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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Queen’s Jubilee celebrations start early :)

I’m interrupting my usual blogging schedule with this spur-of-the-moment post. My colleague Jess arrived at work today with special (and early) Queen’s Jubilee cupcakes for us all – YUM-O! And it tasted good…! 🙂

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Getting my mojo back, the Chelsea Flower Show and banana cupcakes

It is what it is Arrrrrrrrrrggghh! All my best intentions flew out the window after my last post almost 3 weeks ago… I’ve always said April/May has never been kind to me and but this year has really been taking the mick… My husband has been really ill, and during that time, I’ve lost a … Continue reading

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Time for a change – my big 4-0

Hi everyone I have been offline for some weeks now and I’m sorry if I haven’t responded to your comments or been to visit your blogs. It’s been a turbulent April/May which has sadly included a family funeral. My husband’s Nanny passed away after a few tough months of poor health. She is in a … Continue reading

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Home-made beats shop bought yet again: easy peasy hummus

Easy as long as you don’t mind the washing up I’ve had a can of chickpeas sitting in my cupboard for almost a year – that’s how long it’s been since I’ve wanted to try making my own hummus. Sooooo many people have said that hummus is easy to make but when you work a … 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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If you haven’t had enough chocolate yet… hazelnut and walnut chocolate brownies

Crispy squidgy chocolate goodness As some of you may know, I’m married to a chocolate fiend. My husband has to eat chocolate every day and I’ve never known him not to. So imagine my surprise when this Easter, he told me he didn’t want me to buy him an Easter egg. I thought this was … Continue reading

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