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Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Food: Beef Brisket in Barbecue Sauce for the Slow Cooker

We seem to have left the worst of the winter behind and my body is definitely calling out  for a change in diet. Gone are the heavy comfort foods I was craving through the colder months and back are the grills, roasts and salads I turn to in the warmer months. The weather here in Scotland is never predictable and so making firm plans for barbecuing outside is a bit foolhardy. This recipe for a beef brisket in barbecue sauce cooked in the slow cooker is perfect for those days when you want to offer relaxed entertaining in the summer but you're not sure what you're going to find when you open the curtains in the morning. Amazingly delicious!

Beef Brisket in Barbecue Sauce for the Slow Cooker

Thursday, 24 March 2016

Food: Hot Cross Bun Bread and Butter Pudding

I usually buy a few packs of hot cross buns every Easter and though I usually enjoy them, I only ever eat one and then since the kids aren't fans, the rest gets put into the freezer for future baking. My favourite use for hot cross bun leftovers are in a bread and butter pudding. The spice and fruitiness of the buns go very well with warm custard and in this incarnation, even the kids enjoyed it!

Hot Cross Bun Bread and Butter Pudding

Thursday, 11 February 2016

Food: Tuna and Sweetcorn "Macaroni" Cheese - Gluten-Free

Macaroni Cheese is definitely the meal the kids request the most as it is one that they can easily make themselves with me as their able helper. I've been experimenting with the macaroni cheese theme and while some, especially those involving tomatoes, were absolutely vetoed, this incarnation with tuna and sweetcorn won their express approval. They even asked for seconds and thirds, amid cries of "it's so good!" Mummy dream fulfilled right there!

Tuna and Sweetcorn "Macaroni" Cheese - Serves 4

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Food: Mexican Venison Sausage and Bean Stew (Slow Cooker)

I've spent the month experimenting with my new kitchen toy. I've always hummed and hawed about whether or not to purchase a slow cooker but the need for comforting stews during the  cold weather and also the possibility of us redoing our kitchen this year provided a strong case in favour of me getting one. Venison is a meat that I enjoy eating in the winter and I decided to experiment with some venison sausages that I bought locally. An absolute winner and utterly delicious!

Mexican Venison Sausage and Bean Stew (Slow Cooker) - Serves 5

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Life: Happy New Me 2016!

I've been somewhat missing in action over the past few months whilst busy organising the house and family over the festive season. After my 200th blogpost, I decided to take a bit of a break from blogs, and blogging in general, in order to give myself a bit of time to decide on where I want to focus my energies this year. I would still like to blog, but I also want to spend more time on staying fit and healthy. To this end, I've made a few resolutions:

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Food: Gluten-Free Toad-in-the-Hole

The weather has been absolutely foul over the past week and late-autumn in Scotland means that the days are incredibly dark at the moment. At the moment I've been wanting to eat comfort food all the time, and Toad-in-the-Hole seemed an obvious choice after I purchased some delicious pork sausages.

Gluten-Free Toad-in-the-Hole

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Beauty: My Budget Bath Time Favourites

Bath time is a bit of a luxury for me as I often lack the time to wallow in the bath. I used to spend a bit more on bath time products to indulge myself a bit more, but have realised recently that a higher product price tag doesn't really affect the enjoyment of the act of bathing and for the past few months I've been discovering a few budget bath time options which all work really well for me.

Friday, 13 November 2015

Travel: Bodnant Gardens, North Wales

We visited North Wales a few weeks ago during the October mid-term break and stayed in a lovely cottage on the Bodnant Estate in Conwy. We'd booked this through an agency and had no idea about the beauty of the Bodnant Estate but were in for a treat. After a particularly wet morning on our first day we decided to take a trip to the nearby Bodnant Garden which we realised latterly was world famous. 

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Food: Aubergine Rarebit

On a recent visit to North Wales, I picked up some delicious Welsh Ale mustard and chutney at a delicatessen and couldn't get enough of the stuff.  The ale imparts a lovely sweetness which really enhanced the flavour. Upon my return I was happy to find an online stockist which pleased me greatly. I've been eating a version of Welsh Rarebit since I was tiny and decided to experiment on the theme for a more substantial lunch-time meal, though my Aubergine Rarebit would be great for brunch too.

Aubergine Rarebit

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Beauty: Late Autumn Makeup

The weather outside is decidedly dreary at the moment and to counter the effect this has had on my mood, my makeup has taken a tiny step closer to the festive season. Lately, I've been embracing gold eyes and berry lips as I like how this combination perks up my face. As usual, my makeup is applied in record time, so my selection requires little to no blending. Using a darker lipstick always makes it seem as if I've taken more time and care than I actually have - perfect for these dark mornings!