Recipes and food

Dryathlon day 15: lovely kale!

Just to prove that I’m not spending all of my alcohol free days scoffing chocolate I though I’d show you something healthy that I’ve been eating! Kale seems to be the super food of the moment – lush, green and full of nutrients. I haven’t quite braved juicing it yet – in fact I have…

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Dryathlon day 5: I poured some wine!

Yes I poured some red wine – it smelt so lovely! But don’t worry not a drop passed my lips instead it went in with the roast lamb where after a couple of hours it turned into a lovely rich gravy! This was the hardest day of the Dryathlon so far. I do so love my…

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Dryathlon day 3: feeling souper!

One of the things I remember very clearly about the first few days of the Dryathlon last year is the greatly improved quality of sleep that you get when you go to bed alcohol free. Now I’m not saying that I collapse into bed in a drunken stupor every night but even a couple of…

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International food photography day

I have just discovered via Twitter that it is International Food Photography Day.  If you read my Blog you’ll know I’m very partial to snapping and cooking at the same time (it drives my family mad) So I’ve had a quick delve into the archives and pulled out some random foody shots.  It made me…

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Pearl barley and feta bake

OK – I’m back with a vengeance with lots of recipes, photos and photoshopping ideas!  Today I thought I’d hop on the meat-free Monday train with this  lovely vegetarian twist on the frittata packed full of green goodness and tangy cheese. Pearl barley has enjoyed a bit of a renaissance of late and is now…

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The arrival of spring and more good intentions

Sandals and daisies

Hurrah – spring has finally arrived!  The weekend was lovely with temperatures well into double figures and plenty of sunshine.  This winter has been a really long haul for everyone and I was beginning to wonder if it would stay for good – let’s hope that the warm weather is here to stay. Well Monday…

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Monday’s good intentions….

roast sweet potato with feta and avacado

My daughter always teases me about the fact that I always start a diet on Monday. Just as I always vow stay wine until Friday, sort out my In Box and my In Tray, start that patchwork quilt that I’ve bought the material for, renovate the old picture frames I bought at the auction a…

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Easter chocolate fest!

Easter chocolate cake and biscuits

After yesterday’s meaty scoff fest, day two of our Easter ‘eat in’ features some lovely chocolatey goodness cooked up by my daughter Reya over the last couple of days. And as I type yet another gooey biscuit has arrived at my desk warm from the oven – resulting in a very sticky key board! The…

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Slow roast pork -what’s cooking for Sunday dinner?

This slow roast pork is  a lovely fragrant dish with Mediterranean influences from Greece and Spain.  It fills the whole house with a gorgeous aroma as it’s cooking! As it’s slow cooked it literally falls apart when you take it out of the oven – so you can carve or “pull” – the choice is…

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Dryathlon day 25: Target reached!

I seem to have filled the gap left by alcohol with cake as January has worn on. This morning I had an impromptu coffee morning with a few friends which added over £20 to my sponsorship money. After putting a picture of my cakes up on Facebook more donations rolled in and I’m thrilled to…

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Dryathlon day 20: Comfort food

I have been a prisoner in my own kitchen this weekend – not because anyone has forced me but with the oven on it’s the warmest place to be in this continuing cold weather! Yesterday was a baking day and between us (while putting together the Spotify Dryathlon Dance mix) my daughter and I made…

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Dryathlon day 13: If you can’t drink it cook with it!

Blogging late again after a lovely relaxing Sunday.  I spent a lot of the afternoon in the kitchen cooking with my daughter.  I made pheasant cooked in red wine with spices and jumbo raisins and red cabbage with bacon with a splash of port.  Before you report me to the Dryathlon Police I can confirm…

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