Monthly Archives: March 2015

Double chocolate chip cranberry muffins


I’ve been making this recipe since I discovered it at Christmas. It is one of the most delicious things I have ever eaten – moist, delicious chocolate chips, bursts of slightly sour cranberry juices, which somehow complement each other beautifully. You can use frozen cranberries for this (I’m still using ones I bought fresh and froze at Christmas) but you could try other fruits too like blueberries for the same burst of amazing-ness. I’ve been delayed putting this on the blog because it doesn’t photograph well. ¬†Close up and in person, it’s irresistible, on a photo, I think it looks a bit… meh… but take my word for it, try it… and you’ll be making it on a regular basis. I found on an amazing website –, which is worth a visit for sure! Nicole’s recipe calls this a bread, which is brilliant and follows the same recipe. I tried it in cupcake cases, both large and small and found it cooks much quicker, but is also easier to handle. So you can make it in any size you want, but you should definitely make it!


the very best meatballs… ever…


Before I came to America, I had never eaten meatballs. I’m not a fan of meat for meat’s sake and I am just as happy with a marinara sauce for my pasta as a bolognese, but Handsome likes them, and when his eldest daughter said that’s what she wanted for her birthday meal, who am I to turn down the opportunity to make a new dish? I must confess, for the birthday meal, Handsome gave this recipe the first try. We did our usual scouring of my cookbooks and our regular online recipe friends, and as usual, Ree Dummond came up trumps. There’s something about the ways she describes her food that makes it a stronger temptation than Eve’s apple. And let’s be honest, it all tastes pretty darn good too! I’m a huge fan of anything that Handsome can cook right and this recipe was delicious.¬† It’s now on our regular meal schedule and is definitely worth sharing with you guys. Enjoy!


hot pink coveralls anyone…?

I’ve never been a girly girl per se. My obsession with all things hot pink came to me in my twenties, but as I progressed towards middle age (yeech, did I just say that?) I saw the cooking spirit emerge and housemates and boyfriends told me that I was a bit of a clean freak, so I kind of thought that it was just the stereotypical woman in me and that it wasn’t really something I could escape from.

Then I started this blog and I found out how much I enjoyed writing my thoughts down and to be honest, I saw all kinds of different future avenues opening up to me. I daydreamed about the life as a professional blogger. I fantasized far too much about the day I would open a restaurant and what it would look like and the fabulous food we would serve. Continue reading hot pink coveralls anyone…?