Detoxing the mind, body and soul

Throughout my life I have been on restrictive diets for various health and welfare reasons, to eliminate physical problems and to care for the world around me. My first hand knowledge of dairy free, lactose intolerant, vegetarian, vegan and gluten free eating has meant we can offer all these specialist diets to our guests. The…

Gluten-free doesn’t mean missing out

A popular diet in healthy living is gluten free. It is becoming widely known that our bodies find it hard to process certain foods and the glue that holds them together is often the culprit. Gluten is a protein that helps our favourite breads and pastries stay in their risen state when baked, but it is…

2017 yearly roundup

A dramatic 2017 was the year of a very long hot summer after a dry winter, with very little rain for over 4 months and I was very aware of the forest fires that raged in Portugal and caused a lot of suffering. So when our mayor phoned me to tell me there was a…

2015 yearly roundup

Another year has passed in the mountains and I’m pleased to report that after the wetter 2014, this summer was the expected ‘hot’ mediterranean heat that lasted for 3 months. Blue skies, bright sun and 38°C everyday. Lovely 🙂 Yes it was dry and a few times our mountain spring did not cope with the…

Melanya Banana Cake

I know bananas are not grown in Bulgaria but they are available in the markets – just like in the UK, and I thought I’d share as this is one of my favourite recipes because it’s so easy to make, has basic ingredients which are commonly available, is great for using up bananas that are…

Winter in the mountains

Winter at Melanya Mountain Retreat began much later than in the UK. When the first disruption began in Scotland and spread south it was still 25 degrees c in the Rhodope Mountains. Quite balmy! You’ll be glad to know temperatures are now more in-line and drop much lower at night as Melanya sits 1000 metres above…

Organic Winter Warmer

Here is my favourite warming soup recipe using organic home-grown ingredients from the garden.