Brrrr-ata

Cool, creamy burrata served on tender stem broccoli with crispy chilli and garlic. It was as amazing as it sounds and so simple. It also felt light and fresh but still indulgent. Perfect for when it’s not mid-winter anymore but you’re not quite ready for cold crispy salads. Separate the stems from the florets of…

The British love to Kew

A few weeks ago Mr Tall, his mum, his brother and I went to visit Kew Gardens. I’d never been before and the weather wasn’t great for it but we had a wonderful time. Usually when we go to any gardens, we spend most of the time outside, but because it was cold and grey,…

Friday night treat

I am currently on a specially designed diet (the real meaning of the word, not a weight loss fad) which is very healthy and includes lots of things I usually eat, but excludes lots of other things I also used to eat (refined sugar, refined carbohydrates, heavily processed foods and alcohol, basically anything that’s just…

My speciali-tea

Tea. Warm, inviting nectar of the gods. My usual brew is strong enough to stand a teaspoon in (strong because of the tea, not from leaving the bag in for an hour and coming back to a lukewarm scummy atrocity!) with just enough milk to turn it caramel coloured. I no longer drink caffeineated tea…

French fancy

Sorry this isn’t about cake. It’s actually about Dawn French. But what’s not to love? Since I was a child, watching episodes of The Vicar of Dibley on television I’ve loved watching her and now actively hunt out things she is in. Lucky for me, she’s been starring alongside Emilia Fox in Sky’s Delicious. Series…

A book a day…

Well, maybe not quite a day, because I have a full time job, but certainly regularly. I’m talking about reading, of course, not eating (you’d be anything but regular if you were chomping down 150 pages a day!) I’ve succumbed to a particular problem regarding reading: that it’s something you do for fun, so you…

Putting the ‘comfort’ into ‘uncomfortable’

What do you do when you’re stressed, sad, worried, anxious or just overwhelmed by whatever is going on in your life? I’m not always good at compartmentalising, so I need a safe space. For me, it’s my house. Mr Tall and I had some big, not necessarily bad, and not totally unexpected news this week,…

The Joy of Lists

I take comfort in a list. A ‘to do’ list, a grocery list, a present list…the list is endless! (This also ties in nicely with my love of beautiful stationery but I think that will have to be the subject of another post.) Sometimes, if I’ve had a particularly productive but spontaneous day, I write…

A ruby in the snow

I hated beetroot. Forever. The strange sweetness, mingled usually with a sharp vinegar tang, was not a joy to eat. What could it possibly be used for? Then I met Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall (well, someone bought Mr Tall his River Cottage Veg Every Day! book) and got a bag of veg from the local farm with…

Let it snow!

    We’ve got snow this week. Mr Tall woke me up and suggested that I might like to look outside. Once I found my glasses and realised it was snowing I felt excited about the whole day. I know it’s not for everyone, but as my work is a two-mile walk from my house,…