Food and recipes

Food and recipes

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Dryathlon day 4: Grumpy

Last night I again slept really deeply – so much so that I over slept and missed my early morning yoga class damn it! Friday night is curry night in our house and I cooked some rather spendid vegetarian dishes event though I say it myself! Then my son Tom decided to open a beer…

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Dryathlon day 1: Detox!

Most years I plan to go dry for January!  It’s fine for the first few days then I inevitably slip off the waggon and go back to my evil drinking ways… Well this year is going to be different.  My son Tom told me about the Cancer Research Dryathlon just before Christmas and threw down…

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Limoncello part 2

Well I have failed to post very day for advent this year – this week has been so buy with work and getting ready for Christmas. However I did succeed in getting the Limoncello finished as you will see here……and one or two of you may find a bottle in your Christmas stocking this year!!

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Advent: 10th December – Limoncello

Every year at Christmas I always come up with one scheme or another to make something a bit different to eat or drink. Last year it was raspberry gin and pickled pears. This year I stumbled across the recipe for Limoncello via the Domestic Sluttery Blog and though that I would give it a go.…

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Advent Blog: 4th December

Today has been very cold and when you sit at a desk in an old house with out much heating you need a bit of warming up! Cue a visit to the fridge to gather up all the slightly tired looking veggies to turn them into a lovely soup. This is my homemade minestrone. To…

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In a pickle

They may not be the most sociable things but I just LOVE pickled onions!  And home made ones are the best.  So two nights ago I tucked myself up in front of the wood burner with a couple of bags of small onions and a sharp knife and set about my first pickles of the…

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Celebration cup cakes

Our lovely neighbours have just had their second baby – a sweet little boy. So my daughter made them some cup cakes to celebrate!  We presented them on a vintage cake stand which was one of my recent auction finds!

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Comfort food

Well after sticking its head above the parapet yesterday, today the sun has now deserted us.  Once again it has been chilly,  grey and rather miserable – so to cheer us up I’ve taken “time out breaks” from working on the computer to rustle up some comfort food in the kitchen! For elevenses we had…

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The first asparagus of Spring

A couple of days ago husband Geoff returned from his lunchtime bike ride (zero food miles!) with a small rucksack full of the first asparagus of the Spring bought from Portwood Asparagus in Great Ellingham, Norfolk.  With the exception of my son Tom, we all love asparagus in our household and look forward to the…

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The first wet garlic of Spring

While we were shopping on Saturday I spotted the first wet garlic of the spring on one of the stalls on Norwich market. For the uninitiated, wet or green garlic is the first fresh harvest of the season and it is called  “wet”  because it has not been hung up to dry so does not…