One of the many things I love about Mr. WB is his ability to surprise me with books I hadn’t heard of or mightn’t think of picking out for myself. I’ve loved reading ever since I learned how, and there’s nothing like that cosy feeling of discovering a new book or three under the Christmas tree. Continue reading “Uncommon Type- Tom Hanks”
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!
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”
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”
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”
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”