Costa Del Sol treats & recipes #VPeats

 I have recently been asked by Villa Plus to enter their foodie competition. I had to do a recipe you could cook it one of their self-catering villas local to a particular area. I was given Costa Del Sol, a beautiful stretch of coastal towns and villages stretching from Estepana through Malaga up to Nerja just below Grenada.

One of the things I remember most about the Costa del Sol was the lemons and fig trees, dropping down on to the paths and bending heavy branches overhead. So I had to use these as my main ingredients! As it’s for cooking on holiday I wanted something that could be prepared in 5 minutes and left and just tasted divine!
Prep time is less than ten minutes for a fruity, tasty, easy and cheap local dish! £2.75 per person which includes a starter, a main & bottle of beautiful Spanish wine! After all who on their holiday wants to spend any time over a hot stove?
We got as much as could out our local farmers shop but of course you could head straight to a market!
My recipes come from gorgeous writer – “Just south of Malaga”

Starter – Sun soaked Stuff Figs


4 figs – either plucked straight off the tree or from the Market
Goats Cheese
4 Slices of smoky Bacon rashers


Chop the top & tails off 4 figs and cut a cross in the top. Pop a slice of Goats cheese into the cross and wrap the fig & cheese with a rasher of bacon. Hold in place if needed with a cocktail stick. Pop into a hot oven (about 200) for 20 minutes.

Main Course – Lemon Chicken


Chicken cut into chunks
Potatoes, peeled, washed and cut into wedges
Onions, peeled and cut into wedges
Garlic, peeled
Sprigs of rosemary
Lemons 3 chopped into quarters 1 juiced
Olive oil
Salt and pepper


Brown the chicken in olive oil. Pop into an oven proof dish with everything else and pop straight into a hot oven (200) for an hour. Go take your wine into the garden!!

Barny Bears #littleadventures

This month we have been busy off on adventures with Barny the rather delicious edible bear. Barnys own adventure started in France & Belgium in 1999 and has since been launched in over 20 countries! Yummy!

Barny is a delicious bear shaped sponge individually wrapped, making them fabulous to pop in a handbag on your way out the door, and with a cardboard protection so no matter how full your rucksack Barny bear is ready to greet your little ones as soon they're hungry!

 We were sent him in two delicious flavours - Strawberry & Chocolate (milk & Apple available too) and with no artificial colours or preservatives he makes a yummy companion for adventures as we found out!

We headed off to Mottisfont for a day of wild play adventures and with our trusty snacks in our bag we were ready. A morning full of running around was paused midmorning for yummy snack and even the 7 year old loves them! In fact we enjoyed them so much when we the rain stopped play and we sheltered under a tree I turned the camera round to find Daddy was sneaking one out to snack on!!
Both boys loved these little snacks and the youngest has demanded them for his lunch box and to come along on more adventures. If I didn’t know they came preservative and artificial colours free I would swear he was addicted to them! He could (if I allowed him) easily scoff a whole pack! Plus they  were shoved at the bottom of our rucksack for the trip with a heavy camera, shoes and jumper on top and not a single one was squashed! 
Perfect a definite 5 out of 5 for treat and elevenses time!

Thank you to Mumsnet & Barny for sending us these to try (they’re a firm favourite) and for allowing us to take part in the mumsnet #littleadventures blog hop.