Any fool can make something complicated. It takes a genius to make it simple." - Woody Guthrie

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Everyone's a restaurant critic ...

In my endeavour to eat an increased vegetarian diet, no one told me I would come up against teen live bloggers who share my culinary attempts across the interweb!  

The husband isn't much better with comments like 'don't worry we've got courgette flowers & tomato frittatas coming next'.

I think I may be losing this battle.

Saturday, 8 August 2015

Baking & making ...

I have a very talented husband, who can whip up a lovely loaf at the drop of a hat.

But never let him bake you a cake, I am in charge when it comes to sponge.  This is my walnut and coffee cake from a couple of weeks back and ...

... my heart stopping quiche, for the quantity of butter in the pastry.  It was literally crying when it came out of the oven.
Tastes wonderful but I doubt if I will make again any time soon, unless I want to shorten my life.  More than one slice and I think I ought to review the life insurance situation.

Have a happy sunny weekend xxx

Saturday, 11 July 2015

Little book of wisdom ...

This little book was recommended on Caroline Hirons a few weeks back so I made a library reservation.   Written by Frank Lipman M.D. & Danielle Claro, it presents a simple approach for a healthy lifestyle.  Some rules are very obvious such as making water your "default beverage" and others very now "clutter is the junk food of the home".   How about that for a quote?  In particular I liked "don't let your computer ruin your spine", "respect your internal clock", and "honour they feet".  

I have renewed my library loan but I get a sense that I might be adding this to my Christmas wish list.

Check it out, its simplicity makes it truly beautiful.


Saturday, 20 June 2015

Joining in ...

With johnnyjumpsup and mum's simply living 'what's in yours'.  This is my spice cabinet, a recent addition. A shabby chic tatty cupboard sprayed to match my kitchen which will shortly be celebrating its 1st birthday.  I hid the cupboard from my husband when I first bought it, now there's maturity for you!  I am really pleased with it because as you can see I tend to buy doubles and with everything on view this should not happen again.  Well we live in hope.

Like johnny and mum I also have kilner jars, all bought at boot fairs.  The jar holding pasta was in a reductions basket at the supermarket.  I also like to reuse old jam jars, my favourites being Tiptree because of the label and Bonne Maman because of the lids.  In the background a gratuitous shot of my cheese board, a Christmas gift. 


We had our kitchen made by a very talented carpenter, which was considerably cheaper than using the usual kitchen companies and resulted in a gorgeous end product.  I also valued being able to design around our needs and the limitations of our kitchen space.  Heaps of very practical storage has been fitted into quite a small area.  Another advantage of doing it this way is that we were able to add another cupboard in the last few weeks, which was made to our specification; including glass panels with stars.  Why do these stars make me so happy?  I am truly a child at heart.
Have a great weekend, and make sure you keep the child in you happy.