Why book your 2020 Summer Holiday now?

Posted on November 15th, 2019

Bournemouth Beach, DorsetWe may only be in Autumn and many of us may not have even given Christmas much thought yet, so why would we be even thinking as far ahead as next Summer? Here at Remarkable Holidays, we believe that now is the ideal time to start making plans for Summer 2020 and here’s why:

The most obvious reason is availability. Summer is undoubtedly the most popular time for holidaymakers to get away in the UK so there will be more competition for dates in this season, especially in the school holidays where parents of school-aged children are restricted to certain weeks. Also the reverse of this is true for people who wish to holiday in the Summer months when the weather is more likely to be favourable but will not be accompanied by school-aged children. These people will more than likely want to avoid paying the school holiday premium; so may be restricted to June, early July and early September. Basically, the sooner you book, the more choice of properties and the larger the selection of dates you will have to pick from! Not to mention getting your dates up early on the work’s holiday calendar!

While some people love nothing more than a snowy day or sitting by a roaring fire, for others it’s all about sun, sea and sand. If you fall into the latter category, getting your Summer holiday booked will give you something to count down to and help you through those Winter blues!

The further in advance you book your holiday, the more time you will have to research the area you are visiting, local attractions, and any events that may be taking place. Obviously there is nothing wrong with exploring once you reach your destination and taking things as they come, but with a little forward planning you can really make the most of your holiday and avoid missing out on something you would love to do or see. You may also find while talking to people about your upcoming holiday, some may have visited the area you are staying in and may suggest some must-see attractions or hidden gems. Also, once you have decided on any activities you would like to do it may be worth looking into whether it is possible to book in advance or online as sometimes this reduces things such as entry fees, which for a family can really mount up.

So don’t miss out on your perfect Summer holiday cottage and book today!

Where Is Poldark Filmed?

Posted on August 11th, 2019

As the final season of Poldark plays out on BBC One, we take a look at the beautiful locations where Poldark is filmed so you can visit and perhaps walk in the footsteps of Aidan Turner as Ross Poldark.

The popular TV series originates from the Poldark novels written by Winston Graham and was first broadcast on the BBC between 1975-1977, with a Robin Ellis staring as Captain Ross Poldark and Angharad Rees staring as Demelza Poldark (née Carne). Fast forward to 2015 and Poldark episodes were back on our TV screens with an all-new Poldark cast including Aidan Turner, Eleanor Tomlinson, Heida Reed, Luke Norris and Jack Farthing.

Here are just a few iconic Poldark filming locations and places of interest around Cornwall and beyond.

Chavenage House / Trenwith House

Known in Poldark episodes as ‘Trenwith House’, the fictional home of Geoffrey Charles Poldark, but in real life, the stunning Elizabethan house goes by a different name, Chavenage House. Located near Tetbury, Gloucestershire. Chavenage House is open to the public between May to September.


The setting of a memorable scene from Poldark series 1, in which Demelza watches from the clifftops as Ross swims in the clear waters below. Porthgwarra is a beautiful fishing hamlet located in West Cornwall.


A picturesque cove framed by grassy dunes, Porthcothan Bay Beach has been used as Poldark’s Nampara land. This sandy beach is located near St Merryn, Cornwall.

Poldark Mine

In real life, Poldark Mine is a visitor attraction located near Helston and is Cornwall’s only complete underground tin mine.

St Agnes Head

St Agnes Head is home to the iconic engine house featured in the Poldark TV series, an integral landmark of the fictional Nampara Valley. Picturesque St Agnes Head is only 2 miles from the beautiful village of St Agnes, Cornwall.


We hope you’ve found our quick guide to where Poldark is filmed useful. If you’re planning to visit some of these filming locations you may want to consider where you’d like to stay and a stunning holiday cottage may be perfect for you.

Yorkshire Day

Posted on July 27th, 2019

Whitby, Yorkshire, England, UK

The 1st of August is Yorkshire day and being a Yorkshire based company, we are naturally biased towards the wonders of this beautiful county! There are so many reasons to take a holiday here and we hope to inspire you as to why a visit to God’s own county should be on your radar for a UK cottage break.

Due to its size, the county of Yorkshire really does have something for everyone. For walkers, outdoor enthusiasts and anyone who simply loves days outside in picturesque surroundings, the county’s two national parks, the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors are both well worth a visit. Yorkshire is also home to a lovely coastline, encompassing the popular seaside towns of Scarbrough, Whitby, Filey, Robin Hood’s Bay and Bridlington.

