Monthly Archives: March 2014

Turkey bolognaise…

This is my version of an old classic. Handsome introduced me to ground turkey instead of ground beef and Brits, if you make the change, you won’t miss the beef, especially if you add a few bisto gravy granules to the cooked turkey before you add the tomatoes! I’m not that excited about healthy foods, but if you can swap out the unhealthy food for healthy without that much change to the dish, why wouldn’t you? It’s a lot of onions and mushrooms to chop, but I threw it all in the food processor whole and let that do the hard work for me. Add as much garlic and chili to this to your taste. Cook it for as long as you can, while making sure it doesn’t catch on the bottom (although this only adds to the flavor to be honest…)

Recipe

Turkey bolognaise...
Turkey bolognaise…

from scratch or homemade…

I’ve talked a lot on here about my “from scratch” philosophy. I don’t want to buy other people’s cooking and use it for my food. I want to make it all myself. And so I have always thought of that as “from scratch”. I often check myself to see if I am being a pretentious so and so, especially considering that I now write down my thoughts and let other people read them. So I have been churning this over in my mind: is “from scratch” a real thing or should I have been saying “homemade” all along?

The trouble with the word “homemade” is it feels a bit provincial, a little bit stay-at-home mom, and that’s the opposite of me. Somehow I believe I’m a cut above dusty jars with handwritten labels and Victoria sponge cakes. So I find myself in a dilemma… What kind of cook am I? From scratch or homemade? Continue reading from scratch or homemade…

dreary to cheery…

Well yesterday was a total bust. The day went from bad to worse and the special surprise for Handsome at the end that was supposed to redeem the most unhappy of Mondays went to hell in a hand basket. I can’t even describe how crappy yesterday was, except to say that the one thing we had looked forward to all day… the surprise arrival of Handsome’s gift beer and cheese making kits was a success! Oh happy day as we unwrapped the boxes and looked at all the… stuff… and read the instructions… and realized all the things we didn’t have… Continue reading dreary to cheery…

turn crappy to happy…

This morning I could barely drag myself out of bed and I seriously considered calling in sick, or at least having a lie in and then going in a bit late. For the past several nights, I have woken up at 3am and not been able to get back to sleep. Handsome and me have got a lot going on. We’re putting an offer in on a house, both of our jobs are giving us grief, our family situations are less than perfect, even our friends have a lot of drama at the moment, which is all combining to make sleepless nights. And it’s the worst kind, when you get back to sleep ten minutes before the alarm goes off and then it feels like you are being dragged out of the deepest sleep. Not good. We are knackered.

The good news is that we are both glass half full people and even though we are tired, somewhat grumpy, and trying not to let the world get us down, we can always see the positive and we have so much to look forward to that this Monday is not one filled with the “tell me why I don’t like Mondays” song, but more of that Singing In The Rain great “Good morning, good Moooooooorning”. Yes, I am THAT annoying person… Continue reading turn crappy to happy…

come dine with me?

When you live overseas, in a country where it’s too hot to go outside most of the time, and it’s hard to find fun things to do inside, you get really creative, really quickly. I’ve talked before on here about the importance of finding like-minded people to play with when you are not working on these overseas gigs, and one thing that binds most people is food and drink. We all have to eat right? We all have to drink right? Right, so you go out for dinner, you have each other round for dinner, you hold game nights, fancy dress parties, anything to give you something to look forward to, to move the time forward, to make you feel more at home in a country that is not your home. Continue reading come dine with me?

family friendly…

I took a weird way into this relationship I’m in, it took me 36 years to get there and I jumped into it with a man who had an ex, and three kids, and a very close family besides.

I am from a different kind of family, which I find it difficult to describe, but when I was 18, my parents divorced and moved to opposite ends of London. Fast forward a couple of years and my brother left the UK and headed for Australia with barely a glance backwards. For my childhood, our family home was at least one hour from our Grandparents and aunts and uncles, so we never had that childhood where you grow up around cousins, see your grandparents regularly, or get the kind of family orientated lifestyle that others take for granted. Continue reading family friendly…

the dehydration situation…

An update on the dehydration situation… it’s going brilliantly! I love it far too much… And spend an unfeasible amount of time with the dehydrator door open, having a good sniff or fingering the produce…

I have also produced a good harvest in my little testing phase, which by the way cost far too much, and proves that this will only have benefits if it is used as a way to prolong fruit and veg from our own garden, or do the same for cheap in season produce.

I’ve provided a little photo here, of the fruits of my labors, which are absolutely delicious…

apples, mushrooms, strawberries, pears, tomatoes, plums...
apples, mushrooms, strawberries, pears, tomatoes, plums…

by the side of the road magic…

Sometimes I feel like a bit of a knob when I talk about working and living on the five continents. My cousin Alex said it was one of the things that made this blog stand out, but in true British style, one does not like to blow one’s own trumpet, so there’s only so many times that I can brag about being an international jetsetter until I feel like an overblown balloon… But, sometimes me and Handsome have conversations that really remind me of some of the cool things I have seen, and one of those is “by the side of the road” magic. Continue reading by the side of the road magic…