…they are two of my top picks! We travelled up to Scotland last Sunday for my mother’s wedding day in a beautiful castle in the middle of nowhere, so it’s been a strange week for me. We agreed to start the 4-hour drive earlier than necessary to make a mini-break of it and stayed in a beautiful Gretna hotel.
It’s a stunning area on the planet and the ideal location for a wedding. My mum had the most gorgeous bouquet of pink roses that she gave to me, much as I had brought her my bouquet at my wedding, which you can learn about here, and I figured it would be a perfect opportunity to dig out my Jimmy Choo Nova’s that I wore at my wedding.
Needless to mention, there was a variety with overeating of delicious foods such as sticky toffee pudding and this incredible ice cream. Normally, I like salted caramel ice cream, but this cookies and cream delight won me over!
Our hotel had an incredible breakfast buffet, and I managed to avoid the pastries and went for the cooked breakfast, which included haggis! I’d never had haggis before, but figured ‘when in Rome…’ and gave it a go. It was honestly very good, better than I had expected, but I’m not sure I’ll be adding it to my weekly shopping list anytime soon.
I found these unfamiliar to me Lindt chocolate flavours at one of the food halls we toured and knew I had to purchase them. I’ve already broken open the lime one, and it’s just stunning! It has a zesty flavour that adds a cool zing to it, and it tastes delicious. I’m looking forward to using the sesame version next.
We wanted to stop for lunch on the 4-hour drive back from Scotland at a gas station that happened to have a Waitrose attached to it. The quinoa and asparagus salad, as well as a chai latte, were purchased from Starbucks.
I wanted to balance all of the hearty Scottish cuisine by starting my weekend off right with this cherry and vanilla smoothie in a bowl with all of the extra toppings. Frozen cherries, vanilla protein, cashew nuts, pineapple, and unsweetened almond milk were blended together, and topped with juicy blueberries, raspberries, almond butter, and coconut Chocshot. I adore the beautiful pink colour, which reminded me of my mother’s roses.
To cool down from yesterday’s 28-degree sun, I had a vanilla chai shake.
You all know how much I adore courgetti, but occasionally it just isn’t enough when you’re craving a hearty meal. Last night, I made a lightened-up version of a classic carbonara, and it was a hit. For cake, I had new cherries and dark chocolate.
Since returning from Scotland, I’ve attempted to incorporate more vegetables into my meal, as suggested in my post earlier this week about the the vegetable intake. Along with curried rice, scrambled eggs, and avocado, roasted tomatoes have become a breakfast staple.
So, I hope you’re all enjoying an absolutely wonderful weekend! I’m planning on having a nice day and incorporating certain self-care practises such as applying coconut oil to my scalp, getting a manicure and pedicure, taking an afternoon nap, crafting, and watching Breaking Bad. I’m thinking about doing some baking as well!
Have you ever tried haggis or some such strange yet delicious delicacy?
What fresh chocolate flavours have you lately experimented with?