The Good Life, kinda

The Good Life, kinda

I’ve been so lax of late when it comes to blogging. This post is a case in point: it’s taken me over three weeks to ponder, write and publish. I could make all kinds of excuses (one of which I’ll go into in a sec), but the long and short of it is that I’ve … Continue reading

Down with the ready meal

Down with the ready meal

I was exhausted yesterday. It’s been a bad week in a number of ways – the week before a holiday is always hellish, isn’t it? – and I just wanted to get home to the cats and the garden, eat something easy and collapse in a heap with The Kenneth Williams Diaries for company. I’ve … Continue reading

Vive la différence (or something)

Vive la différence (or something)

Last weekend having been such a wash-out (in all senses) and having spent the week daydreaming/fantasising about living in France again (only not as an impecunious student), I was determined to try my hand at making croissants and little brioche buns. I LOVE CROISSANTS AND BRIOCHE. Well, who doesn’t love them? Fresh from the boulangerie, … Continue reading

Quiche-ing it real

Quiche-ing it real

I was having one of those weekends when all my ambitious plans were gradually being scuppered one by one either by the great British summer (i.e. it’s pissing it down) or my own shameful laziness. I was going to plant onions, but I don’t garden in the rain. I’d intended to have a stab at … Continue reading

A Blooming Great Tea Party

A Blooming Great Tea Party

We’re hosting a Blooming Great Tea Party chez nous in sunny Clapham on Saturday 7th July 2012,  in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care. They offered us a great deal of help when my mother was in her final days, and this event is a small thank-you for all that they and their amazing night nurses did in … Continue reading

Man cannot live by bread alone…

Man cannot live by bread alone…

… though personally, I beg to differ. I would have mentioned bread baking in my début piece, but given the sheer number of books about bread that one can find in bookshops these days, I think it’s fair to say that it warrants at least one post all to itself. Speaking of books, there are … Continue reading

For the Love of Cheese(us)

For the Love of Cheese(us)

There are many things that I love in this world. I love shoes and handbags and clothes and shiny things and a hell of a lot more girly crap than I would otherwise be willing to admit to loving. I also love books and languages and other creative and intellectual pursuits, some/many of which will … Continue reading