Roast gammon, asparagus & red cabbage


It’s a traditional boxing day dinner I believe but we managed it on the 27th. It was delicious – salty meat, fresh asparagus and sweet cabbage all combining to be deliciously flavoured with a hit of honey & mustard from the jus. All entirely made by Simon. Gammon was straight in the oven (no boiling…

Boxing day walk


It was necessary, I was concerned that I might stick to the sofa. It was also beautifully cold and pretty. The river was almost totally frozen and you could see the debris along the top (bottles & plastic bags) as they just hadn’t sunk. The snow hadn’t melted either and it was beautifully white and…

No more food…


Really. Tomorrow will be vegetables and steamed fish.   Simon pretty much excelled himself as Chef by creating the most incredible meal. Slow roast lamb with garlic and rosemary with roast potatoes, parsnips and carrots in honey and sesame seeds, green beans, sweetcorn and mint sauce and redcurrant jelly. Mum and I managed a bunch…

Christmas dinner table


I have decorated the table for Xmas dinner already.That would be 24 hours in advance. I am proper organised now. We have polka dotty crackers and lots of candles. And I raided the park for holly and fir and have surrounded the flowers with them. The entire flat looks very festive and smells lovely to…

New Years Resolutions


I do this every year and well, I didn’t get very far last year in making more than 1. However, I think I stuck to it pretty well. I have only procrastinated stuff that doesn’t really matter (the washing up, doing laundry, going to the supermarket, throwing away the strange ribbons for hanging clothes up…

Butternut pesto soup


It really is impossible to photograph soup nicely. Especially when it’s a faintly sludgey colour with a faintly speckled surface. On the plus side (always look on the bright side …) it tastes just delicious. Recipe. Roast 1/2 a large Butternut squash for about 45 minutes (chopped into large cubes)  (I realise this means a…