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Taste of the South Food Festival & an interview with MasterChef 2012 winner Shelina Permalloo

Last weekend, I had a day out with my sister courtesy of Taste of the South festival, and we definitely made the most of the sunny Bournemouth weather! The festival was based in a large field, with plenty of space for over 100 exhibitors, some chef demonstrations and some live music. We had a slow… Continue reading Taste of the South Food Festival & an interview with MasterChef 2012 winner Shelina Permalloo

Beef, Bolognese, Comfort food, dinner, Italian, Lasagne, Mince, Pasta, Pasta Sauce, Ragu, Recipe, Uncategorized

Comforting homemade lasagne recipe

What says home cooked comfort food quite like a freshly baked cheesy lasagne straight from the oven? This recipe is like a hug on a plate, with rich hearty ragù sauce layered with creamy, indulgent béchamel sauce and soft pasta sheets, all topped off with a generous covering of gooey melted cheese. If your mouth… Continue reading Comforting homemade lasagne recipe

Warm root vegetable salad
Basics, Easy recipe, Healthy, Healthy Recipes, Meat Free Monday, Recipe, Summer food, Uncategorized, Veg Garden, Veg Garden Diary, Vegetables, Vegetarian, Veggie

July Kitchen Garden update & my Easy Root Veg Salad Recipe

It feels like such a long time since I wrote my last update, even though it’s only been a month! But what a month – with hot weather, a homemade irrigation system, our first taste of garden carrots and beetroots, and a delicious summary recipe to enjoy them too! If you’re just here for the… Continue reading July Kitchen Garden update & my Easy Root Veg Salad Recipe

Strawberries in a wooden bowl on white fabric background
Breakfast Idea, Dessert, Easy recipe, Fruit, Healthy Recipes, Ingredients, Recipe, Summer food, Uncategorized

3 easy ways you’ll love, to make the most of seasonal strawberries

I look forward to eating strawberries every year, and with Wimbledon just around the corner, the British strawberry is ripe and ready to take centre stage! As these are one of my favourites, I try to make sure I not only make the most of them, but also don’t waste any, and with these easy… Continue reading 3 easy ways you’ll love, to make the most of seasonal strawberries

Spiced beef with saffron rice crust recipe
Beef, Biriyani, Comfort food, dinner, easy, Easy recipe, Middle Eastern, One pot recipe, Recipe, Uncategorized

Spiced slow-cooked beef with a saffron rice crust recipe

This recipe was actually created as a result of putting together 2 others that I love, and in all honesty, was a bit of an experiment. The starting point was a pack of organic stewing steak destined for a tagine served with couscous and pomegranate seeds. Sounds good, right? The only problem was that when… Continue reading Spiced slow-cooked beef with a saffron rice crust recipe

Bake, Baking, Cake, Fruit, Orange, Recipe, Summer food, Sweet, Uncategorized

Orange drizzle cake recipe

It was Sunday morning, I was considering what to bake and as usual, didn’t really know what I fancied. I wanted to try something different, and when the thought occurred to me that if you can have a lemon drizzle cake, why not other fruit drizzle cakes, I immediately settled on an orange one. I love… Continue reading Orange drizzle cake recipe

A forest of bushy beets!
Grow your own, Uncategorized, Veg Garden, Veg Garden Diary, Vegetables

June Kitchen Garden update

I can’t believe I’m writing my June update already – where did May go? One of the longer months of the year has shot past, and the veg has shot up!  The carrots and beetroots are looking really bushy and healthy, and well on track for harvesting next month, maybe even this month – I… Continue reading June Kitchen Garden update

Homemade Ravioli with grated Parmesan and beurre noisette
Italian, Pasta, Recipe, Review

Tried and tested: is making your own pasta really worth the effort?

I’ve always wanted to try making my own pasta, but never got around to it until now. It seems like a complicated task, but as I’m not one to shy away from a challenge, I decided to not only make my own pasta, but to fill it as well. With not a clue what to… Continue reading Tried and tested: is making your own pasta really worth the effort?

Cheers! Two gins at Gin Festival
Drinks, Event, Gin, Review, Things to do, Uncategorized, Visit

Why you should visit a Gin Festival!

As a relatively new (though no less enthusiastic) gin drinker, I was very excited to visit the Gin Festival at STEAM - Museum of the Great Western Railway, in Swindon. It was the perfect opportunity to spend an evening out with my Mum, who is equally into gin, though has been drinking the good stuff… Continue reading Why you should visit a Gin Festival!

Radish header
Article, Grow your own, Uncategorized, Update, Veg Garden, Veg Garden Diary, Vegetables

May Kitchen Garden update – first harvest!

At the end of a busy Bank Holiday weekend, I just wanted to share a quick update from the garden, because I can’t believe we’re already harvesting and eating our home-grown produce in May! The recent rain and sun weather combo has probably helped a lot, but I didn’t expect to be eating from our… Continue reading May Kitchen Garden update – first harvest!