And it’s not all rolling hills and stone walls, Yorkshire has a pretty great selection of towns and cities to visit too. Harrogate, Leeds, York, Skipton, Halifax, Ripon, Knaresborough and Bradford to name just a few, all have so much to offer and are both unique and diverse in their own way. Whether you’re looking for history, culture or nightlife, you’re certain to find it!

For days out, there are countless museums to visit such as the National Railway Museum, the National Science and Media Museum, the Royal Armouries, Eureka! The National Children’s Museum, the National Coal Mining Museum, the Jorvic Viking Centre, the list goes on! In addition to this. Yorkshire is also home to theme parks such as Light Water Valley and Flamingo Land,  zoos such as Yorkshire Wildlife Park and The Deep, one of the UK’s biggest aquariums.

It’s hard to encompass all the many wonderful things to see and do here in just a short post, but we can guarantee you won’t be lost for activities and will hopefully be wanting to return time and again. If you’re looking for Yorkshire holiday cottage accommodation, visit www.remarkable-holidays.com/holiday-cottages-in-yorkshire


School Summer holiday inspiration

Posted on July 16th, 2019

Bournemouth Beach, DorsetIt’s that time of year again, the school Summer holidays are almost upon us and while children are counting down the days until they have 6 whole weeks of freedom from the classroom, parents may be wondering how to keep the kids entertained for so long!

Sometimes it can be hard to think up new and exciting forms of entertainment each day, especially those which don’t break the bank so we’ve tried to put together a list of activities to inspire you this Summer.


Take a seaside trip – Kids love the beach! Pack up a picnic and get some lovely sea air for the day. Enjoy digging in the sand, paddling in the sea and maybe even a fairground ride or two!

Go fruit picking – This is a brilliant activity for children and adults alike and there’s nothing like a lovely punnet of freshly picked strawberries to enjoy afterwards!

Visit a park –  you may be a regular at your local park but how about looking for other parks in your area? Children (well, the younger ones at least!) can be surprisingly easy to please and seeing a new set of play equipment fills them with excitement. Or stick to your local park, meet up with other friends who have children, bring a picnic and each bring a toy or activity such as a cricket set, a football or a frisbee.

Go for a walk – while this idea alone may not over inspire kids, there are many ways to encourage a good old walk. For example, try a woodland nature trail; write a list of items to spot along the way such as a certain type of leaf, a squirrel, a bridge…the list is endless!

Go to a farm park – UK farm parks have alot to offer for a family day out and generally feature both indoor and outdoor activities,  along with options to either buy lunch there or bring your own picnic.

Make ice lollies – If you’re constantly getting asked for yet another ice lolly, why not make your own healthy ones and get the kids involved. There are so many yummy combinations you could make; here’s one idea we love: chop up a variety of fruit (we like strawberries, mango, and blueberries), add to lolly moulds in layers and fill with coconut water or fruit juice. A refreshing treat and an activity at the same time, win-win!

Baking –  This is something children always love and it doesn’t have to be anything elaborate, some simple biscuits which they can decorate are sure to put a smile on their faces. An added bonus is that it’s quite a calming activity and teaches them about weights and measurements at the same time. Shhh just don’t tell them they’re learning! 

Visit a theme park, zoo or museum  – while these kinds of attractions can sometimes add up for a family, once or twice throughout the holidays they can be a great treat and easily provide a full day of entertainment for all. Some will offer certain discounts, such as a percentage off admission or free admission for a child with a paying adult. A quick internet search will bring up these types of offers; vouchers can also often be found in tourist information leaflets in a local leisure centres or hotel receptions, for example. Also, a surprising number of UK museums are in fact free to enter and will only ask for a voluntary contribution towards its upkeep.

Visit a splash park or outdoor pool –  Kids love splashing about in water and on a hot day, this is a great activity to keep them cool.

Visit a water park – These are often associated with holidays abroad, however, the UK does in fact have a number of indoor water parks which can be enjoyed whatever the weather.

Hopefully this has given you some ideas for the upcoming break but if you feel the whole family needs a complete change of scene, it’s not too late to book a last-minute cottage! Visit www.remarkable-holidays.com to search for current availability.

However you choose to spend the holidays, we hope you have a fantastic Summer!

Winter Staycations

Posted on January 10th, 2019

Summer may be the most popular time to take a holiday in the UK or Ireland but a Winter staycation can be just as enjoyable.

