Some fancy eggs and soldiers

Eggs are a bit of a go-to for a quick dinner for me, as I’m sure they are for many people. I’ve had a few failed attempts at a hollandaise recently (after getting it spot on first time), so when the River Cottage book suggested eggs and soldiers with a twist I had to try […]

Goodbye April

I’m finding that working my way through the River Cottage Everyday book is helping me be a bit more seasonal with my cooking. I’m looking for spring recipes and therefore picking up what’s in season from the shops. That meant lots of rhubarb! Working backwards, the last of my rhubarb bounty went into a clafoutis […]

The final frittata

Just a mini one today while I catch up after a lovely trip to Italy last week. Yes, the food was glorious. The third of the frittata recipes in the River Cottage Everyday was frittata nicoise. Now, I’m not a big potato fan, especially in places where I feel they don’t belong (curries). However, I […]

A great curry and a first attempt at sourdough

Middle of March already, goodness. It must have been a good few weeks ago that I attempted my first sourdough starter. I used wholemeal bread flour, added a little water, and let it do its thing. The starter began fermenting very quickly, helped along by the wholemeal I’m told. I fed the starter for about […]

A lovely Sunday fish pie and a bit of baking

I’ve made a good few fish pies in my time, but always the classic recipe with mashed potato on top and sometimes some quartered boiled eggs tucked inside. It was time for a new recipe, with puff pastry no less. The base of the pie was almost the same as the classic, with just a […]

Pizzas, rhubarb and a Monday treat

I’m a little behind at the moment, not because I haven’t been cooking (honest!), but because I haven’t been able to make my website work properly! Looking back to the past few weeks, I’ve made quite a few recipes from the River Cottage book, so I’ll do a little catch up from the start of […]

Recipe challenge week 3

Week 3 started with a big leftover roast chicken to play with. The roast was great but I always love making meals out of the leftover meat. Lunch on Monday (and Tuesday, and maybe Wednesday) was a chicken and couscous salad with toasted almonds and lots of parsley. Mid-week saw the surprising addition of pheasant […]

Week 1/2 of the recipe challenge

I think I got off to a good start last week. I popped into a little fruit and veg shop in Marchmont (something that I don’t do nearly enough) and picked up a few bits like celeriac, parsnips, leeks and thyme, before heading home to get going with some recipes. First off was celeriac soup, […]

A new challenge for 2017

I think I said when I first got the book that I would work my way through it and make all of the recipes from it. It’s one of those things that I’ve always wanted to do and just never got round to. ‘River Cottage Everyday’ is just the type of book that I go […]

Vitamin D news from ISENC 2016

Once again I attended the International Sport and Exercise Nutrition Conference, this time as a PhD student running around with microphones, taking coats and packing bags. As with last year, and the year before, the speakers were brilliant, with experts flying in from Australia, America and elsewhere to talk in Newcastle. My outstanding lecture of […]