Fakeaway – Vegetable and chickpea ‘curry’

  This post is for those evenings where you’d love a takeaway but you’ve overspent on the bank holiday weekends/ Easter / general life. 🙂 The weather of late has been pretty stunning in my part of the world. Then all of a sudden one evening it went cold again, like turning back the clock!…

Creative tacos

Old El Paso tacos for me are a great Friday or Saturday night meal. When you know you shouldn’t have a takeaway but you want something fun to eat. Obviously you can eat them on any day of the week, but I think part of the fun is the build your own style and the…

Meatless ‘meat’ balls or falafel.

My plan this week was to make some lunches for work, I had meatballs in my head, obviously veggie ones, but I thought that would be nice with a lovey sauce and either couscous, rice or pasta midweek. However time ran away with me, I blame training for the half, and I made these part…

Training… for the half

I’m training for a half marathon which will be on the 18th March 2018. My training hasn’t been the best so far, simply due to the winter bug. I’ve had a flu jab and I still managed to get a cold/bug whatever we are calling it! So I’ve had a perma-cough since returning from skiing….

How do you like your eggs in the morning?

This weekend I went for a Sunday morning run with a few other neighbours, which was nice! I find it’s good to go as a group, when you can as it can motivate you to go faster, or help you pace yourself at the start of the run. Once I was back in the house…

Skiing

So I said I’d post about exercise, and I’ve only done one so far, but I have a great excuse! I’ve been skiing for a week! I love skiing, I’ve been for multiple years and I don’t think I can ever see myself not wanting to go for a week in the snowshine. This week…

The Alchemist – Oxford

Since leaving Oxford the Westgate transformation finally happened. I moved to Oxford in 2003 and it was way back then that their were rumours that John Lewis would be coming to Oxford soon. So 14 years later it actually happened! The Westgate is the new shopping centre in Oxford city, near to the train station…

Getting back to fitness!

As it’s January, everyone is keen to have a dry January / healthy January/  smoothie January… you get the point. I’m not knocking it, it’s a new year and the media and friends encourage this sort of ‘torture’. I’d like to ignore the January effect in this instance, and just use this area of ‘Exercise’ as…

Caramelised fennel and onion.

This one is super simple. A good start to my new year resolution of getting back to blogging! 1 large fennel bulb or 2 small ones,  (if like me you ended up picking something up and the not so amazing supermarket down the road…) 1 large onion, to equal the fennel Tablespoon of water Tablespoon…

The Nut Tree Inn, Murcott

This Bank holiday weekend I was fortunate enough to have the time to visit the Nut Tree Inn, in Murcott, Oxfordshire. after a sucessful morning in Bicester shopping village we went for a search for Murcott and the Nut Tree Inn. Murcott is only 8 miles from Bicester, just the otherside of the M40 on…

Cod Cakes in tomato sauce

I saw this fishcake alternative in Yotam Ottolenghis’ Jerusalem book. To me it looked like a the sort of dish that you would expect to be served to a large family. It sounded both healthy and hearty and suitable for a weekend dinner, which I made in April. This dish would be a good one…

Chicken with caramelized onion and cardamom rice

This dish is definitely for those of you wanting to serve up a comforting dish to your friends and family, especially as it’s been so unusually cold and now, although now it is perhaps warmer, we appear to be stuck with our friend the rain! This one pot dish can be had on its own…