I’m inspired by…


So many truly wonderful blogs that are out there.

Do try this at home – British bloggers who are aiming to have lots and lots of adventures with their kids.




Matt and Cat. Isle of Wight based foodies and bloggers. We never go to a new place to eat without checking ‘what did Matt and Cat say?’




Cherry Menlove – I love how she makes everything in her life so pretty. When I am need of some soul-comfort I browse her blog and make a cup of tea. It soothes me.




The Simple things. A newly launched magazine which I have only recently discovered. I love the unfussy unpretentious approach. The focus on finding happiness in every day living.




Vegan in Brighton- a blog I have followed for years. Love the food. Love the travel.







Posts on Repeat – Lavender and Elderflower Lemonade


I am on a mission to find a cool, refreshing non-alcoholic summer drink- hoping that we will have some sort of summer of course.


1 small handful of lavender, chopped

2 pints of water

3 tablespoons of white sugar

juice of two lemons

elderflower cordial

Add all ingredients to water, except for the elderflower cordial. Bring to the boil, then immediately turn off the heat and let cool. Strain the water so the lavender leaves are removed.

Splash a desired amount of elderflower cordial into glasses, add ice and lavender infused lemonade.

This was utterly delicious. Reduce the sugar if you do not like drinks to be very sweet. 2 tablespoons will probably suffice. The drink was fragrant, fruity, and perfect served very cold.


Sunday Supper- On Repeat

…. Re-viewing and re-posting some old posts. This one from nearly 2 years ago…..

After a big Cowes Week (and a big meat eating week) we decided to have a very simple supper. Pasta shells with blue cheese sauce. This was an experiment really, and worked really well.

Ingredients were;


Creme fraiche

Blue cheese

Garlic (1 clove)

Olive oil (1 gloop)

Gently sautee garlic clove in olive oil. Add crumbled blue cheese. Add creme fraiche and black pepper and melt and stir on a low heat until a thick sauce is formed.

Cook pasta according to packet

Combine and eat.




Review – Waitrose sweet and savoury pumpkin and pine nut fiorelli

Baby-Gusto’s dinner last night, tossed in a little butter an with a smidge of grated cheese. These were very flavour-filled, rich and cheesy. The sage came through quite nicely. B-G ate all his dinner and his garlic bread and enjoyed it immensely which is good because he is going to have it again tomorrow. :) I usually buy stuffed pastas to resort to for B-G when I am too tired to cook and am planning something pretty light for myself (vegemite sandwich. Shades of childhood). He does enjoy them, despite claiming yesterday to ‘not like’ pasta. Mind you, he was in a bit of a ‘not like’ mood last night- he was not too fond of mummy either after being wrestled into a bath.

And he ate the lot. And some of my sandwich too.

£2.99 at Waitrose. A good backstop. Can easily be dressed up by having a creamy or blue cheese sauce, a crisp green salad and a glass of pinot.