Five Cookbooks Everyone Should Own

How do you cook? I am an instinctive cook, rather than a precise one. I’m all about opening the fridge, grabbing some leftovers, throwing it together and seeing how it turns out. This creative, slapdash approach makes me a dreadful baker, but an overall good cook. I love food, I love flavour, I love colour…

Green Goddess

I hosted a dinner party for eight girls from my hypnobirthing class on Saturday night. One of our gang is moving to Scotland, and we wanted to send her off properly, and it felt like the right time for us all to take stock and celebrate how much we have achieved and how far we…

In the Frame

Taking family photos…. The idea of getting professional baby photos done has always seemed a bit cheesy to me. I am proud of our little babies, but the thought of putting them in a cabbage with an oversized bow on their heads and their arms neatly crossed seemed faintly ridiculous. Equally, the weeks post-birth are…

Home & Heart

New house, new babies… This is a rather belated post, being as we moved into our new house in June. But hey, we’ve been just a little bit busy…! On New Year’s Eve last year, R and I went out for dinner at our fabulous local pub, while our grandparents babysat. We chatted about the…

Flippin’ Perfect…

Pancake Day…gorgeous recipes, ingenious ingredients, perfect frying pans, and more! There’s nothing like Pancake Day to jazz up the long slow end of winter before Spring arrives. Even the worst cooks can manage to throw a pancake mix together and drizzle it in a frying pan. The most traditional recipe is of course something like…

The Love Edit…

Valentine’s Gifts for busy parents… R has bought me a hand-blender for Valentine’s Day. I know this because I saw it when he tried to hide it in the car after we’d been to the supermarket. “But..but…I bought you the more expensive model…” he protested. It’s ok. I bought him a novelty mug, so I…

Great Granola

Simple to make granola, perfect for using up leftovers… I love learning to make something like granola, something that seems really complicated but is, in actual fact, really easy. There are all sorts of different recipes for granola, some healthier than others, but once you’ve mastered the basics, you can improvise a bit – adding…

The Five Year Trees

Planting trees to celebrate our fifth wedding anniversary… It was our fifth wedding anniversary just before Christmas. The fifth is ‘wood’ – and we decided to buy each other fruit trees, which we can plant here, and take with us when we move. Hopefully our simple apple and plum trees will be the start of slowly…

Stir It Up

The Ultimate Christmas Pudding…. We missed Stir Up Sunday this year – not because we forgot but because, once I’d read through all the recipes and decided on the best, we realised that the fruit needed to soak for at least 24 hours before mixing with the flour, suet and sugar – so Stir Up…