*97* brownies

Don’t ask me what possessed me to bake brownies first thing in the morning the other day… because I have no idea… I had eggs that needed to be used, I had children ready to eat them so I found myself melting butter and chocolate and trying not to drool in the pan The recipe […]

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*94* postcards from Italy

Day 2. I woke up in my parents’ place in Tuscany… … and had to force myself to get up… it’s such a relaxing place I feel immediately lazy and chilled there… … the weather is incredible, really really hot. Not that I’m complaining! I then drove to my home town to have breakfast in […]

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*93* postcards from Italy

These are ‘piadine’ (plural, ‘piadina’ singular, let’s get things straight). And they are delicious. It’s a food typical of this region ‘Romagna’, the eastern side of Emilia Romagna, it is a flat bread usually made with white flour, lard or olive oil, salt and water. The dough was traditionally cooked on a terracotta dish, although […]

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*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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*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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*65* tuna and courgette fritters

You betcha. I mean… they’re fab and the recipe gives you loads so you can keep them in the fridge (or freeze them) and re-heat them as and when you desire. The recipe is from this book, “Lean in fifteen” by the Body Coach. Ahem… can’t say I have done his exercise plan… but the […]

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*58* Easter weekend in pictures

The weather was glorious. Finally. Spent a couple of hours on Saturday afternoon in a deserted College library… oh my god… terrifying… just weird… like the set of a scary movie. Had to get out of there. Fast. Missed No 3 and Mr away on hockey tour in sunny Holland. Easter Sunday meant lots of […]

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*57* a day in London

Yesterday I took a day out from College work and mum-duty to spend a day in London with my sister in law. We crammed a lot in and walked for miles and miles and it was so much fun. The weather was glorious for the first time in weeks too. First stop, the Serpentine Gallery […]

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*16* rocky road bars

Still in the middle of exam week. The boys are ratty, tired, fed up AND teenagers… there’s only one way to loosen them up and obtain a vaguely friendly grunt out of them: food. Food with chocolate. Enter the super quick and super delicious ‘rocky road crunch bars’ from Nigella Lawson’s book Nigella Express. (or […]

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*10* triple chocolate cookies

Buckwheat triple chocolate cookies. Note of warning: have a glass of cold milk ready because… hello… chocolate!!! You can find the recipe here. It’s really easy and quick. Probably as quick as eating the cookies when you’re done! A lot is done in the mixer (but you don’t have to… I’m just lazy)… but I wonder […]

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