The Return to Work Blues

I’m about to return to work after eighteen months maternity leave and I’m seriously dreading it. I’ve done it all before mind you, but now with two kids life is about to get more complicated. My eldest is starting school, so there is the school drop off and pick up chaos to deal with, and…

Chicken Parmigiana…the ultimate dude food

My husband recently had a birthday and every year he asks for chicken parmigiana (or pollo alla parmigiana) for his home dinner (we don’t get out much these days). For as long as we’ve been together and we are out for dinner, if parmigiana is on the menu, he’ll order it for sure! His loyalty…

A revamp of tired old outdoor furniture

We have a lovely little paved area in a corner of our garden which is perfect for sitting and watching the girls play on the grass. However the old timber outdoor furniture we had literally fell to bits. To keep costs down the hubby and I purchased a second hand setting made of cast aluminium….

Basil Pesto Perfection

At the beginning of December last year I planted six basil seedlings. They have miraculously survived the heat of the last two weeks and are now ready to pull up and use. I really only plant basil for one reason – making pesto sauce. Though I do pick leaves when I’m making pasta sauces, stir…

Tiramisu Ice Cream 

Tiramisu is a beautiful simple dessert which is both rich and delicate, but as it is stinking hot at the moment (37C today) – think of the scene from the Wizard of Oz, when the wicked witch cries, “I’m melting; I’m melting.” – I’m craving ice cold desserts instead. But what if I tried to…