Weekend Matters: Superfood Salad with Quinoa and Sweet Potato

I wanted some beautiful colour on my blog and some healthy food for the family For a one-time paleo girl (admittedly transitioning to 80/20) you may have noticed we have gone a little heavy back to pies and pastry but not this weekend. Instead, we ate: This superfood salad with quinoa and roasted spiced sweet…

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: Wild Raspberry Karpatka Cream Cake

Drunk in love and happiness or could it be the food and the summer fruit punch? This weekend we made a luscious vanilla and cardomon karpatka cream cake inspired by a piece in my favourite magazine: the simple things. Karpatka Cream Cake Ingredients: For the Dough 150ml water 80g salted butter 180g plain flour 1/4…

The Weekend Matters: Pork Pies, Hebden Bridge and Me

(In which the writer visits Hebden Bridge and learns to cook a perfect summer pork pie. For readers wanting pork pie info only, please move to paragraph 4, clearly signposted below) Hebden Bridge We spent Saturday afternoon exploring my beloved old mill town of Hebden Bridge, nestled in the Yorkshire Pennines. A creative haven ,…

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…