Life in March

Reading Larchfield - Polly Clark Watching Big Little Lies - Alexander Skarsgard. That is all. Beauty & the Beast - I went to see this with work and it was just the most perfectly magical thing that ever did happen. If you have any love for Disney, or just feel like feeling all warm and fuzzy inside for a couple of hours, go and see this film! Eating/Drinking Out - I have never eaten out so much in my life! It feels like since I started my new job all I do is either grab lunch out or have to eat dinner out because I've been for evening drinks. To be honest I miss the cooking! Listening Craig David Live Show - Ladbible streamed CD's live show the other night and it was, of course, the best thi

Butternut Squash Houmous

We had a couple of friends over for Sunday lunch, but with them being vegan I had to come up with some creative cooking. When thinking about a starter I wanted something easy and informal whilst I cooked the main course so settled on houmous and pitta. The butternut squash bulks out the recipe and the harrisa adds some heat. Super simple to make and only uses 3 main ingredients . The recipe make plenty and it went down a treat. Today was the first day that it started to feel like a picnic might just be acceptable soon and I fully plan on making this up to take with me in future months! Ingredients Medium butternut squash 400g can chickpea, drained and rinsed 3 garlic cloves Olive oil 3 tbsp

I’m Under Thirty – Should I Use Anti-Aging Creams?

A guest post on the blog today, Holly is answering the questions that you want to know the answer to. How soon should you start trying to combat age? I’m Under 30 – Should I Use Anti-Aging Creams? YES! That was easy! But in all seriousness this is a question that lots of people find confusing, and a conversation I have heard being had amongst various groups of twenty-something women. I have been using anti-aging products since my early twenties. I have really dry skin, so I started young mainly because the standard day creams simply weren’t thick enough for me and if I missed one evening of my skincare routine, I would experience the unattractive flakey forehead I am constantly trying to avo

Ginger & Lemon Baked Cheesecake

There's something about lemons that seem 'spring like' wouldn't you agree? The weather is just starting to turn and there are cherry blossoms and ​daffodils around every corner which makes me excited for the next few months. With Spring coming it's time to turn away from the winter warmer puddings and cook some lighter desserts. This cheesecake is perfect for that! Ingredients 1 kg cream cheese 300g gingernut biscuits 200g caster sugar 80g unsalted butter 2 tsp vanilla extract ½ tsp salt 4 eggs 1 lemon, zest and juice Putting it all Together Heat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan/Gas 4. Line the base of a 24cm round spring-form cake tin with baking paper. Put the gingernut biscuits in the food pr

Top Ten Favourite Books

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.” ― George R.R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons I don't know if anything (apart from cheese) makes me happier than reading. There is nothing like picking up a new book, the pages crisp, the spine unfolded and delving into another person's world and creation. My degree is in English Literature, and I often joke that I have a degree in reading. I would read every minute of the day if I was able and have been known to call in sick just so I can stay at home to finish one particularly good book! The one major downside to my new job is that the commute is so short that I am not reading nearly as muc

Smoked Salmon Profiteroles

My husband has been asking me to make profiteroles for years and so I finally caved. The only problem is that he wanted chocolate and cream filled ones, and I wanted to do a savoury take on them. The second he tried one though he was converted, and they disappeared off the plate in no time at all! These profiteroles are perfect for a dinner party, they look and taste impressive and your guests won't believe they are homemade. Ingredients 150ml water 50g butter 2 eggs, beaten 60g strong white flour 200g smoked salmon 300g cream cheese 4 tbsp natural greek yoghurt 1 tbsp dill Putting it all Together Preheat the oven to 200°C. Put the water and butter in a pan and heat until the butter melts. B

Black Pudding Scotch Eggs

I love a scotch egg, they make me think of picnics and parties! I've updated the recipe to include black pudding which goes so well with a runny egg and has an almost breakfast feel. Shop bought eggs are fully cooked so I like that you have the luxury of deciding on your level of 'egg runnyness' when you make them yourself. They really are quite simple to make, the tricky part is a) peeling the eggs and b) deciding if your stomach can handle more than one of these beasts. Ingredients 500g lean minced pork 400g black pudding 8 medium eggs 300g white breadcrumbs 100g plain flour Sunflower oil Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper Putting it all Together Put the pork mince, black pudding and

Chitter Chatter

It turns out that two blog posts in a week is actually quite hard to do. Looking at the stats for my posts it is hard to tell what you all want to read about, for instance my blog posts on ’10 things’ is my most read post but then when I posted about the wedding again it fell a bit flat. In trying to find some inspiration I turned to my old blog to see what I had written about and I realised that I used to post quite chatty blog posts. Not really about much, just having a general chat, updating you on my life etc. So today I am going to do one of those posts because I originally started blogging as a substitute for the diary I stopped writing and I do love to talk. So what has been going on