Friday, 16 October 2015

Five on Friday - Holidays


I am sorry I have been somewhat out of touch recently as I have been away researching places to tell you about!  I'm now back home again, with sensible access to the internet, goodness, how you miss it when it's not available.

My Five on Friday this time, thank you Amy for the link-up, is a taster of our short break to the Worcester area.

One - a tasty treat

You have to try all the cakes you see when on holiday obviously.  This one was in  a tea shop in Great Malvern.  It's a ginger and lemon crumble cake.  A really nice combination of flavours.  The ginger cake was a sponge, topped with lemon icing with a splattering of brown sugar on the top.

These cakes were traditional lemon drizzle and coffee and walnut, also rather delicious.  The Cloister cafe of Worcester Cathedral was a lovely setting in which to enjoy them.  Can you guess which cup was mine?

Two -  Sauce

The Lea & Perrins website gives this history of the famous Worcestershire sauce:

'Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce was first created by the Worcester chemists John Wheeley Lea and William Henry Perrins. They devised the recipe in the 1830's when Lord Sandys - a nobleman of the area - was eager to recreate an exciting taste he had acquired on his travels to Bengal.

When Lea & Perrins was first created, it wasn't to their liking and was set aside and forgotten about. It wasn't until the barrels were rediscovered many months later that the taste had mellowed into what we know and love as Worcestershire Sauces. To this day, the ingredients are allowed to 'mature' for 18 months before being blended and bottled in Worcester. Only a lucky few know the exact recipe.'

Three - Tickets Please

I caught sight of this train ticket dress on the platform of Great Malvern station.

Four - Little Scarlet Strawberries

We had to buy a jar of Tiptree's Little Scarlet jam following it's appearance on the TV programme Harvest the night before.  I hope it tastes as good as they said it would! The Grocer that sold it to us said that he had already sold six jars that morning.

Five - Worcester Cathedral Windows

Such a beautiful colourful window!

That's all for now folks!

Many thanks for all the messages.  I look forward to reading all about the things you've been up to.



  1. Mmmmmm. Cake and jam. What a lovely post!

  2. Hi Karen, it's always a joy to seeing what wonderful things you will share on your blog. I loved hearing about Worcester. I was in that lovely city a few years ago and had to bring home a "real" bottle of worcestershire sauce. I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Pat xx

    1. Thanks glad it brought back some good memories x

  3. Glad you had a great time and had so many good memories to bring home and share with us. The cakes look delicious and I can confirm that Little Scarlet is also delicious!! You will enjoy it a lot I am sure. I love Worcester sauce too! Just a little dash here and there makes all the difference doesn't it. Thank goodness they didn't toss it straight away. Thank you for joining Five On Friday. I hope that you have a great weekend! xx

  4. Lovely group of things! And I really enjoyed reading about the history of the Lea & Perrins! Such a great sauce! The cakes look absolutely yummy!

  5. Really interesting post, a sauce discovered by serendipity and I love the train ticket dress. When we go on a trip we seem to have a handful of tickets each time, I know what to do with them now :)

  6. Another lovely post, Karen. Thank you and keep 'em coming. xx