Grilled chicken with canarian potatoes and mojo sauce recipes

After a lovely holiday on the canarian island of Tenerife, I fell in love with the traditional food that they offered. On arriving home, I wanted to recreate the tastes of the Canary Islands so I found out how to make some of their specialities. One of those flavoursome foods were canarian potatoes which turned out to be quite simple to make. 

How to:

New potatoes


Sea salt

Boil new potatoes in very salty water for 15 mins (skin on), then drain most of the water leaving a little bit in the bottom of the pan. Wait for the water to dry up completely, which will allow all of the sea salt to flavour the potatoes. 

The mojo sauce that I tried in Tenerife was amazing with chicken. Here is the recipe Mojo sauce recipe HERE

I hope you enjoy a taste of the Canary Islands! 


Gift ideas for Valentine’s Day

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I thought I’d put together a few unique gift ideas for Valentine’s Day. I’ve included options for couples and male/female friendly gifts for that special someone in your life!

Living Social are offering a spa day with a treatment from £39 Nationwide (UK). Spa with treatment for one (£39, or 2 £78)

Also on offer is a Brewery Tour and tasting day for 2 for only £12. This is in Durham, which is also a lovely old town where you can hire rowing boats or visit the cathedral. Brewery and tasting tour.

You can also buy your own kits from The Range for £19.99 to have a go at making your own beer/wine/cider.

If you’re more of a foodie and fancy a gorgeous meal served in an unusual way then visit Viva Brazil, they are offering a 2-4-1 discount on a Tastecard which means two people can eat at their full rodizio for less! Tastecard have a 90 day trial that you can try out for £1.

Another glorious day at the spa is Slaley Hall in Northumberland where you can use spa facilities with coffee and Danish pastries for 2 for only £25. This also gives you 20% off treatment prices. Ahhh luxury! Spa day with coffee and pastries

If you’re looking for somewhere to stay near to Slaley hall then you can hire a caravan from a small, peaceful site nestled in Slaley forest called Springhouse country park. This is an also an excellent base to explore Northumberland and has a straight road to Carlisle making it easy access to the Lake District. I recommend having a short drive into Hexham and Corbridge while you’re there, they’re such gorgeous country towns.

If your partner is a thrill seeker why not book them something memorable? A flying lesson is something out of the ordinary that they’ll never forget. With a flying taster session starting from £69 from Durham Aerosports the sky really is the limit!

A little bit of luxury for almost half the price with boots offer of Sanctuary spa with love gift set. A bargain at £22!

If you’d like a nice romantic candle lit night in then morrisons are offering a Valentine’s meal deal for two, which includes:  1 Main, 2 Sides and 1 Dessert & 1 Wine or Chocolates for £15.00.

How about a day handling cute little owls? For those animal lovers in your life, go for Owl Handling day rom £19 for a 2 hour handling experience.

You could also visit Alnwick castle and gardens to see where Harry Potter was filmed (speaking of owls!).

Maybe a 2-3 night glamping experience sounds like something dreams are made of? For £49 you can do just that! Northumberland wigwam glamping

Last, but not least how about a spot of afternoon tea? At the Royal hotel in Whitley Bay you can have tea by the sea for only £15! Afternoon tea for two. Finished off with a stroll on our beautiful coastline. Perfect!

If anything isn’t local to you then please check out wowcher,  groupon and living social for deals closer to home.

UK staycation ideas

Looking for some ideas for holidays at home? I’ve gathered a few deals and offers that are available at the moment and thought I’d share them on here incase anyone is looking for inspiration. 

Wowcher is offering a glamping holiday for 5 in the Forest of Dean from only £39, perfect to take the kids away for a cheap mini break. You could even extend your stay and find a local travelodge where your pooch may be allowed to stay with you! If booked in advance rooms can be found for as little as £29!

There’s tons to see and do for all the family in the area, and check out local pubs for dog friendly places to eat, such as Wyndham hotel. Fun for all the family!

If you’re looking for something cheap for the two of you and you have a passport handy, wowcher are also offering a 2 night mini cruise to Amsterdam for £85 for 2 departing from Newcastle. Amsterdam for 2

If you fancy some nice spa time for you and your partner or the girls then living social has a fab deal offering a spa day with 2 treatments, 2 course meal and use of facilities for £99 for 2 people. If you don’t live nearby and fancy making a nice break of it then why not go up the coast to Seahouses where you can stay at Springhill farm glamping for as little as £19.50 per adult per night £14 per child (under14) per night (Under 1 free) !

 “Hides”, as they are so quirkily named, sleep up to 4 people with ensuite and kitchen facilities. Bargain! 

If you’re staying in Seahouses then please do try the fish and chips and take a drive over to Holy Island for something different to do. Please check the tide times before you go!