The weather may be cold but this doesn’t have to get in the way of enjoying the great outdoors; if you’re taking a holiday by the coast, you can still enjoy long walks on the sand in the fresh air. You may even be lucky enough to get a bit of Winter sun – get yourself wrapped up and take a picnic and a nice flask of tea, coffee or hot chocolate to the beach! Kids love the seaside no matter what time of year it is, so get the family playing some beach games together; just pick up a bat and ball set, a frisbee or a football and enjoy running about having some quality time together!


Many of the cottages listed on the Remarkable Holidays website are ideal for the colder seasons as they have a log fire, a hot tub or both! So you can feel nice and toasty while you relax after a day of exploring. There are also may dog friendly cottages available to choose from so you can bring your four legged friend along for a nice walking holiday and evenings curled up by the fire, after all they are family too!

As fantastic as it is to be outside, there are countless attractions across the length and breadth of the UK and Ireland that may get overlooked during the warmer months when everyone is wanting to enjoy the sunshine. Museums are plentiful and several have free entry or discounts for family tickets. Other ideas include: galleries, indoor water parks, aquariums, sports arena tours, distillery or brewery tours and trips to castles or other historic buildings and estates.

So visit remarkable-holidays.com and search for your perfect winter escape today!

Christmas Cocktails

Posted on December 2nd, 2018

Christmas is almost upon us, our social calendars are filling up and many a night out is being organised. However, just as much fun can be had in your own home; how about making your own cocktails? You could organise a cocktail evening with friends, with everyone bringing a different spirit along – much cheaper than a night out drinking cocktails! Or you could just make Christmas dinner that little bit extra special and serve a fancy cocktail for the family, and mocktails for the kids of course so everyone feels included!

Here’s some inspiration to get you started, or you could of course invent your own!
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Bucks Fizz

Simplicity itself – just combine 3 parts champagne to 1 part orange juice.


This is a well known classic associated with Christmas. Simply make from approximately 2 parts Advocaat to 3 parts lemonade with a squeeze of lime and mix. Add a couple of cocktail cherries for a final touch. Yummy!

Baileys Espresso Martini

Instead of the same old post Christmas dinner coffee, how about mixing 2 oz Baileys, ½ oz vodka and a shot of espresso coffee for a lovely coffee flavored cocktail. Serve in Martini glasses and for an added touch of sophistication, place a couple of coffee beans on top.

Strawberry Daiquiri

For a fruity cocktail, blend 4 strawberries, 2 tsp sugar, 1 ½ oz white rum, 1 tbsp strawberry liqueur and 1 oz lime juice. Serve in a Martini glass and add a fresh strawberry to garnish.


This one’s always a popular choice. Crush 6 fresh mint leaves with 2 tsp of sugar and 3 parts lime juice. Add 4 parts white rum and top up with soda water. Garnish with more fresh mint leaves.

Long Island Iced Tea

This is a great cocktail to make if you have a variety of spirits in the house. Mix 1 part vodka, 1 part tequila, 1 part rum, 1 part triple sec, 1 part gin, 1 ½ parts sweet and sour mix and a splash of cola.

Pina Colada

For a lovely creamy cocktail with a tropical twist, simply blend crushed ice, one part white rum, one part coconut milk and three parts pineapple juice.


Tis the season to be merry but remember to drink responsibly. Happy Christmas!

Why you should consider a staycation for a family holiday

Posted on February 11th, 2018

Trying to plan a holiday abroad with children can be somewhat stressful, so why not think about taking a staycation in a holiday cottage this year? There are so many benefits to taking a UK self-catering holiday!

One of the main advantages of choosing to go self-catering is that you are able to please yourself with what you eat and when. In addition to this, self-catering in the UK means that you are, more often than not, able to shop in supermarket chains you recognise and make home cooked meals your family know and love. Even if you’re somewhere more remote, simply being able to understand the language makes life easier for things such as finding local grocery shops. Plus you can always take a cool bag and pack the car full of basics to tide you over for a day or two while you get your bearings. If you want a break from cooking, finding local restaurants is also easier without a language barrier; you may even be situated close to a chain restaurant that you know your family enjoys and caters well for little ones.

