Thursday, 26 February 2015


Strozzapreti - hand rolled pasta.  Fresh pasta is so much better than anything bought from the supermarket and is so easy to make!  This is a recipe my sister showed me using her Italian friend's instructions.

I have always been a bit nervous about making my own pasta because it seemed like it would be difficult without a pasta machine and I'd probably manage to mess up the recipe somehow.  How wrong I was!  Ok, there might be some types of pasta that are quite difficult to make but these Strozzapreti are hard to get wrong - you don't even need to make sure that they are all the same shape or size.  

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Photo a Day 2015: January

Slipper boot cladded feet up in front of the telly watching the New Year fireworks and here were are…

…January - a new year, a fresh page, a clean start, etc, etc.  There will be people around the world who set goals for themselves starting on the very first day of the year.  I'm not one of those people I'm afraid.  I want to have acheivable goals so I won't feel like a failure if I don't stick to them 100% and may decide halfway through the year that I want to set myself a new goal.  And that's ok, don't you think?

Last year my only resolution was to start a "photo a day" challenge and pretty much kept to my resolution.  I loved it so much that (you probably guessed if you're reading this) I decided to carry it on for another year.

My other resolutions I wanted to think about a little more and yes, I could have thought about them pre-New Year but…well…I didn't.

So here are my resolutions for 2015…

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Seaweed Chips

Move over kale, there's a new guy in town that was just asking to be turned into a healthy snack…


I love seaweed but it seems to have dropped out of my diet lately so wanted to make something that was simply seaweed.  I've had Tao Kae Noi seaweed snacks many a time and although delicious, they are very oily.

Then it dawned on me…if kale can be made into a crispy treat then why the hell can't seaweed join the veggie crisp party as well?!

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Home Grown Oyster Mushrooms from GroCycle

GroCycle use waste coffee grounds to grow delicious gourmet oyster mushrooms and now with one of their kits you can enjoy fresh mushrooms in your own kitchen

There really is nothing quite like using ingredients that you've grown yourself, is there?  I've tried chillies, herbs and even some beans but never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that I would have fresh gourmet oyster mushrooms sitting in the corner of my kitchen, ready to harvest!

GroCycle very kindly sent me a mushroom growing kit to try out for free and it's been a really fascinating project!  I bet it would also be fun for your little foodies to try.

Oyster Mushrooms with Tofu

Home grown oyster mushrooms with griddled tofu.  I wanted the mushrooms to be the star of the dish so used a simple marinade for the tofu using soy sauce, miso paste and sesame oil.

 Oyster mushrooms are my absolute favourite mushrooms so you can imagine how excited I was to actually have some growing in my kitchen.  No, I don't have an issue with my kitchen being dark and humid - I got a growing kit from GroCycle and after days and days watching them grow (at a rather impressive speed!) they are ready to harvest!


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