Switchfoot, coke floats and other news

It’s been a  while since I wrote a ‘newsy’ kind of post, but during October and November I’ve been mentally squirreling away bits and pieces to share. It’s been an industrious Autumn, full of bone-tired workdays, both-feet-in celebrations, intense emotions, precious small moments and an abundance of laughter and silliness. The biggest and best of…

Ethical Summer

With the world looking troubled right now, making ethical shopping choices offers us some small hope of making a difference. It may seem like a small drop in a big ocean but any challenge to injustice, however small, is fighting against an increasingly apathetic culture. Consumers have power: let’s use that to act with compassion,…

4 Great Comfort Foods

What we eat is unavoidably linked to the seasons, our moods and the situations we find ourselves in, and I am sure this connection adds to our enjoyment of food. Not only can different flavours or dishes evoke memories or emotions, they can bring people together, nourish us physically and spiritually, or add to a sense…

The Best Baking Recipe Book!

I’ve mentioned it in passing before, but I’ve decided that it’s about time Bake a Difference had its own post, and as Easter approaches, now seems like the perfect moment! It is the recipe book that I use all the time. As a fan of baking, and a beneficiary of 13 chickens, I make cakes…

Non-alcoholic Cocktails

Lately I’ve been going alcohol free, so I’ve been experimenting with non-alcoholic cocktails to add a bit of sparkle and colour to my January and February. Herb Garden Seltzer If Gin and Tonic is normally your thing, you may enjoy this simple, elegant ‘Seltzer’, which I discovered here. I made mine by placing ice cubes…

Recipe: Dark Chocolate and Raspberry Bread and Butter Pudding

Forget sultanas and nutmeg – raspberries and chocolate are where it’s at in terms of bread and butter pudding! Whereas other bread and butter puddings can be a little stodgy and reminiscent of bad school dinner food, the dark chocolate and bread combination in this one transports me to French village patisseries, while the sweetness of…

Small Things

Do you remember when I used to write ‘Small Things’ posts almost every week? It’s been a while since my last one, and I miss putting together these lists of the small things I’m thankful for. It’s about time that I collate a new one, so here are my December 2015 ‘Small Things’: Presents! As much as…

Vegetable Tart with Creamy Potatoes

Lately, I’ve been consciously eating less meat and experimenting with more Vegetarian dishes, and generally I feel a lot healthier for it. One of my favourite dishes is a simple tart made with roasted vegetables, tomatoes and a little feta. Andrew’s Mum also recently taught me a great potato dish that goes pretty well with…

Recipe – Andrew’s Carbonara

If you’ve been reading this blog a while, you’ll know that Andrew and I are big fans of anything remotely Italian. Our holiday to Rome back in 2012 was the best and we both love the food and culture of Italy. Andrew makes a lot of great food, but one of my favourites is his…

4 Easter Recipes

Bank holiday weekends are perfect for taking your time over food – for loved ones, and for yourself. Here are a few recipes you may like to try, each one being something I’ve really enjoyed myself. I love a slow, easygoing brunch after a lie in, sipping coffee while reading or talking and tucking in to…

Recipe: Spanish Martini

Last weekend my brother, Andy, made me one of the best cocktails I’ve had, so naturally I thought it a good idea to share the recipe with you 🙂 It was the perfect prelude to our Tapas evening, the recipes for which will probably also turn up on this blog at some point!   For each…

This World We Live In

On my next day off, I’m spending the day in Paris. I’m going to dress like a French girl. Maybe some flats, maybe a simple but sweet necklace, a scarf perhaps, and a spritz of the Chanel perfume Andrew’s mum gave me. Breakfast will be hot chocolate and fresh bread, followed by a stroll in the fresh…