City Break: Düsseldorf

I went to Düsseldorf a few weekends ago and discovered it’s a really cool city!

One of my best friends, Aimee, is currently living there, so the girls and I decided to take full advantage and see the city as well as having a much needed catch up!

On the Saturday morning, we went for a little walk along the river to wake us up. What soon became obvious is that Germans don’t get up early on a weekend! There was barely anyone around at 9 o’clock… which was probably a good thing as we had that ‘rolled-out-of-bed’ look going on!

IMG_1182After a beaut breakfast of eggs, avocado, houmous and breadzels (softer pretzels which are perfect for dipping!), we headed out for the day.

Aimee took us to a few bars along the river. It all started very relaxed and low-key, with a few gin and tonics in the sunshine. However, when we came upon the Kasematten Düsseldorf bar, it soon changed! We could hear the music blaring as we approached the bar. There were live singers and a guy in full lederhosen playing the saxophone from the table tops! Completely bonkers and absolutely brilliant!

It seems that Oktoberfest actually starts in September!

IMG_1376We soon made friends with a group of locals, and ended up singing and dancing with them, and doing the conga around the bar! The atmosphere was great – everyone was so friendly and in the ‘happy weekend’ mode.

We ended up staying at this bar for a few hours. I would definitely recommend it if you’re ever in Düsseldorf.

In the heart of the city, there are streets packed with cafes, restaurants, ice cream parlours and waffle vendors. The smell of bananas and Nutella filled the air and made us ravenous!

IMG_1014.JPGWe walked back towards Aimee’s apartment via the posh shopping area (Königsallee), which is packed with designer outlets. We also walked past the unmissable Rhine Tower. Unfortunately we didn’t get time to go up the tower, but the views are supposed to be fantastic from the bar at the top.

I expected Düsseldorf to have an industrial feel to it, but instead it was modern, clean and full of character. It’s definitely a fun place to visit for a city break.


x Morts x


A guide to: Sorrento

The beautiful town of Sorrento, in Italy, provides the perfect balance between sight-seeing and relaxation. Set just back from the dramatic cliff edge, the town is bursting with character and vitality.

You’ll be greeted by tonnes of little cafes and restaurants, dotted along the winding, cobbled streets. The locals are friendly and welcoming, and the food is so fresh and delicious, you’ll never want to leave!

You can sit for hours watching the world go by – quite literally, as the seats are almost always side-by-side, facing the passing crowds – enjoying the sunshine, atmosphere and a cocktail, beer or the local speciality, limoncello. The lemons in Sorrento are the biggest I’ve ever seen and they taste AMAZING.


Gorgeous pastas, pizzas, bruschetta and ice-cream all follow a day lying by the pool or sunbathing on the jetties below the cliffs. At night, the town really comes to life though. The streets are packed with little stalls selling holiday knick-knacks and locals dressed in their finery, socialising, eating and shopping.

The archaeological sites of Herculaneum and Pompeii provide a perfect few days of exploration and education about the ancient civilisation of the Romans. If you haven’t got time for both, I would recommend Herculaneum. It is only a 45 minute train journey from Sorrento and is a much more compact site. It’s likely to take you a few hours to look around compared with a few days needed for the vast site of Pompeii. Go nice and early to avoid the crowds!


Frequent boat trips are also available to the lovely island of Capri and nearby towns like Ravello and Positano. Or, of course, to the city of Naples. I would definitely recommend visiting Positano. It’s a really pretty place, with plenty of idyllic lunch spots and impressive architecture. As the boat draws close, you’ll see the iconic, brightly-coloured houses built up the hillside. The most memorable thing for me though was the magnificent Amalfi Cathedral.


Happy exploring! 🙂

x Morts x

A food lover’s guide to Cyprus

I’ve just come back from a gorgeous week in the sunshine, in Cyprus.

One of the things I loved most was the food! Wherever I am, I think it’s important to try the local specialities, to discover the true taste of a country and immerse myself fully in its culture.

What to eat in Cyprus? Try these delicious foods!



I love the squeaky texture of halloumi and the salty kick it gives to any meal. It is filling, tasty and satisfying. In Cyprus, you’ll find that halloumi salads are very common. I often ordered a side dish of halloumi, to accompany lamb chops or tuna pittas. We also bought big slabs of halloumi from the supermarket, to slice and lightly fry or chop into chunks to go on skewers alongside chorizo.



