An Impromptu Dinner at Le Mistral

It’s been just over a month since the birth of little Heidi Rose and last night when Nana and Grandad offered to take her for a few hours so we could escape for a dinner date we leapt at the chance. And so, we went on our first solo outing for the evening sans baby […]

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Tomato And Basil Tarts

I can’tΒ imagine anything that smacks you round the mouth shouting summer more than the flavours of tomato and basil. Cherry tomatoes especially. Β Tiny flaming fruits, sun blushed and glowing from the golden rays they have have absorbed over the long midsummer days. They partner perfectly with classic Italian flavours – basil, olives, mozzarella. As I […]

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Spinach And Ricotta Pizza

What do you do when you have a handful of spinach? Make pizza. The obvious solution. Especially to a hungry, ready to pop, 40 week pregnant lady. One of my all time favourite pasta dishes is spinach and ricotta cannelloni, which I don’t get to make very often due to the time it takes to […]

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Seriously Simple Lemon Posset – 3 Ways

I’ve had a lot more time on my hands this week. Maternity leave is in full swing. Nursery is ready, hospital bags are packed, I’m on top of the house work, shopping is complete – all that remains is to get back into cooking mode and make the most of it before it descends into […]

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The Moated Baddesley Clinton

Back in June we took a little road trip. The sun was shining once again and beckoned us to spend a day outdoors. We drove to the nearby county of Warwickshire and home to one of only two surviving examples of a medieval moated manor house here in the UK. Baddesley Clinton. I can’t help […]

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The Plough Inn – Hathersage

After a spectacular day gliding with the Derbyshire and Lancashire Gliding Club we were keen to find somewhere nice where we could sit outside and make the most of the warm summer evening whilst eating dinner. We travelled back up the road towards Hathersage, in the direction of a lovely looking inn we had spotted […]

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One Pot Summer Roast Chicken

This has got to be the easiest, tastiest chicken recipe in the world. Definitely a new favourite of mine and once you’ve tried it I’m sure it will be on your list too! This recipe makes succulent, perfect, golden, crispy skinned roast chicken andΒ the most flavoursome, juice soaked potatoes. You don’t even need to make […]

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Troisgros Brothers – Mother Carles’ Potatoes

Anyone who knows me knows that I have an extensive cookbook collection. None of these are valued as much as my collection of old French ones and in this selection is one that I particularly love. The Nouvelle Cuisine of Jean and Pierre Troisgros. The Troisgros brothersΒ trained at Lucas-Carton in Paris, one of the best […]

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The perfect day to glide up, up and away

Gliding has long been an activity that has warranted being checked off of our list of to do’s. Living in Derbyshire we regularly spot gliders up in the air and every time we do we get giddy watching them and end up saying how much we wish we could have a go. So that’s exactly […]

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Honey And Wine Baked Peaches

Peaches say one thing to me. Summer. They encapsulate the fresh, sweetness of these glorious months we now find ourselves in. The scent of these summer fruits wafting through the house is enough to put a smile on anybodies face. Not only that, but they are a delight to sink your teeth into, the flavours […]

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