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

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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Lamb and avocado wraps

Certainly healthier than a kebab 🙂 With my husband away, I have free rein to eat all the things that he normally doesn’t like or tend to eat. I’d bought myself a lamb steak but with it being so warm and sunny last weekend, I really didn’t fancy a piping hot meal. I wanted finger … Continue reading

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Lazy weekend brunch for one: baked eggs with ham, cheese and tomato

Hi everyone The good news is that I’m back from my work trip, yay! How’s everyone been? Good I hope…! I’ve got lots of catch-up reading and posting to do, and despite the dire conference food I’ve inevitably been subjected to, I did have some good tapas while I was in Barcelona, and I’m planning … Continue reading

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Crispy chilli beef

Crispy chilli beef – home-made beats take-away – no contest! Crispy chilli beef has to be one of the most popular dishes people order at Chinese restaurants or from take-aways. More often than not though, the crunchy strips of beef are so tough and so over fried that all you can taste is the greasy … Continue reading

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My favourite Chinese soup of all time: Spare rib and mustard green soup

What do you eat when you’re ill? I have decided that I am impossible to cook for when ill because I become a very horrible patient. Colds are f–king annoying! One’s not sick enough to be confined to bed but the snot-filled, streaming-eyed person it turns one into means one isn’t fit for company either. … Continue reading

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

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

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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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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You know winter’s on its way when the soups come out to play: curried squash and red lentil soup

An Autumn/Winter Warmer I originally planned to make this with roasted pumpkin to present to my father-in-law for his Fright Night Halloween event in Ferndown this month but I have to admit that I’m not the world’s biggest fan of pumpkin. It’s not that I don’t like it, it’s just that I’d much rather choose … Continue reading

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Barbecue buddies: my ultimate potato salad

The bigfatnoodle’s ultimate potato salad Potato salad recipes can be a sensitive subject. Everyone has their own favourite recipe which they naturally think is the best and I’m not one to argue with them. With so many types of potato and thousands of ways to make a potato salad, every one of them’s a winner … Continue reading

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