Olive preparation and preserving

I love olives. When they are marinated they perfectly complement a cheese platter and a good bottle of wine. They’re also fab on pizza or as a tapenade for a bruschetta. Although I have an olive tree, unfortunately it’s too young to produce fruit yet…I’m still waiting. Luckily, my lovely step mother has two bountiful…

Sunday morning waffles

While rubbing the sleep from my eyes this morning, I had the sudden urge to make waffles. It was chilly outside and I wanted something warm and sickly sweet to get me started. Miss three thought that it was a great idea and watched my every move while drinking her early morning Milo (malted chocolate…

It’s superhero time! making capes for little heroes

My daughter recently decided that she is a superhero! Her powers can include, but are not limited to; flying, going really really fast, turning things in to ice, helping others and super drawing (I’m not sure what that is). To appease her need to transform herself in to an amazing superhero, I’ve decided to make…

Cake decorating by a complete novice

I’ve been a bit quiet on my blog lately due to my daughter’s Baptism. The relatives descended for a celebratory lunch after the church service, so my time has been taken up with some serious house cleaning, window cleaning, garden tidying and cake decorating. I made a fruit cake a couple of months ago, which…

Smoked salmon and spinach spaghettini

My husband and I occasionally like to eat something a little more sophisticated than the food we normally prepare for the whole family. There’s only so much home made fish and chips, sausage rolls and spaghetti bolognese you can have before you loose the will to eat! It’s also a great recipe for a romantic…

Working for the man: the value of paid employment

I’ve been working for money since I was fifteen years old. I’ve done all types of casual, part time and full time jobs. From an unglorified dish pig at the local restaurant, a bar wench and cleaner while at university, through to a statistician, archaeologist and policy adviser (I’ve had a very varied career!). Through…

Decadent chocolate mud cake

This chocolate mud cake recipe is legendary! I use it for most of my birthday cake creations as it’s very moist and dense and it is also really easy to carve or cut when making children’s birthday cakes. As it’s Easter, Miss Three has decided that this cake is a must. I’ve covered it in…

Cut-out butterflies: craft project no.2

I recently brought some cute cut-out paper butterflies (yes, of course on Etsy) after deciding that the cheap IKEA light shades in the girls bedrooms were looking really boring and needed some bling. I bent them slightly in the middle to give them a 3-D effect and glued them on with PVA glue. It was…