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I have come down with a stinking cold. I don’t get ill very often, maybe about once every five years; so when I do catch a cold it really hits me hard. I have been struggling to do much at all but I have work and diy to be getting on with and Ringo to walk so I’ve spent a lot less time resting than I would like to. It has meant that I really haven’t felt like cooking but I still need tasty, nourishing food, fast! These prawns in an easy Thai coconut sauce are ready in about half an hour and are very low effort but big on flavour. (more…)
Does anyone else struggle to return to normal life after they have been away somewhere? After being at a festival at the weekend we then had to drive for four hours to pick Ringo up from my parents house, then another four hours home and it has all completely wiped me out. I feel like I need to sleep for a week but I have so much that I need to be getting on with that that really isn’t an option! (more…)
I’m heading off to Bloodstock festival tomorrow; I go to at least one festival every year and am usually very well prepared way in advance. This year however it seems like time has gone by much quicker than usual and I am utterly unprepared, so today is going to be spent in a mad rush trying to get everything packed and sorted. I haven’t even cleaned our tent after last years camping so that is going to be a grim job! (more…)
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What is the first food that come to mind when you think of brunch? There are so many delicious options but for me, it’s got to be waffles. They are a little bit too much effort to make for breakfast (or maybe that’s just me, I am not a morning person and I struggle with anything that is more effort than pouring some cereal into a bowl…), but for brunch they are just perfect and would be my first choice every time. (more…)
What are your go-to meals? The ones that you cook frequently, pretty much know the recipe for off by heart and that never disappoint. These sweetcorn and feta fritters are one of mine and I cook them, or a variation of them, probably once every few weeks. They are quick and easy to make, easily adaptable to fit whatever you happen to have in the fridge or freezer, and most importantly, delicious! (more…)
After several years of complaining about my oven burning everything I put in it, resulting in much swearing, frustration and strategic placement of icing/fruit/chocolate/props to hide the burnt bits, I finally have a lovely new oven! A range cooker in fact, so I have loads of space for baking and cooking and it looks pretty sexy! (more…)
I have been eating so many berries recently, I’ve always got a stash of them both in the fridge and in the freezer, I can’t get enough! I want to make the most of them while they are still in season as soon enough they will be gone for the Winter. Although most of them just get eaten straight from the tub, I have managed to set a few aside for baking with; these coconut and berry fruit tarts are a wonderful way to serve them and would be perfect for afternoon tea or a garden party, or just because it’s Tuesday. (more…)
Our kitchen renovation is coming along well, if a little slowly. We now actually have a sink downstairs (having to go all the way up to the third floor to get water was getting rather tiring and it made it so much more difficult to make a cup of tea than it should be!), we have done most of the hard labour, and I had a shiny new range cooker installed yesterday. Pretty much all that is left to do is painting and tiling, as well as the monumental task of organising all of my baking supplies and photography props… (more…)
We are currently renovating our kitchen so cooking and baking is pretty much impossible at the moment (though I did somehow manage to make jam in the study yesterday!). So far I have learned how to plaster and next up is woodwork and tiling! It will be at least a couple of weeks yet before we are finished but hopefully the kitchen will be usable again in about a week once we put the sink in and actually have water downstairs! I will keep you updated on our progress and fingers crossed we will have a much nicer kitchen than the ugly, outdated one that we ripped out once we are done. (more…)
This post is sponsored by Iceland.
Did you know that in the UK each year, households waste 7 million tonnes of food?! (As a whole, not each!). This adds up to a total cost of £12.5bn, or about £700 per family. That is a shockingly large amount of waste and so much of it is perfectly avoidable with a little bit of care and planning. (more…)