Monthly Archives: March 2014

Beach Food

As a family, time spent on the beach is so precious… it is only a handful of days a year that we manage to spend by the ocean.  In the past we have had typical British weather … rain.  But this holiday we were so fortunate with days of glorious heat and sunshine… that we didn’t want to be anywhere else.

kelly kettle 

Days were spent getting up early, and heading to the beach before breakfast, staying until just after lunch.  Then heading off to a cooling garden somewhere and then back to the beach for a BBQ and sundowners.


Eating inside was not an option. So this meant carefully planning our daily menu and thinking of quick and simple meals to feed starving children and evening suppers that were worthy of such a glorious setting.


Breakfast.  We took our small gas burner, a frying pan and fried bacon for butties… using soft rolls and lots of ketchup.  The smell of it cooking wafting across the waves bought many an envious look from ravenous surfers! Dan took his Kelly Kettle to the beach, so within minutes we had hot boiling water and a good cup of tea… perfect.

beach breakfast 

Lunch.  A packed affair.  Ham and tomato rolls, cheese and cucumber sandwiches. Crisps and fruit. Ice cold  water. All kept cool in our cool box with many frozen ice packs for company.  I prefer to use a hard sided cool box as it’s easier to clean, stays upright (no sloppy spillage into the sand) and the lid can be used as a table.


Dinner.  A BBQ whilst watching the sunset.  We opted for using disposable BBQ’s purely because it’s lighter to carry along the beach… and with all the other stuff we have to carry (food, wine, body boards, buckets & spades) a small, light BBQ was the best option.


So what did we eat…


Asparagus spears wrapped in pancetta or bacon

Thick slices of Halloumi

Chipolata sausages with a soft roll & ketchup

Corn on the cob

Salmon foil parcels

Beefy tomatoes

Side salad

Hummus & carrot sticks


Cold beers, crisp rose wine & apple juice for the boys.


Salmon Parcels (one per person)


Salmon Fillet pieces

Slice of Lemon

Olive Oil

Salt & Pepper



Cut foil into squares and drizzle with olive oil (to prevent the salmon from sticking).

Place salmon onto the square. Place slice of lemon on top. Season.

Scrunch the foil around the salmon so it forms a little bag.  This allows the fish to steam.

Place on to BBQ and let it cook for 15 mins.. or until the fish is cooked through.


I found that quick simple food that needed little preparation time was the best.  In the morning before I left for the beach, I quickly made the lunch and prepped the evening meal and left it in the fridge so all we had to do was to swing by the cottage and pick it up on route back to the beach.

We absolutely love cooking outside. Do you? What recipes do you use?  I would love to know.  If the sunshine returns I am sure we will head to the coast, as I want to do this all over again!

This beautiful blog post was written by Lou Archell who has an amazing blog called Little Green Shed.   Check it out it is awesome.   All the photos were also taken by Lou Archell who retains their copyright.

An Omlette in the High Atlas.

The best meal of our trip in Morocco in February was at the Tizi-n-Test pass.  I have never eaten lunch with such a spectacular view.
Morrocco Omlette

We were en route from Ourigane in the Atlas Mountains to the walled town of Taroudant.
Getting there was something else – a road that just wound up and up on hair pin bends. At the top we stopped at this bare bricked building which to our surprise served lunch. It was simple and delicious.
A starter – salad of red onions, parsley, tomatoes, lemon juice and oil, followed by Berber omlettes cooked in tagines with lovely peppers and tomatoes, followed by almond biscuits and the sweetest Moroccon oranges (which were growing everywhere).

A light house lunch

Light houses always seem to feel like they are on the edge of the earth.  It was a spectacular way to spend a birthday afternoon.grass lighthouseMade even more spectacular when punctuated with fresh crab sandwiches and a glass of prosecco.crab sarniesTo make the crab sandwiches, it is way nicer to bring all the ingredients and make them in situ as opposed to preparing them before.  Yes it does mean you have to carry large heavy objects like a pepper grinder but I promise it is worth it in the end.

You will need a bunch of flat leaf parsley (cut some of the stalk in too to give it a nice crunch)

some fresh lemons

cracked black pepper

celery seed Halen Mon sea salt (since we were on the island of Mon)

extra virgin olive oil

fresh crab – we mixed it half brown meat and half white meat

a little mayonnaise

and some cress to garnish

Mix up the crab meat with chopped parsley, salt, pepper, mayo,  and a dash of lemon. Make your sandwiches with fresh brown bread and unsalted butter.  Wash down with a nice glass of prosecco.

lighthouse montageHold the hand of the person you came with and make sure you appreciate how lucky  you are.boys cyclingAnd then cycle home through the woods.

Cock-tails in Trafalgar Square


 A stylish birthday celebration in central London starts at dusk with an Amaretto sour. 