Order a village salad in Cyprus and it will come with a generous helping of feta on top. Fresh Greek feta is so much richer and creamier than that you can get in the UK. It is usually served with potent black olives, sliced red onion and tomatoes.



I absolutely love watermelon. It is thirst-quenching and scrumptious, and also a very healthy snack or breakfast food! As soon as I see watermelon stalls on the side of the road, I truly feel on holiday. We bought ours from the supermarket in Cyprus and it was so cheap!



Who doesn’t love cherries?! They are one of my favourite summer foods and such a delicious snack to have in the house. And Cyprus certainly has good cherries to offer!


I would choose nectarines over peaches any day. They are just so much juicier! They may seem pretty firm in the supermarkets in Cyprus, but leave them out in a fruit bowl and they will ripen almost overnight in the summer heat!

All of these fruits are extremely refreshing on a hot sunny day. I loved eating breakfast alfresco – a bowl of fruit and Greek yoghurt. DELICIOUS!

There are plenty of banana plantations dotted around the island, so it’s worth picking up fresh bananas too! A useful thing to note about supermarkets in Cyprus – you need to take your fruit (and veg) to a weighing counter before going to the checkout to pay!


Sword Fish:

Sword fish may be a meaty fish but, if cooked properly, it should be soft and juicy. The Cypriots certainly do it justice and I would highly recommend trying it whilst you’re there!



I have always loved fresh sardines, whether grilled or BBQ’d. It’s something I never cook at home for some reason, but is a real holiday taste that takes me back to my childhood.



Grilled octopus is a local speciality. It is served very simply, to ensure the subtle flavour is not overpowered by garnishes. The charring from the grill gives it a nice smoky exterior.



Whitebait is the perfect sharing starter. Tiny, tasty little fish that are lightly fried and are perfect for dipping in tartar sauce or lemon-mayo!


Sea Bream:

We bought whole sea bream from the supermarket and cooked them on the BBQ. They were AMAZING! Such soft fish fillets, brought to life with that charred BBQ flavour and a squeeze of lemon.




Sheftalia is a traditional Cypriot food. It is made with a mixture of lamb and pork mince, and plenty of parsley. The meat is encased inside caul fat rather than typical sausage casing. Sheftalia is best cooked on the BBQ and is the perfect pitta filling!


Just a note, be careful what sausages you pick up in the supermarket as some have incredibly strong flavourings which you probably won’t be used to. Coriander seeds pack a serious punch. It was the only thing I wasn’t keen on in Cyprus!


The flavour of the tomatoes are unlike any you can get your hands on at home (unless you grow them yourself!). You can tell they are freshly picked, as they are so flavoursome and juicy.

The strong red onions made my eyes water like crazy when I was chopping them but they sure are delicious! I like to chop up red onion, tomato and cucumber together, to be spooned generously into toasted pitta breads.


Wherever you are in Cyprus, you can pick up beautiful produce from local supermarkets. Some of the best meals I had on holiday were the DIY BBQs. It’s worth researching traditional taverns in the area you are staying in, to get the most authentic Greek food. Paphos Town did have a lovely selection of seafood restaurants, along the waterfront, that are worth trying too though in you’re nearby!

Happy holidays!

x Morts x


Amazing Seafood Recipes

I’m busy most nights of the week, so quick recipes are essential for me.

Where would I be without BBC Good Food? It is my absolute go-to, especially for healthy, easy mid-week meals!

Here is a list of my 5 current seafood favourites:

  1. Thai Pesto Prawn Noodles:


This has a wonderful hit of chilli that can always brighten up my day! I like to add mushrooms and red pepper to bulk it out with plenty of veg.

  1. Healthy Fish and Chips:


I’d never made my own oven chips before but these were delicious! It genuinely felt like I’d been treated to a Friday night takeaway, but without any of the guilt! So easy to pop in the oven too.

  1. Chorizo, New Potato and Haddock one-pot:


Super quick and easy, but full of flavour. If you’re having friends over, this will definitely impress!

  1. Peppered Mackerel Fish Cakes:


If you’re a pepper fiend like me, you’ll love these! It doesn’t actually take too long to assemble them and they freeze down really well for another day. I add extra potato than the recipe says, to stretch to more fish cakes.

  1. Prawn and Coconut Laksa:


Comforting and delicious, this spicy soup is the perfect mid-week mood lifter! It’s a healthy option too, especially if you use the low fat coconut milk. I like to add mushrooms, bamboo shoots and water chestnuts to my laksa, to add extra textures and bulk it out.

