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Recipes and Tales from my Kitchen in Somerset and my Galley off the Jurassic Coast

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Rhubarb Crumble Muffins – The First Taste of Spring!

The first hint of Spring is in the air, we’ve seen snowdrops nodding their lovely heads in the frosty sunshine and my early narcissi are pushing up tentative leaves. Best of all, the first forced pink rhubarb is appearing on market barrows and supermarket shelves! Celebrate with these Rhubarb Crumble Muffins, moist and tart with a crunchy sweet crumble topping – the first taste of spring!

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Vegan Valentine – Beetroot Soup with Coconut Hearts

This Beetroot Soup with Coconut Hearts and Seeded Soda Bread is too good not to share with your vegan valentine! I don't really 'do' Valentine's Day - there is no card swapping or gift giving - but I do like an excuse to pretty up food and remind Mr TS just how much I...

Celeriac Soup with Apple and Chilli Oil

I'm writing this with a blanket on my knees, fingerless gloves on my hands and a poncho over my roll neck sweater, I NEED a bowl of this celeriac soup and I need it now! See that happy smiling soup face? Total accident but I rather like it! That is a swirl of spicy...

Braised Lentils with Sausages, Tomatoes and Green Peppers

Braised lentils seem to pop up in various forms globally, no doubt because people have known for a very long time how good they are for us! This recipe for braised lentils is my vegetarian version of one of the staple dishes of Lanzarote - full of herbs and tomatoes,...

Manuka Honey Glazed Plums with Overnight Oats

Manuka Honey Glazed Plums with Overnight Oats and Omega Seeds - A Superfood Breakfast to Kick Start your Day! Breakfast is such a lovely word - breaking the overnight fast as the sun rises and a new day full of promise begins. Yes, it may all go pear-shaped pretty...

Roast Pumpkin and Fig Salad – Autumn on a Plate

Heading into the second weekend of October it is definitely Autumn down here in the West Country! My obsession with all things pumpkin continues and today I am offering you a simple Roast Pumpkin and Fig Salad with Goat's Cheese, Beluga Lentils and Chilli Oil. Roast...

Double Chocolate Blackberry Muffins

On Sunday we made the most of the sunny autumnal equinox weather. We strode out through field and forest, foraging for the last handfuls of blackberries to make these double chocolate and blackberry muffins. Did you gasp when you saw that photo? I did! I wish I could...

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Orange, Fennel and Avocado Salad – Celebrating Citrus!

Orange, Fennel and Avocado Salad – Celebrating Citrus!

Orange, Fennel and Avocado Salad - a wonderful winter pick-me-up for these post-Christmas days! Citrus season is so welcome after a bit of seasonal over indulgence. While I am wrapped in so many jumpers and scarves that the shape of me has completely disappeared, down...

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Champagne Cork Craft – Lighthouse Keyring

I'm a cork collector - if we get a bottle with a real cork rather than a plastic imitation I hoard them, jealously, until a cork craft pops into my head. We had a birthday in this house, just before Christmas, and there was Champagne - which means corks, fabulous,...

How To Make Paper Roses

Easy Paper Roses for your love or for you! Today is my daughter's fifteenth birthday, I brought her home on 14th February 2000 so it seems very appropriate that most of us are going to see her perform in Romeo and Juliet this evening - my Valentine's baby! In her...

Stone Craft – Fairy Houses

This is an updated version of a post which first appeared on Thinly Spread back in the Spring of 2011. When Maggy at Red Ted Art asked me to join in with a Google+ Stone Craft Hangout this week, a Hangout which fell upon my girl's thirteenth birthday, we thought it...

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River Cottage Christmas – A Fabulous Festive Treat!

A River Cottage Christmas in the glorious Devon countryside with Foodies100.  I love the run up to Christmas - the gathering together of friends and family, the glitter and sparkle and the flavours and scents of food to be shared, so a trip to River Cottage for a...

Food Lovers Visit Dorset

Living where Somerset meets both Dorset and Wiltshire means that I am spoilt for choice with local food producers, farmer's markets and - of course - Frome's own utterly fabulous monthly Independent Market. I love knowing exactly where my food comes from, and try to...

Cruising on Island Princess – Sea Days and Surprises

When I told people that Mr TS and I were going on a cruise they raised their eyebrows while looking me up and down and doing that thing people do with their mouths which says ‘You?! Are you sure?!’ without any words actually coming out. So – did we enjoy it? Yes, we did and this is why!

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The Return of the Duvet Day and Your Chance to Win!

When Slumberdown got in touch with me to ask if I would like a duvet day now that my older ones have headed off to far flung places it struck me that I am now a parent to two who've left, one 16 year old and a 10 year old and those early morning wake ups have...

How to Design a Kitchen – Second Time Around

We moved into our large and rambling home 16 years ago and we've spent the intervening years renovating it and raising our four children. We have, in all honesty, spent more time with the children than we have on the house and have now reached the point where the...

Patio Garden Makeover – Moving On

My kitchen has windows at both ends, the garden wraps around the house and in the summer the sliding doors from the sunroom/dining room are always open. Over the last 15 years children have run in and out with muddy boots or sandy feet, showing me a pebble which...

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