Saturday, 11 November 2017

LA VILLA, LOPUD (MATTYB RECOMMENDS)



Time for dinner at the pretty little konoba known as La Villa which stands out against the other restaurants along the Lopud sea front with it's beautiful terrace decorated with green vines which twist and turn all around the walls and roof. It's a gorgeous place to sit down and enjoy dinner but does the food match up to the setting?

Saturday, 4 November 2017

RESTORAN DUBROVNIK (MATTYB RECOMMENDS)



Don't be fooled by the name! Restoran Dubrovnik is not actually on the mainland of Croatia but is actually another restaurant (or "konoba" to use the local lingo) on the beautiful island of Lopud, just under one hours ferry ride away from Dubrovnik. Restoran Dubrovnik is one that always pops out when you google up about the island. They seem to have the biggest social media profile as well as featuring quite highly on sites such as Tripadvisor. We did stop by when we visited last year after a day at Sunj beach for a quick lunch but this year we decided we would take a relaxing dinner there to really take the time to sample what they had on offer!

Sunday, 29 October 2017

A RAINY EVENING AT MANDRAC (MATTYB RECOMMENDS)



The weather on Lopud is on the whole, gloriously clear and warm however on our trip to the island this year we unfortunately had one day were the storm clouds did roll over and it rained for near enough one whole day. Luckily for us we didn't have to wander too far to find something to eat in the rain as it gave us another opportunity to sample the delights of Mandrac just below our apartment at Villa Biramisa.

Saturday, 28 October 2017

A RETURN TO MANDRAC AND TO BLOGGING! (MATTYB RECOMMENDS)



After a long month of difficult times coupled with holidaying in Croatia as well as moving into a brand new home I am finally back ready to share some of my latest dining experiences and some brand new recipes. What better way to start this next chapter than with a return to an old friend. Last year we visited Mandrac on Lopud and instantly fell in love with the amazing setting, friendly laid back staff and most importantly, the incredible food. Would they be able to work the same magic 12 months later when we visited again this September?

Saturday, 9 September 2017

BE BACK SOON!



You may of noticed I've been a little quiet recently. Sadly, earlier this month I lost my dear Dad after a struggle with his ill health. His smile has now returned to my mum in the big pub in the sky. We are all obviously very saddened by this and right now my focus is looking after him, my family and myself. Dad however would not want me to quit the things I love and so with a holiday coming up I've decided to come back refreshed and ready to blog in October. Until then there are many recipes and review for you to enjoy and I'll catch up with you soon! 

Monday, 28 August 2017

SMOKY AND SPICY TEXAN TATERS



So it's bank holiday Sunday and I'm far too chilled out to be cooking up a big Sunday roast. I need something that's simple, quick and tasty and these Texan potato cubes are the perfect side to whip up under these circumstances. It's just diced potato, onion and peppers roasted in garlic, paprika, Old Bay seasoning and my old friend liquid smoke. In just under an hour you have a delicious tray of super special spuds and what makes these taters so simple to make is that you just chuck everything into a bowl, mix and transfer to a roasting tray. It really is that easy.

Sunday, 27 August 2017

POPPIN' GARLIC AND HERB TEAR AND SHARE ROLLS



I've dabbled in baking bread in the past but I still get very scared as it can go horribly wrong if you mess with the yeast or don't work the dough properly. Not the case with this tear and share loaf which was totes delicious. These fluffy little buns connected together like a bee hive have a hint of parsley running through the crumb as well as a burst of garlic which is added both in the dough and brushed on top with some butter. Finish with poppy seeds for crunch and you have the perfect set of buns for sharing at dinner time!