Posts Tagged ‘Home’


Sunday, September 19th, 2010

Nigel Slater’s newest book Tender Volume 2 was released this week and I managed to get my hands on a copy.  I already own and love reading and cooking from Volume 1 along with most of Nigel’s other books, so I have been eagerly awaiting the release of this one…

As always, Nigel’s writing is beautiful. The photography (by the brilliant Jonathon Lovekin) is just as lovely and is not overly styled. Nigel’s recipes sound delicious. I’m looking forward to ‘A casserole of parsnips, chestnuts and mushrooms’,’A Sunday roast of pork, perry and pears’,’A casserole of apple and rabbit’ (although I might just replace the rabbit with chicken!) and ‘Wholemeal apple and marmalade cake’


Apologies for the quality of the photos, they were taken on my phone, with the book balanced on my lap, in a bookshop in town. My copy is coming from Amazon but alas, has not arrived yet.

Ali xox

Slow food

Friday, September 10th, 2010

I have a new(ish) gadget lurking in my  kitchen cupboard. Can you guess what it is?

Oh yes! a slow cooker!

Now, up until about 2 months ago I had no interest in slow cookers and regarded them as something from the seventies that ought to stay there.  Hmm… Then I had my road to damascus conversion.  Or rather I had ‘roast’ chicken from a slow cooker.   Oh it was good. Very good.  Not as good looking as a traditional oven roast bird however, and lacking in the crispy skin that I love, but nonetheless the most delicious and moist chicken I have ever had.  I subsequently grilled my friend about recipes – roast chicken, bolognaise, chilli and pork and olive stew are her family’s favourites.

This tale gets better.  After mentioning this to my mum, she disappeared into her loft and  lo and behold, emerged with a slow cooker! ” You didn’t want this when you got married so I saved it!” she said (yep, ’till I came to my senses you mean). I then hot-footed it off to my favourite cook book store (The Library) to get myself a slow cooker cookbook. And this week we have had chilli! And yes it was good.

Ali xox

Breakfast cup

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

I found this cup and saucer in my local charity shop last week, and I’ve been using it ever since. It’s a great size and I love the print.

Ali x

The food of love

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

Today I cooked dinner for a lovely couple with a new baby. The mother was so grateful and yet all I had done was cook an everyday meal for her.

I often cook a meal for new parents and it is something thay gives me so much pleasure.  Feeding someone is so much more than simply giving them something to eat. For new parents, it is a good (hopefully!) homecooked meal at a time when all their energy and time is taken up with their new baby, and dinner is an after thought.  It  is a simple and easy way of supporting people, that needn’t cost much, and for me, it is an opportunity to give something back.  Friends and people I didn’t know cooked for us when our daughter was born and it was a true blessing.

Ali x

Nigel Slater Tender

Friday, September 25th, 2009

After much anticipation, Nigel Slater’s new book Tender arrived this week, and with over 500 pages, is rather hefty. However, Nigel’s beautiful writing never fails to inspire, his recipes are a joy to read and cook and it is likely to remain at the top of my bedside reading pile for weeks to come. Another triumph to add to my already groaning cookbook shelf.


Autumn Toast

Friday, September 25th, 2009

Autumn is on it’s way, and these images from Toast’s lastest catalogue make me want it to hurry up and arrive.




Zara Home Kids

Saturday, August 15th, 2009



Zara Home Kids has some lovely Liberty inspired pieces. The little booties are sooo cute! I just need someone tiny to buy them for!  I’ve bought Flor Kids pillowcases for our bed, and at just £8 each, have got the Liberty look for a snip!