Necessity pesto

Necessity, they say, is the mother of invention. Never is this more the case than when you have succumbed to those beautiful, scented, (and crucially) HUGE bunches of herbs in the Asian grocers.


Cheese, Reading and the twitterati

I decided that this year I’d make more of an effort to see people in real life, not just on social media. Apparently that’s easier said than done.

Unexpected strawberry jam

First I discovered we’d run out of strawberry jam, two months before peak strawberry season. Then Tesco mysteriously started selling large jam-making-sized boxes of strawberries. Jam-making it is, then.

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.

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 am very easily influenced. 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…