The Accidental Vegan

Now, I’m not sure what your views on veganism or ‘Veganuary’ are. Being vegan definitely seems to be more mainstream in the last year or two, and I’ve noticed a lot more advertising from Go Vegan World.

Personally, I’m not a fan of ‘preachy’ veganism. I understand that many vegans feel strongly about the treatment of animals, but I think a carrot rather than stick approach (note the suitably vegan metaphor) might be a better way to persuade people to your cause. Continue reading “The Accidental Vegan”

Back on the bike

Oh dear. Well I owe my reader(s) an apology. It has been a long time.

Usually I’m not that bothered by January blues, but this year seemed a little different. A busy schedule and cold pre-Christmas left me slightly lacking in energy, and long dark rainy days don’t help. Probiotics on the other hand do, so I’ve re-discovered my zip. It’s time to come out of hibernation (or hi-bear-nation, as Francis thinks it should be called).

Also helpful for re-discovering your zip: a big warming bowl of ramen. I must admit to being a bit impressed with myself when I served this up to Mr. WB last week, despite the fact that it was very easy to make: chicken stock, chop, chopsticks!

What to do with all those…pumpkins

A  VERY belated post if you’ve been growing your own pumpkins (which I didn’t realise I’d never published), they’d want to be well inside at this stage away from the rotten (and rotting) wind and rain!

Pumpkins last best when ‘cured’- stored on a windowsill for a few weeks to allow the skin to harden and change colour.

Pumpkins come in a great variety of colours and shapes, as Francis can attest to. Those Hallowe’en monsters in the shops are all about appearance rather than flavour (remember size not being everything with the courgettes?). Continue reading “What to do with all those…pumpkins”

Holiday Reading

You might think I’m going all Stateside to wish you ‘Happy Holidays’, but no, it’s a delayed review of my  September *summer* holiday reading! Yes, I am that far behind in my blogging.

So, here’s a little summary of the three books I read while in lovely Sicily. Continue reading “Holiday Reading”

Reservoir 13-Jon McGregor

There’s a gentle flow to the writing in this book, which lends it a lyrical, poetic quality.

Thirteen year old Rebecca Shaw is missing in the hills of middle England. But this novel is not about Rebecca, nor about the parents left behind, but rather about a whole village. And life moves on in the village, with or without Rebecca. Shops open and close, relationships start and finish, the farm has a good year or a bad one. Continue reading “Reservoir 13-Jon McGregor”

Feeling Crabby

So, there may be high expectations of me in the kitchen after 12 weeks in Ballymaloe Cookery School, but this post is to show that things don’t always go to plan…

Mr. WB had been keen to get his hands on a crab for quite a while, and where better than Ballycotton Sea Food in the English Market to oblige. I was going to make crab linguine, thus enabling me to try out my birthday present of a very  swanky Imperia pasta machine. Continue reading “Feeling Crabby”