Making life delicious, one recipe at a time.

Making life delicious, one recipe at a time.

Month: October 2015

Local Food Hero: Gordon Stores Maidenhead

It’s October and in our family that means pumpkin carving, autumn trees and turning on the heating. We carved out pumpkins last night and draped some cobwebs and spiders around the place. Just a bit of fun for Halloween which is one of my favourite festivities. People say Halloween is an American cultural quirk and one that’s being steadily adopted here in the UK. But before you start hum-bugging this spooky celebration, just remember it all started here in Britain – well according to some scholars anyway. The Celts were celebrating Samhain long before the Christian festival of All Hallows …

The Bel and the Dragon: Cookham

I don’t review often, but when I do, it’s always genuine. I like to shout about outstanding food establishments, mainly because they’re so thin on the ground in the suburban sameness of Berkshire. I’d been to the Bel and the Dragon in Cookham for lunch a few times and I’d attended some networking events there and while the food was good I wasn’t really moved enough to write about the experience. But a few weeks ago I had the opportunity for a night out with AT because the boys were at their grandparent’s house. Evenings of parental freedom are sacrosanct …

5 Ways to Use Up Old Bread

This was supposed to come after the Love Your Left Overs post that I wrote after attending an awareness campaign for the RBWM and Green Redeem. But I got distracted by Paris and pasta-free lasagnes. So here’s five ways that you can love your leftovers and avoid wasting food. Remember that shocking statistic- that 1/3 of landfill is food? That’s a total of 18 million tonnes of food that the UK throws away each year. With the food recycling programmes here in the borough, you have no excuse to let organic matter contribute to land fill.

Now, excuse me …

Pasta-free Lasagne

Paleo Lasagne

I want to call this paleo lasagne, but the truth is that I cheated and put a little mozzarella cheese on the top. However – if you’re strong enough to forgo the cheese, then yes, this would be a paleo meal, which means free from dairy, grains, sugars…. etc. Personally, I believe that by adding a little cheese on top it makes the meal feel much more decadent than it actually is and it’s certainly not going to break the calorie bank like a regular lasagne would, because of course the calorie riches lie in the pasta and bechamel sauce …

Instinct and Accident: A Guide to Eating Well in Paris

This time last Monday I was in Paris; walking into the Latin quarter to see where Earnest Hemingway and James Joyce lived, to see Paris’ Pantheon and soak in the atmosphere of student life. But really, honestly, I was there for some noodles. If you ever ask a member of my family for travel tips, chances are they’ll be food-related. My brother stayed in Paris for a month and most of his tips came in the form of cafes to idle in and specific dishes to try. My mum’s best memory of Paris is some chicken she had in St …