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”
Mr. WB got very enthusiastic with the beetroot this year and planted a while bed of it, which has subsequently led to repeated reminders of ‘You have a lot of beetroot to get through’. So, what’s a girl to do? Continue reading “What to do with all those….beetroot”
Ah, the courgette (or zucchini if you will): the garden gift that keeps on giving! Just a few plants in your garden will give you an abundance, or even over-abundance of courgettes to play around with. Continue reading “What to do with all those….courgettes”
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”
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”
With an almost unheard of two months of solid sunshine, I just haven’t been eating hot food recently. It’s just too hot for my regular stir fry dinner, so it’s been salad for lunch….and salad for dinner. Continue reading “Salad Days”
So, you may have started growing in your garden/allotment, only to be surprised at how much you’ve ended up with! Or maybe you’re just thinking, ‘Oh, X is in season…but what do I do with it?’. Well, in our second allotment year, and with 12 weeks at Ballymaloe Cookery School behind me, I’d want to know what to do with all those delicious raw ingredients. Follow me through the seasons to find out. Continue reading “What to do with all those….strawberries”
Sometimes, things don’t go quite as you planned. It was a quiet day at the allotment, Francis was sunning himself in a bucket, while his neglectful parents went for ‘a turn about the garden’ and got held up helping a bird trapped in netting.
On returning, no Francis. Following further sleuthing by Mr. WB, one guilty dog and rescue operation later…. so hospital admission for poor Francis. He’s still smiling though!
So far, the theatre adaptation of Louise O’Neill’s ‘Asking for It‘ has been gathering positive reviews, bordering on gushing, from media and audience alike. I’m beginning to think I’m the only one who might not fully agree. Continue reading “‘Asking for It’- Everyman Theatre”
Some things are just deceptively simple. I had a very lazy ‘cooking afternoon’ last Wednesday, but still turned out plates of both crackers and florentines. Both recipes involved little more than weigh, stir and spread before baking.
The Swedish Seed Crackers are somewhat addictive (might be my love all things edibly seed-y, or the little bit of added salt). Continue reading “Stirring it up”