Monday, February 27, 2012

Jamie Oliver's Tomato Soup


I've always liked watching Jamie Oliver. I love how passionate he is about whatever it is he's cooking and I also love how he's trying to save the world and make it a better place by  ensuring children have good healthy food in schools and all that. While I've always watched him whenever he's on TV, I never really paid too much attention to what he was cooking.  Anyway things have changed. My husband got a present of Jamie Oliver's Ministry of Food cookbook for Christmas and one day he made the most amazing scrambled eggs from that book. So I decided to rob it off him and have since found that there are lots of interesting meals and dishes inside of it. Most of the ingredients are simple ones that you don't have to search high and low for, and the recipes are laid out well with easy to follow instructions, which I like, a lot. 

Friday, February 24, 2012

A top transformed!




So, I was on the lookout for a new top the other day. I picked one up from a rail; it was cheap,  navy, a plain v neck, so boring looking. And I thought: Perfect! I'll take this one!

You see I was looking for a top that I could transform. Last Summer my Mam told me she brought me something back from a weekend away. She then gave me a little bag and I peeked inside  to glimpse some old fashioned lace. I was like "oh thanks Mam, a giant doily! just what I've always wanted!" She then went on to explain that the doily was in fact a vintage lace collar that ladies used to wear on different dresses/outfits to jazz them up a bit. Finally her gift made sense!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Bye bye baking! (For a little while)


So, with Lent having just started and everything, I have  decided this year to be practical about what I'm going to give up for 40 days and 40 nights. I usually set myself up for failure, giving up general stuff like chocolate, which never really goes according to plan. It just makes me want it more. I've done this for years, since I was a child, and I never learn. Not only would I eat some chocolate, I would also slyly start eating my easter egg that was hidden high up at the back of a press  which I needed a ladder to get to. And I would usually finish it off way before Easter  and neatly fix the foil back into the egg-shaped plastic, leaving it looking as though it had never been touched. Of course I always got found out eventually.  But I didn't mind, I was quite happy that I had eaten it. It seemed to taste even better having to wait til the coast was clear and then climb up and finally get my hands on it.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Leek and Mushroom Risotto



I was in Easons a while ago, with my Dad, we both love books and he had a voucher so we spent a while browsing the shelves. My Dad quickly enough picked out some historic saga and then insisted that I used the rest of the voucher. (Dads are the best aren't they?!) So I took a while trying to decide which out of all the wonderful books I might bring home and eventually decided on a hardback fashion memoir of some American reality star (that I'll hide at the back of my bookshelf behind War and Peace) and a tiny little cookbook  with a nice photograph of risotto on the front. 

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Birthday Brownies!


It was my Mother-in-Law's birthday last week. She always makes really delicious food, especially deserts, so I thought she might like something sweet to celebrate turning another year older. I eventually decided on brownies! I love brownies, I think most people do, don't they?! I had been thinking of making them for a while, because I love them so much, and I wondered why I never bothered to attempt them before now. 

Monday, February 13, 2012

❤ Valentine Pancakes ❤


So this Monday Meal is of the breakfast variety!

I love this time of year, there are just so many random things to celebrate; Valentines Day tomorrow, Pancake Tuesday next week and before we know it St.Patrick will be popping up everywhere. Then there's Easter. It's just non-stop celebratory events! Anyway, my two favourites have to be Valentines Day & Pancake Tuesday; hearts everywhere and eating enormous amounts of pancakes on a  Tuesday. Life just  doesn't get much better than that, does it? So, what better way to mix them together than heart shaped pancakes!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Ash's Grannys Lemon Drizzle Cake



It was my Mam's birthday a few weeks ago, so I asked her what type of cake she'd like me to make her and she said "oh that lovely lemony one". She wasn't referring to the lemon layer cake I made for her anniversary, no, she was talking about the lemon drizzle cake. 

Monday, February 6, 2012

Colourful Stuffed Vegetables!


I like the idea of stuffed vegetables, it just seems a bit more interesting than chopping them up.  I tried stuffed vegetables a few times before when I've been out and they always tasted nice, but I thought it just seemed like a lot of effort to actually make them myself. Well, it does take a bit of effort as I've just recently discovered.