Salcombe Beach, Devon, England

Children don’t always have large amounts of patience when having to navigate through an airport; waiting in various seemingly endless queues can be pretty boring, even for us adults! Not to mention the fact that you feel like you never have enough pairs of hands trying to hold all your bags, cases, passports, boarding cards and jackets. Although a staycation may involve a long car journey, you’ll have alot more space at your disposal for packing various forms of entertainment; trying to retrieve numerous toys and games from the overhead storage on a plane is not always the easiest task! A big benefit of travelling by car is that you’re also in control of stopping along the way and being able to let restless children have a break to stretch their legs or have something to eat and drink. Also for anyone who has ever tried to change a nappy in a plane toilet, being able to stop at a motorway services, a supermarket or anywhere else with baby changing facilities is far more preferable! If you really would dread the thought of any journey over two hours with a small child then you could still get away; even a week away a couple of hours from where you live, such as to the nearest coast, can give the whole family a change of scene.

Flights can be very expensive when you’re thinking of taking the family abroad. Children over two years old are required to have their own seat, and if you have older children, there’s the added expense of being faced with school holiday flight prices as well as inflated accommodation prices. While accommodation anywhere is always going to be more in the school holidays, the fuel prices involved in reaching a UK destination by car will be about the same all year round. Flying also involves the expense of getting to and from the airport at each end and possibly the cost of airport parking, not to mention the unavoidable expense of baggage charges.

Kids love the seaside, it doesn’t matter to them where it is, and even in the UK we often have some lovely hot weeks when the beach can really be enjoyed just as much as one abroad. We list many coastal properties on the Remarkable Holidays website in places such as Devon, Cornwall, the Isle of Wight and the Yorkshire Coast so you won’t be stuck for choice.

As much as we all love a holiday, the fact is that they don’t just happen; they take a good deal of planning and decision making, especially when it comes to travelling with little ones. So give yourself a few less things to think about and search the Remarkable Holidays website to find your perfect family staycation.

Planning A Group Holiday

Posted on January 2nd, 2017

“We should all meet up again soon,” “Let’s not leave it so long next time,” “I can’t believe how long it’s been since I last saw you!” Have you found yourself saying something along these lines recently? If you have then chances are you were talking to a group of your friends or family. Gathering everyone together is often easier said than done; daily life just has a habit of getting in the way! Everybody seems to lead such hectic lives and weekends quickly get taken up with odd jobs, outings and other commitments. This, possibly coupled with the fact that you may simply not live close to many of your friends or family, can unfortunately get in the way of meeting up with them.

One topic of conversation which invariably comes up as the year draws to a close, is everyone’s holiday plans for the upcoming new year. With this is mind, wouldn’t it be a good idea to try and arrange a group holiday with family or friends for later in the year? Arranging this now would be perfect before everybody’s calendars start to fill up, you’ll all have something to look forward to doing together and you’ll end up with memories to look back on for years to come. You never know, this might become an annual tradition!

The Remarkable Holidays website lists many self-catering holiday homes which are perfect for groups such as a family, couples or friends; here are just a few examples:

Self-catering holiday cottage. Newtonmore, Highlands and Islands, Scotland

An Torr, Ref: SC906812. This spacious cottage, situated in Newtonmore, Scotland, has lovely hillside views. It has 5 bedrooms and can sleep 12 people.










Richmond Hall. Self-Catering Holiday Cottage. St Asaph, North Wales and Snowdonia, Wales

Richmond Hall, Ref: SC906816. This country hall in North Wales can sleep 19 people and features a snooker room with bar, a gym, a sauna and a shared, heated, indoor pool and Jacuzzi pool!










Silverholme. Self-Catering Holiday Cottage. Hawkshead, Cumbria and The Lake District, England.

Silverholme, Ref: SC927208. Sleeping 18 people, this luxurious manor house is situated next to Lake Windermere on the Graythwaite Estate, near Hawkshead in the Lake District National Park.










Brookside Manor House. Self-Catering Holiday Cottage. Bronygarth, Shropshire, England.

Brookside Manor House, Ref: SC21880. This detached property in Shropshire, sleeps 30 people. It features a snooker room and shared use of a swimming pool, a sauna, a hot tub, a tennis court, two squash courts and a gym.










Abbots Wood. Self-Catering Holiday Cottage. Netley Abbey , Hampshire, England.

Abbots Wood, Ref: SC920526. This detached house, situated in Hampshire, sleeps 12 people in 5 bedrooms and features its own indoor heated swimming pool.










Looe Island View. Self-Catering Holiday Cottage. Downderry, Cornwall, England.

Looe Island View, Ref: SC919242. Sleeping 8 adults and 2 children, this detached cottage in Downderry, Cornwall, is in an elevated position with sea views.










