A look back in time: thebigfatnoodle spring clean

Nothing beats a good spring cleaning It was long overdue but it really needed to be done, and what better way to make sure I stayed off my broken foot then to finally finish the blog clean up I started a few weeks ago. It’s taken me almost a month to do so, not just … Continue reading

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A special bulletin: bigmonster launches ourgodalming.com

I interrupt today’s usual weekend broadcast with an extra special bulletin… Today is my town’s annual food fair – the Godalming Food Festival 2012. Today is also the launch of my husband’s new community-based online channel. He came up with the idea of creating a local, online video channel when he realised there wasn’t really … Continue reading

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A 30-minute summery take on pork and beans – grilled lemon and thyme pork chops with a cider bean casserole

Cooking by weather Unfortunately, the ever-changing climate we are experiencing in Europe has turned summer topsy-turvy. I know people already associate the UK with rain and bad weather but what we are going through this summer really is bordering on the ridiculous. Parts of the country are flooded again while in the South-east where I … Continue reading

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It’s curry time! Curry puff puffs, curry filo puffs and curry cups

Curry in a hurry If there’s one type of food that the Brits have truly taken to their hearts and made their own, it is the curry. It’s Britain’s favourite take-away and I daresay the number of Indian restaurants could rival the number of pubs in the UK quite easily. Anyone know if that might … Continue reading

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For her Majesty… thebigfatnoodle’s Diamond Jubilee cake for the Queen

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee As I sit here typing, I’m watching the Queen’s floating pageant take place on our TV. The 1,000 ships that are taking part in the flotilla will actually end up right outside our flat in London at the end of the day. Unfortunately, we no longer live there so we are … 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

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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A four cheese cauliflower cheese

Sticking to the tried and tested Heston Blumenthal made a TV programme all about cheese recently and one of the dishes he ‘re’-made was the humble but utterly delicious cauliflower cheese. I went online to look at his recipe but in all honesty, I don’t have 5 hours spare to make all the component parts … Continue reading

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I ‘heart’ bread… freshly baked milk bread

Couldn’t have asked for a nicer accident On Easter Sunday, my husband and I roasted a rib of beef. Our butcher threw in a few veal bones as I wanted to make a bone marrow gravy to go with the rib of beef. As there’s only two of us, we had plenty of roast beef … Continue reading

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Easter Sunday roast: Rare rib of beef and bone marrow gravy

The bones hold all the flavour!  This Easter it’s just been me and my husband last weekend. No friends, no visitors, just him, me and the cats for company. Sadly, it was a bit of a miserable weekend in terms of the weather, full of blustery, cold wind and the ever present drizzle – not … Continue reading

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Nigella’s Totally Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

A bit too sweet for my liking… It was Mother’s Day in the UK recently and this year, and I decided to bake some chocolate chip cookies for my mother-in-law and my husband’s Nanny. Nanny unfortunately has been really poorly and the day before Mothering Sunday here, we drove to see her with my husband’s … Continue reading

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