Date, bacon, blue cheese and crispy olives: Californian memories and a promise broken

On New Year’s Day this year I cooked a special three course meal for The Husband and I.  Special because first of all, it was just the two of us and we were (and still are) both a long way from our loved ones and second because it was the first day of a new… Continue reading Date, bacon, blue cheese and crispy olives: Californian memories and a promise broken

The gift of food: 6 top tips for successful edible gift giving

A few years ago I decided I had enough ‘stuff’ (not including cook books – you can never have too many of those). And so I made a concerted effort to buy less stuff. At around the same time I thought other people must also be going through the same. And so I started to… Continue reading The gift of food: 6 top tips for successful edible gift giving

Chocolate cupcakes, denial and my ’emergency’ chocolate

There’s been a significant amount of chocolate floating around lately. Some days are chocolate days, plain and simple. There’s no point fighting it. It’s better for everyone if the call of chocolate is answered. I’ve been meeting my chocolate needs in many ways, not least by baking these very indulgent hot chocolate cupcakes. You can… Continue reading Chocolate cupcakes, denial and my ’emergency’ chocolate

Daube of Orkney Buffalo in red wine

I’ve had to make my own cups of tea this week.  The Husband has been away which means all my one sided conversations have been with the dog and I’ve been drinking much less tea.  I’ve been super busy with other essential tasks like undertaking a daily bug sweep of the kale and watching Great… Continue reading Daube of Orkney Buffalo in red wine

Saying so long to summer with cake and other things

This is what I’ve been eating. I’ve been drawn to reds and greens lately for some reason. ‘Red and green should never be seen, except upon an Irish Queen’ and so the saying goes and as helpfully offered to me when I asked ‘how do I look?’. I also got ‘Andrea, are you trying to… Continue reading Saying so long to summer with cake and other things

Favourites #1: Halloumi

I’m writing about food so why not indulge myself?  I’m starting my favourite ingredients, in no particular order, with halloumi.  I can’t remember the first time I cooked with and ate halloumi but I do remember thinking it didn’t behave like you would expect cheese to behave: ‘It’s not melting, why isn’t it melting? Is… Continue reading Favourites #1: Halloumi

Orkney Buffalo chilli, yee-haa!

It’s chilli time! More specifically, it’s Orkney Buffalo chilli time! I can get away with chilli in August (only just August), can’t I? In my mind it’s definitely an all year round dish. And, in the event chilli is not considered appropriate at this time of year, to strengthen my case, I will mention there… Continue reading Orkney Buffalo chilli, yee-haa!