Meatballs with polenta

Apparently Raymond Blanc once said that cooking food in a microwave for your children is “an act of hate”. Now I bow to no woman (except possibly my sister) in my love for Papa Blanc, but in this case we must disagree. It’s well-established in my household that I express love through food, and my kids were frequently well-fed from the microwave.


Chowder for a chilly day

Snowmageddon, so it’s time for a quick and easy, warming and delicious dinner.

My extraordinary Nan

I’ve been doing a MOOC on women and suffrage. One step asked, “Did your grandmother have to leave her job when she got married?”, which started me thinking about my nan.

A little Valentine’s heart

Originally posted on 23thingstocrochet:
A very quick project here – some little padded hearts. These will take you literally minutes, but you do need to read the pattern carefully and get the stitch order right. You could make one for a gift or a few for decoration – or make a pile of them and…

Yogurt to labneh

I watched Nigel Slater’s programme on the food of Lebanon. Then I zoomed off to my nearest Turkish grocers…

Dutch-oven bread

I don’t do New Year’s resolutions but I did do a little review of my lifestyle over Christmas and decided that it wouldn’t hurt to cut down on bread a little. That lasted three days.

Bowie, for absolute beginners

On the 2nd anniversary of Bowie’s death, a Twitter friend asked which album she should listen to as an introduction to Bowie. I realised what she needed was not an album, but a playlist.

A crochet neck warmer

A quick little project – a smaller scarf that fits closely round your neck, with one end slotted through the other for extra snugness.

Gloves for little dragons

My grandchildren have a favourite game at the moment: dragon school. So I made dragon gloves for little Dragy and her brother Drag…

Tractors and tapestries

I had a Friday off a couple of weeks ago and, despite several hours trawling all the usual-suspect websites, failed to find anywhere that was available and affordable in any of the places I wanted to visit. So we had a staycation instead…

Saturday night food

My husband always says that Saturday night is for ‘sloppy’ food. I only just realised what that means: essentially anything that a sensible person would buy from a takeaway.

Cooking with the munchkins

We’ve recently had half term here and I’ve had a couple of days looking after my grandkids. It started me thinking, both about cooking with kids, and as a kid.