Foodie travels – Alabama and New Orleans part 1

I feel incredibly lucky that I was able to get away on holiday in early March before any type of lock down for the Covid-19 pandemic kicked in. I booked a trip to Alabama and New Orleans with my fella what felt a long time ago, and it was definitely our most organised holiday to […]

Are you getting enough vitamin D?

Everyone in the UK is currently going through an unprecedented time of lock down due to the coronavirus pandemic, which requires us to stay at home and only go out when necessary and for one exercise bout per day. Normally, as we hit April and the sun starts to shine more – sometimes even in […]

Tackling the spice cupboard

When the lovely people from Honey and Co visited the Scottish Borders for a cookery demo, they said how important it was to use fresh spices and that it was always a good time to clear out the spice cupboard. I’ve been meaning to take stock of what’s in mine ever since, and moving flats […]

Foodie travels – Bordeaux and the Basque Country

Our late summer holiday this year was a little tour of the south of France. Although our main stays were Biarritz and Bordeaux, we visited Arcachon, St Jean de Luz and San Sebastian in the week that we were away. After flying into Bordeaux, Arcachon was a flying visit for lunch on the beach for […]

Love your leftovers – creamy chicken and leek

I’ve been a fan of this dish for goodness knows how long. My mum always used to make it with leftover roast chicken and I’ve seen Mary Berry do something similar too. Creamy chicken with fluffy basmati rice (with no cream). The best kind of meal for a cold February Monday night. Serves 2. Ingredients: […]

A Sicilian foodie adventure

I’ve checked Sicily off the list now. It’s been somewhere I’ve wanted visit for a long time, mostly after reading the Inspector Montalbano books by Andrea Camilleri. I can’t deny that most of the time my reason for wanting to visit a country or city is for the food, and Montalbano is just as interested […]

A day at Colstoun Cookery School

A very, very, very belated birthday present for the boy finally came around when we drove the snowy roads to Colstoun House near Haddington. I had signed us up to a game cookery day, as it seemed right up his street, and Colstoun looked the perfect location for it. We were thrown into it straight […]

My year of River Cottage Everyday recipes

I bet anyone who works their way through a recipe book in a year will say that they can’t believe that a year has passed already. I think my first couple of recipes came after a jaunt through Marchmont, Edinburgh in a hunt for some fruit and vegetable shops, which kick-started my enjoyment in buying […]

The final recipes

I’m a little late in sharing the last couple of recipes from the River Cottage Everyday book, but I cooked them over the festive period and they were both great. The first was another roast pork recipe, Christmas’d up with a chestnut stuffing. I think I’d always thought that stuffing was meat based, as we […]

Christmas baked apples

I pottered around the kitchen yesterday afternoon fitting in a couple more recipes – it’s almost the end of my year of cooking! The mixed mushroom tart cheered up a solo Sunday lunch time, especially with all the parsley I put in it. I think I’ve got the knack of frying mushrooms now – pop […]