Courgette, Brie and Red Pepper Muffins

savoury muffins

Courgette, Brie and Red Pepper Muffins By now dear readers we are in the middle of a heat wave…right? Long summer days, with little to do but pack picnics, take the kids/loved ones/prospective loved ones that you are trying to impress/just yourself because everyone else is vastly irritating (even the dogs) and walk the hills,… Continue Reading

French Cookware by de Buyer – not just for master chefs!

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French Cookware by de Buyer – not just for master chefs!   French cookware by de Buyer – we think this is the bees knees! First of all, de Buyer cookware was developed in the 1830s.  We feel this gives them something of a pride of place in the cookware market. As a result, we… Continue Reading

SUMMERS END AND A RECIPE FOR APPLE JELLY

Jam Jar, Homemade, screw top

SUMMERS END and a recipe for apple jelly It always takes me by surprise, summers end.  One day, glancing at the sun, you notice it has become softer, lower, and less intense.  The garden takes on a slightly tired look, the hum of bees diminishes, and the constant grass cutting becomes a distant memory.  It… Continue Reading

Betty reflects on the passage of time

Chilli Salmon with Courgette Pilaf

Betty reflects on the passage of time I seem to be doing everything at break neck speed at the moment.  Why has life turned into every day in the fast lane? I blame everything on the internet. There is a tendency to have to reply to emails almost immediately. As a result, it plays on… Continue Reading

Giving Sugar the Shove!

Giving Sugar the Shove!

Giving Sugar the Shove! The summer seems to bring a relaxation of normal family behaviour and we somehow manage to meet up and celebrate birthdays and host visits from abroad. Our family are a bit far flung; some of us reside in Bali, which couldn’t be further away from Herefordshire if it tried. Others are in… Continue Reading

Why I’m dreading Great British Bake Off!!

Sugar Free Carrot Cake

Why I’m dreading Great British Bake Off!! Sugar Free Carrot Cake When I embarked upon my endeavour to change my eating habits, I saw it as yet another attempt to re-engage with my disappearing waist line. Cutting out sugar was inspired by reading a book called quite simply ‘That Sugar Book’. It hasn’t been easy…. Continue Reading