Another week of meal planning, and lots of potatoes

We have a busy week coming up, both for me at work (where I’ll be in the office on Thursday as well, despite usually working from home on Thursdays), and for us at home, as Andrew’s parents are coming to visit and take on the childcare duties whilst Granny Annie takes a well deserved holiday. […]

Weeks 18 & 19 – eating “Welsh” in Lille

When I recently visited Lille as an early birthday celebration (as on my actual birthday I will be quite heavily pregnant) I really didn’t expect to see the dish of the day in many restaurants proudly proclaimed as “Welsh”. As we walked up the main foodie street ‘Rue de Gand’ I spotted a restaurant called […]

A Michelin star meal chez moi

Okay, so the Michelin inspectors haven’t been to visit … you might have guessed that despite the title  I haven’t been awarded a Michelin star (I know, really), but I did cook a Michelin-star inspired meal for our friends Eve and  Paul a little while ago and I wanted to share the menu with you. I’d only […]

Cacio e Pepe in parmesan baskets – new recipe

Cheese and pepper – two of Andrew’s favourite things. We discovered this simple classic Roman dish when we were on holiday there in July. I had ordered pasta carbonara from the waiter at Roma Sparita restaurant, who refused to serve me it, insisting that instead both Andrew and I try their classic Cacio e Pepe, […]

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 34 – gooey cheesy aubergine / eggplant bake (new recipe)

There’s not much for me to share with you about my week ahead, so I thought I would share with you a recipe for gooey cheesy aubergine (eggplant) bake which I made on Monday as one of our meat-free Monday meals (Andrew is getting wise to this, but he has realised that you can have […]

Foodie penpals – February 2015

I love a lot of things about Foodie Penpals. Obviously I love getting food by post (I mean, who wouldn’t?). I also love picking out goodies to send to a stranger, based on their answers to a few simple questions (for example “what won’t you eat?”). I have discovered bloggers who I have continued to follow […]

Tres bien New Year meals in Paris – friends, food and flambee

I actually wrote this post last weekend, and planned to publish it today. During the week we have seen the awful terrorist attacks in Paris which have shocked us all, and it prompted me to add an extra note before publishing. I love Paris: working for a French company, having lots of French friends, and […]

GBBO 2014 challenge week 2 – savoury biscuits: oatcakes

I had high hopes for this week’s GBBO challenge – but I had a few kitchen disasters, so what I eventually ended up making was not what I had planned. But first the show – I was glad to see the return of the historical segment this week: this time about why ice cream cones […]