Monday, April 30, 2012

Beetroot Salad


Up until  about two years ago, I'm ashamed to say, I had  never eaten beetroot. I don't know why, but it was just one of those things. I didn't really like the look of it and presumed I wouldn't like the taste either. Then I remember talking to my friend - the lovely Lisa - about onions one day, as you do, and I was horrified to hear she didn't eat them! I wondered how she got by in life without eating onions and I even questioned our friendship, knowing this about her. I mean, you have to eat onions, they are in everything and they make things taste better! So I decided some tough love was in order, I told her she needed to grow up and eat onions! 

Thursday, April 26, 2012

China Cabinet Revamp!



Recently I've been moving furniture around. I always seem a bit short on space, probably because I have hardly any. I'm really looking forward to the day when I have a walk-in-wardrobe and another  separate one just for shoes! But in the meantime I'm making the most of my lovely little home. I actually really like it, it is small but I get to to share it with my husband and there's no one else I'd rather be living in such a tiny enclosure with!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Auntie Mary's Vegetable Wraps



After making Auntie Mary's bean stew a while back, I decided I needed to pay my lovely aunt a visit. So a few weeks ago, on a lovely sunny day I headed off to see her. I think I mentioned before that I love going to visit Mary, because I get to see her (obviously) and also get to eat her delicious food.  And on this occasion I also came armed with my recipe folder and a shiny new pen to steal some of her knowledge and recipes! Anyway, I had the best day ever. I got to sit around eating, chatting, and admiring Mary's library of cookbooks. I also got to meet her new Kitchen Aid - OMG I love it! And I want one! It's just so  beautiful! 

Friday, April 13, 2012

A Bee Birthday Cake!



Friday the thirteenth! It's my little sister's birthday today. I say little, however she's well over a foot taller than me! But she's still just my baby sis. Anyway, she is great, she's the type of person that doesn't miss a thing. Like back in November when I made my big sis a birthday cake and wrote how I'd made that cake for "every special person's birthday" - little sis or Anne-Marie as we call her, immediately pointed out I never made her one! Oopsy! I so have to be careful how I word things on here! Anyway,  since then I've been thinking I'll have to make her a "special cake".

Monday, April 9, 2012

Easter Egg Nest Cake



Hope everyone is having a lovely Easter! I decided to make a chocolate cake since I gave up chocolate and cake for lent. I actually stuck to it this year, so it's definitely time for a celebration cake!

I had been thinking for a while about the type of cake I might make and then I came across Nigella's Easter Egg Nest Cake recipe which I thought would be perfect! I had envisioned two chicks on top of my Easter cake so I made them with golden marzipan - that was actually my favourite part of the whole cake making process!

Monday, April 2, 2012

A very fast noodle feast!



I recently made a discovery - to do with seasoning. I sometimes find it hard to come up with ideas to make things tasty without having to throw a jar of something on top of the main ingredients.  But then I discovered that soy sauce and ground black pepper make an excellent combination. Which led to this little dish that is now one of my favourite and quickest ever meals to throw together.