Week 42 – invasion of the Welsh

As the first grandchild on both sides of our families, Ioan was always going to receive more than his fair share of attention from his grandparents. My mum lives in London so gets to see him regularly, but just for a few hours at a time, and Andrew’s parents live in Wales so see him […]

Corned beef pie – a Welsh classic (new recipe)

If you are of a certain age, you probably ate lots of corned beef when you were growing up. Tinned or sliced, this mystery meat is salty and fatty, with a non-meat texture. For a food snob like me, I should avoid it like the plague, but I have very fond memories of corned beef […]

Week 30 – stocking up the freezer for baby

Because I am a greedy pig, one of the things I was most looking forward to about maternity leave was stocking the freezer with meals in preparation for when our baby arrives. The thought of having a freezer stocked with healthy meals which simply need to be defrosted and heated fills me with happiness, so […]

Weeks 23-27 – birthday celebrations and nurturing my bump

These last few weeks have flown by as Andrew and I prepare for the imminent arrival of our baby boy, and it seems like there’s hardly any time to fit blogging around cooking, cleaning, sorting out the garden, sorting out the nursery, working, and finding the energy to grow this baby inside of me, as […]

Back in the kitchen

I have been making more edible Christmas presents, and also doing some practice dishes for the Christmas celebrations. Last weekend before the trip to Paris I made Nigella’s rocky road – it’s very rich and delicious, although I substitute the amaretti biscuits for shortbread and miss out the nuts completely. I also made welsh beer […]