Now is the perfect time to arrange your group getaway. Use Remarkable Holidays to search thousands of self-catering holiday cottages in the UK & Ireland to find your ideal break. With cottages large and small, you are sure to find a holiday home to accommodate your group. There are also many dog friendly cottages, so if you’re interested in a walking holiday, your four-legged friend doesn’t have to miss out.

Christmas Gift Ideas

Posted on December 14th, 2016

Christmas is fast approaching and while we’d all love to be one of those people who has long since done all their present shopping and has everything wrapped, it can sometimes be hard to know what to buy for everyone! Do you have a loved one or a family member who you seem to draw a blank with every year? Or perhaps you feel like you’re always buying toiletries, perfumes and aftershaves and would really like to treat someone to something a bit different or unique this Christmas? Why not consider treating them to some sort of activity or event, rather than thinking too hard about a physical present? For example……

Self-catering holiday cottage with hot tub







A holiday or a weekend away

Here at Remarkable Holidays, we obviously can’t think of a better way of treating someone than to whisk them away! If you think your significant other would love a cosy cottage holiday, why not search the Remarkable Holidays website to find your perfect retreat? Many of the cottages listed on our website are perfect for couples, and several even have their own hot tub for that extra touch of Romance. Or perhaps you fancy a weekend city break in a hotel, a spa break or even a trip abroad – the possibilities are endless! And if the idea of going away seems a bit extravagant, perhaps as a couple you could agree to buy it as a joint present to each other; sometimes your other half may be struggling to think of a present for you as much as you are for them!


Car driving experience

Do you know a car fanatic who would just love to experience driving a Ferrari, Lamborghini or Aston Martin for example? Many companies offer the chance to do just that! Or perhaps if off-road driving is more their thing, you could consider a 4 x 4 driving session. Whatever their dream driving experience, you’re sure to be able to find something to suit with a simple search of the web.

Concert or gig tickets

How about getting somebody tickets to see their favourite band or comedian? A quick search on ticket/event websites will bring up any upcoming tour dates.

Sporting experiences

Most of us know someone who just loves their football! What better gift than to treat them to a tour of their favourite team’s stadium? Or for the golf fans out there, you could pay for them a round at their favourite course, or perhaps a course they have previously expressed an interest in playing on. Of course, these ideas could be extended to many other sports!  

Beautiful woman receiving hotstone massage at spa

Spa gifts

Endless options are available when thinking about spa gifts. You could opt for a treatment such as a facial, an Indian head massage, or a full body massage, book a half or full spa day or even stop over for a full on spa mini-break. This would be a lovely gift to buy for someone special in your life, or anyone that you feel deserves a bit of relaxation. Many spas also offer relaxing treatments which are specially designed for mums to be, which could be a perfect gift for a loved one, family member or a friend who is pregnant – a last bit of ‘me time’ before their bundle of joy arrives!

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Hair and beauty vouchers

This could be the ideal gift for someone who loves nothing more than an afternoon in a hair or beauty salon, or just anyone who would love a bit of pampering. For example you could buy them a voucher for a manicure, pedicure, hair cut, or even all three if you’re feeling generous! Many big name salons will offer vouchers on their website, or you could simply pop into somewhere local to you and ask if they sell gift vouchers.

Restaurant vouchers

Is there someone you need to buy a gift for who loves a nice meal out with a lovely bottle of wine? Whatever their preference, whether it’s a rustic Italian, a nice juicy steak or a spicy curry, you’re sure to be able to pick up some gift vouchers at a restaurant they would enjoy. Maybe there’s somewhere they visit time and time again, perhaps you have been somewhere recently that you enjoyed or has a new restaurant opened in your area that you think they would love? This could be a brilliant gift for a couple with children who would love some quality time together, especially if you throw in the offer to babysit for the evening while they do some wining and dining!  


Alcohol experience

Most of us have a favourite tipple and whether it’s beer, wine, gin or champagne, there are numerous experiences on offer involving a drink of choice. These may be a tasting experience, a tasting experience with for example, a vineyard or brewery tour, or may include a food element such as champagne tasting with afternoon tea or beer tasting with a pub lunch – there are so many options to choose from.

