Ravagni olive oil and wine tasting in Tuscany – review

In September 2019, we went to Tuscany for a week with ioan and some of his little friends (and their parents, of course). It was a wonderful holiday, and warrants a blog post in itself (give me time, I am still trying to get myself back into the swing of things blog-wise), but I wanted […]

Cookbook challenge – Nathan Outlaw: baked rice pudding – new recipe

Andrew loves rice pudding. When I make one I usually use skimmed milk, sugar, vanilla extract, grate fresh nutmeg on top, and bake it in the oven whilst my roast dinner is cooking. I stir in a little fresh cream when I take it out of the oven, and serve the rice pudding cold (Andrew, […]

The tastiest ever bagel filling: provencal style tuna – new recipe

Okay so just to be totally honest here, I don’t know whether ‘provencal style tuna’ is really the best description of this bagel filling. It has flavours of Provence: tapenade, tuna fish, peppers … but I think it’s entirely possible that a French person could take offence to my description. But who cares? I was […]

Simple broccoli soup recipe (Vegan) – new recipe

When I started weaning Ioan onto solid food, he ate everything I put in front of him. Then, as he reached toddler stage, he began expressing preferences for the bland or sweet (or sausages). A few months ago, after starting pre-school, he suddenly started informing us that his favourite foods were “broccoli, carrots and peas” […]

Cookbook challenge – Rick Stein: poule au Riz

Sometimes you come across a recipe which you know is going to be a keeper. You might tweak it a bit and make it your own, but it’s made it onto your list of favourites to make again and again and again. I have a few core recipes like that: easy, reliable, minimal washing up, […]

A vegan misadventure

I knew that Andrew would not be particularly excited by my miso aubergine with Japanese rice and pickles last week (I say ‘mine’, it’s Jamie Oliver’s), but I wanted to restart meat-free Mondays for 2020. Although cheese undoubtedly makes food (vegetarian or otherwise) even more delicious, I did think an over-reliance on cheese might not […]

Getting back into the swing of things – first week of the year meal ideas

I won’t even pretend that I buy into all that ‘new year, new you’ nonsense. January is a notoriously tough month, following on from the excesses of Christmas and New Year, where all your friends are sworn off the booze or tasty food, and it would set me up for disaster to try and strip […]

Cooking food that my child will actually eat

Another busy week bites the dust, and all of a sudden it’s British Summertime (not that you’d know it from the weather forecast), we’ve lost an hour but gained some daylight, and Easter is just around the corner. We had a good week this week of keeping to plan and that always pleases me, especially […]