Home Improvement

They say there are signs you are becoming an adult. Puberty and age aside one could argue that you don’t ever have to actually grow up but then there are mortgages – houses, kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms. Once you have these things, you are now in a position to make them your own. This is…

From reel to crafting station (in my mind)

It started with a conversation at work….I had seen left over reels sat around before and wondered where they went once we had finished with them. There was one large enough for a table but that was neither practical nor feasible then my eye fell on the smaller one…a coffee table for me…yes…i’m a genius…

How to train a squash…

Now I do not profess to know much about gardening but I do understand the principle of training a squash. As I was checking on them yesterday I was delighted to see many long tendrils and vines with fruit on them. To train them is simple, as you can see in the picture, a few…

Veg n Tings

I never get tired of nature, it soothes the frustrated brow and my garden is no exception, it has taken 4 years for it to settle in and there is still some time to go. I cant get over how well the squashes are doing, they just keep growing (all from supermarket veg seeds) some…

The Veg Garden 2017

Just a few shots from the garden – its starting to grow into something really special…. as you can see there are courgettes, potatoes, 2 kinds of kale, some red cabbage and purple Brussels sprouts and a couple of other things we are hoping for a bumper crop this year.   It is exciting to…

Cuban Black Beans

After much planning my Dad and his partner finally headed off to Cuba last month. Months of arranging visas and planning which jazz clubs they would visit – as my Dad is now retired he does have more time to spend on these things. Part of me envied him – after resisting offers from my…

Kinda Rustic Italian Bread Soup

When you have left over crusty bread there are a number of things which you could do with it. Making breadcrumbs is one and even making it into eggy bread, the Italians make various versions of soup, there are some tomato based ones and others which have stock ingredients such as onion, carrots, celery etc….

Jurassic Beach Art

So my first rota day from work, its a Friday and for once the weather is stunning…We cannot waste the day away at home – we must go do something! So it was settled a road trip – the beach had been on the top of my list for some time – Lyme Regis was…

Meeting Ratty

I first met Ratty when he was but a skeleton. The thin pencil lines hinting at his large frame but said nothing of the rest of him. I wondered how he would grow, would he become a she or something else entirely…it was not immediately obvious. Over the next few days I watched him develop…

Homemade Fish Pie

Fish pie is one of my favourite comfort foods, the creamy soft texture of the mashed potatoes and the flaky pieces of fish remind me of happy childhood meal times.It is my no means a low-calorie dish but one I thoroughly recommend trying if you would like to eat more fish. There are several varieties…

Chicken stuffed with garlic & herb cheese wrapped in bacon

This dish can be made to any budget, it is of course on the luxurious side but if you shop around for the ingredients you can certainly be frugal.I have taught this dish to several of my inexperienced (in the kitchen) friends – they were looking for something to impress their new/future partners and it…

Sausage & Sweet Potato Pie

A pie requirement was needing to be fulfilled earlier this week and I decided it would be a savoury one. I already knew where to find the recipe I reached for my copy of ‘Nigel Slater’s Real Food’ – I scanned an eye down the recipe – I already had some puff pastry in the…