As you might be able to tell, I love spicy food and seafood.

All of these recipes pack in lots of flavour but without any of the hassle of complicated dishes. They use a few simple ingredients that are so effective!

If you have any good recipes to share, please do, I love a good food recommendation!

x Morts x



French delights…

Here’s a list of 10 things you must eat whilst skiing in the French Alps!

  1. Steak Haché:

This is a skiing staple; a tasty treat after a serious morning on the slopes. It’s something in between a burger and a steak and always served with classic French fries.

  1. Tartiflette:

This is by far my favourite mountain meal. Oozing with cheesy deliciousness, it’s perfectly matched with potatoes, onions and lardons, for the ultimate comfort food. The reblochon cheese is the key to its success; a cheese that packs a punch but also brings a strong melting game!

  1. Fruit Tarts:

These are definitely hard to resist after a gorging on other delights. Fresh fruits, like strawberries, raspberries and blueberries, are generously piled onto perfectly cooked pastry. There are no soggy bottoms in sight… even Mary Berry would approve!

  1. Saucisson:

You can’t go to France without buying saucisson and cheeses from the local supermarket. It’s the perfect sandwich filler to take for a picnic on the slopes. It’s so moreish, I could eat an entire saucisson in one sitting!

  1. Salad Niçoise:

This is ideal if you’re looking for a lighter lunch option. It’s packed with flavour, from the anchovies, tuna, boiled eggs, green beans, tomatoes and French dressing.

  1. Raclette:

This is one for serious cheese fans! It’s a sharing dish consisting of huge semi-circles of cheese which are heated on one side. Everyone takes it in turn to scrape off melted cheese, onto crackers and bread. Filling and warming on a cold winter’s night!

  1. Hot Rock:

I always go out for hot rock one evening when in the alps. It’s the perfect opportunity to get stuck in and cook meat how you like it. It is literally a slab of hot stone that is placed in front of you, to cook your meat on. Most restaurants will give you a variety of meats, like beef, venison and chicken. It usually comes with a choice of French fries or potato dauphinoise.

  1. Crepes:

Grab a crepe from a street vendor as you walk around the town and you won’t be disappointed. They are super-thin pancakes, stuffed with your pick of sugar, chocolate sauce and fruit. Always topped with squirty cream of course!

  1. Pizza:

There are tonnes of pizzerias to choose from in every ski resort. And the French certainly know how to cook their pizza. Huge thin-crust pizzas come with a whole range of toppings and are a great option for a cheap dinner, especially if you’re staying in an apartment and are too tired to cook!

  1. Spaghetti Bolognese:

I know this is an Italian classic, but the French also do it justice. In fact, you’d be hard-pushed to find a restaurant in the alps that doesn’t serve spaghetti Bolognese. For me, it’s a really nostalgic dish which puts a smile on my face no matter what the weather. Best served with heaps of Parmesan.

x Morts x



I feel like my love of eggs has grown enormously over the last year. I think it might have something to do with the hundreds of delicious #yolkporn photos on Instagram. Dippy eggs, poached eggs and fried eggs. Eggs accompanying marmite soldiers. Eggs tumbling off of giant crumpets. I am now obsessed. I have 2 boiled eggs as a snack at work, every day. Plus, I often have more eggs at the weekend. I’m starting to think 10+ eggs a week might be too much? It’s just such a filling, healthy snack; I struggle to find a good replacement. My egg-related birthday presents definitely confirmed my worst fears… I am a crazy egg lady!

I am always envious of other people’s yolks. How do they get the perfect poached eggs? Practice I guess. I’ve joined the poached eggs hype recently and my first two attempts were pretty rubbish; slightly overdone so the yolk was not runny enough. Is there anything more disappointing than an overcooked egg?

My forte is frittata. It’s so quick and easy to whip up (literally!); it’s my go-to midweek meal. All you have to do is chop up and fry your choice of ingredients, whip some eggs and pour it all into an oven dish to cook for 20-25 minutes. I like to use onion, garlic, chorizo, red pepper, mushrooms, asparagus, cherry tomatoes and feta. Fry everything except the feta. Chunks of feta can be scattered over the cooked ingredients, before the eggs are poured over and the oven dish popped in the oven. Feta and chorizo is a match made in heaven. They both add a salty kick to the dish.

Now my sister has bought me a Nutri-bullet, smoothies may knock eggs off the podium.

I’ll keep you posted!

x Morts x