Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Veg Everyday!

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has written a vegetarian cookbook!! We have been a fan of him since we first saw him on Tv (+10 years ago?) cooking a placenta. Don't ask!

Hugh has pulled together a brilliant vegetarian cookbook that uses easy to get ingriedients and easy to follow recipes. I'm not sure if he realisess that parmesan is not vegetarian, but apart from that it's vegelicious!

These stuffed peppers look fab They are definitely on my to cook list (when my oven is fixed!)

Yummy linguine pasta

Hugh has a few pasties, great for a more interesting lunch box. I also love his take on pot noodles, I'm going to give that a go too.

The book is broken down into the following chapters:

Comfort Food and Feasts

Hearty Salads

Raw Assemblies

Hefty Soups

Bready Things

Store-cupboard Suppers

Mezze and Tapas

Roast, Grill and BBQ

Side Dishes (including sweet asides)

Every recipe is photographed (which I'm a big fan of) and there's a lot of recipes to choose from.

I have already made 3 dishes, all of which were delicious. My favourite was the Pinto Bean Chilli, which could easily be doubled and then freeze 1/2 for another day. I also made the Chachouka which is a red pepper dish with an egg backed on top, very yummy and his pasta souffle which he suggested doing 2 ways (spinach or with courgettes) I made the courgette one which was also lovely.

Patatas Bravas - these look yummy. I'm definitely making them. Maybe for a nice big lunch with lots of things to choose from!

When my oven is mended I should be cooking more dishes. I still have my hob and the microwave! As you can see he has a chapter on raw assemblies if everything breaks down on me!

Wednesday, 14 September 2011


My youngest started school today. He's 4 (nearly 5) and he seems too
young. But he seemed to enjoy himself and came out full of chatter.

Monday, 12 September 2011

wool week freebies

The weather is slowly turning. Cold wet winds are trying to push out our warmer days and banish summer for another year. This change in temperature and climate makes me start thinking of blankets, crumpets, hot drinks, boots, scarves and hats!

So with great timing it's just been UK Wool Week (or Love Wool UK). It's time to get your needles or hooks out! I was in Leeds over the weekend, where there was an event on in the Corn Exchange sponsored by Rowan. On display were some lovely knitted & crochet goods and the lovely people from Rowan have put the patterns for free (yippee) on their website!

Ripple Patch Cushion

Moss Stitch Ripple Large Cushion

My main reason for being in Leeds was to see the Kaiser Chiefs at Kirkstall Abbey on Saturday afternoon/ evening. It was a really good gig, the band are from Leeds so it was a homecoming concert (and it kicked off their UK/ World tour).

I travelled by train, and I'm glad to say they were all on time and they all turned up!