Pickled lemons

I thought that I would revamp and republish some of my old favourite recipes using the new fab recipe plugin that I discovered recently – WP Recipe maker from Bootstrapped ventures. First up is this recipe for pickled lemons – picked because I have a new batch steeping away in the kitchen at the moment.…

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The Merz vintage fashion shoot

As I sit typing looking at the gloom of a very dismal, grey and chilly bank holiday weekend I’m reminded of how different the last one was at the end of May. It was the end of spring, the sun was warm and delicious with the promise of summer to come. Sadly that summer has…

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Move and shake to London Town!

A couple of weeks back we headed off to London Town with our daughter Reya “soft moving” to her new London life! She is starting her MA at RADA at the end of September and in the meantime has managed to secure two temporary jobs to help finance her through this next part of her…

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Slow roast spicy pork revisited!

I first posted this slow roast pork recipe back in 2013 and am making it again today to warm us up on a cold May Bank Holiday weekend. I have made a couple of changes – like adding coriander seeds to the fennel – but otherwise the recipe is the same as it was 8…

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A year of lockdowns – photo stories

This post has sat as a draft for nearly two weeks while I have procrastinated about what to write about the last year. It has been a roller coaster for us all in many ways and something we just couldn’t have imagined back in the good old days before 2020. All of these photos are…

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Lockdown Norwich vaccine trip

Just over a week ago I headed into Norwich to get my vaccine. It was quite a trip out as we haven’t ventured into the City since August last year! We decided to arrive a bit earlier than my appointment and take a little walk around the streets and I thought it would be a…

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Dance away the lockdown

A year ago today my sister and I were swanning around Kensington, visiting museums and galleries, having afternoon tea in Harrods and watching one of our teen heroes Brian Ferry perform at the Royal Albert Hall. It all seems like a million years ago now after almost a year of lockdown and virtually no social…

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No brainer bread!

My daughter Reya sent us a photo on Sunday morning of the bread that she had rustled up for her uni flat mates for brunch. Not only did it look delicious the recipe sounded insanely simple – just a few ingredients and no kneading! Now I have always been of the “beefy forearms, lots of…

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Welcome to lockdown life!

So here we are – just over a week into the third lockdown of this hideous pandemic. We are pretty much holed up in our Norfolk home – keeping away from people as much as possible. We are in the over 60’s category (no idea how that happened!) and Geoff has had several serious health…

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Let’s make Kimchi!

Hello there – how are we all doing in Lockdown 2.0? Like many of the people I speak to at the moment we are finding this one much tougher than Lockdown 1.0. Back in the spring it was all rather new and strange but the sun was shining and we had sour dough and zoom…

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I must go down to the sea again!

Here is a little photo story from last week! We finally made it to the beach and got to swim in the sea! It was one of those lovely, warm, late summer days that feel like a real bonus – particularly in these dark COVID days. Our go-to beach of choice has always been Wells,…

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Blueberry and banana cake

As lock down went on we were very happy to be able to get regular home deliveries – mostly from Sainsburys. This was a little tricky to start with – sometimes logging on past midnight to secure a slot as they became available! Luckily things have calmed down a bit and it’s normally pretty easy…

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