Go Ape Cannock Chase - Site 3

Active experiences

Have you got a partner, relative or friend who can only be described as an adrenaline junkie? Or do you know someone who has previously said they would love to try a certain activity? How about booking a bungee jump or a skydive? Of course you would have to be very certain that this would be welcomed by your chosen recipient! If jumping from a great height seems a bit full on, you could always opt for an indoor skydiving session. If you think they would prefer to stay a little closer to the ground you could buy a day at Go Ape; there are numerous locations across the UK which offer a very enjoyable tree top adventure including zip wires and Tarzan swings and also have segway experiences – a great day out for children and adults alike. Other ideas for an active gift include zorbing, paintballing, white water rafting, kayaking, abseiling or trampolining – phew, we’re feeling exhilarated just thinking about it! Whatever you decide for them, you can be certain you’re buying a unique gift which they’d be very unlikely to get in duplicate.

Falconry experience

A gift which would appeal to many people is the chance to get up close and personal with some magnificent birds of prey such as falcons. Many venues offer half or full day experiences; they give you the chance to learn all about these beautiful birds and fly them in stunning countryside.

Remember the above list could also apply for birthdays, anniversaries or Valentine’s day. If you still think the idea of not physically having a present to hand over on the big day feels strange, remember that most of the ideas we have suggested will come with some sort of gift voucher, or failing that why not get creative and design your own?
These sorts of ideas often appeal to people much more than giving and receiving wrapped presents, especially if the recipient’s hobbies or interests are really considered carefully. It takes away the stress of trailing round the shops looking for that perfect something, the recipient is less likely to get something they don’t like, need or have the room for, and they’ll more than likely end up with memories to cherish and talk about for years to come!

Pumpkin Recipes

Posted on October 31st, 2016

It may be Halloween, but pumpkins are for more than just carving spooky faces into; this often overlooked winter squash is a lovely nutritious ingredient which can be used in so many culinary delights. Pumpkins are in season October to December in the UK so now is the time to be making the most of them in lovely comforting dishes such as soups, stews and curries for those cold winter nights. There are numerous recipes and ideas for cooking or baking with pumpkin, here are just a couple to inspire you!

Roasted Pumpkin Soup

(Recipe via: http://www.jamieoliver.com/news-and-features/features/glorious-roasted-pumpkin-soup/)

Bowls Of Pumpkin Soup

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1.5kg Pumpkin
Olive oil
1 Teaspoon dried chilli
1 Tablespoon coriander seeds
1 Large onion
3 Cloves garlic
1 Carrot
1 Stick of celery
1 Litre hot vegetable stock


1. Cut the pumpkin in half, remove the seeds and cut into wedges.
2. Place the wedges on two large baking trays and drizzle over a little olive oil.
3. Finely grind the chilli and coriander seeds with a pinch of salt and sprinkle over the pumpkin with some black pepper.
4. Roast in an oven preheated to 170C for 1 hour or until soft and slightly caramelised at the edges.
5. Roughly chop the onion, garlic, carrot and celery. Heat a lug of olive oil over a medium heat in a large saucepan, add the vegetables and cook for 15 minutes, or until soft and sweet but not coloured.6. When the pumpkin is ready, add to the pan with the hot stock. Blend and add more water if you like a thinner consistency.


Pumpkin Curry With Chickpeas

(Recipe via: http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/7732/pumpkin-curry-with-chickpeas/)

Pumpkin Curry With Chickpeas

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1 tbsp Sunflower oil
3 tbsp Thai yellow curry paste, or vegetarian alternative
2 Onion finely chopped
3 Large stalks lemongrass, bashed with the back of a knife
6 Cardamom pod
1 tbsp Mustard seed
1 Piece pumpkin or a small squash (about 1kg)
250ml Vegetable stock
400ml Can reduced-fat coconut milk
400g Can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
2 Limes
Large handful mint leaves
Naan bread, to serve


1. Gently fry the curry paste, onions, lemongrass, cardamom and mustard seed in the oil for 2-3 mins.
2. Add the pumpkin into the pan, stir to coat in the paste.
3. Pour the stock and coconut milk into the pan and bring everything to a simmer.
4. Add the chickpeas and continue to cook for about 10 mins until the pumpkin is tender.
5. Squeeze the juice of one of the limes into the pan, cut the other lime into wedges for serving.
6. Just before serving, tear over mint leaves, serve with the lime wedges and warm naan breads.


Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

The seeds of the pumpkin are often discarded during preparation but these could be roasted for a nutritious snack. Rinse the seeds to remove any of the pumpkin flesh, coat in olive oil, spread over a baking tray and then bake until golden. Eat as they are or add to soups or salads.