31.1.14

January

Everyone keeps saying how grey and dreary January has been.


I hadn't noticed.

However, if you do feel the year has got off to a soggy and depressing start don't worry because you get a second chance. Today is the start of the Chinese new year and to welcome the year of the horse we are eating sweet and sour horse chicken.



We are also scoffing these easy peasy crisp toffee chocolate bars.



Books

I am so pleased that my last post sparked so many interesting and interested comments. It is good when the comment box becomes a conversation. I now have a tremendously long list of writers to try which feels a bit like having a huge pile of presents to open. Thank you to everyone who commented and recommended. I have decided to tackle something contemporary for February, I am going to be reading The Vanishing Act of Esmé Lennox by Maggie O' Farrell.




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28.1.14

Reading List

Reading List
I can never resist studying a reading list to see how many I can tick off. Daft really because the vast majority of books on those lists ...
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24.1.14

Pots of Sunshine

Pots of Sunshine
On the 24th of January 2010 I wrote my  first post . Today four years later I am writing my six hundredth post. Coincidentally (not really)...
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20.1.14

Rhubarb Crumble

Rhubarb Crumble
Rhubarb (beautiful forced English rhubarb from Evesham), ginger and cream, three ingredients which suggested several delicious possibiliti...
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18.1.14

Lamb, Chickpeas, Hummus, Yogurt and Mint

Lamb, Chickpeas, Hummus, Yogurt and Mint
I love lamb with Middle-Eastern/North African flavours. I bought some za'atar recently which is a blend of sumac, sesame seeds and th...
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17.1.14

Smoked Haddock, Leeks, Cheddar and Cream

Smoked Haddock, Leeks, Cheddar and Cream
There was also crusty white bread which we ate with these lovely ingredients and which I forgot to photograph. A chowder-like soup with...
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16.1.14

Butternut squash, Mozzarella, Slow-cooked Onions, Kale

Butternut squash, Mozzarella, Slow-cooked Onions, Kale
I made pizza. Butternut squash, onion and mozzarella pizza. The kale I served separately. Butternut squash and kale pizza is popular  but...
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14.1.14

Notes on Eating

Notes on Eating
 When you cook for a family it is easy to get into a rut with your menus. Pleasing everyone isn't always easy especially when they are...
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6.1.14

Resolve

Resolve
Christmas has been packed away for nearly a week now and a new year begun. A new year must have resolutions. Here are mine: 1) I re...
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5.1.14

Chilli Chocolate Biscuits

Chilli Chocolate Biscuits
 A crisp chocolate biscuit with chocolate chips and warmed up with cayenne, cloves, cinnamon and ginger. They may not look madly exciting ...
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