Blood, Sweat and Tears

It was my day off today, and guess what treat I had lined up for me? Two fillings at the dentist. Lucky me! Thankfully they took minutes and the clean was more uncomfortable than the actual fillings. Today is my first day off when I’ve not gone back to bed in the day, which is […]

Soup, Cinnamon, Spuds and Summer Rolls

It’s been a week since I left my last job, yet it feels like longer. I’ve done 3 shifts since starting at the new place, and am now on the first of two days off. Boy is it hard work! I was prepared for that but the physical aspect and how much I’ve felt that […]

Recipe: Crumbly Lemon Cake

I visited my local library in the week, having to return a book is finished reading. The book, if you are interested, was called Kimberly’s Capital Punishment by Richard Milward. I have never read a book like it in my life. Aside from it’s interesting twist, this story is not for the faint-hearted, or anyone […]

A Strop-Preventing Emergency Pudding

Food (or the lack of it) can affect one’s mood in a way we may not wish others to experience. Hunger can induce a Jekyll and Hyde-style personality transplant so severe you have no recollection of the event, although you might be wondering why everyone is avoiding eye-contact and looking slightly traumatised as your hunger […]

Urban Blackberries and Five Ways to Use them

Keep an eye out for blackberries, coming to a hedgerow near you. Or an abandoned car park, in my case, avoiding the broken glass and looking out for unpleasant objects as I picked in my besandled (it’s a word…) feet. What to do with blackberries? 1. Make a pie with apples 2. Make jam (never […]

Recipe: Pork with Vietnamese Herbs (bun cha)

Here’s what happens: I go away to Berlin and discover a desire for Vietnamese food. Thanks to a recommendation from someone we were staying with, I ate at a little restaurant called Waterlily where I had summer rolls and a delicious crispy (proper crispy) duck with a curry sauce. My previous experience of Vietnamese food had […]

Recipe: Bread and Butter Pudding with Berries and Lemon Curd

Bread and butter pudding is a bit of a classic, isn’t it? What better way to fancy up some bread but to pour cream and custard over it, sprinkle with sugar and sultanas then bake in the oven until crispy and golden? I was in the running to make a dessert for a family meal, […]

Recipe: Beetroot and Goat’s Cheese Risotto

Whenever I see the bunches of beetroot in shops at the moment, I can’t resist putting one in my basket. It goes with so much, and tastes a lot nicer (in my opinion) than the pickled stuff. It’s easy to cook – you simply trim the stems not quite to the beet – this helps […]

Sunday Makes

The weekend was a scorcher. Saturday and Sunday saw me having a mid-afternoon nap, very nice it was too. On Sunday we managed to escape to Stockwood Park for a little picnic of bread and boursin, pizza and mango. It was a welcome trip out of the house, and away from the computer and work […]

Week Two of The Happy Kitchen

Last night I cried, a lot. My eyes were so sore I could barely open them. “Why did you cry?”, I hear you ask, “when you’re meant to be The Happy Kitchen?” I’ll tell you why. I had to chop 8 onions. That’s why. My face was assaulted by onions, and it wasn’t pretty. By […]