My husband and I have just come back from a long weekend in Iceland, which was absolutely brilliant! We wrote up some tips for a friend who’s going along later in the year, so I thought they might be worth sharing with you all in case you’re planning to go! Hit me up if you have any additional recommendations. :) General tips We stayed in Hotel … Continue reading A long weekend in Iceland – some tips!
Let me begin with the disclaimer that I am by no means a wedding expert. The only thing that qualifies me to write this (ridiculously long) post is that I got married a few months ago and I learned a few things along the way. A wedding is an intensely personal experience – and in my opinion, the best weddings reflect the personalities of the bride and … Continue reading 13 things I learned while planning a wedding
I ate a lot of cauliflower cheese when I was a kid – it was a real family favourite! It’s ideal comfort food – sort of healthy as it’s veggies, sort of not-very-healthy since it’s creamy and cheesy. Either way, I’m a great believer in moderation so it’s a delicious side dish (or a main if you so desire) to have as a tasty treat. … Continue reading Tenderstem cheese
2015 was a pretty incredible year for me – I went to six weddings (mine included), became an auntie, did some brilliant things at work, made lots of new and wonderful friends, travelled round India for three weeks on my honeymoon, and generally had a really lovely time. All that has meant that I’ve not posted as many recipes as I have in previous years, but … Continue reading 2015 – a year in pictures
I was recently invited to a food photography workshop hosted by Currys, where lots of bloggers gathered to pick up some tips and tricks from the experts at Nikon. Despite being a Canon woman myself, it was a great chance to brush up on my skills and look at how you can use light, aperture, depth of field, and white balance to create beautiful photos … Continue reading Photographing food – some tips!
I am hugely sceptical of recipes that claim to be delicious healthy alternative to the fun things in life. I’d rather have a proper cake every now and then and really enjoy it than spend my life eating sad substitutes. That said, I had some spare avocados on Sunday night and I thought meh, I’ll give avocado brownies a whirl. I had almost no expectations … Continue reading Avocado brownies
What: new cookbook, My Kind of Food, featuring recipes covering everything from brunches to quick meals to ‘leave overnight’ meals and more Who: Masterchef’s John Torode Where: available on Amazon (on sale at the moment – October 2015) How much: £6.99 at the moment, RRP £25 Masterchef fans rejoice – you can now buy John Torode’s new cookbook, My Kind of Food. As the title would … Continue reading Review: John Torode’s My Kind of Food
What: a freerange whole chicken Who: The Thoughtful Producer Where: Ocado (on offer at the moment (Sept 2015)) or The Thoughtful Producer How much: £19.99 for a 2.2kg bird (ish) Oh my GOODNESS. This chicken was AMAZING. I could honestly just leave the review at that, but I feel I owe more to the lovely PR people that actually posted me a chicken (am I … Continue reading Review: free range chicken from The Thoughtful Producer
I’ve been aware of chocolate bark for a while now but it wasn’t until Lauren wrote about about it on Homemade that I thought about making some. As luck would have it, I had a day with Lauren and Amy in the diary so we decided to make some together and film it for Amy’s YouTube channel. The great thing about chocolate bark is that anything … Continue reading Pistachio, ginger, and cranberry chocolate bark
This is one of my favourite flavour combinations! My courgette, lime, and pineapple cake is easy peasy to make and super delicious. The flavour combination works beautifully, giving a lightly fruity taste, that works wonderfully with the cream cheese frosting. Don’t be put off by the courgette (AKA zucchini) – you can’t taste it and you get the most amazingly moist cake with it. It’s … Continue reading Courgette, lime, and pineapple cake
I taught my lovely friend Amita how to make macarons yesterday. She doesn’t eat dairy so she’d asked if we could make some dairy-free ones. Macaron shells – made of ground almonds, sugar, and egg whites – are naturally dairy and gluten free, though in all my recipes, there’s dairy in the filling. It was time to do some experimenting and come up with an … Continue reading Dairy-free chocolate ganache
Last week, my friend Daisy asked everyone on Twitter what books they like to re-read every year. I love to re-read books – they’re like old jumpers you can put on and snuggle into, knowing they’ll fit perfectly and leave you feeling just as warm/entranced/thrilled etc as the first time you read them. I thought I’d share some of my favourite books that I re-read … Continue reading The books I’ll always go back to