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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Polenta and cheese scones

polenta and cheese scones

This weekend, we visited Burwash Manor, just outside Cambridge, which is home to some fabulous independent shops arranged around a farm courtyard. I had Kipper and DH in tow, so didn’t get to do too much in the way of browsing, apart from five minutes in the lovely toyshop to…

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Potato wedges with oregano & paprika

potato wedges with oregano and paprika

I used to have a flatmate who was highly neurotic about food. There were so many things she wouldn’t eat, it was easier to list the things she would eat. As well as being vegan, she had a massive list of things that apparently “give you cancer“. You know, really harmful…

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Pasta with roasted vegetables & tomato sauce

pasta with roasted vegetables and tomato sauce

This dish has evolved in my kitchen from the classic pasta alla norma into something that probably no self-respecting Sicilian would associate themselves with. Their loss. In case you’re wondering where the differences lie, I’ve added some other veg to the aubergines. And I roast them instead of frying (it’s easier and…

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Basic tomato sauce

spaghetti with basic tomato sauce

Need a quick, basic tomato sauce? Look no further. This one is tasty enough to serve simply on pasta, but unobtrusive enough to blend seamlessly into something fancier. A moussaka for instance. Or pasta with roasted vegetables and tomato sauce. Three minutes prep then leave it to simmer. Bob’s your…

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Blueberry compote with bay-leaf

blueberry compote on toast

We usually have a special family breakfast at the weekend. Occasionally this will be croissants or something like that, but more often than not, we make waffles. I bought the waffle maker in July 2012. I know it was July because the shop assistant looked at me as if I…

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Spinach and mushroom puff pastry plait

slice of spinach and mushroom puff pastry plait

Sometimes, Kipper helps to decide what we’ll have for dinner. I knew we had some mushrooms, and we had puff pastry, so I asked her what else might go with them. “Garlic!” She looked very pleased with this suggestion. Yes, I think garlic would be very nice. What else? “Olive…

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