Gnocchi with cavolo nero and cream

Gnocchi with cavolo nero and cream

We occasionally get cavolo nero in our organic vegetable box and I’m never very good at coming up with ideas to use it. More often than not it just ends up steamed or sautéed and served as a (boring) side vegetable, and the bunch that was languishing in the fridge …

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Butter-braised carrots and garlic with barley

butter-braised carrots and garlic with barley risotto - warming and delicious!

We have a small vegetable bed in our back garden, and in the summer we grow our own tomatoes, beans, courgettes, cucumbers and assorted other vegetables and herbs. It’s quite fun, they taste amazing, and Kipper enjoys mucking about in the soil, watering the plants, and of course picking and …

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Shakshuka: eggs poached in pepper & tomato sauce

Shakshuka - eggs poached in pepper and tomato sauce

We are extremely lucky, living in Cambridge, to be surrounded by amazing museums full of fascinating and educational displays. Kipper and I had a fun outing to the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences, which is one of her favourites. In fact, when I asked her what she wanted to do, …

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Cheesy aubergine gratin

cheesy aubergine gratin

On our recent trip to London (see here) we had lunch at the lovely cafe in the V&A (definitely the best of the museum eateries available in S. Ken) and I had aubergine baked with tomato sauce and cheese. It doesn’t sound like much, granted, but it was really delicious, so …

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Balsamic roasted vegetables

balsamic roasted vegetables

Sorry, there’s no interesting story to go with this recipe. Nothing happened to inspire me. Kipper didn’t do anything noteworthy. It was a busy afternoon and I needed something to throw in the oven with the timer set, so we could go out and it would be cooked when we …

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Carrot and tomato soup with ginger and orange

carrot and tomato soup with ginger and orange

I seem to have done my back in. This was a mistake. DH says I spend too much time hunched over my laptop blogging, and that’s what’s done it. Bah! I say I lifted Kipper awkwardly, and that’s what’s done it. Probably it’s a combination of numerous factors. Whatever the …

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Winter vegetable ‘minestronotto’

Winter vegetable 'minestronotto' with steamed savoy cabbage

Today, Kipper wanted to go to the Folk Museum (now known as the Museum of Cambridge). It is a terrific museum, with lots of great hands-on stuff for kids to have a go at, play with, dress up in, and generally explore. On previous visits we’ve taken advantage of their …

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Beetroot spaghetti with goats cheese

beetroot spaghetti with goats cheese

Kipper and I just had an overnight stay in London, which was her first ever sleepover at a friend’s house – exciting stuff! Amazingly, the two littl’uns went to sleep without too much fuss, leaving their parents to sit and gossip and eat biscuits late into the night. Rock and …

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