your guests arrive or until you make your drink. If you are impatient, you could cool this down by placing the pan in cold water with ice cubes. Don't add water to the syrup as this will dilute the sugar and won't taste as sweet.

Once the syrup is cooled down pour it into a sieve and push the syrup through with a wooden spoon. This is to stop any pips getting into your drink, otherwise it will be a lumpy smoothie texture and won't be very nice when you come to drink it.

Finally combine the syrup and two to three shots of vodka with the frozen rose in a food processor or blender. This only takes a few seconds as you are only looking to mix the ingredients together, so be careful not over do it as it could go really watery.

Once your cocktail has been mixed, add it to your favourite cocktail glass and a strawberry to garnish. Then the only thing to do is to sit back and enjoy.

How to pack for camping

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I have just arrived back from a week camping in the Scottish Highlands, and I thought that I would share with you a list of camping tips that will help any newcomers to outdoor living. Particularly if you are struggling to find a guide, or just looking for some tips. I was pretty new to camping before this trip, so I just didn't know where to start when packing. What to take and what not to take.. it is a tough decision and I tweeted and googled but I just could find a guide or some tips to help someone like me out (I like my home comforts, and still want to look good, even when living in the woods!).

Well, here is my guide...

Plan your outfits for each day; figure out tops that would go with different jumpers or jackets so you can mix and match, and layer up in case you do get a little chilly in the evenings. Take a few thin jackets, that you can wear together, rather than one big coat, as this will take up less room in your bag and will be handy incase one gets a little dirty.

Check the weather forecast so you can plan for sun, wind or rain. I would always take a waterproof coat just in case it does rain, so that you aren't left too soggy and waiting to dry. You will then know how many jumpers or trousers to take depending on how hot it is going to be. Take this bit of advice at your own risk though, as who knows what the British weather will throw at you!

Comfy outdoor shoes are a must. Take a few pairs if you are unsure how comfy your current pair are. I would take some walking boots so you know they are going to be sturdy, and they are usually waterproof too. Some comfy trainers that you don't mind getting a little dirty, and some flip flops for the communal showers are also good suggestions, particularly if you aren't straying too far from the roads.

For toiletries, pack some of your miniatures or your samples; they will take up less room in your bag. I think this a good way to use up samples that you have been meaning to try out, especially if you don't have any minatures to use. You can pick up small empty bottles for a couple of pounds and fill these up with your favourites and then can you re-use these again, for when you go on your travels.

I found taking different bags super handy. I had one bag for clothes that I could keep in the tent or nearby and another bigger bag that I left in the car, with my dirty clothes and jumpers. This then meant I had more room in the tent and my clothes would stay fresh. I packed a canvas bag for my shower bits and bobs, this is useful as you wan't drop anything on the way to the shower.

Don't overpack! I know this is a lot easier to say than to do... I am guilty of this every time, as I like to have options, but you don't need to pack for every occasion and eventuality as if there are shops nearby you can always pick something up, if you need it.

Do you have any other camping tips?



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Last week, I was invited along to Nourish on Ecclesall Road. In case you haven't spotted it already while passing, it popped up a few months ago, as an addition to the store that is in the city centre opposite the Peace Gardens. I was already a fan of Nourish as I love the fresh healthy options they provides, and are especially suitable for when you are in a rush.

Those of us who attended the event tested samples from the menu. This was great for me, as I always want to try different things but am worried about not liking something I have just bought. After trying all the samples my fears were proved wrong as I was impressed with everything I tried and would certainly go back to the store to order any one of the menu items.

My favourite of all the samples was the Jerk Salmon. This contained a jerk paste with red pepper, cucumber, mixed leaf and a Nourish special salsa. I loved how the jerk was subtle but did provide a good kick to lift the ingredients. This is something I will go back to the shop to try again as I did throughly enjoy it.

The Manager, David explained the that meatballs are a clear favourite with the customers, which became apparent when customers weren't happy when they were taken off the menu on one occasion, and I can see why! The meatballs are really juicy and full of flavour, they are served with Moroccan flavours and seasoning. This was a great twist on the spag bol sauce that I am used to having this served with.

After sampling the dishes we tried the chocolate avocado mousse, yes avocado mousse! I know what you are thinking, how can this be tasty? We have all seen the recipes where people have tried this out for themselves and have failed miserably... well Nourish have certainly got this recipe right and it was amazinggggg. I need to go back for more of this.

If you are looking for a quick lunch or breakfast, check out Nourish!
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