A trip to Little Venice, some photos and a drink + recipe: a honey rum stinger

Little Venice – the one in Maida Vale, London I have taken to going for a brisk 30-40 min walk every day during my lunch break. In the past, I’ve always eaten lunch at my desk, preferring to work through the lunch hour in the hope that I would be able to leave work on … Continue reading

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Brandy-infused cranberries and a crumble-topped cranberry, walnut and banana cake

On Saturday, I asked my husband if he would like me to make anything for his family as they were coming over for Sunday lunch the next day. Him: “Cake.” he said. Me: “That’s it? Just cake. Any particular cake?” Him: “No, just cake.” And then he wandered off back to his office. Only problem … Continue reading

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Happy new year to all

I thought I wouldn’t have time to get one more post in but guess what… 🙂 Ringing in the New Year I love welcoming in each New Year just as much as the next person but every New Year’s eve, I can’t help but get a wee bit annoyed because every year, my friends act … Continue reading

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Boys will be boys… and happy new year wishes to all

Happy belated Christmas greetings everyone! It has been a very long while since my last post and I can only apologise. In the run up to Christmas, I just ran out of time to do everything I wanted to do, and post some more recipes up before our friends arrived. To top it all off, … Continue reading

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A baked bean special: chinese-y pork and beans

Cooking with baked beans If you haven’t guessed from the title alone, my post today is all about cooking with baked beans. Everyone here normally eats baked beans on toast, or as part of an English breakfast. For me, a tin of baked beans evokes a completely different memory, and that’s because the only time … Continue reading

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Boozy chocolate mousse with a crusty sugar topping

Mmmmmm, chocolate….. It’s been a while since I made this chocolate mousse for my husband. If you follow my blog, you’ll know that I’m not really that crazy about chocolate but I do love these chocolate mousse pots. The only thing is that mousse is a bit boring to eat; by that, I mean that … Continue reading

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A rib-sticking winter warmer: sherry stewed lamb stroganoff

Sweet sherry I don’t get to eat lamb very often. My mom couldn’t stomach the taste or smell of it so when we were growing up, she’d only concede to roasting a leg of lamb (which she herself wouldn’t eat) once every couple of years. Unfortunately, my husband’s also not very keen on lamb. He … Continue reading

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Cooking with fruit: hot and spicy peachy wings

Cooking with fruit I love chicken wings. They are my favourite part of the chicken to eat. In summer, chicken wings are a barbecue staple; however it’s autumn now; doesn’t mean I have to stop eating them though. I came up with this marinade because I wanted to create one that, after cooking, would effectively … Continue reading

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Hangover cures: peanut butter milkshakes

No chewing required It’s all well and good trying to be healthy but all those brilliant intentions fly out the window the day after the night before. I blame Guy Fawkes (and my friends); standing outside in the freezing cold on Bonfire Night yesterday waiting for the fireworks required serious amounts of warming liquidation in … Continue reading

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When only banoffee will do… Mario, this one’s for you!

When only banoffee will do… I have a colleague at work who (bless him!) follows my blog avidly, and it is to him that I dedicate today’s post and recipe wholly because as I was sitting at my desk last week, he came up to me and said: “Noodle, I only have one word to … Continue reading

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