Easy 15 minute lunch for one: crispy sage and pine nut pasta

15 minutes is all you need to make this crispy sage and pine nut pasta.

I am alone at home today. My husband has gone to visit his family, providing me with the rare treat of having the house to myself to veg out in as I see fit. I am using this time to clean up this blog and am creating new tabs so it’s easier for people to … Continue reading

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Red spaghetti… and a grumpy old woman’s take on the rest of my Chelsea Flower Show 2012 piccies

Making this red sauce really couldn't be simpler plus it's healthy and delicious!

Part food post, part flower show As I’d already posted some of the food-oriented images from our trip to the Chelsea Flower Show, I originally set out to focus this post on a staple recipe that has sustained both my husband and I during these last few turbulent weeks. The idea was that I would … Continue reading

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Simple salads: Apple, bresaola and cambozola salad

I love putting fruit in my salads and apples always work with cheese, and the cambozola went particularly well with the bresaola.

Changing a lifetime of bad eating habits I am really, really annoyed with myself. I’ve been looking forwarding to making and posting this recipe for some time now, but when I finally made it and took my usual pictures to show you, I forgot to add the toasted walnuts before I took the final snaps. … Continue reading

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Simon’s Pesce A.O.P (Baked cod in parma ham with roasted vegetables and A.O.P spinach)

Simon's pesce AOP

Video games, zombies and dinner Mr Monster: So our good friend Simon came down to stay and play video games a couple of weekends ago. He bought me a zombie cowboy game for Xmas, which I have great pleasure in watching him play, but he also brought over his PS3 console with another Zombie game, … Continue reading

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A spicy vegetarian pasta with cavolo nero (kale). Who knew healthier eating could be so gratifying?

I've surprised myself with the number of meat free meals I've actually made and this spicy vegetarian pasta is one I'm particularly proud of.

A dish I’m really, really proud of I’ve just made it past my first week of healthier eating (apart from Sunday’s foie gras) and, so far, I’ve managed to stick to my healthier exercise plan too. I’ll even admit that I’ve secretly enjoyed the exercise. A little. If I had a choice, I’d probably still … Continue reading

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A recipe for my brother – garlic mushroom spaghetti

We normally make these garlic mushrooms to go with our breakfast fry ups but they're even better eaten with pasta

A recipe for my brother – Garlic mushroom spaghetti I don’t know about you lot but after a week of Christmas/holiday stodge, I really, really, really don’t want to see another potato (roasted, chips, whatever!) or piece of ham or turkey again anytime soon. I hate turkey anyway so I’ve already patted myself on the … Continue reading

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Simple salads: fig, ham and mozzarella salad

Fig, ham and mozzarella salad. Great for lunch. Great for dinner.

Fabulous figs I am LOVING the fresh figs we seem to be able to get hold of at the moment. They’re juicy, plump and packed with flavour. I threw this salad together in five minutes when I unexpectedly ended up working from home yesterday and needed to raid the fridge for something quick and easy … Continue reading

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Get your scary on: mummy dogs

Mummy dogs

Mummy dogs As part of this year’s upcoming Halloween celebrations, my father-in-law is organising a ‘Fright Night’ event for families in his local town. So, for the last few weeks, I’ve been researching various low-cost and easy to make Halloween eats and treats for him that will go down well with adults and kids alike. … Continue reading

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Veg-tastic dinner: Risotto verde

Risotto verde - buon apetito!

Veg-tastic dinner: Risotto verde There’s a cheap and cheerful Italian restaurant chain near my work and every time I’m there, I order the same dish time and time again, and it’s not pizza or pasta! Instead, it’s their light, creamy and packed with lots of vegetables risotto verde. Last weekend, I decided to try and … Continue reading

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It’s pizza time! Homemade pizzas are yum-o!

Might margherita with basil

It’s pizza time! Home-made pizzas If you read my post on Sunday about my disastrous whoopsie pies, you’ll know that I’m not much of a baker. I can cook up a storm but when it comes to baking, I seriously don’t think I have the touch required. That’s why I’ve mostly avoided doing any baking. Until now… … Continue reading

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