Beef stew

I really cannot sum up my life in the last 24 months. It has been a rollercoaster. My son, my gorgeous, kind, funny, smart baby boy is now TWO!!! Where did the time go? I sometimes think to myself that I am trundling along, just about coping and then I have moments when I realise…

The everything leek and potato soup

It is funny, this week marks my 1st anniversary of cooking for my son. I spent the first few months coming up with nutritious and tasty purees, then it became thicker foods that resembled actual food, then came the finger foods and things that had hidden vegetables it in. All was going really well, until…

Onion, thyme and parmesan tart

Since I have been back at work after my maternity leave, I haven’t taken a day off. I’m very very lucky to be able to work 8-5 Monday to Friday and weekends off, but ten months is rather a long time in which not to take even a day off. Especially when being a single…

Spring sweetcorn soup

Yesterday was the first day of spring. Now for once the weather is actually acting like spring. It is bright, clear and fresh and the sun is actually warm! I got up at 6.30 this morning and looked out at the sky. Clear blue, not a cloud in sight, just the jet trails in the…

Best ever Guacamole

I love avocados! I love their texture, their smell, their taste and their colour. I just love them. When I was pregnant, the only thing I wanted to eat in the first few months was an avocado with cottage cheese and salt and pepper. And now for some unexplained reason, I am just craving them…

Cheesy buns

This week I had a few highs and lows in the kitchen. I have been busy making breads and cakes and a soup or two. The breads all worked out triumphantly but the soup however was a fail. I was watching Jamie Oliver’s 15 minute meals which is a show I usually really like and…

Another yummy soup…

It’s funny, even though it is summer or the tail end of it at least, I am still in the mood for a warming winter soup. I make thick lentil soups, spiced sweet potato soups and rich tomato stews during winter. But it feels wrong to copy those winter soup characteristics into summer. Yesterday I…

Soup soup and more soup!

Since my last posting of my berry and almond cake, I am sad to say that my little laptop died a death. I have not been able to check my page nor to post anything. Eventually I remembered that my wonderful sister gave me her old mac years ago, so having reinstalled it and set…

The aromatic chicken dish

Yes yes, it’s really me! I am back in action after a very hectic few weeks. We have been away travelling and then have had numerous guests to stay, so I am very pleased to be back in action and starting to resume normal life again. When I say normal, obviously I mean our usual…

Winter Warmers

It is cold, wet and windy outside and there is a big storm coming our way. We (Cara and I) embraced the weather this morning and went for a run down the pier at seven am. Half way back, we got caught in the rain which felt like ice and then the wind picked up…