October has brought a distinctive change in the weather, and with it, an influx of sniffles, coughs and colds. We flick the switch on the central heating and the onslaught from the invisible invaders begins; are our immune systems caught off-guard in the ambush? Our go-to remedy is hot Elderberry Cordial, but I'm not entirely … Continue reading Rosehip Syrup
What a great day. I'd forgotten just how much fun it is to make fresh pasta; very satisfying. I'd also forgotten how much hard work is required to knead the dough, especially when you have an audience of 8-year-old schoolchildren. This is the 10 minutes or so between the lovely eggs nestling in a flour … Continue reading Pasta for Italian Day
As the adage of much disputed origin states, "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime." That's exactly what's going on with Jamie Oliver's latest venture. He's teamed up with Hotpoint to not only provide free cookery lessons for … Continue reading Teach A Man To Fish..
I'm starting to think that the best barbecues are the impromptu, last minute variety. Is this true? Plans were in place for a Great Get Together in support of Jo Cox and the 'more in common' movement last weekend, but as happens all too frequently in our household, plans change. However... right on cue, some … Continue reading The Great Get Together
Long past are the days when I'd pop out from the office to grab something to eat in my lunch break, but I distinctly remember the options, or lack thereof.. An overpriced, plastic-clad sandwich or unimaginative pub fayre, unless you're willing to pay through the nose for restaurant cuisine of course. Competition certainly seems to … Continue reading The White Spoon