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Menu Monday 31st of March

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The clocks have "sprung" forward this weekend and the evenings will be getting longer, can't wait for full on BBQ season to start properly. I plan big things in the smoking and marinade department and am collecting some funky herbs and spices, will keep you posted. In the meantime, here's what's happening food-wise in our neck of the woods.


Monday
We're getting an early crop of very nice aubergines/eggplants from Spain in my local market so #Meatless Monday is a classic Egg Plant Parmigiana .

Tuesday
Tasty, speedy and easy to make Lamb and Pea Keema Curry have with rice or naan bread.

Wednesday
Main course salad, quick to throw together, White Bean, Chorizo and Herb Salad, chunk of crusty bread, done!

Thursday
I have today off so I'll be making stock for future soups etc and actually have time to make 2 courses for tonight. Starting with Persian Duck with Walnuts and finishing with gorgeous and seasonal  Rhubarb Crumble.

Friday
Making burgers. Grilled fish, homem…

Menu Monday 24th March

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After a brilliant weekend away playing with friends, laughing way too loud on public transport and learning more than I ever thought possible about cranes, I'm ready to tackle another week of the baffling and delicious stuff the universe sends me. Hope you are ready too! 

Monday
For Meatless Monday today the Greek classic feta and spinach pie, Spanakopita is perfect. If you can't find filo pastry, I know it's not authentic but I put the mixture into a pie dish and top with ready rolled puff pastry. Not "perfect" but still delicious.

Tuesday
An easy one pot dish from Hugh Fearnley-Wittingstall, Chicken with Tomatoes and Tarragon, served with nutty brown rice, cooked while the chicken is roasting away.

Wednesday
Home late tonight,so some super quick pasta!
Peppered Smoked Mackerel Pasta
500 grams of dried pasta, best with shell types to catch the sauce. 
150 - 200 grams smoked, peppered mackerel, skinned removed and broken into chunks
100 ml single cream,
 handful of spinach …

Menu Monday

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Monday has a bad rep but I really do love the start of a new week and the chance to do it all over again but better and bigger and with a little bit more throwdown!! I hope your week starts the way you want it to, here's the menu plan. 

Monday 

My kids tell me I've been" living under a rock "cos I hadn't heard of pizza dough made out of cauliflower, Doh. It's all kinda Paleo and Low Carb and it looks delicious and perfect for Meatless Monday, Cauliflower Pizza Crust-with-Roasted Vegetablesand GoatCheese.   
Let me know what you think of it if you give it a try.


Tuesday

This is quite similar to a dish of mine but I love apricots  so I'll give this a try,  Saffron Chicken with Apricots and Cardamom

Wednesday

Even though I should really wait till the summer to make these , I have a major craving for one of my favourite dishes, Piedmontese Peppers and serve them with piles of good sour dough bread to mop up the yummy juices.

Thursday

Friends over for dinner so it'…

Menu Monday

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I'm old Mother Hubbard today. I went to the cupboard, no bone for the poor dog,nada for us, just a whole lot of bare happening. So it's off to the shops and the fruit and veg market, so happy the sun is shining and spring really is in the air! Hope it's fab where you are too. Here's this weeks menu.

Monday -  Keeping to Meatless Monday and thankfully my girls are fans of both spice and veggies. We will be having Black Bean and Vegetable Burritos but will be swapping the Monterey Jack for cheddar.


Tuesday - The pickled veg are great with these Vietnamese Grilled Pork Skewers and cucumbers are 4 for £1 in my local market at the moment, result!


Wednesday - I get home late most Wednesdays so it's a quick stir-fry of udon noodles, broccolini, ginger, chicken  and kecap manis. But after dinner I'll make the Labneh for tomorrow night.


Thursday -  Bulgar Wheat and Spinach Pilaf with Labneh , great recipe, add a platter of grilled lamb chops and it makes a perfect spread fo…

5 Cool Gifts For Mother's Day

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"My Mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it" Mark Twain

Mother's Day in the UK is on the 30th of March this year, are you prepared? Are you tired of giving the same old presents to your Mum every year? Well I bet she's a bit sick of petrol station chrysanthemums and the daggy nighties from M & S but way too sweet to say anything..  Check these little giftlets out and hopefully they might inspire you a wee bit.



1. Mahjong Set
I have always been fascinated by Mahjong. Full of west winds, red dragons, kongs, pungs and chows it seemed full of magic to me and you can play for money!
Mahjong is a Chinese game of skill, strategy, and calculation. Researchers have recently developed a form of healing using Mahjong, as they believe that playing the game is beneficial for individuals suffering from dementia, cognitive and memory difficulties but that's probably better kept to yourself....
Buy beautiful vintage ones on Ebay for between £10 and …