Friday, 11 November 2016

Foods this week

I haven’t tried the Tilapia. I’ve dropped heavy hints to my boyfriend and have even discussed the recipe with him but as it hasn’t materialised yet I will do it myself sometime soon and will keep you updated with the results.

In the meantime, this week I am looking forward to green beans with peacon lemon vinaigrette. It’s not my own recipe, it’s from here and looks amazing -

And here is my favourite food link this week Unicorn Poo Cupcakes!
- from Single Slummy Mummy.

Thursday, 10 November 2016

Fish - beautiful and graceful creatures that give us a sense of calmness.

To eat, I’ve never been sure…I do sort of like fish but…I generally like the sauces, the mayonnaise, fish that is disguised as something else - like the skate in peppercorns with hollandaise - and the virtuous feeling that I’ve eaten something healthy more than I like the actual taste of the fish. 

Friday, 14 October 2016

Pork pâté

Pork pâté
A few years ago I stayed with a close friend in France, the home of all things gourmet. Everyone knows that the French are far, far superior to the English with everything regarding the palate; their pastries are more delicate, small and expensive, their sauces are more subtle, more tantalising, their meat is more tender even their fruit is sweeter. And the French serve their food with a confident flourish, secure in the knowledge that their food is respected the world over and not widely derided like those of us with the misfortune to be brought up with boiled cabbage and overcooked roasts.

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Pizza night - seizing the moment

'I want to make a pizza', said my son. 'Of course', said I, in another perhaps vain attempt to encourage my boy to take up an interest. He's tried many things in his short life so far, from football to karate, from chess to rugby. None have piqued his interest past the initial flurry of enthusiasm, the buying of the kit and those first few sessions. All hobbies require effort and commitment and he's a boy who thrives on fun. Not graft.

Thursday, 16 June 2016

Eat Poco

Eat PocoLast week I went for a tapas meal at Eat Poco, a small, fairly new, Tapas restaurant in Stokes Croft in Bristol.

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Duck à l'Orange

Duck à l'Orange

Duck à l'Orange

All my life I’ve been told I’m ‘blunt’, or ‘matter of fact’ or maybe ‘direct’, depending on whether the person saying it is trying to be blunt themselves or in fact trying to spare my feelings. Or as my father used to say, ‘You don’t suffer fools gladly’. It wasn’t something I was aware of as a child but as I grew older I became aware that I’m not blessed with tact.

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Overdosing on cream


One of my all time favourite foods is cream. I think I developed this particular passion as a child from my mother who literally pours it on her cereal, is as thin as a rake and incidentally has excellent bones. To justify, I like to think I’m following the paleo diet and being kind to my body rather than giving in to an apple or a tomato.

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

A chef extraordinaire

Baked potato and beans
Now, I’ve just come back from a weekend away with a friend who doesn’t like food much. She does eat of course, it fulfils a basic need but she is a ‘’I’d really rather not, thank you’’ type. My friend suggested a weekend away.

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Sleep - completely off topic: sleep.

I’m writing about sleep because sleep or the lack of it has often been the bane of my life and I have frequently suffered from bouts of insomnia. 

My parents had a relaxed attitude to medicine in the 70’s or perhaps I was a very difficult sleeper but I do have a clear memory of being slipped the odd mogadon or two. Not that the pills helped. How many times have I heard, ‘relax before you go to bed’? Don’t they understand that if you suffer from insomnia you can’t relax because the very thing that stops you from sleeping is worrying about it! ‘Night, night. Sleep tight. Don’t let the bed bugs bite!’ - again a fairly innocuous sounding phrase but putting aside the assumption that there are bed bugs for a moment, this is not just flippant but actually a rather cruel saying for those of us who just don’t always sleep tight.

Thursday, 11 February 2016

Dieting – why I don’t do it!

I read an interesting statistic recently - only 1 in 100 people who diet actually keep the weight off long-term. I knew the success rates were low but didn’t know they were quite that bad. But from my own, albeit fairly limited experience of dieting, I’m not surprised either. I say ‘limited’ because I’ve only really tried one diet, although I’ve tried it maybe six or seven times. Another shocking statistic I heard once is that many (or is that most?) women diet throughout their lives, many being completely governed by their obsession with food.

Letting children out on their own

This happened a few years son and his cousin both 5 were playing in my parent's garden. My parents have a big garden, it's about 200 foot long but it's not enormous and it's surrounded by a hedge/fence all around. Anyway, they were playing outside alone which I thought was completely fine.

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Have you ever met a woman who doesn’t like other women?

I’m sure I have but can’t remember who. I know I’ve met people – men and women who never looked at me or answered every question I asked to the male person I was with.

Thursday, 28 January 2016

Toddlers, fussy eaters, hmmm…

Toddler food
Food face

Ok, so this is a post about toddlers and their eating habits. It’s a subject I’m fairly familiar with as I had one (a fussy eater) and was at my wit’s end about it at the time. He’s fine now.

Thursday, 14 January 2016

Why do people pick on those they see as "weak"?

I have decided to write about my own personal experiences in an attempt to understand and explain why I think people lack empathy and are quick to pick on others to avoid facing up to their own vulnerabilities. 

I am taking single mothers as an example because this is my own experience, but this is about when people pick on a person who needs support most or someone they see as an easy target who they can easily dominate. To try to understand this behaviour (because I think that by gaining an insight into it helps us prevent it in ourselves) I believe that there are many people who don’t believe that injustice exists or don’t want to believe it, because to believe in injustice means that something unjust could happen to them. Maybe this is too simplistic but aren’t we all quick to judge and to gossip? I think so. I truly think that people believe that ‘you reap what you sow’ and that for example, those born with money deserve it over those less fortunate.

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Tesco or Pets at Home?


I have always been aware that real ‘foodies’ like offal. I’ve never really understood why, seeing as to me offal are the bits that were traditionally allowed to fall away during the butchering process – the bits that only poor people wanted on account of not being able to afford to waste parts of the animal.

Saturday, 2 January 2016

The Thali Café - Montpelier

Thali cafe
The Thali
I went for a Thali recently in the wonderful, Montpelier Thali Café. Those of you from Bristol will already know that these are delicious curries served in bright Indian cafés around the city. Having started out as stalls at festivals around 15 years ago the cafés have now become a bit of a Bristol institution.