Why I write - my thoughts on my first attempt at NaNoWriMo.
Many people are frightened to cook steak at home because of the timings or have misconceptions as to how it should be cooked. I never used to cook steak at home for the first reason. As I've grown older, my passion for food and drink has grown. Ten years ago I would have been happy … Continue reading The Perfect Steak
The past week I have not stopped eating. I seriously need someone to stitch up my mouth. It's all been rich food too! From lobster, to duck, to gourmet Chinese on Friday night! I sound like a snob but I just love food! Anyway, with the duck dish last week I made a red wine … Continue reading Red wine and mushroom sauce.
The evenings now are truly autumnal and you can feel the seasons changing. It makes me want to curl up under a blanket and stuff my face with wonderful, warming dishes. Tonight was no exception. I love this time of year. The days are still warm, but first thing in the morning and as the … Continue reading The perfect dauphinoise potatoes.
I live in Colchester and in recent years, many shops have closed down due to the recession and have been replaced with restaurants. Normally, I would find this exciting and would rush to try them, but unfortunately, most of them have become chains. I don't have anything major against chain restaurants, I just believe they … Continue reading Where to wine and dine.
I absolutely adore food and consider myself to be a foodie. I have an excellent palate and a good understanding of flavours - good and bad ones. But, I'm definitely more of a savoury girl, I will always reach for a tube of pringles rather than the chocolate box or a piece of cake. I … Continue reading Baking and faffing – a gin and tonic cake.
After finishing my dissertation a couple of weeks ago, I have to say I’m surprised at how I feel. For the month before the deadline, I couldn’t wait to finish. I just wanted it to go. I had read countless memoirs, information texts and war crimes about the Far East and I felt like it … Continue reading Back to reality.
Not the first thing that springs to mind when you think of a fish platter or meze. Delicious all the same. Earlier this week I was lucky enough to experience a platter of cooked and raw oysters: the cooked ones were with stilton and cream (and they were bloody good), the raw ones had accompaniments … Continue reading Oysters, squid and gin.
Today felt like autumn was well and truly on its way. Grey, dull and a bit chilly, and weather like that makes you want to curl up on the sofa under a blanket to binge watch a TV series! It also makes you want to eat warming and comforting food! I've just had six weeks … Continue reading Easy peasy tomato soup.
I’m positive in thinking that will be the most embarrassing title I’m ever likely to write. But I feel like it’s true and I am truly addicted to buying pretty, matching stationary. I often see meme’s about buying all sorts of items such as highlighters, list pads and notebooks – anything that gives one the … Continue reading Confessions of a stationary addict.