1For this exquisite cocktail you will need:

Ice a plenty

4 fresh lemons

Homemade sugar syrup

2 shots Amaretto

Orange peel


Shake everything except the ice in a kilner jar for ease (particularly useful when you’re in Trafalgar Square)  Taste with your thumb over a straw  and add more lemon, Amaretto or syrup depending on your mood.

Serve over serious amounts of ice and admire the view of the giant purple cockerel.

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Win! A Weekend Family Stay with Wild Hare Events at Hay Festival 2014

lotus belle tent in the woods

WIN! A weekend in a beautiful lotus tent hosted by Wild Hare Events at Hay Literary Festival 23rd/24th May!

Prize is suitable for 2 adults + children. It includes delicious breakfasts from our friends at Rude Health and campfire dinners cooked by our award-winning chef.


To enter: email your name to, quoting ‘Hay Competition’ in the subject line.


Alternatively, check out our Facebook Page or Twitter for more ways to enter.

If you would like to book your stay with Wild Hare for Hay Festival 2014, in a luscious green field just minutes from all the action, click here for more info.

(Please note the prize does not include tickets to any event at the festival. Winner will be chosen at random on 7th May 2014. There is no cash alternative to the prize, and it is only valid for the weekend of 23rd/24th May)


Coffee and Seagulls

Breakfast for two (and a bit) on a beautiful cloudless day.  The sun is rare in this hemisphere at this time of year so needs to be cherished when it makes an appearance.  There is no better way to cherish something than with scrambled eggs and smoked salmon.    eggs and salmon Scramble your eggs over a low heat with plenty of good butter, add the salmon and then trim chives on top.  Chives should always be trimmed with scissors, never cut on a board.  This keeps in all their flavour instead of leaving it on the board.e and c

A table for two on an empty beach looking over Cardigan Bay.

chairs and table

Followed by a pot of cardamom coffee, we like it sweet and strong.  Crush your cardamoms  with a teaspoon to release their flavour, allow 2 per person.

seagull coffee


Breakfast is at its best when shared with your best friends.


me eamon and petsBuster bear, we wish you had been with us too.


Tent Designer

Since it is International women’s day, I would like to introduce a young women of incredible skill and determination who is single handedly transforming “glamping” across the globe.


Hari Seddon is a 30 year old mother of two, former textiles teacher and a tent designer.

Last autumn, I thought it would be a great idea to set up a small festival camping business using bell tents.  Whilst searching on google for lovely pictures to use, I came across these beauties.

belle at night small

I couldn’t believe how unique and different they were.  I managed to find out what they were called and that’s how I found Hari.

Hari first came up with her design in 2005.  It took her approximately 6 years from first having the idea to getting them manufactured and the first shipment arrived in the UK in 2012.

Lotus Belle tents are made form the finest heavy weight, cream coloured cotton canvas, they have giant wooden toggles and a beautiful wooden central pole.  Everything about a Lotus Belle tent is luxurious.  Owning 40 of them I can definitely vouch for the fact that Hari’s tents are incredible quality, extremely durable and a definite show stopper.


“Glamping” as people call it, is incredibly popular now, all over the globe but “glamping” tents remain limited in design.  You can get a standard bell tent, which was first designed in the 1850s and made popular by the British Cavalry in the Crimean war.  Alternatively you could camp in a yurt – traditionally dwelling places of the Scythians, a horse riding, nomadic nation who lived in Asia 3000 years ago.  There is also the option of a tipi, a traditional Native American dwelling that has also been around for several hundred years.

You can probably see where I am going with this…..I find it remarkable that no one, until Hari came along, had designed a modern day luxury tent.

Hari’s incredible Lotus Belles are now gracing the campsites across the globe and providing a contemporary tent for “glampers” world wide.

What an inspiration.

If you wish to purchase your very own Lotus Belle, you can do so from.

Reading Goes Hand in Hand with Camping


According to an article published on the BBC website today, the average British household has 138 volumes on its shelves, less than half of which have been read,  “It is a kind of peacock-feather display,” says the writer and critic John Sutherland.

Well now, we all have a few volumes gathering dust on the shelves, but this fact was a little depressing to us at Wild Hare, especially since we have been busy planning our pop-up campsite at Hay Literary Festival.

Reading goes hand in hand with camping – whether it’s round the fire with a hot chocolate, under canvas with a maglite, or at the crack of dawn by the light of the sun, so we are especially excited to say we will be pitching for the first time in the town of books in May this year.

Watch this space for more information, and in the meantime, open that forgotten novel at the bottom of the pile in the living room…


An Island in a Loch

A night sleeping under the stars on an Island in a loch in Scotland.

the canoes
It was a days canoe out there and the same back. Freedom.
 canoes and a fire box We cooked chilli from scratch on the firebox, with wood we transported in.chillie

Things taste so much better when you go to that much effort.