'Before I Sail' Wishlist

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

The Betty Stamp is going into re vamp mode, I'm setting sail on the big blue for 5 months and will have zero access to my kitchen :( Boo hiss boo. BUT before I / you get my / your knickers in a twist, I'm going to be travelling and exploring the delicious delicacies of Mexico, Hawaii, Peru, Tonga, Samoa, NZ, Oz, Bali, Java, you name it, and I plan on snapping and stealing recipes from these stunning countries to share with you beautiful people.

I have 12 days left in the UK …. 12! (AH) so am trying to cram as much in as possible, splitting my time between family in Somerset, William in Leeds and friends in London. So much to do! So I thought I'd have a wishlist brain storm as you might like to take part in some of these shenanigans too!

'Made With Love by Betty' Gingerbread Biscuits

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

The Betty Stamp Lifestyle Blog Gingerbread Men Recipe

Gosh and golly I have MISSED my kitchen!

What makes it even more the sweeter is that my new flatmate is an OCD cleaner and has rearranged all my cupboards so that they make sense! Thanking you kindly new flatmate.

I have been waiting months to use my new rolling pin which, as you can see is the bee's knees! (Thank you Scout and Megan <3) You can find these babies on Not On The High Street

11 Mouth Watering Recipe Blogs

Friday, 28 August 2015

The Betty Stamp Recipe Blogs

It's been a summer stuffed with sunshine, Shakespeare and singing, meaning my work / life balance has been thrown slightly out of kilter and I've neglected my lovely blog :( But I've missed it too much and will be making a vow to blog my socks off even whilst I'm away from home. 

In between touring the stunning countryside of Kent performing in castle grounds, Himilayan gardens and even vineyards(!) I found so much happiness in recipe stalking and drooling over what could be if I were back in my own kitchen. 

My stalking generally occurs around midnight, just to torment my tummy and leave me dreaming of quadruple chocolate fudge cookies or rustic home baked breads topped with 5 types of parmesan and rosemary….mmm bread. 

So I thought, whilst I can't blog about my own recipes, I'll share other peoples :)

Ergo - here's my tantalising top 11 recipe blogs of August. 

An Afternoon Tea Affair

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

The Betty Stamp Lifestyle Blog Afternoon Tea

What springs to mind when mentioning a typically tempting, indulgent British afternoon? For me it's spending quality time down in Somerset with my family, treating ourselves to a long overdue catch up whilst stuffing our chops full of clotted cream scones and mini cakelets! (Yes I have just made up the word cakelets…I'm going to roll with that one, I rather enjoy it)

So that is exactly what we did!

And we all know how much I love a girly afternoon tea!

But not just the one afternoon tea this time, no siree! We only went and had two! Not on the same day though - that would have just been plain greedy (!)

Baby Kale, Pea and Gruyere Dip!

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

The Betty Stamp Lifestyle Blog Pea Kale Gruyere Dip Recipe

Long gone are the days of cosy winter warming soups, belly busting lasagnes and sizzling stews. Summer is fast approaching and my tummy is preparing itself for all the delicious smokey BBQ'd meats and salady summer cuisines in store!

Time to dive nose deep into recipe books and get experimenting with some refreshing seasonal ingredients for said BBQ's!

Salted Chocolate Popcorn Crispy Cakes!

Thursday, 14 May 2015

The Betty Stamp Lifestyle Blog Popcorn Salted Chocolate Rice Crispy Cakes

You know that feeling of utter joy when you forget you've made something the night before and open your fridge the morning after… yeah that.


That was my breakfast sorted. Sweet yet salty, chocolatey, sticky marshmallowy yumminess! These babies are the easy peasiest treat to whip up in less than 20 minutes.

And lets face it, who doesn't love the humble rice crispy cake. (If you answered 'me' to said question, we need to have some serious words)

Oliver Bonas // Wish List

Monday, 4 May 2015

Oliver Bonas Wish list clothes furniture copper glassware The Betty Stamp

This shop does bad things to me…in the best way possible.

I become like a magpie ogling every item, EVERY item. There isn't a single thing in Oliver Bonas which I do not want.

Anyone else feel the same?

10 Favourites // April Edition

Saturday, 2 May 2015

Drip drip drop little April showers…la la la does anyone actually know the rest of the words? Because I don't. Well I've been a busy B this month keeping myself amused whilst William is rehearsing up north. Highlights being- spending quality time with my bezzie who's back from tour, baking to my heart's content and I got a job! <3

Song of the month: Friday I'm In Love - The Cure

Gooey Banoffee Cookies

Saturday, 25 April 2015

Gooey Banoffee Dairy Milk Cookies Recipe The Betty Stamp

The leaning tower of cookies! I impressed myself with this one, it was even trickier to stack than my millionaire shortbread. These tumbled straight after I'd taken the photo. Maybe I'll make food towers my trademark. Food for thought!

