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…

Xmas Party report


It’s taken me over a week to write this after an extensive amount of recovery and rest. Let’s just say that at my advanced age, I really should know better and more importantly, should really know not to mix my drinks. Right. The men pretty much all wore tuxes, Simon spent ages learning how to…

Make Up joy


My faintly ridiculous obsession with Mac products continues. I went to the Swindon Designer Outlet Village on Saturday (and yes, it was almost empty due to the extreme weather and closed early on the saturday before Christmas) and in the little make up bit, reviewed the lovely Mac products. It’s usually limited edition palettes and…

And it’s a woo for snow!


We’ve booked to go skiing this in a couple of months! Yippeee kai YAY mofo’s. As the immortal line goes. Should I mention now that I’ve never skied before? Simon is a pro, after 3 years of chalet seasons and cheffing out there so it’s going to be different as we shall be at very…