It’s bloody hot isn’t it? I know us Brits are terrible moaners when it comes to the weather but I think it’s because we’re always given extremes right next to each other. We don’t know what to expect. Plus we do love a good moan.
There’s nothing I like more than a recipe that only uses one pot. It feels like a winner before it’s even served. Less washing up, less tidying and less clutter by the stove and sink. One pot meals have my vote every time. READ MORE
So, as a disclaimer I should mention that I absolutely love the Phoenix. I have been a customer since, ahem, 1996. The Phoenix is an independent cinema and arts venue in Leicester where they show some mainstream films, some subtitled films, live streams of opera, theatre and dance as well as other arty exhibitions. It used to be based near to De Montfort University and Gateway College (where I did my A Levels) and was the place that first introduced me to the joys of a hummus sandwich. You could say it’s the longest and most fulfilling love affair I’ve ever had. READ MORE
Anyone who follows me on social media will know I am partial to a burger or two. I’d go as far as to say it’s my favourite meal.
When Meatcure first opened in Market Harborough we ate there as a family and LOVED it. It was a revelation. Interesting burgers, super hot skinny fries and excellent sides to pick at before the main event arrived. I was hooked. READ MORE
Well little Laurie, my last born son, turns 3 in June. We are of course having a perfect toddler’s birthday party. There will be a bouncy castle, a pinata, a ball pit, cake, ice cream and the most important bit; party bags. READ MORE
It’s half term here and so I find myself looking for easy wins when it comes to feeding the kids and that’s where this easy peanut noodle sauce comes in. I don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen when the boys are at home in the day. School feels like it steals so much of my time with them, I don’t want any further interruption when I get whole days to hang out. Noodles (or doodles as young Laurie calls them) are a favourite and always return empty plates. Albeit, plates with some vegetables picked out and left on the side. Oh to be two and so picky! READ MORE
Morning! Well have I got a treat for you. I have not one, not two, not three books… but four books from Storey Publishers to giveaway. I’m going to give them away as a bundle as I think anyone who likes one of them will like all of them. But first a little info on them and what I thought. READ MORE
I know, I know, this is SO boring. I want to eat syrupy, sugar laden treats all day long just like the next person, but I can’t. My skin gets angry and spotty and my bottom seems to miraculously increase in size. It’s all just deeply unfair but then that’s how life is. You can’t eat cake for every meal. Believe me, I’ve tried. READ MORE
Yes you heard me right. No rise cinnamon rolls. I love a cinnamon roll as much as the next person but my oh my are they a pain in the backside for taking an age to rise. Sweet enriched dough is slow to rise because the eggs and milk and butter act to stop the yeast from working as fast. And so, they do indeed have their place, and that place is for a long slow day when there’s nothing to do other than hang around the house prodding at sweet dough, peering under the clingfilm and willing it to hurry the hell up. READ MORE
I have two lovely things for you. One is this excellent recipe for halva jelly by Sumayya Usmani from Mountain Berries and Desert Spice (published by Frances Lincoln, an imprint of The Quarto Group). The other thing I have is a copy of this delightful book to giveaway. For details on how to get your mitts on the book scroll to the bottom of the post. READ MORE
I’m a mum of 3 boys, a cookbook writer and also a finalist on the 2011 Great British Bake Off.
I’ve decided to record the recipes I use, partly to save them somewhere and partly in case someone else might like to use them...