I've just eaten Fruitella for breakfast. That just happened. And I'm probably going to eat these cookies for lunch…weellll it is the weekend, I'm allowed.

The Ultimate Hangover Eggs

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

How To Poach An Egg Hangover Cure Food The Betty Stamp

Poached, scrambled, boiled with soldiers, omelett-ed, Benedict-ed or sunny side up! I LOVE EGGS. Eggs eggs eggs.

I enjoy mine most of all with a runny yolk spilling down the side of an egg cup with marmite soldiers for dunking :)

mmm nothing better.

As eggs are a proven hangover cure, I've decided to team them with a few more 'morning after'-friendly ingredients to make the ultimate alcohol-busting breakfast cure! And what better way to find egg-inspiration (eggspiration?) than to have a mooch around the British Lion Eggs site - they have some cracking scrambled egg recipes! (see what I did there) :)

Spring Caprese Salad with a Lemon Basil Dressing

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Caprese Salad Recipe The Betty Stamp

Sunshine, lollipops and rainbows! La la la. This weather is like a happy drug and with great weather must come great food! This salad is all kinds of zingy, creamy and bursting with sunny flavour.

Perfect for a packed lunch or to throw together for a picnic with pals! (and fruity cider)

Prairie Charms Goodies + GIVEAWAY

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

First of all - get your sun cream at the ready...I only went and got burnt today when I was walking the pooches...Summer is springing itself upon us ! (See what I did there) Second of all - because I'm feeling jovial, I thought I'd host a giveaway of a couple of dainty products I recently received after buying a ditsy olive floral up-do wrap from Prairie Charms.

Salted Caramel Mini Egg Millionaire Shortbread (!)

Friday, 3 April 2015

Mini Egg Millionaire Shortbread Easter The Betty Stamp

Easter is finally here! That means 3 things - my kitchen is a state, I feel sick already from all the sugar I've consumed and I'm seeing William!!!

For me, Easter is being with the family- having Easter egg hunts in the garden with my cousins and a massive roast lamb(!) This year will be slightly different, but boy am I one excited puppy about it. William's moved away with work for 3 months and my parents have jetted off to Thailand…as you do (jealous doesn't even cover it) so William's family have kindly adopted me for the weekend which I'm very happy about and it means I get to see my boy!

10 Favourites // March Edition

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Looking back over the last 30(1) days and deciding which have been the best bits to share with you has become one of my favourite things to do. After squashing my Jan/Feb Edition into one post, I've decided 5 things just isn't enough. Too many happy events happen in a whole month - 10 favourites it is!

March has been my best-loved month of 2015 so far. My motivation wasn't at it's highest in February but March has been a whole new ball game... I think it helped having a certain little ball of fluff bumbling around the house for a week… :)

Sticky Hot Cross Buns

Thursday, 26 March 2015

The Betty Stamp Lifestyle Sticky Hot Cross bun recipe

Toasted, buttered and stuffed full of currants is how I enjoy my Easter hot cross bun. And what better way to make my (your) Thursday a happier one than to fill your kitchen with the scent of cinnamon and freshly baked buns!

The Duck and Waffle // London

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Duck and Waffle London Restaurant Review The Betty Stamp

I'm quite a vocal eater - if I'm enjoying my food you will definitely know about it and I think every diner in The Duck and Waffle knew about it! I'm not quite sure how many times I said 'nom nom nom' or 'oh my god' with every succulent mouthful of the delectable cuisine that was placed in front of me, but it was verging on too many! It was the only conversation William could get out of me.

Guinness Mud Cake

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Chocolate Guinness Cake Recipe The Betty Stamp

Just like a puppy, a chocolate Guinness mud cake isn't just for  Christmas St Patrick's Day. I would happily devour the entirety of this dreamy cake on any occasion. A few friends and I road tested this devil of a cake last night accompanied by a great big dollop of vanilla bean ice cream…heaven on a plate.

A Blissful Afternoon Tea at Betty's

Thursday, 12 March 2015

bettys afternoon tea the betty stamp

If you love all things quintessentially British and you're familiar with the north of England, then you've most likely been well acquainted with Betty's Tearooms. I spent my weekend being thoroughly spoilt by William and his family in York and treated to the most beautiful afternoon tea, jam-packed full of clotted cream scones, (pronounced 's-gones' not 'sg-owns' as I'm a southern softy) mini macarons and generously stuffed sarnies.


