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Thai prawn cakes with rocket salad and dipping sauce

659470-1-eng-GB_thai-prawn-cakes-with-dipping-sauce-and-rocket-salad-470x540One thing we love about summer is all of the flavours that go hand-in-hand with it, which why we’re sharing a recipe today that is packed full of deliciousness and is ideal for summer starters or tapas. These prawn cakes are ridiculously easy to make, but are sure to impress, especially when served alongside the homemade dipping sauce and seasonal rocket salad. Each bite of the cakes bursts with lime, ginger and coriander, so not only are they simple to make, but they’re also extremely tasty! Continue reading “Thai prawn cakes with rocket salad and dipping sauce”

Wallflowers, reticules and the upper crust !


Caroline and Bettina, representing our WI, kindly accepted our invitation to join the Hartburn Townswomen’s Guild for their 72nd birthday celebrations yesterday, and what a party it was !

We were joined by the two Sheilas representing the Hartburn Afternoon WI and treated to a lovely supper of ham salad and indulgent desserts, including a very moreish chocolate cake. This was closely followed by a rendition of Happy Birthday and then the President  cut their delicious fruit cake.

Our members may remember the wonderful presentation once given by Maeve Nattrass on ‘That Woman Wallis’, so you can imagine our delight when she appeared to talk to us about the Pride and Prejudice Regency period way of life and attire of the day. Maeve did not disappoint and we were soon giggling away as she recounted tales of dandies, the language of the fan and the contents of a lady’s reticule, as well as the origins of terms such as wallflower and the upper crust.

It was a pleasure to be able to come together with friends to celebrate another local institution – many thanks to HTG for inviting us along and long may you continue !


A solstice to remember !


Unfortunately, someone forgot to tell Seaton Carew that today was the hottest June day in 40 years, so it was a select few that braved the rain for our Strolling Sisters beach walk.

Undaunted, the chatter flowed as much as the rain and we were all still smiling as we walked along the beach, across the dunes and then back through North Gare salt marshes onto Seaton Front. A rare moment of sunshine afforded us the opportunity to take the picture above, but as you can see, we were a little damp !!

As ever we ended our visit with a spot of lunch, this time visiting the wonderful Glady’s Vintage Tea Room. Despite being dripping wet we were welcomed with open arms, even being given dry towels upon which to sit, as we enjoyed a welcome cuppa and a bite to eat.

Our next walk will be on Wednesday 19 July when we will be walking around Hardwick Country Park at Sedgefield, full details to follow but all welcome !