Wonderful Wednesday 26 April 2017

It doesn’t seem like five minutes since I was sitting here scribbling away last week. It’s been a busy few days out and about, and dealing with a KILLER headache that lasted all the way through the weekend into this week, which wasn’t so wonderful. All the more reason to remember the nice little bits…

Wonderful Wednesday 19 April 2017

It’s Wednesday and it sure is wonderful. If a little chilly. Hurry up Spring – I thought you’d started?! Despite the heating still being on and the winter coats still not put away, I’ve got a list of the lovely to share: 1. A Smoothie Maker. Very 2015 I know, but I’ve hopped on board….

Tropical Green Smoothie

This tastes much sweeter and yummier than it looks. It’s got a virtuous handful of spinach in it, but with the mango, pineapple and cranberry juice it’s really very sweet! I’ve bemoaned the disappearance of the smoothie fairly recently, and for those similarly bereft, have a look at my smoothie and drink diaries here. Just…

Sumac Spiced Roast Veg and Couscous Stuffed Peppers

We love eating roast peppers. They go all goey and sweet in the oven, and make the filling soft and juicy too. A bit of spinach stirred through could be lovely here, or some more sweet notes could be added with a sweet potato. I’m really liking sumac at the moment, which I liberally sprinkled…

Wonderful Wednesday 12 April 2017

Happy Wonderful Wednesday! How is everyone? Springing with life or a little…meh? I’m of the springing variety this week – I’m loving this weather like a solar panel. Here were the best bits: 1. An evening stroll. I wonder how many times I’ve written that. It’s a lovely time of day to go awandering though….

Lemon and Dill Braised Potatoes and Leeks with Mozzarella

The vegetables are a useful base to plan a variety of meals around. I let the whole thing cool down and added chunks of mozzarella for a tasty, filling salady-type lunch, but I think it would make a great side to a couple of chicken thighs too. You could lay them on top of the…

Meal Planning Monday 10 April 2017

Hey everyone! Haven’t done a meal plan in an age so thought I’d jot down what we’ll be scoffing this week. Hope it’s helpful / interesting / inspiring! Monday lunch – Celeriac, Beetroot, Apple, Stilton and Walnut Salad (pic above – my new fave) Monday dinner – Roast Veg-Packed Stuffed Peppers (to be blogged soon!)…

Celeriac, Beetroot, Apple and Walnut Salad

This is totes moreish – I ate a whole bowl of it to accompany a quiche for dinner last night. I really love celeriac; it’s one of my favourite vegetables. I love how versatile it is, and how different it tastes depending on how you cook it. It’s nutty and chewy in a gratin like…

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…