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Tricolour grilled cheese sandwich recipe


Ok so I posted this steak and beetroot sandwich recipe a few weeks ago, see it here, and it went down pretty well so I thought I’d share my latest creation. My tricolour grilled cheese. It combines too of my favourite things. Tricolour salad (avocado, mozzarella, tomatoes) and sandwiches. Ok lets not beat around the bush. Here is what you need.


Ingredients (makes 2 sandwiches)

4 Slices of crusty bread. I used a thick crust bread like a tiger loaf.

Handful of cherry tomatoes ( I think big beef tomatoes would go better)

1 Ball of mozzarella

Selection of deli meats

Olive oil

Salt and pepper



Ingredients for the guacamole

1 avocado

Pinch of salt and pepper

1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

1/2 tsp garlic powder

Dash of olive oil

1 tbsp of chopped white onion

Dash of lemon juice.


Ok so first thing first. The guacamole. Now I am pretty proud of my little recipe I have for this. I originally just winged it but it always seems to taste good, and people always ask for the recipe so I took note and now I’m sharing it with you guys.

Ok so peel, pip and scoop out the avocado and cut it into cubes and put it in to your pestle and mortar. If you don’t have one of these a bowl and a masher or even a fork will do.

Mash the avocado into a pulp, then season with salt and pepper. Add the cayenne pepper, garlic powder and olive oil and keep mushing it all together. Always taste frequently when making this so you get it to the spice and season that you like.

Next chop up some onion, now  you only want about a tablespoon of chopped onion, and add it in. Once again pulp it all together. Then finally add your lemon juice. Start with a little then add a bit more to your liking. Remember you can always add a little more but you can’t take any away.

Ok once that is made move on to the main event. Cut your mozzarella ball into slices, slice the tomatoes and slice your bread into thick slices. I used cherry tomatoes as that was all I had, but I think big beef tomatoes would be amazing with this.

Next heat up a frying pan and add a dash of olive oil, with salt and pepper, once its heated up take your bread and sweep round the oil in the pan and let it fry off a little. Then flip it over and do the same to the other side. While this side is cooking add the mozzarella to one side of the bread. Once the cheese and started to melt a little, take the bread off the heat and prepare the rest of your sandwich.


I layered the meat over the mozzarella on one side and on the other side, I topped the guacamole with the cherry tomatoes. I then sandwiched it altogether and put it back on the heat, just to melt the cheese a little more.




This is the end result…don’t ask me why all the sandwiches I make seem to be monster big..but hey they taste so good. Drizzle with a little bit of balsamic glaze and your good to go!






So i did a very quick little shoot while we were in Italy, which briefly featured Abby, and the flowers that Richard had given me. It was sunny, but quite cold that day, hence the short shoot. But I like how the pictures came out a lot, I love using swimming pools, the reflections and shades of vibrant blue just look good as a backdrop.


Abby looking lovely with flowers in her hair, which is a nightmare. Me and Max were in the pool with her holding her up and placing flowers, then we had to get out of the way without disrupting her or the flowers for Richard to take the picture.. fun fun





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So the meats, cheese and fresh produce were amazing in Italy, but being me I particularly liked the cakes. Because there were so many of us a couple of times we ended up buying big cakes, so there was enough for everyone, the beauty was we never knew what we were getting and luckily no one had an allergies.


So lets begin.



So this cake, was a chocolate ice cream cake, sooo good, with the fancy chocolate covered top. Totally judged this cake by it’s appearance, and it totally paid off as this was amazing.




Next was this cake, look how weird the picture looks…oh well. We weren’t quite sure what this was, but it was crazy good, very nutty. No idea what it says on top though..



Next we have the little pastries from the patisserie down the road. I was sold by the packaging, so well packaged no?




And inside was just as good. All these beauts came to €5 which is crazy cheap I literally felt like I was robbing her because they were so good! Sooo soo good. So this became the favorite with all of us, so many cakes were brought. We ended the trip going there one last time picking up some nibbles which were different covered marzipan. we figured these would have the best luck staying intact.




So these were cute, but I’m not much of a marzipan person so Richard has been enjoying them.


So there’s the cake part, last installment of tomorrow is the rest of our pictures, don’t worry i’ll filter them so it wont be 8 pages long!!




Just a quick note to say thank you to all of your kind words on mine and Richards Engagement, completely over the moon!

