Cosmopolitan

Having a Friday night cocktail to mark the end of the week has long been something I’ve enjoyed, there’s nothing quite like it. A Cosmo is a classic cocktail, and as it contains both lime juice & cranberry juice it surely counts as one of my five-a-day right? RIGHT? Ingredients (easily enough for 2 with… Continue reading Cosmopolitan

Bruschetta with tomatoes and basil

After watching ‘Julie and Julia’ for the millionth time I really wanted to munch on the tomato bruschetta that features in one scene, but having found the recipe I decided that I needed to amend it a little as I’m not the biggest fan of cold tomatoes, esp when paired with something warm. So I… Continue reading Bruschetta with tomatoes and basil

Potato salad, Turkish style

Best. Potato. Salad. Evs. It turns out that when potatoes, tomatoes, red onion, herbs, and vinaigrette get together they have a party, and this is the only variety of potato salad that I thought existed until I tried the mayonnaise version when I was in my teens. Funnily enough I still don’t eat said mayo… Continue reading Potato salad, Turkish style

Halloumi with honey + lemon

This could not be simpler to make, and is seriously the best way to start an evening in the sunshine. Or an afternoon BBQ. Or when you can’t find anything in the fridge bar a block of halloumi, a lemon, and some salad. Or just because. A bit of marinating, a bit of frying (in… Continue reading Halloumi with honey + lemon

Swedish meatballs

The Teen took one bite of this meatball and gravy combo and looked at me with delight – no longer will we have to drive an hour to satisfy her cravings for this meal which only comes from a particular Scandinavian blue and yellow furniture retailer, because I’ve pulled together this recipe from a number… Continue reading Swedish meatballs

Baked feta pasta

No, I don’t use TikTok, but yes, this is the viral pasta dish that was seemingly everywhere last year. I resisted for a while then caved in and gave it a whirl after it chased me around Instagram for months and months – turns out it’s excellent, super easy peasy, and has become a mid-week… Continue reading Baked feta pasta

(Not) KFC roast chicken

I’m always on the hunt for fun weekend food that I can make (rather than buy the fully processed version), and recently came across an article online that claimed to contain THE recipe for KFC, the actual special blend of herbs and spices that has been kept under lock and key forever. I couldn’t actually… Continue reading (Not) KFC roast chicken

Granola

So it turns out that granola is really easy to make, and by making my own I can leave out all the bits that I don’t want such as dried fruit (disagrees with me) and hazelnuts (yuck) and I can add in more of the stuff I do like (anything almond based). Fling in some… Continue reading Granola

Espresso Martini

Bearing in mind that I start almost every morning by thinking oooh COFFEE! and could happily wallow in a bottomless pit of affogato, I can’t believe that it’s taken me until now to write about this particular cocktail, esp as it’s generally a go-to for me. I’d suggest that if sleeping is ever an issue… Continue reading Espresso Martini

Marmalade

My mother makes marmalade every year, but as The Husband and The Teen don’t like it (more fool them) I’ve never made my own. However this year I ventured into those unknown waters and discovered what will now be What I Do Each January from here on. It’s easier than I anticipated, especially if you… Continue reading Marmalade