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chocolate cookies

chocolate cookies

I started a great tradition with my boys a number of years back. Actually, it wasn’t a tradition; it was more a practice that became part of our afternoon routine. When we got home from school, I would make tea or hot chocolate for each 

Cauliflower Kedgeree

Cauliflower Kedgeree

I don’t know when I first tried Kedgeree. I have no particular memory linked to eating it. It isn’t a meal that regularly showed up on our dinner table when I was a child. I think that I first started making it because I really 

Thai salad with radish, mint and peanuts

Thai salad with radish, mint and peanuts

In all of our travels, there has only been one moment when I looked at Gavin with complete seriousness and plainly stated; “Let’s just stay. Let’s just qualify as dive masters; open a little cafe; and stay.” I can remember the exact moment. Floating in 

Morning Glory Muffins with walnuts and dates

Morning Glory Muffins with walnuts and dates

I am not a fan of the cold. I still ponder how I kept getting onto my bicycle every day during our time in the Netherlands. Regardless of the weather: rain; wind; snow or sunshine. And, in 5 years, there was very little sunshine. Certainly 

Roasted Beetroot and Fennel Hummus

Roasted Beetroot and Fennel Hummus

School lunches often leave me stumped and uninspired. It’s easy to slip into a rut. Let’s face it, if your home is anything like mine, school lunches are usually made in a slightly-asleep state with a cup of coffee in one hand, while the other 

Slow-roasted Tomato and Red Pepper Soup

Slow-roasted Tomato and Red Pepper Soup

Whenever I give my boys the option of choosing which soup they would like me to make, they almost always reply in unison: “Tomato soup!”. And it’s strange, because my youngest won’t touch anything that resembles a chunk/ slice/ block of tomato. But this soup; 

Homemade Chicken stock

Homemade Chicken stock

Remember when we made the best roast chicken with garlic and sage butter, and I suggested you keep all the left-over bones and bits after carving? It was to be able to make this: a homemade; healthy wholesome chicken stock. Of course it would be 

The Table

The Table

It was a few months after getting married that Gavin and I decided to invest in a family dining table. We knew that we wanted to buy something that would grow with us, as our family grew. We wanted something that was special, but not 

Almond Cocoa Energy Bites

Almond Cocoa Energy Bites

Saturdays in Utrecht were my favourite. Saturday was market day, and, in our five years living in the Netherlands, we would spend most Saturday mornings cycling into the city center to enjoy the bustling, busy markets. The flower market, held in an old, cobblestone square 

Roast Chicken with garlic and sage butter

Roast Chicken with garlic and sage butter

We don’t eat meat every evening. For various reasons, we have consciously chosen to eat less meat. Some of those reasons include: good quality meat isn’t readily available everywhere; meat from a dependable, smaller supplier tends to be on the higher end of pricing; and