19 September 2010

Returning to the Scene of the Crime

Well, not crime exactly, but definitely returning to the scene! A couple of nights ago we booked a table at Bellapais Monastry for a meal. Graham & I were married there nearly three years ago and we wanted to take Cooper along to show him where Mummy & Daddy tied the knot.

You will be impressed when you see the bread that is served at the table with chilli studded olive oil and olives. Like many of the retaurants and cafes here, they have their own bakery on the premises. The bread here is just divine.

The menu was very meat based, although there were a few pasta dishes suitable for vegetarians. Graham and I decided to combine a couple of starters instead. I had Grilled Halloumi or Hellim as it is called in this Turkish part of Cyprus, Mushrooms in Breadcrumbs Stuffed with Cream Cheese and Salad. Graham had the same, but substituted the Hellim I was having for spring rolls. There were also dishes of vegetables and potato wedges on the table for us to share. We took Cooper's dinner with us. He had a mixture of vegetables whizzed up with a little cream cheese and a piece of the village bread. As you can see from the photos, he was desperate to wash it down with some of my mother-in-law's wine. It was the most enjoyable meal and lovely to be back in such beautiful surroundings. We skipped dessert as Cooper was getting tired, but stopped for scoops of ice cream to eat on our way home.

I am cringing at adding a photo of me, post-pregnancy, but it is only fair if I am including photos of the rest of the family. *grimace*











28 comments:

  1. how lovely to return as a family (and with babysitters too :o). Cooper hooking Grandma's vest made me chuckle and reminded me of times I've been carrying little ones when they think nothing of putting there head down to get a better look at what's inside!

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  2. Hey Nic, I never even noticed he was flashing Jean's bra. I'll have to point that out to her. Just as well she has pretty underwear :D

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  3. I'd like to think Cooper was impressed but he was probably happy as long as he had his dinner and his mum and dad! But I am impressed - beautiful surroundings and nice to see that you are looking happy and healthy

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  4. Thanks Johanna, Cooper is having a wonderful time and is content as long as he has his Baba Anne (grandmother) & Dede (grandfather), never mind us :)

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  5. Stunning surroundings, and the food sounds yummy (even if you did have to hunt out the veggie dishes). And you look fabulous, so nothing to cringe about there!

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  6. Fantastic pictures, looks like you had a fantastic holiday. You ALL look great :-}

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  7. What a gorgeous spot to return to by moonlight and candlelight. The bread looks amazing, too.

    I shan't dignify your cringe with anything but rolled eyes - girlfriend, you look great and shoudl know it!

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  8. It looks and sounds as if you are having a fabulous time - lovely photos - enjoy it!

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  9. What a wonderful and romantic venue! You look very happy and very relaxed and lovely in the picture Jac. Enjoy x

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  10. The entire family looks lovely and happy! Little Cooper is such a beautiful boy — but better watch him around the wine! :D

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  11. You look wonderful and so happy and that is all that matters.

    I didn't get round to posting my photographs of Bellapais. I went over early this year as you know to the Greek part of Cyprus, but with the in-laws we did spend a long weekend in Northern Cyprus and Bellapai was my favourite part- the view especially (not looking down at the rubbish that is) and the Salamis beach,near Famagusta totally took my breath away.

    I can see why you wanted to take Cooper there. And the fresh bread studded with all those flavours is just making go Yum. Can't beat the freshness. Agree that veggie options were limited.

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  12. The architecture is pretty sweet but you are right, that bread is killer.

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  13. Thanks Rachel, the food was very tasty, especially that bread, although I am not one for olives.

    It has been a great holiday Brownieville Girl, but alas it is nearly over :(

    You would love all the fresh bread here Tanita, pity I can't smuggle some back for you just as fresh.

    Thanks C :)

    Thank you Lucie, it is the most beautiful place and the views down to the water and up the mountains are amazing and I love crumbly old buildings.

    Yeah, I know Andrea he is always wanting to drink what we are drinking. The wine seems to especially intrigue him. Must have got that from Mummy. Hehe!

    Yeah, it is lovely here Mangocheeks. You will have enjoyed the bread too then. Although we come to spend time with Graham's parent's in the north, Graham and I have had some lovely holidays in Paphos in the south.

    The architecture if fab TB and the bread is too. Graham actually took that shot of the bread with the arches in the background. Pretty good, huh?

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  14. Informative and interesting read, Jaqueline.

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  15. The bread looks KILLER and the setting is lovely too. I think you look beautiful.

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  16. Awe - what a lovely post! And I especially love the photo's!

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  17. I love that photo of your baby with your mum-in-law! So cute. Lovely photos.

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  18. Thanks Sanjeeta :)

    The bread is amazing Pam, it tastes delicious and looks so impressive when it arrives at the table all puffed up and huge :)

    Thanks Chele :)

    It is a good photo Emma. She is going to miss him so much when we go home, they both are :(

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  19. That bread looks fabulous, Jacqueline! The photos were wonderful and you look like you were having so much fun! I think you look gorgeous and please tell Jean her underwear is lovely! :)

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  20. looks fantastic all!

    i had a good laugh at the bra-thing, i didn't see it until i read that comment either:)

    i totally get the cringing with showing pics of oneself (i hate it), but you look happy and sweet so you don't have to worry!

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  21. That's a lovely photo, Jacqueline! It looks like you all had a fabulous time, and what a beautiful baby boy you have x

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  22. What lovely surroundings & the food & company look equally good!

    Thanks for sharing with us! You dined & wined in style!

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  23. What a lovely evening . You're all having such a good time .... and the photo of you is fabulous !

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  24. Bellapais Monastery - its food and atmosphere are to die for! Thanks for sharing.

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  25. Love the thought of mushrooms stuffed with cream cheese. Sounds like your having fun and getting Cooper all set up for a jet setting lifestyle. It does all look so lovely out there. I've never been to Cypress or Greece or Turkey and would love to go to any or all of them.

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  26. That bread photo is rocking my world - I want to go there. (You look great too, btw, stop cringing!)

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  27. What a great holiday you are having, loved all the photos - Cooper is such a sweetie!

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