Three Ingredient Mackerel Pâté

Apr 22, 2014 - Recipes - Tags: , , - 3 comments

smoked mackerel pateIf ever there was a lunch I am always always in the mood for, it’s smoked fish pâté smeared liberally over fresh bread.  You can make it with trout if you’re feeling flush or, as I do, with smoked mackerel. 

You do not need to buy fancy smoked mackerel with added chilli or pepper or whatever for this, Sainsbury’s Basics range is perfect, as you are going to jazz it up with lemon and pepper anyway.  Three fillets will ensure you end up with a lovely big bowlful.  It lasts for up to a week in a good cold fridge, so you never need go without smoked fish pâté ever again.

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Elliot loves Katy Perry

Apr 20, 2014 - Parenting - Tags: , , - 1 comment

My little Elliot has his first crush.  On Katy Perry. 

He asks to watch her videos on YouTube, daily, and stares adoringly at her.  He sings along in the car and he gets a little shy when you talk to him about her.  



Holiday Bucket List

Apr 18, 2014 - Lifestyle, Travel - Tags: , , , , - No comments yet

The other day I clicked a link over to Buzzfeed, which, by the way, is my favourite procrastination site.  You can bet that when I sit down to get a few solid hour’s work done, teapot nicely filled, snacky bits within reach, Grooveshark playlist on in the background, at least some of the time will be spent taking out pointless quizzes/learning all the secrets of Disney films*/watching amusing gifs.  The buzzfeed list I clicked over to was this one** and it reminded me of a travel bucket list we wrote as a family, a few months ago.

Since the children are now at an age where travelling with them both isn’t nightmarish, we’ve become rather fond of getting away, even if just for a weekend, and I’ve spent a lot of time on Pinterest, Trip Advisor, First Choice and the like, looking for holiday inspiration and deals.   So, here is a snippet of our family bucket list:

1) Copenhagen.  Mainly for the Lego.  But also for The Little Mermaid statue, Tivoli Gardens, Christiania and the Round Tower.  For starters. 

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Easter Egg Cake Pops

Apr 17, 2014 - Recipes - Tags: , , - 18 comments

easter egg cake popsRenshaw Baking sent me some goodies last week to make easter themed cake pops.  I like to keep things simple, so we went for egg shaped cake pops which we then decorated to look like Easter eggs. 

Cakes pops are simple enough to make, they just take a bit of time.  Assuming you don’t have a cake pop mould, you make a cake, smash it up and combine it with frosting or buttercream to make a fudgey consistency, refrigerate, shape into whatever your cakey heart desires, and dip in melted chocolate, or candy melts and decorate. 



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Bakerella, I ain’t.  Still, I’m not displeased with my efforts. 

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Cheese and Wine

Apr 4, 2014 - Blog - Tags: , , - 5 comments

So… This happened this evening.

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Ross and I had our own retro cheese and wine evening for two (since we couldn’t go to the pub).  Baked Camembert, my favourite nutty Manchego, Ross’ favourite Saint Agur, and some Parlick Fell sheeps’ cheese.

cheese and wine

 Manchego. Best cheese ever. Like, ever.  If you ever want to buy me a present, I’ll never ever sniff at a nice wedge of Manchego. 

cheese and wine

We ate our cheeses with sliced apple, grapes and cubes of bread to dip in the melty melty gooey oozy camembert.  

A couple of weeks ago, I picked up a pinot grigio blush in Aldi.  Honestly, I am not a massive rosé drinker so I wasn’t sure if I’d like it, and really just chose it because I like to mix things up a little from time to time.  Happily, it was lovely and I’ve bought it a few times since, so thats what we drunk tonight.   

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Dinner of Champions.

To bake a Camembert, preheat the oven to 180°c/gas mark 4.  Remove any plastic packaging but keep the wooden box.  Score a circle, about a centimetre in from the edge of the cheese all the way around the top, and then return the cheese to the the box, leaving off the lid.  Bake for 15-20 minutes, until the middle is oozy, like in the photo above. 

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Our dinky mouse cheeseboard was a wedding gift from Ross’ Granny.  It was handmade by his grandfather.  We use it a lot and it’s very very loved. 

So there endeth our brilliant dinner! I might make it a monthly thing – wouldn’t that be a good way to try out different cheeses?