Mexican Spiced Up Lamb Scotch Eggs

Mexican Spiced Up Lamb Scotch Eggs First clear the tigers (who have turned up for tea) and prepare the table Next, lay out the ingredients (see list below) Ingredients To Make 8 Scotch Eggs 10 eggs (8 +2 for the coating) 800g lamb mince 1 green pepper (diced)   8 jalapeno peppers (well drained and diced)  …

Weekend Matters: Ruby Slaw

Crunchy and robust, this ruby coloured coleslaw is made for a bright summer tea. We served it with hot peppery watercress and smoky apple pulled pork in wraps, for a great combination of strong flavours. O and made two new friends… Here’s the recipe from Hemsley and Hemsley Good and Simple and – there’s a…

Weekend Matters: Carrot Cake

Some weekends call for cake. And this was beautiful – a sticky, moist, rich-textured cake, topped with thick, creamy American frosting – unbeatable. We ate large slices outdoors in a brief burst of brilliant hot yellow sunshine lost all too quickly between the heavy rain-clouds and high winds that blew in from the west. The…

Reading Matters: Reasons to be Cheerful Parts 1,2 and 3

So, do I write from the heart or do I follow the crowd and endorse this? First, you should know I write from the heart always. Second the quote in the side panel is great writing – better than that –  it gives me another piece of the  jigsaw puzzle that is my life (up…

Weekend Matters: Light Lunches and Summer Days

With the kids growing up (17,18,19), meal times have changed and from the early days and wanting us to sit together our lives have changed greatly with most meal times spent around the fridge door looking for “something to snack on”, as Michael calls it. It seems, for now anyway the summer days and change…

The Weekend Matters: LouLou Kebabs and Delicious Savoury Crackers

(In which we sample spicy, fragrant kebabs parcelled in pitta bread filled with green leafy salad, smoked mackerel pate and hot salt and pepper crackers with cheese for a light, Armenian themed family Saturday tea) My new favourite go-to cook book for the month of July is this: I like this one because it has…

Weekend Matters: Lemons, Blueberries and more

Its been one of those indecisive weekends of summer. How was it for you? All I can say is that later, it began to rain, over and over; leaving the ground sodden and heavy underfoot 😦 Cass the Hawk Earth bound and tethered til we can let him fly, Cass the Hawk huddled under the…

Weekend Matters: Spicey Meatballs and Cauli Tabouleh

As I write this, the rain is falling again on what has been a busy, long, wet and humid weekend. Cass (the hawk) has settled well into his new life and has brought a new interest into the family with twilight walks hunting like tigers, lying in the grass, watching… On Saturday night we cooked…

The Weekend Matters: Summer Coleslaw

Its been a bright sunny summer weekend and we’ve been busy working together upgrading the kitchen. Meals were light to match the mood with a few dozen warm jammy cookies chucked in on Sunday evening – just because we can. Today we are sharing our weekend recipes for an easy, colourful coleslaw, flax seed buns…

Paleo Chicken with Tomato and Balsamic Vinegar

Wednesday is recipe day and not one to disappoint, here is my take on balsamic tomato chicken: yum   Ingredients: Onion Garlic Butter Chicken breast chopped into chunks 500g tomatoes 2 – 3 tblspn balsamic vinegar more butter/lemon juice Basil leaves Method Fry the onion and garlic in the butter Add the chopped chicken Fry…

Paleo Slow Cook Beef Stew

Mad rush this morning but I can say with conviction tea is already sorted. Genius. Last night I prepped some veg: parsnips, onions, carrots and wrapped some jacket potatoes in a little oil and tin foil and put them in the fridge over night. Before leaving for work this morning, I browned some stewing steak…

Paleo Roasted Vegetable Tray Bake

Driving home this morning I caught a glimpse of exquisite halloween decorations on the grey iron railings by the side of the road. Tiny seed pearls adorned huge cobwebs gleaming and glinting in the sun: lining the road in triumph. But it wasn’t man made, it was nature and the sudden realisation of nature gifting…