My middle son has it right (or second eldest as I like to call him, so fearful am I of ‘middle child’ syndrome); he gives up chocolate for Lent.
Now this is not a humble-brag about how wonderful my son is, how he is already able to deny himself pleasure in the quest for enlightenment. Oh no. He actually doesn’t like chocolate. He’s a chocolate rejector (what did I do wrong?!) so for him, giving up chocolate is no hardship. He doesn’t eat it anyway. But it does get him brownie points with his teachers and other parents. READ MORE
Well that’s crept up on us, hasn’t it? I’m not ready. Well all the necessary stuff is done but the pretty, enjoyable stuff, not so much. I am dedicating proper time to doing nice crafty things from now until the big day. READ MORE
When pregnant with my first son, making homemade Christmas tree decorations is something I really thought I’d do every year as a family tradition. I also thought I’d use bamboo nappies and make my own yoghurt. What can I say, I am not that mother. Not that I judge those women who do. We all use out time as we wish. READ MORE
Is it tiffin? Is it chocolate fridge cake? Is it chocolate biscuit cake? Oh who knows! All I know is that this is beyond delicious. I ate some for breakfast this morning and then I ate some for lunch. I am planning on a lot of veggies for my dinner to make up for this behaviour. I don’t promise this is sugar free. In fact I don’t promise anything nutritionally from this recipe. All I will say is that if you are making it in the gargantuan quantities I do then do share the tiffin love. READ MORE
How could anyone not be happy to receive a jar of something called Christmas chutney? This is the bejewelled stuff of dreams. Red as Rudolf’s nose, lightly spiced and teeming with sweet onion. Pretty jars help this on its way to being the perfect gift, when accompanied with a truckle of something strong. READ MORE
We’re almost there. Less than a week to go. So today I give you my cashew pesto. Shall I tell you how I came up with this recipe? Well, I was given a lot of very fiery basil by my pal Lynne some years ago. It was wonderful stuff. We just couldn’t get through it though. And I happened to have some cashews knocking about, and so, well, the rest is history and now we all love this cashew pesto. It makes such a great edible gift, as most people expect sweet treats at this time of year, or chutney. But this is just divine and a little bit different. Only give it to those you love. Or very good teachers. READ MORE
Before I get onto these chocolate shortbread stars I need to talk to you about Christmas. And ageing. And how one helps the other. READ MORE
This here apple and chilli jam really lies somewhere between a chutney and a jam. It’s made from jam ingredients, but in my book jam should be sweet; something you spread on toast of a morning. This is anything but that. READ MORE
I was discussing with a very famous vlogger recently (yes, I know, look at me down with kids, just call me Hollella) how pretty much everyone who loves their food is also a little bit absorbed in the workings of their digestive tract. To put it more bluntly, what goes in; must come out, and if you care about the quality and flavour of what you’re ingesting, then it’s only natural you want your digestion to work in harmony. READ MORE
We’re back. The routine has started. At first painful, clunky, chasing out tails. Then the groove came back and now we’re whistling along. A flurry of book bags and water bottles and untucked shirts, crooked ties and shoes on the wrong feet. My second eldest has started school and I am not sad. I am very happy for him.