On the menu – cooking from Jamie Cooks Italy

Friday This is an adapted version of the minestrone in Jamie Cooks Italy, I know it doesn’t look much like minestrone does it? It’s adapted, in that the recipe is for 6-8 people, (which is annoying, how many people regularly cook for that many people in the home environment these days?), I quartered the ingredients…

Sneak peek – Marbled

This week I started on Lark Rising’s Marbled Embroidery pattern. I’m having lots of fun with it so far. To me though, although the pattern does remind me of marble, it far more reminds me of an Ordnance Survey map, so the colours I’m working with are inspired by that.

Elephant Ear Plant

I’ve finally finished the Elephant Ear Plant embroidery. The pattern is by Sarah K Benning, it’s not currently in her shop but this cute cat and rug pattern currently is.

February 2019 books

The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley My rating: 4 of 5 stars I rather liked The Hunting Party, okay pretty much all the characters were obnoxious and in particular one of the reveals (pretty much all of the characters have secrets), seemed to have one of the characters behaving in a way, in response, that…

February 2019 photos

This month is all about the walks, as usual, with photos from sections 9 and 10 of the¬†London Loop¬†(Bushy Park, Hounslow Heath, the River Crane and Cranford Park) …. …. plus a walk in Richmond Park (which included a glimpse of a Richmond Park ‘hot duck‘).

Sneak peek – still more elephant ear plant and rug

I’ve just run out of the colour that I’ve been doing the French knot fill, on the rug. As long as I can get some more, without having to order it, I should hopefully finish this next week. Pattern by Sarah K Benning.

On the menu – Peri Peri Tacos and Whatever Noodle Salad

Friday These are Peri Peri Tacos from Miguel Barclay’s Super Easy One Pound Meals and they were okay, the chicken was nice but everything else a bit bland. Monday This is the Whatever Noodle Salad from the Carbs book and I’m not having the most successful week with my cooking, apparently, as although this was…

Sneak peek – Elephant Ear Plant continued

The leaves took forever, partially because by the last leaf (the one nearest the right side of the hoop) I was, I’ll admit, getting a little bored but the leaves are done now and I’m storming ahead, with the plant pot and table (bar the legs) completed and I’ve made a good start with the…

On the menu – Uplifting Chilli and Lemon Spaghetti

Friday This is Uplifting Chilli and Lemon Spaghetti from the wonderful Midnight Chicken by Ella Risbridger. It’s a very simple dish, it’s the ideal sort of thing to make when you feel tired and foot sore and have pretty much minimal energy for cooking but feel that you should make something. Just the simple act…