On the menu – chorizo bolognese and spelt bread

Wednesday This is Speedy Chorizo Bolognese from Miguel Barclay’s Fast and Fresh One Pound Meals. I wouldn’t strictly call it a bolognese but it was nice. You can see Miguel do the recipe on his Instagram. This is the Simple Spelt Loaf from Donna Hay’s Basics to Brilliance, I don’t think I’ve ever made a…

On the menu: Rice, Courgettes, Pickled Vegetables

Tuesday This is the rather adapted Rice, Courgettes, Pickled Vegetables recipe from Nigel Slater’s Greenfeast: Spring, Summer. I’ve been cooking a lot from recipes by people like Jack Monroe and Miguel Barclay recently, so I’d forgotten quite how much ‘normal’ cookbooks can be a bit OTT on the unusual/expensive ingredients. This required Japanese pickles, pickled…

Sneak peek / garden progress

The first flower in my tin of bee friendly flowers, opened today. I think it’s a cornflower? I planted some fuchsias this week. The plant in between is garlic chives, which had been in a pot on my garden table, I’d temporarily stuck the fuchsias next to it, whilst I was getting ready to plant…

May 2019 Books

Metro 2033 by Dmitry Glukhovsky My rating: 4 of 5 stars Metro 2033 is interesting, a post-apocalyptic story set in the Moscow Metro. Armageddon has happened some years previously and the survivors in the Metro have settled down into an existence that is kinder for some than for others. Each Metro station has become a…

On the menu – Spiced Squash Galette

Thursday This is Spiced Squash Galette from the One Pound Meals vegan book. It was okay, a bit bland to be honest and I probably won’t make again.

May 2019 photos

Random photos this month, as I haven’t been doing anything particularly special, although thinking about it, getting out and enjoying the sunshine in my garden is pretty good. Here’s one of my garlic chive flowers, which are always a favourite with both myself and the bees. I popped into Kew, ostensibly to buy some plants…

Hankies

I’m trying to switch to more reusable stuff and there’s nothing better than a bad cold to make you think about getting rid of those paper tissues. I’d had a packet of Sublime Stitching embroiderable handkerchiefs in my stash forever, so now was the time. All the motifs I used were also from Sublime Stitching….

On the menu – Make-Me-Better Mug

Monday I have a stinking cold (perfect timing as I have a job interview soon), so I thought I’d try Jack Monroe’s Make-Me-Better Mug (you can find the recipe here). It’s turmeric, lemon, ginger, honey and a little pinch of cayenne pepper (that last bit is optional). So baring in mind my taste buds are…