Our Favourite Five – May 2016

The summer is well and truly under way in our part of the world. And this is what the Savage family have been enjoying this month.

1 Eurovision

Of course! What else could start a list of things my family has enjoyed in May? My husband put the televised song competition in our shared diaries as soon as the date was released! This year we found out our neighbours were as bonkers about the show as we are, so invited them to come down and watch it with us. It’s so much fun sharing the madness with someone else. Although to be honest, there was a lot less crazy in Eurovision this year. Much more slick and a little bit less fun for it unfortunately (I mean Justin Timberlake, while the votes were counted? Seriously? Sigh) Anywho, we had a lovely time just hanging out, drinking wine and commenting. Much as we all agreed we like Graham Norton as host, we were also in agreement that we miss Terry Wogan getting gently sloshed and more acerbic as the evening went on. And as a fitting tribute to the man, who died earlier this year, we were sure to raise a glass of his favourite tipple at song number 9 (his personal cue to start the evening’s drinking). It was an emotional moment. And yes, tears were shed!

To Terry

To Terry!

2 Ribs

Whenever I used to have friends over, pre Oscar, my go to choice of food was always ribs. They never failed to please, but I haven’t made them for years.  So, I decided to do them for our Eurovision shindig. In the past I have always marinated the ribs overnight (a Nigella recipe) and then baked them in the oven. What a faff! This time I decided to utilise my slow cooker and boy were they a massive hit! Tender and juicy and sticky and delicious. And so much easier to make. I bought the ribs from the butcher instead of the supermarket for a start and that made such a difference. They were so much bigger and had so much more meat on them! Then I just chucked them in the slow cooker with the following ingredients. Blooming gorgeous!

Spicy BBQ Ribs

  • 1 X 500g bottle of BBQ Sauce (I used a bottle of Sweet Baby Ray Barbecue Sauce)
  • 50g of brown sugar
  • 4 tbsp of cider vinegar
  • 3 tsp of oregano
  • 1 tbsp of Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp of cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp of chilli powder
  • 1.3 lbs of pork ribs (I got a rack from our local butcher who cut them into individual ribs for me)
  • Salt & pepper
  1. Combine the bbq sauce, brown sugar, cider vinegar, oregano, Worcestershire sauce, cayenne pepper, and chilli powder in a bowl.
  2. Salt and pepper the ribs. Place ribs in slow cooker, and cover in sauce. Cook on low for eight hours or high for four hours
  3. Devour.

I served them with coleslaw, roasted new potatoes and sweetcorn.

No, they weren’t Slimming World in any way, but saved for a special occasion, I’ll definitely be doing these beauties again. Only I may have to make double quantity next time! Yum!



3 M&S Food Hall

A month or so ago Haslemere got it’s very own M&S Food Hall. Regardless of your opinion about whether our town needed a M&S Food Hall, you can’t deny that their food is good quality and often different to what’s on offer in the ubiquitous chain supermarkets (one of which is just over the road if you’re that bothered by it). I’ve found myself popping in throughout May. I bought some of the nicest and biggest (they were a ‘King’ variety) Strawberries I’ve ever had, to take to a friends house, a beautiful bouquet to say a big thank you to a neighbour, and on days when it’s all been a bit much and I need somewhere to take five, I am happy to admit I’ve been Found wandering their aisles. I’m not saying I’d get my weekly shop there, I wouldn’t. But for occasional nice ‘bits’, it’s been a boon.

The M&S Haslemere Coffee Shop has made a nice occasional change.

The M&S Haslemere Coffee Shop has made a nice occasional change.

4 Our deck

I’ve mentioned before that our garden is bigger than our house and as soon as the sun came out at the beginning of May, we were straight out there, tidying up the garden for the summer season. We have a long lawn, but a few years ago we also built (with the help of some very kind friends) a deck. Big enough to take a decent table and chair set, it’s becoming my favourite part of the garden. It’s definitely where I spend most of my time out there, so this month I’ve been adding a few sweet little touches. Cushions for the chairs, a parasol, a wall mounted planter and wild flowers in a jar have all made this corner of the garden a lovely little nook for eating, writing and just hanging out!


Bright, comfy cushions from Sainsbury’s.


Bluebells and rosemary, all picked from the garden.

Is this not the cutest planter you've ever seen? A perfect spot for my Thyme and Oregano

Is this not the cutest planter you’ve ever seen? A perfect spot for my Thyme and Oregano.


I wanted a cream parasol, but picked up the wrong box in Homebase. Hey ho! Oscar doesn’t care and asks me to put the ‘umberella’ up as soon as the sun comes out!

5 Driving Lessons

I wrote about learning to drive a few weeks ago (you can read about why I don’t already have a licence here). It’s been a big part of May for me, although to be honest I’m not sure I’d call it a ‘favourite’ as such. It’s hard learning a new skill any time in your life, but the older you get the harder it is (not my words, words of clever science type people in white coats) and I am finding it hard. But every week I’m noticing little things improving and my anxiety (which behind the wheel has been at a spectacular all time high) slowly fall. Slowly. I’ve done four lessons and now I have a two week break. I only hope I don’t forget everything in that time!



What have been your family favourites this month? I’d love to know!




  1. That rib recipe looks great, thanks for sharing! And good luck with the driving lessons, I eventually passed my test on the 3rd go! xx #OurFaveFive

  2. Good luck with the driving and yum to ribs, I’ve been making then here of late too and they are popular with all the family. #TwinklyTuesday

  3. fairyqueen says:

    Lovely post:) This was one of the first years that I didn’t sit down and watch Eurovision and I did miss it, I used to be totally hooked a few years ago. Seeing that you were in Haslemere brought back memories of while I was living up in Guildford!:) Lucky you with the M&S food hall opening up, I love the occasional big shop in there as a treat:)



    • mrssavageangel says:

      Eurovision has definitely got a lot more slick that’s for sure. But its still great fun! and the new voting system had everyone guessing until the end which was much better!

  4. That planter in your garden is fabulous. What a brilliant idea, I love it. Your Eurovision evening sounds fab. We love ribs too!!! Must try your recipe but don’t own a slow cooker. Maybe our next investment!? TY for linking up to #ablogginggoodtime 🎉 I always love your favourite 5 post 🌸

    • mrssavageangel says:

      I highly recommend one. I’ve only had mine a few months and I’ve used it loads. Think I will all year round but can definitely see potential for more winters foods, even chutneys etc.

  5. Love your garden, mine is STILL a building site…. one day I’ll be able to sit out in it without choking on cement dust every time the wind blows ha! Sounds like a great month and I love a bit of a M and S treat every so often too.

    Stevie x #OurFave5

    • mrssavageangel says:

      I don’t think we could cope without a garden, particularly in the summer. Its everything to Oscar! I hope yours gets sorted soon! Thanks for hosting xx

  6. Your garden looks amazing – we live in a 4th floor flat so I’m jealous! Love the idea of putting bkuebells and rosemary together #twinklytuesday

  7. Ahh I’d forgotten about Eurovision in my post! Another fab month had Lisa and I love the look of your new planters. I am desperate to spruce up our garden but there is just so much to do we don’t know where to start! Hope the driving lessons are going well and see you soon at #BML!

    Thanks for linking to #OurFaveFive lovely hope to see you back again next month x

    • mrssavageangel says:

      Whaaaat how could you forget about Eurovision? Shame on you 😉 Cant wait to see you soon and thanks for hosting!

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