14April_Scallops

Clam chowder and scallops on the first day of summer

I am so happy to finally write that we had the first day of summer here. I did everything I have been waiting for all winter except eat outside! I wasn’t quite ready for that just yet. I did laundry and hung it outside, it smells so wonderful and fresh, I sneezed from my hay … Continue reading

12April_BrownieReady1

Rocky road, raspberry brownies

My second baking challenge from Betty Crocker about easy baking was brownies. Everyone likes brownies and I think most of us have a favourite recipe. I couldn’t resist having a look around my cupboards for additional ingredients to pimp them up a little. I really like the all in one mix and all I add … Continue reading

07April_SlicedCake

Easy baking carrot and rhubarb cake

So the thing about baking and me, it just doesn’t seem compatible most of the time. I have a few “safe” recipes, funny enough they all involve chocolate even if I am not a massive chocolate fan but they always work. Don’t get me wrong I eat chocolate but it would never be my first … Continue reading

07April_SpringSalad

Asparagus, mozzarella and lamb salad with garlic buttermilk

After a period of grey and quite cold weather we have had a bit of a warm spell. Not warm enough to leave the jacket at home but lovely and sunny. Enough to get the seeds going in the greenhouse and for a tiny asparagus spear to appear. Sadly the top was eaten by something … Continue reading

24March_LiverDish2

Liver with onion, bacon and apple

There is food I like but don’t cook very often. One of these dishes is liver. I remember my mom used to cook calves liver and serve it with fried onions, apples, gravy and mash. As a child I ate pretty much anything and I didn’t give it a second thought. A friend of ours … Continue reading

19March_Toastie2

Being social with little bites and truffle toasties

We are surrounded by very social neighbours. We all love a glass or two of wine and good food and we meet up at any given opportunity to enjoy this together. The last time was a birthday, what better time to celebrate?! I wanted to make something special and decided to go for a few … Continue reading

29March_SmokingPork1

Smoked Chinese pulled pork

I can never resist a good bargain and I picked up a boned shoulder of pork that was on sale. We had guests coming for dinner and I love the versatility of pork. I really fancied pulled pork and what better opportunity than when you have guests to share it with? I find it pretty … Continue reading

26March_QuornChilli

Quorn and aduki bean chilli

I get a lot of inspiration for dishes to cook and ingredients to use from other food bloggers. There are so many, so talented I only wish I had more time to read them all. A constant source of inspiration is Angie, The Novice Gardener, who also hosts Fiesta Friday, one of the best foodie … Continue reading

23March_CucumberSalad

Parma ham wrapped salmon with roasted veg and a cucumber salad

I have been thinking a lot about food, and I have cooked but it has been a little hectic and I now have so much food to share. Spring is officially here, the clocks have changed, it is a little lighter and brighter and I feel the need for lighter foods! I picked up some … Continue reading

17March_BeefStewUncooked

One pot beef and carrot stew

Spring arrived, the sun came out and it was nice and warm. I just got used to it and was thinking abut tucking my winter jacket away and then the weather turned. Spring is here but on wobbly legs taking baby steps. If you ask me I am ready for warm weather and even summer. … Continue reading

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