Eight years ago, my hubby and I moved from the heart of middle England, the rolling green hills and idyllically charming villages of The Cotswolds. We left behind the beech woodlands and yellow-stone hamlets, said farewell to gastro pubs and farm shops and set off up the M1 to the industrial heartland of the north,… Continue reading Why being a foodie ‘up north’ isn’t all that grim
As much as I love entertaining in my own home (any excuse to cook up a feast) or even better, go out for dinner with friends, when it comes to communal eating , there’s nothing I love more than being a guest in someone else’s home. Being invited into someone’s house to eat a meal… Continue reading Honeycomb
When it comes to easy and nutritious food, you can’t go wrong when choosing an egg. They can be cooked in minutes and provide protein aplenty, minerals such as selenium, iron and zinc, as well as various B vitamins. Eggs are, without a doubt, also one of the tastiest things on the planet. Who doesn’t… Continue reading Smoky Turkish eggs (Cilbir)
I can’t let the start of 2019 slip by without taking the opportunity to talk about “veganuary”. If you’re unsure what this etymological mash up means, where have you been? It’s a pretty easy concept to work out (or is that just cause I’m an English teacher and love word-play?). Veganuary, the fashionable craze of… Continue reading Plant based food: why I’m embracing a flexi-approach
If you’re trialling veganuary you better look away now. Whilst even I have to admit that the predictable Christmas fare of cheese, paté, rich fruit cake and heavy roast dinners does get a teeny bit too much, I have faaaaar too many foodie delights to use up at the beginning of the year to make… Continue reading January mince pie fridge cake.
Let’s cut to the chase: Christmas is not the most pennywise time of year for even the most frugally conscientious amongst us. There’s something about this time of year which demands a generous spirit, which, if you’re not rolling in cash (or just by nature a bit of a scrooge) can be a little challenging.… Continue reading Four tips for a pennywise Christmas
Despite a dalliance with fussiness in my childhood (apparently in 1988 I spent the year only eating edam cheese and green grapes), I take great pride in the fact that I am literally the world’s least picky eater. When I say ‘least picky’, I in no way mean “un-discerning”. No foodie wants to be thought… Continue reading Roast partridge with red wine and sticky onions.
Besides a penchant for ice cream sundaes (a not-so-secret weekly indulgence weekly when hubby is out), my go-to sweet treat is without a doubt something chocolatey. Actually, strike that. My go to food is ANYTHING chocolate based. I get through mounds of the good stuff. Pretty much every week I make something chocolate themed. Gooey brownies,… Continue reading The Great British Chocolate Taste Test.
My favourite cuisine changes as often as Radio 4 mentions the word Brexit. One day I’m dreaming of the musky, heady flavours of the Middle East, the next I’m craving the zesty freshness of fragrant Thai dishes. Last week I had a thing for Scandinavian flavours (creamy meatballs, sooooo good), whereas this week I’m all… Continue reading Apple pie baklava
Unlike many foodies of similarly frugal inclination, I am not particularly green fingered. Our meagre veg patch doesn’t actually host any vegetables, but contains a few strawberry plants (of which we harvest a few handfuls each summer), a thornless blackberry (gifted by a neighbour) and some woody herbs which are more than a little outta… Continue reading Beetroot and orange cake with cream cheese frosting