Szechuan Pork Noodles with Smacked Cucumber Salad

It’s a curious thing when you lock one eye on the details in the pregnancy  app you bought in a flush of maternal excitement some 22 weeks ago and it informs you that the thing you’ve got inside would now have an ok chance of making it if it came out. Dear Stowaway. Please don’t […]



With one sentence, I morphed into my mother. ‘If you’re still hungry, eat an apple’. It’s something I’ve been saying quite a bit lately- often to myself, though I  think I even let it slip into the last line of the post previous to this one. It was The Hungry One who finally turned to […]


Rolled Pork Shoulder with Apples, Onions and Perfe...

Roast pork was not something I ate a lot of before we moved to the UK. We were roast lamb-on-a-special-occasion people, occasionally a large, rosy rump of beef for a crowd. But a feast of pig- that other white meat- was not something I grew up with. I remember the first time I went to […]


Baked Ziti (and the arrival of the book)

  There are exciting days in a life. There are the days when you meet someone new and something skips inside. Those are the days when you think; this could work. We joking refer to those folks as ‘PLU’. People Like Us.  They’re usually those who care about what their coffee tastes like. Who believe […]

Brussel Sprouts, Bacon, Hazelnuts and Parmesan, Two Ways

Brussel Sprouts, Bacon, Hazelnuts and Parmesan, Tw...

Let’s be frank about something. Brussel sprouts have a reputation problem. Most of the time they’re over steamed or boiled, which leaves them with all of the appeal of a soggy sports sock. This would probably be the time where I’d invoke some dry little anecdote about the brussel sprouts from my youth. Except they […]