Week 52 – leftovers, leftovers and more leftovers

I love Christmas but I am not a massive fan of leftovers, as I don’t enjoy eating the same thing over and  over again. However, it is impossible for me (regardless of Christmas) to under-cater, so I always end up with leftovers. As I hate wasting food, I have to eat everything, but it often means […]

Round-up: November no waste food challenge

I am sure Elizabeth from Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary has started to regret inviting me to host last month’s no waste food challenge. I have been a pretty poor host, having only just got around to sharing the lovely recipes people added to my original link up (which you can read here). I blame my current […]

Week 42 – making beer bread with the Fabulous Baker Brothers

Let me tell you, those baker brothers are pretty fabulous: they look good, they make delicious food, they are friendly and charming, and they seem to be genuinely nice guys. And next week both Tom and Henry Herbert are travelling east from the Cotswolds (where their family’s bakery is based) to open up a bang-on-trend Hoxton pop-up called The […]

Weeks 39 & 40 – recovering from Las Vegas

I didn’t get a chance to write my meal plan last week, as I was jetting back from Las Vegas, where Andrew and I (finally) finished celebrating his 40th birthday. There wasn’t much to the meal plan anyway, except lots of fruit and vegetables to try and counteract some of the damage caused by my […]

Week 38 – lunch with Nathan Outlaw

Here’s another week where there’s not much to share by way of menu planning as we’re off on holiday (yay!), so instead I want to tell you about my brilliant lunch with Nathan Outlaw a couple of weeks ago. I first came across Nathan Outlaw on Great British Menu, when he cooked to represent the […]

Week 36 – potato and courgette rosti (new recipe)

During the last week I have for various reasons been buying breakfast and lunch instead of making my own. And it’s bloody expensive! A fruit salad for breakfast, soup and yoghurt or sandwich for lunch, throw in a coffee and you are looking at £7-10 per day in the City of London. An expensive way […]

GBBO week 4 – baked cheesecake: Speculoos biscuit cheesecake (Lotus Biscoff)

Have you ever tried speculoos biscuits? If you have ever been to a little coffee shop on the continent and been served a lightly spiced, caramel biscuit with your coffee then chances are you have tried one. Or maybe you tried to recreate my homemade speculoos biscuits? My point is, if you haven’t tried them […]

Week 35 – lunch at Ottolenghi’s (review)

As I explained last week, due to travels to Paris for work I didn’t have much luck in the way of planning. I did indeed have pork chops, salmon and faggots, a tasty crab sandwich, plus a delicious Sunday lunch with local pals Isi and Michael earlier today. I made a speculoos cheesecake for pudding […]