Roast Chicken & Shredded Sprout Risotto

Brussels Sprouts, nothing divides the family at Christmas quite like them. I’m not sure that any other veg consistently arouses quite a reaction: ‘urghhh’; ‘None for me’ (said with a grimmace); ‘You’ve got to have sprouts at Christmas’. I don’t…

Oh the Weather Outside is Frightful!

Having sat and watched as the north of the country became blanketed in snow I was very pleased when it came my way. And boy, did it come. Read post.

A Touch of Spice for a Winter’s Chill

Once again a cold snap has descended and I’ve become surgically attached to my hot water bottle of an evening. Anything that offers warmth and cosiness is what I want to have around me right now: freshly laundered blankets; bowls of hot porridge; thick woollen scarfs. It’s forecast to get even colder with snow on its way so I shall continue to cocoon myself. Read post.

In the Bag: Detox January

After all that (rather fabulous) excessive eating and drinking over Christmas Scott and I feel in need of a detox, so we’re filling this month’s bag with these great ingredients full of health benefits: LemonsGarlicSesame seeds Get detoxing, guys and…

Frozen in Time

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Snow Days

Unless you’ve been underground with no access to television, newspapers or the internet for the past few weeks you don’t need me to tell you that the UK has been experiencing something of an ice age with snow and ice causing widespread disruption, some misery, but also, let’s be honest, lots of fun!

Twas the Night Before Christmas

The presents are wrapped and under the tree, the turkey is sitting in the fridge and the ham has been cooked and glazed. I’ve change into my pyjamas and am about to watch ‘The Polar Express’, as I have on the last few Christmas Eves (it’s becoming something of a tradition). But before I do I wanted to write a little Christmas post.

Thanksgiving Thoughts

Thanks to this blog, Facebook and Twitter I have had the fortune of being able to communicate with so many wonderful people in America who, although we’ve never met, I consider my extended friends. It’s to all of you who I dedicate this post to and wish you the happiest of Thanksgivings.

For the Love of Crumpets

Who doesn’t love a good, hot, buttered crumpet?

I’m talking about the snacks, you naughty things.

English crumpets are irresistible at any time of the day. They’re great smeared with Marmite for breakfast, topped with fried, scrambled or poached eggs for lunch, or served with a little honey or jam for afternoon tea. They’re one of those foods that are like a great big culinary hug; especially good for a grey, drizzly day. Read post

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