*86* puy lentils with aubergine, tomatoes and yoghurt

Except I used green lentils and buffalo mozzarella… BUT let’s rewind…. The recipe is from this book… … which is brilliant by the way… I had a couple of aubergines (eggplants, for you across the ocean) in the fridge which were about to die so I made an amended version of this dish. Also, can […]

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*85* Grief is the thing with feathers

Grief is the thing with feathers by Max Porter. Every once in a while you stumble upon a book that totally surprises you. A book that is not what you expected but it’s so beautiful and so memorable and remarkable and ‘dazzling’ as a someone said that you know you will never forget it. It’s […]

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*84* a baby quilt

Yes, you read correctly I actually made a quilt. In real life (as the boys used to say, when they were small and cute and still did as I asked them too). We’re on our last week of exams: A levels, GCSEs and end of year … all three boys are at it. It’s not […]

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*83* 49 years of books

Believe it or not, my old quest of ’48 years of books’ is still going on; I had to put it on the back burner because of all the other college reading I had to do, but I’m determined to finish it before I turn 50 even though it’s now… ‘the 49 years of books […]

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*82* It’s not about the Burka

It’s not about the burka, edited by Mariam Khan. The last of the non-fiction read for a while. I bought this on a whim, intrigued by the title, and frankly pushed by the fact that my ignorance when it come to Muslim and especially Muslim women is pretty deep. AND, I repeat, it’s not good […]

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*81* poetry Monday

When at the Hay Festival last Saturday, Max Porter mentioned Emily Dickinson as one of his favourites – among others I can’t remember because I was too awe-struck by his magic with words to have coherent thoughts. It happened that I have one of her poems on my wall, downstairs in my study, above the […]

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*80* Hay Festival

What a gorgeous day I had today! Met my friend Claire for our annual Hay Festival day and I must say … glorious. It didn’t rain for the second year running – bonus – and we chose three very different but amazing talks to go to. Event no 1 – Markus Zusack, author of the […]

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*79* Saffron and Lemon Chicken… and Jane Eyre…

I’ve been in a mega rut regarding food. Bored of cooking doesn’t even begin to describe it… mainly because whatever I cook I always get a comment or two, or three: I don’t like this, I prefer it the other way, why did you cook this, too cooked, too uncooked, I don’t like spicy, not […]

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*78* Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine

Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine by Gail Honeyman I had to break the series of ‘non-fiction’ books with something because my brain was slightly fried, and I seemed to have been the only person in the country that hadn’t read this novel last year… so here we go. First of all I have to say […]

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*77* music Friday

Last Tuesday my sister and I took mum to see Michael Buble in concert… and he was brilliant. Plus I got to see my 73yr old mum doing the twist to a Chubby Checker cover… We had a fabulous time. Good guy. He’s a good guy. Enjoy and have a great weekend!

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