Now onto today’s post we all know I have a small obsession with flowers, so why would it stop just because I was is Italy. I love how nearly every house had a display of flowers surrounding their windows and garden, as if there a giant flower show and the whole of Italy are competing. Here are some of my favorite pictures I took of floral displays.


How lovely is this, this is like my absolute dream. A house covered inside and out in plants and flowers.


Some beautiful flowers Richard brought for me the day before he proposed, guess he was trying to butter me up! These are from the local florist and old lady who watched as Richard gave them to me and gave me a lovely big smile and a wave.







I thought this little house was si pretty, completely covered, then I saw this little pot just in the window. Interesting no??


I saw these pink flowers everywhere in different shades, maybe its the popular flower of the moment. They were so vibrant and pretty though.



Everywhere I looked in Italy, balconies were just covered in flowers and plants, I love this one i particular because of the picture shrine beside it, its just so beautiful, I couldn’t not take a picture of it.



So there’s my snippet of floral Italy style for you, I tried so hard to get some pictures of the countless fields of sunflowers we drove past, but it was always at such a speed and no where to stop alas, I failed. But do enjoy these ones! Tomorrow Italian cakes and believe me there are quite a few!


Speak soon x


So we are back in the land of wifi, bar not being able to blog as much as I would have liked too, It was strangely refreshing, not being able to google anything, check emails and tweets constantly. Its amazing how much time I spend on the internet, but being without it for two weeks, well, it was nice. Saying that I am glad to have it back.

So the next few posts will be me finishing up our Italian adventures.


Abby carrying Amelia. It was lovely, for the twins to run around the square, plus we all got ice cream and just chilled for a bit.


While Ben and Tash were off doing important mum an dad things. ( Buying more sunscreen for the girls), Richard was watching Eliza (above) and Abby was watching Amelia, and I was enjoying the atmosphere that is Italy while taking a photo every now and then.



My mum and dad looking lovely and still very much in love, if not slightly burnt..




The main towers was being renovated, I think July is the month for all work to be done on big landmarks…either that or I have the worst luck. Anyway it was still beautiful to look at, Just ignore the group of Italians who are harnessed to the structure who look like they are about to burst into singing the YMCA.


A cheeky picture, because they both look adorable, this definitely isn’t making me broody…




Ok so we are officially off tomorrow morning for two weeks in Italy. Words can’t describe how excited I am. But before all the excitement I have a list the length of my arm of things I need to do before we go. So I thought I’d share with you my to-do list of essentials before going away.




So I hate the thought of coming home after a lovely holiday to a messy house. Or a messy kitchen in particular, just imagine the mould and flies right? So I always scrub my kitchen down and clean out the fridge. It’s a lot nicer coming home to a clean house and a made bed..believe one time I missed something and it was horrific. Banana plus flies hidden behind a vase, is not pretty. So I learnt my lesson thats for sure.

I have been lucky to travel quite a bit, so I like to think I have packing down quite well, or at least I should right? Well not exactly. I still constantly over pack things that I don’t end up wearing. So I have tried really hard to maximise my packing ability paired with my experience. Plus as we are flying with Ryanair.. we only paid for 1 piece of luggage, I know its going to be a stretch. We did manage to leave some items with my family who get free luggage allowance. Mum and dad are plane snobs so they are going with British Airways.  Anyway, so here is our packing all sorted out neatly…




Now be honest is this too much? Have I already over packed? I think it’s difficult to know what your going to wear in advance, especially if you haven’t pre planned where your going right?


Anyway, so I thought I’d tell you quickly about my watering system, though I’m not using it this time because I have a friend looking after the house, but what I have done in the past is filled up big bottles with water and pierced 2 small holes either end so the plant can get the water it needs. But with this, depending on how long you go away you need someone to refill it.. maybe a sprinkler on a timer would be more beneficial…hm.. Sort of feel like this post has turn into the mad ramblings of a 50+gardener. But hey I like gardening so nevermind..


But we off! We will hopefully be able to post a few things when we are away, plus I have a few planned posts for you to enjoy incase i can’t. If you have any recommendations of places we should check out do say. We will be staying in Sienna but we have a hire car, so would love some recommendations! We will be in Rome for 1 evening too, I’d love to possibly do a cooking class? or maybe a vineyard? Anyway email us or leave us a comment!




Have a lovely weekend all, and I will speak to you as soon as I can!!