Recipe | Cumin Chicken with giant couscous, courgette, peas & mint with Le Creuset

This time of year I crave fresh green vegetables and simple ingredients, cooked in a quick and easy way.  Leaving stodgy winter foods behind me, I’m after quick, nutritious meals that the whole family will enjoy. I am longing for wild garlic and spring greens.. there is nothing better than going for a walk in the woods and gathering a handful of wild garlic leaves to cook with.  Soon!  In fact I heard the season is particularly early, and there are

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Seasonal Recipe // Squash and brown rice risotto…

Autumn, harvest time.  Also time for comfort food, large bowls of steaming soup and wholesome bread.  One of my favourite things about this time of year are the squashes, orange, yellow and gnarly green globes – they shine out at me in the greengrocers, begging to be made into a hearty dish or two. One of my favourite recipes to make during this season, is squash and brown rice risotto – choosing not to use traditional risotto rice but long

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Seasonal Recipe // Plum cake…

This time of year there seems to be a glut of almost every ripening fruit.  Plums in particular.  They seem to ripen and go over in a blink of a wasps eye. One of my favourite recipes for plums is this simple plum cake, now I’m not known for my baking skills, so when I find a recipe that is simple and delicious and it importantly turns out resembling a cake – well we are on to a winner. Lou

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Seasonal Rituals // Elderflower cordial…

June, the hedgerows are in bloom.  White fluffy flowers adorn the bushes, and the air is thick with pollen.  I suffer with hay fever at this time of year, it is those pretty Elderflower blooms polluting the air.  I try to just muddle on, sneezing, and dealing with it without drugging myself with anti-histamines, so far so good.  But some days are worse than others. I read somewhere that by making and drinking Elderflower Cordial at this time of year,

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Recipe // Beetroot Rissotto…

Are you ready to embrace the goodness of this coming season?  Want to indulge yourself in rich earthy flavours, steaming bowls of soup and stews? I do, I can’t wait!  I’ve recently unearthed my slow cooker, and I’ve been looking at recipes on-line to try. I love my slow cooker.  Getting prepared for the evening meal early, filling my home with it’s delicious smell throughout the day, and making me so hungry.  I also really love that smug feeling I

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Autumn warming recipes…

This months latest Pinterest craze for me is food!  Pinning warming hearty dishes to fill cold hungry bellies.  I have a board dedicated to these.  From soups to Goan curries, roasted pumpkins to plum crumbles.  mmmmm perfect dishes to come home to after a walk in the woods. Oh that reminds me to dust off my slow cooker and bring this back into action.  Casseroles, stews, soups and more can be cooked slowly all day.  There is nothing better than

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Recipe – Aperol Spritz the taste of the Med…

I was first introduced to this bright orange Italian aperitif by Fran and Alexis at Sisterhood a few months ago.  In the excitement of the weekend, we had all bought Prosecco, to which Aperol was mixed. I was dubious at first.  Bight orange, looking more like Tizer or a kids neon fizzy pop, not something I would want to drink, let alone sour the taste of Prosecco.  But how wrong I was, it is delicious, with a slight bitter orange

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Recipe – Strawberry Ice Pops…

This week the temperature is set to soar!  Reaching 30 degrees in some parts of the South of England.  It’s feeling hot, hot, hot out there! Rufus has his sports day on Friday – why? Just madness in this heat. He is one of those boys who will go at every event hell for leather, never mind it’s roasting hot.  He will be an over heated, sweaty mess by the end of it. So, to cool the boys and tempers down, I

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