(cold brew) coffee and garden(ing)

It was the first one of those relentless heat days; I was sweating just as much standing outside as I did at the gym when I was helping Cass secure shade around our little avocado tree. I didn’t sleep well and consequently was up at the crack of dawn – which was handy because I…

à table!

Pita bread and dips to toast our new table Last weekend Cass made a table and I made some dips and home made pita bread ha! (Although I did run out to help whenever he called me). Scroll down for the recipes. A friend spotted slabs of red wood perfect for a rustic table in…

in the beantime

This week we’ve really been getting in to pulse salads with a protein. Putting herbs and preserved citrus in the salad and coating with a lemon, vinegar and garlic dressing brings the salad to life. These are quick to prepare, have little dishes, and leftovers are good for a work lunch the next day –…

hello blogging my old friend

Why do you blog? It has been a year of blog hiatuses for me this year. Cass and I have been busy around the house and in the garden (inside and out!) and also done more travel than we usually do in a year. I’ve done a little bit of re-posting, and intended to do…

lazy sunday afternoon

The sun was out today. I was cooking a veg stock for potato and leek soup, and the said soup. I love the look of leeks – the gradient as the yellow turns to the richer green when you cut closer to the green tips – it is the combination of my loves of art,…

golden years – lemon posset

Lemon posset with blueberry coulis and almond + pistachio biscotti. A recipe on Tracey O’Brien’s Blog caught my eye some time ago. It was a traditional English dessert – lemon posset. I was interested in the setting reaction between the lemon and cream – no need for gelatine. My recipe is similar, but I have added…

slow now – osso bucco

Making osso bucco on a cold, slow Sunday in pajama pants with a glass of red and the fire on – good idea? I think so! With my blog book currently MIA and a recent blog birthday I thought it might be a good idea to re-share this early recipe. Enjoy; osso bucco 4 thick…

April sun in Cuba #2

I really enjoyed taking photos of the architecture in Old Havana. Here are some photos of the architecture, our apartment and us on the beat.    

April sun in Cuba #1

This morning Cass said, ‘Why have I got April Sun in Cuba stuck in my head?’ My reply was because we were there in April, and you (and me) would probably like to be back there right now. As I am not a travel blog, and don’t travel enough to be a travel blog, I…

paint it black – kitchen blackboard

Looking for a quick way to lift your kitchen? Put a little spring in your kitchen’s step by creating an instant blackboard to record immediate lists (no more forgetting that one thing you just ran out of!) and dinner menus for entertaining. When we renovated our kitchen 2 years ago, we gave the laminate on…