The Cotswolds

Suzy Rhodes Tue, 02/25/2014 - 11:30

If your idea of the English countryside is rolling quilted hills with sheep dotted everywhere, and thatched cottages in quaint little villages, then the Cotswolds are where you’ll want to be. This storybook countryside spreads just less than one hundred miles in this little corner of England, stretching from Bath in the South to Chipping Campden in the North. The wool trade in the Cotswolds was once Europe’s most flourishing business making wool merchants just as wealthy as the King.

Cotswolds  England

Rothenburg - A Medieval Walled City

Suzy Rhodes Sun, 02/23/2014 - 17:11

When you walk through this walled city you can't help but feel as though you've just stepped back in time. The majority of the buildings were built in the 14th century with cobblestone streets that lead you off into alleyways with little restaurants and shops, a Market Square, Castle gardens and museums. Rothenburg was a free imperial city until it lost its independence and became part of the Kingdom of Bavaria in 1802.



Suzy Rhodes Sat, 02/22/2014 - 19:19
German Spaetzle

Spaetzle (pronounced SHPAYT-zler) is a famous dish in Southern Germany and has been around for hundreds of years. The first known recipe was written in 1725 but in Europe noodles and pasta have been around for over 2,000 years. Historically, German spaetzle has been known to be used during a fast and was considered to be a healthy food for those who did not own farms.


Suzy Rhodes Thu, 02/20/2014 - 09:58

Visitors come from all around the world to see these Roman baths and also to experience this vibrant city, as Bath certainly has a charm of its own. This has to be one of my favorite cities in all of England and is only a 90 minute train ride from London. It's a relaxing town to walk around with many parks to enjoy, as well as soaking up the history you can also explore Bath’s wonderful selection of museums, galleries, spas, gardens, shops and boat tours.


Crème brûlée

Suzy Rhodes Tue, 02/18/2014 - 11:05

This famous Parisian custard - Crème brûlée, is an egg custard that has been around since the middle ages. However, the first recorded recipe appears in Francois Massialots's 1691 French cookbook. Cambridge University has been serving this since 1879 and is known as 'Cambridge Burnt Cream' or 'Trinity Cream'.

Chicken Gnocchi Soup

Suzy Rhodes Mon, 02/17/2014 - 11:48
Chicken Gnocchi Soup

I love Gnocchi, whether it's smothered in Marinara sauce or in a soup, it's delicious. This recipe was given to me by a dear friend who lived in Italy for 6 years and collected some of the best Italian recipes. She's a fantastic cook too! Thanks Dawn.

Wiener Schnitzel

Suzy Rhodes Sat, 02/15/2014 - 00:33

The Wiener Schnitzel is the national dish of Austria and is also a popular German dish. It's a very thin pork cutlet that is breaded and deep fried and garnished with a wedge of lemon. It is traditionally served with kopfsalat (lettuce, onions and sweet vinegar dressing) potato salad, cucumber salad or spaetzle (noodles). Today it is also served with pomme frits (french fries). The word 'wiener' means 'from Vienna' and 'schnitz' means to slice or cut. So here we have a cutlet of pork from Vienna.

Free things to do in London

Suzy Rhodes Thu, 02/13/2014 - 09:05

“When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life” Dr. Samuel Johnson 1777. These words are just as true today as they were back then. Sitting on the banks of the River Thames, England’s capital has been drenched with history since Roman times and once ruled a quarter of the world. Home to the Royal family, this vibrant city still thrives on tradition but is also a leading global city, being one of the world’s capitols in fashion, arts, entertainment and finance.