Seasonal Rituals | Christmas Eve supper with friends…

This Christmas Eve, we are celebrating with a few of our dear friends. A chance to chat over a special meal, drink a cocktail or two and swap gifts.  Christmas Eve needs to be a special affair, but a light one, nothing too heavy to digest as we have a huge feast coming up the following day. A couple of our friends are vegetarian, so this means forgoing our usual fish pie for supper, so in search of something suitable

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Recipe // festive boozy mince meat…

After posting this image on Instagram this morning, I was asked by several of you for the recipe.  It’s really really simple, and makes about five jars, which is ample if your family has a slight mince pie addiction like mine.  If you pot the mixture up in pretty jam jars, they make great edible gifts too. I have searched for a recipe which doesn’t contain suet, so this is perfect for vegetarians and vegans. Also it is gluten free

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Simple Living // Last minute food shopping…

It was one of those days.  Dan and I had back to back client meetings in Gloucestershire.  We were busy and focused on what our client needed from us, and was looking forward to a quiet evening at home, when suddenly a text comes through from Rufus’ school.  The text was reminding us to send him to school the next day with a packed lunch and snacks for a trip to London.  I had completely forgotten. Sometimes the balls drop,

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Scenes from Sunday // a beach cook out…

What a gloriously sunny weekend.  November has really gotten off to a fabulous start with it’s crisp sunny days and cold nights. I love it!  Yesterday we decided to have ‘cook out’ and headed to a bay outside of Clevedon, on the river Severn. While the boys busied themselves climbing the rocks and discovering caves, Dan and I made camp and built the fire.  We both love cooking outside in the colder months, there is something so primal about it. 

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Simple Living // An autumnal celebration with Fox and Ivy…

This autumn I plan to celebrate the darker evenings with a little sparkle.  Once the clocks go back, the darkness can feel overwhelming and depressing, but with a few changes at home you can make the day light saving a little more manageable.   November is a month of transition, from autumn to winter and can be the forgotten month on it’s lead up to Christmas. All those parties being arranged, presents being bought & the madness of the school

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Simple living // A late summer picnic and Scan As You Shop with Tesco…

Summer is having a final hurrah, with temperatures this Bank Holiday reaching heady highs… what better way to celebrate the end of summer holidays than a picnic in a field.  Grabbing a picnic blanket, plates and cutlery we headed to the countryside for a quiet afternoon of eating and climbing hay bales. But what about the food?  Before leaving Bristol, we headed to our local Tesco Extra store to pick up a few delicious picnic essentials.  Our nearest Tesco Extra

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Recipe // Sweet Potato and Lentil Polpette…

Many of you found the whole Instagram story of me making these yesterday hilarious!  Stupid auto correct, calling them polyester instead of polpettes! Honestly! Whilst others kindly ignored that, and asked for the recipe, which seems daft to me, as I made it up, but hey – here goes. These polpettes are super easy to make, and so delicious.  I tend to make a large batch of them and keep them in the fridge to add to Buddha bowls for

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Simple Living // How to style a summer feast with friends…

With the weather behaving itself these past few days here in the UK, it’s time to think about throwing a little summer soiree for friends this Bank Holiday Monday.  It can be as simple or as grand an affair as you like, from candelabras and champagne flutes or a pared back scheme with rough hewn table top and sharing plates of salads. I love summer for entertaining, everything seems to much better with a touch of sunshine and fresh flowers.

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