{etsy update} a new little item...

Hello all,

Firstly, I do hope you're all well and had a lovely weekend - apologies for the lack of post yesterday, I received some very sad news, so blogging was the last thing on my mind. You might also find that posting in general over here for the next few days is a little sparse too, so apologies in advance for that. 

I thought I'd just share a little one with you today...I've designed this teeny tiny cake stand for your enjoyment! He's now listed over on my little Etsy shop and would make a lovely little stocking filler for the baking lover in your life! 
He's a mere 12cm in diameter, making him the ultimate stand for a little cupcake OR one of these or even a mini version of this OR a wee pile of these.
The possibilities are endless!


{eat} pumpkin soup...

Hello all,

It's Halloween - hooray! Now, I had intended to post a picture of my expertly carved pumpkin on this day...however, I came home from work yesterday to find J had used the entire pumpkin to make a soup. Now I must say, initially I was a little disappointed, I had great plans for that little guy, but oh my the soup was literally AMAZING. 

I have never, ever had nicer soup in all my life, so, on this spooky occasion I instead bring you a little recipe - perfect for using your little carved pumpkin after he's done his scaring job!

To make this spooky soup - I discovered that J used a recipe by everyones {second} favourite chef - Gordon Ramsay, you can find the recipe here - but if you fancy mixing it up a little like we did, use sage instead of rosemary and instead of a mushroom garnish, we used the pumpkin seeds, toasted!

So please...don't bin your pumpkin after halloween is over {unless he's a slimy rotten mess - then maybe don't eat that!}, make him into something delicious!

Also, apologies for the less than lovely photo - I intended to take another in daylight and style it nicely, but I totally gobbled down my soup for lunch and only remembered after I'd finished it....ooops.


{nom} a weekend treat!

Hello all,

I do so hope you had a lovely relaxing weekend? I was working ALL weekend so I must say it wasn't as crafty a weekend as I'd love to have had!

Ask yourself this - why do people {in the UK anyway} only eat pancakes one day a year? 

'Pancake Day' is a super exciting day, and don't get me wrong I'm not trying to make it into just another day...but, pancakes are too good to ration like that!

So, in my house we've embraced a new tradition - 'Pancake Sundays'. I look forward to it throughout the week and each Sunday we try to have something new with our classic pancakes...so on this chilly Monday - I propose to you - ditch the porridge and knock up a cheeky stack of pancakes.

That is all.
Happy Monday :)


p.s. those pancakes up there made my Sunday!

{nom} a perfect dinner for a sunny day!

Hello all,

Just a little one today to share with you a wonderful recipe that I recently found in my new favourite book {see post here!} - Plenty, by the marvellous Yotam Ottolenghi. It's for vegetarian Quesadillas, and oh my were they good! Jack and I chowed down on them outside on our lovely sunny roof terrace in the gorgeous weather last week, and the good news is, today is set to be LOVELY so you could enjoy an al fresco dinner too tonight!

They are super healthy, light and lovely and fresh..it's totally a win:win situation all round I say!
Anyway, here is how you too can enjoy a little Mexican feast...


{for the black bean paste}

230g cooked black beans (tinned are fine)

1 tsp ground coriander

½ tsp ground cumin

½ tsp cayenne

1 bunch coriander, chopped, stalks and all

Juice of 1 lime

½ tsp Maldon sea salt

{for the salsa}

½ small red onion, peeled and thinly sliced

½ tbsp white-wine vinegar

3 spring onions, trimmed and thinly sliced

5 medium sweet tomatoes, diced

1 clove garlic, crushed

1 mild red chilli, finely diced

1 bunch coriander, chopped, plus extra leaves to garnish

1½ tsp Maldon sea salt

Juice of ½ a lime

2 ripe medium avocadoes, diced

{for the tortillas}

8 small tortillas (corn look better, but flour are fine)

180ml soured cream

120g good mature cheddar, grated

6 tbsp jalapeño peppers in vinegar, drained and roughly chopped

Drain the beans of their water and place, along with the other paste ingredients, in a food processor bowl. Pulse to a rough paste.

To make the salsa, soak the onion in the vinegar in a large bowl for a few minutes. Add all the other ingredients and stir.

Have ready a hot barbecue or a ridged griddle pan. Take one of the tortillas and spread two tablespoons of bean paste in the centre, leaving a 2cm border around the edge. Spread a tablespoon of soured cream over the paste, then scatter over the cheddar, a tablespoon of salsa and some chopped jalapeños. Fold the tortilla over and carefully transfer to the barbecue or griddle. Cook for two to three minutes on each side, by which time the filling should be warm and the tortilla nicely charred. Transfer to a warm place, and repeat with the remaining tortillas.

To serve, cut each tortilla into two at an angle, place on a serving dish and spoon the remaining salsa alongside, garnished with coriander leaves.

These are AMAZING so get involved!

{nom} Plenty...

Yesterday was totally lovely wasn't it? I didn't actually get to enjoy much of the sun as I was at work - but it didn't matter, knowing the sun is out is enough to set me up for the day!

This sudden burst of sunshine inspired me to do a little post on the humble vegetable, well the many, many humble vegetables in season right now. 

I've always been a big fan of fruit and veg - I can't get enough of the stuff - but when the boy and I started getting really into Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's "River Cottage Veg" it inspired us to also go veggie for the summer. Not because we object to eating meat but because, as Hugh put it, people tend to rely on a slab of meat to flavour a dish. When you take that meat away, you're forced to experiment with flavours and be more adventurous with your veg and your spices!

So as I had this weekend off I took the opportunity to have a flick through our new favourite book and choose a few recipes to throw together for my lovely lad on his return home from work, and here's what I made...

The recipes above are all from Yotam Ottolenghi's book 'Plenty'. Yotam isn't a vegetarian himself, like Hugh {and us} but shares the view that vegetarian dishes need not be dull and uninspirational as they often are.
This is Yotam's book by the way...sweet front cover as well I think!

Anyway, the plate above contains sweet potato cakes {super nom}, wild coconut rice, breakfast radishes and a marinated cucumber and onion salad {heaven literally}. The recipes are all pretty straight forward, but honestly, the flavours were phenomenal, so on that success story we shall be producing many, many more meals from this inspirational book in the weeks to come.

In summary then - getting your 5-a-day can be super easy and incredibly tasty and I would encourage every one of you meat lovers out there to at least try and commit to cutting out some meat and shoe horning in every imaginable kind of vegetable or piece of fruit you can get your hands on this summer because as soon as winter comes - it'll be back to parsnips and potatoes and mark my words, you'll be missing the abundant supply of fresh produce we have available right now!

Apologies for the very wordy blog today...I promise a less wordy offering tomorrow :)