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…

îles flottantes – Guest post

I would like to say a big thank you to Tony who supplied this guest blog to me at the start of the month. It’s been a manic month but this might give some of you an inspiration for an Easter dessert. Over to Tony: This is a classic French dessert and one of my…

Yeti, Nepalese Restaurant, Oxford

It’s been a while since I’ve done a review, so here goes… Recently we headed out with friends to the Yeti on Cowley road, a Nepalese restaurant, which despite being a stones throw away from my house, this was my first visit. I had heard though a friend at work that she had taken her…

I do love a curry… Sea Bream

So Valentines night… What did you do this year? If the V word hadn’t already irritated you by Thursday night then I’ll let you into a casual secret meal that we made for Thursday 14th Feb 2013. A takeaway was tempting, but I had received a great cook book at Christmas from my boyfriend, so…

Seafood broth

Seafood broths and Thai soups are delicious, if you love fish and spicy things then you will enjoy broths. They are lighter than a curry but I find they satisfy the spice need. The off-putting thing when making a broth is the amount of ingredients involved and the bother of clarifying the soup. I find…

Butternut squash with garlic and chilli soup

As I’ve been under the weather for the past week with flu, this week looks like it might be a full week of: work, health and some ski fitness activities! So to kick off my week I have created a soup that will keep all germs away, as well as help me get back to…

Pheasant and Rabbit Pie for New Years Day

Every new year I make a meat/game pie and a veggie/fish pie for the veggies. i’ve been doing this now for the past 6 years, they are always different! I’ve made this game pie before at new years and it has been requested again for the 1st Jan 2013! Its from a handwritten cookery book…

An alternative Christmas Wellington

Another Christmas without a turkey and I’m pleased to say my dad thoroughly enjoyed his Christmas dinner. It was still meat, I have not yet and never will, convert him to go veggie for a Christmas Day dinner. What was it if it wasn’t turkey you might ask? It was Gordon Ramsey’s Venison Wellington with…