Red Lentil Dhal

Sometimes you just need a curry – right? I didn’t have many fresh ingredients in the house when I got the urge – so I thought a plain dhal would do the trick – but only a very very good one. Sometimes the problem with dhal is that it’s a little lacking in pizazz. Fine,…

Blackberry, Strawberry and Blackcurrant Smoothie

What’s happened to the smoothies? A year ago my twitter feed was jam-packed with luscious green swamp juices – and now…. nothing! Has everyone moved past the smoothie? Are there just smoothie bowls now? Well I thought I’d bring back my own little revival, since I’m craving some sunshine flavours at this still-dark-in-the-mornings time of…

Wonderful Wednesday 15 February 2017

Happy happy Wonderful Wednesday one and all! It’s been a FREEZING cold week up here – but one filled with lovely things, including… 1. Watching the crocuses pop up. All my flowers have been early this year. I had snowdrops in December, swiftly followed by a scattering of daffs and crocuses. I planted LOADS in…

Green Lentil and Vegetable Cottage Pie

This is a comforting plate of fodder if ever there was one. It’s what we’ve needed up here lately – as I type there’s a gale blowing round the house and it’s bitterly cold outside. It feels so good to be snugly sipping wine on the sofa while the wind whips through the chimneys. This…

Lebanese Chopped Salad with Yoghurt and Sumac

I’m not going to make any claims about the authenticity of this salad, save several years researching the very most delicious of Lebanese restaurants in the UK, and perusing the internet to try and locate the secrets of the things I’ve tasted. The salads I’ve tasted are usually chopped small (smaller than this one) and…

Wonderful Wednesday 8 February 2017

Happy Wonderful Wednesday! Hope everyone’s drifting along swimmingly during these cold February days. Here’s what’s made me glad and thankful this week: 1. A really long walk in the cold. We wrapped up warm and, armed with a big flask of soup, some crusty bread and a slab of homemade gingerbread (yes I am Darrell…

Wonderful Wednesday 1 February 2017

As this mid-week comes I’m feeling pretty thankful. Thankful that January’s over to be honest. It’s a difficult month, cold and dark, with little to look forward to in terms of the outside world, since Spring’s a few months away yet. February brings a little more cheer. It contains the school half term, more snowdrops,…

Super Quick Thai Green Stirfry Curry

This is one of those 5 minute meals that once you’ve cooked once – you’ll return to it again and again because it’s so EASY! Plus, healthy and delicious – what’s not to love? I tend to cook in themes. I’ll have good olde english pub-grub style food for days on end – think sausages…

Wonderful Wednesday 25 January 2017

Happy Wonderful Wednesday one and all! How are you today? Hope noone’s succumbed to the January blues yet? Here’s what’s made me smile over the last few days: 1. The crisp icy weather at this time of year. I can usually find something to enjoy with most seasons, but these icy cold January mornings are…

Meal Planning Monday 23 January 2017

Monday Lunch – Cottage Cheese with Chives and Tomato on Crackers Monday dinner – Extra Veg and Extra Easy Spag Bol Tuesday lunch – Cottage Cheese with Chives and Tomato on Crackers Tuesday dinner – Weeknight Roast Chicken and Vegetables Wednesday lunch – Hummus and Oatcakes Wednesday Dinner – Moroccan Squash and Pea Stew Thursday…

Wonderful Wednesday 18 January 2017

Howdy y’all! Hope your week is spiffy doodley so far. Mine has been tinkling on fairly quietly, which has been lovely. Here’s what made it extra-special: 1. Dossing around at the weekend. We had one of our oldest friends over to stay – the kind who become family many years ago. No need for proper…

Mediterranean Chicken Stew

I haven’t posted about chicken for a while. I usually forget how good it is each time I make it, and the other night was no exception. I think you really have to buy ‘proper’ chicken though. By that I mean one that tastes of bird, rather than just sweetish protein. This 2kg corn fed…