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Happy New Year!

Jan 5, 2014 | No Comments
Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! It seems like 2013 was a pretty crazy year for a lot of people. For us, it really was a year of ups and downs, with of course the wonderful ups of marriage and adopting a new kitten, and some health-related downs (we put the “in sickness and in health” part of ...

Book Review: Paper to Petal

Sep 17, 2013 | 4 Comments
Book Review: Paper to Petal

When I was at university I wrote book reviews on a regular basis – first for the student magazine, then for an independent newspaper that started up in Adelaide. I read some fantastic books, and some truly horrific books, but I enjoyed reviewing every single one. I’ve been meaning for a long time to write ...

Weekend Round-up: 25 August 2013

Aug 25, 2013 | No Comments

The Mister and I made the most of the lovely weather we’ve been having up here by having a bit of an impromptu games day yesterday. We played Finska (a Scandinavian game we bought for our wedding), bowls and Trivial Pursuit. I lost everything – it’s a good thing I’m not a sore loser. I haven’t been ...

Foodie Friday: Chestnut, rum and maple mousse

Aug 23, 2013 | One Comment
Foodie Friday: Chestnut, rum and maple mousse

This is the last recipe in the set of the Cider-braised ham hocks with chestnut crumb, and the Barley broth. This recipe uses up the remainder of the tinned chestnuts, and is a delightful winter dessert. As the chestnuts don’t have any natural sweetness of their own, it’s important to check the mixture and add ...

Foodie Friday: Barley broth

Aug 16, 2013 | No Comments
Foodie Friday: Barley broth

This recipe is perfect for using up the leftover broth from my Cider-braised ham hock recipe – otherwise a good quality chicken or vegetable stock is probably the best bet. It’s a really simple recipe, but a very tasty way of using up leftovers. Barley broth Serves 2 leftover ham broth, or 400ml chicken or ...

Foodie Friday: Cider-braised ham hocks with chestnut crumb

Aug 9, 2013 | 3 Comments
Foodie Friday: Cider-braised ham hocks with chestnut crumb

When we were in Iceland, we bought this beautiful platter from a ceramics gallery in Stykkisholmur called Leir 7. All the ceramics were made from Icelandic clay, and they were just beautiful. It took us a very long time to decide which piece we wanted, but eventually we settled on the platter. We’re pretty sure ...