Sunday, 1 March 2015

These incredible creations JaneMade breathes life into from just the nib of a pencil leave me flabbergasted every time. I find my eyes glued to the laptop screen for a good 5 minutes baffled by the detail and character she brings to her bespoke drawings. I've been very excited to write this post as Jane herself was kind enough to divulge a few secrets behind her intricate designs and how JaneMade came about. 

Top to Toe // Skin Quenchers

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Skin Quenchers / moisturisers korres

Let the battle of the dry skin commence! Lads and lasses I want to share with you a few of my skin quenching secrets. If like me you prefer products which your skin drinks up rather than those than sit heavily on your skin, then have a gander at a few of my go-to essentials! My basket full of lotions & potions is pretty stonking, but the few rescue remedy products I use daily rarely change.

10 Favourites // Jan & Feb Edition(!)

Friday, 20 February 2015

Leaping lizards! I forgot to write a 5 Favourites January edition *slap my wrist.* Sincerest apologies from me to you. To say sorry properly I have squashed Jan & Feb into one and written a 10 Favourites Edition!

13 Naughty Valentines Recipes

Friday, 13 February 2015

Valentine's day is very much like Marmite. Whilst some prefer to tuck into a tub of Ben and Jezzers and ignore the pink, fluffy, Hallmark holiday all together, others bask in its romantic, balloon filled, teddy bear giving, chocolatey sweetness and decide to make a treasure hunt for their boyfriend ending with themselves jumping out of a cardboard box in the buff. (I'm actually going to do that but without the naked ending(!)…don't tell William shh)

*Naughty* Terry's Chocolate Orange Cupcakes

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Now I don't mean to get all your feathers in a fluff...but these are quite possibly the best cupcakes in the entire world. That's right - the entire world. And quite possibly the universe also. (Unless you don't like Terry's chocolate orange…in which case, I don't think we can be friends. Or in the very least you'd have some serious explaining to do)!

SNIFFY WIFFY #onlyfoolsdontchecktheirballs

Saturday, 31 January 2015

I'm going to be talking boobies and willies - big time. Males/females/transgender- we all have them, but a lot of us don't feel comfortable talking or asking about them, especially when it comes to self-checking.

Rosemary Cheddar & Broccoli Scones

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

A lot of my earliest memories as a tot involve my mum taking me to cafes and letting me share her cheese scone :) It may sound silly but they're such comforting memories and even now when we galavant off for a girly shopping day, we'll head straight to John Lewis for a cheese scone and a cuppa before beginning any kind of retail therapy.

Swingers London // Mini Golf Pop Up Bar

Saturday, 24 January 2015

This would be my ideal first date place - tasty grub, drinks flowing and a competitive sport! Safe to say my friend's reactions were a little confused when I mentioned William & I were going to Swingers London on Thursday night. Not that kind of Swingers (!) I replied.

Happiest Find // Missguided Sportswear

Thursday, 22 January 2015

I just stumbled across the Missguided sportswear collection on Twitter and I'm so glad I did! Have you seen it? It's crammed full of funky designs, colourful leggings and crop tops that will surely make a workout more fun! Anything to distract me from the exercise agony!

Baked Chorizo Scotch Eggs

Monday, 19 January 2015

Chorizo. Baked. Scotch. Eggs. I mean…as far as eggs go…these are pretty much the king of the eggs.

ASOS // Wishlist

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

I adore Asos. But is anyone else's relationship with Asos like this ? ...

Home Spa Evening // Perfect Pamper Products

Saturday, 10 January 2015

Every girl needs a home rescue pamper kit for those times when stresses take there toll. The beginning of a new year especially is an opportune time to sit back and reflect with a great big dollop of mud pack on your face.

Happiest Find // Donna Wilson

I've managed to avoid the January sales thus far *pat on the back* but today I just thought I'd take a teeny tiny peek to see if anything tickled my pickle. And I'm so glad I did, because on my quest to find some new Wintery warmers, I stumbled across the Donna Wilson website...

BBQ Chicken Loaded Sweet Potatoes

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

A guilt free dinner crammed full of the tastiest flavours. A creamy avocado, crumbly feta, sweet BBQ chicken and wholesome sweet potato, what more could you ask for.

5 Favourites // December Edition

Thursday, 1 January 2015

Cavapoo puppy the betty stamp

Festive round up time - 5 favourite things which have made me beam this frosty December. I hope they make you happy too! Scout says Happy New Year everyone, woof x