Stuzzi in Harrogate – review

When Andrew and I recently took Ioan to Harrogate for his cousin Ellis’s first birthday celebrations, we took the opportunity of the grandparents being there to go out for dinner, WITHOUT THE BABY! Andrew’s sister and her fiancé have lived in Harrogate for many years, and know some of the best places to eat. They […]

Foodie penpals – February 2016

This month’s Foodie Penpal Charlotte was keen to receive a parcel of Asian goodies, finding them difficult to get hold of where she lives. You don’t have to ask me twice to pop to Chinatown for some supplies, and so I went there after work with Andrew to pick up a selection of goodies for her […]

Week 1 2016 – playing with my new toy: a KitchenAid Cook Processor

Andrew bought me a KitchenAid Cook Processor for Christmas, another almond cream beauty to add to my KitchenAid collection. I’d never heard of it before, but the Cook Processor is essentially an all in one preparation and cooking gadget with pre-programmed options to allow even a kitchen novice (ie Andrew) to cook a slap up […]

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 33 – homemade pasta and chocolate spread tasting

We’ve had a busy week working on our kitchen project this week: what that means is I have been picking out my dream kitchen and appliances, and Andrew has continually reminded me of our limited budget. As I keep telling him, if he thinks I cook well now, imagine how amazing our dinners will be when […]

Weeks 28 & 29 – birthday in Rome, with Anthony Bourdain’s favourite restaurant

My meal planning hasn’t really been particularly noteworthy over the last two weeks as we have been away for a birthday trip to Rome, and Andrew has also been away for a few days in Wales to continue his birthday celebrations (will they ever end?!). I am just about to leave the house to meet […]

What’s in my shopping basket?

Did you see the news recently about how the inflation shopping basket has changed over time? This is the notional ‘shopping basket’ which is used to calculate the cost of inflation. Personally I don’t pay an awful lot of attention to how much each item in my virtual basket costs … I shop online and so […]

Why I love … Clarence Court eggs

As I explained in the introduction to this ‘Why I love …‘ series, I wanted the opportunity to shout about some brands, products and services I love. The motivation for writing this series is because I think what I am writing about is a good thing, and I want to share my views with you. The […]

Creamy chicken orzo and mini victoria sponges

When I recently visited my lovely friend Charlotte (recently a new mum to the beautiful Henry, and one of my Alphabet Adventures buddies), her mum Jill made us a gorgeous dinner of creamy orzo pasta with chicken, followed by a lemon fudge cheesecake. Jo, the third in our AA trio, was also there and we had a […]