A Vegetarian Family Life - On Land and At Sea

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

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Today I’m sharing a bit of our sailing life, which I haven’t done here for AGES and, oooh, exciting things are afoot! We were chitter chattering over a glass or two of chilled white a few weeks ago and the upshot was that we have decided the time has come to sell our boat!

But, while we still have her, I want to share some of our summer sailing adventures on Chiron both as a record for us and because so many of you have shown an interest in her and in our adventures over the years!

Come and see what we got up to and how we cooled down last weekend, take a video tour of my galley to see how I cook for 6 on board and find out what we plan to do next.

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Summer Celebrations with Thatchers Sparkling Apple Wine

This Summer sees some pretty big milestones for my lovely family but we are scattered far and wide so, at the end of August, we will be combining them all into one enormous celebration! Luckily, I have just been sent a few bottles of Thatchers new Family Reserve, a fine English Sparkling Apple Wine, which is exactly what our party calls for!

It’s been a year of huge steps and small ones, of enormous pride and joy and of a little heartache as we wave goodbye to our family as it has been and embrace it as it now is. Raising a glass to birthday milestones and life changes seems like a pretty good plan to me.

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Avocado and Asparagus Salad with A Lemony Caper Dressing

Quick, QUICK! Grab the last of the English asparagus and make this avocado and asparagus salad! Doesn't it look pretty in these Portmeirion Crazy Daisy Tea Cups? With the crazy hot weather we've been having here in the UK this week I've been desperate to avoid too...

Rustic Somerset Cider and Apple Tart

My home is perched atop a hill in Frome, one of Somerset's finest market towns, while my boat is moored in Dorset which, as a foodie, means that I am living in one of the best parts of the world! My home base of Somerset is probably best known for cheddar cheese and...

Wild Rice and Asparagus Salad with Lemon Thyme and Sumac

I'm whispering this in case I jinx it - but we appear to be heading into the UK late spring bank holiday weekend with the sun shining here in Somerset! This calls for salad and, as it's May, it calls for asparagus because everything needs asparagus during its short,...

Gin Ginger Cake with Gin and Lemon Icing!

Mother's Day calls for cake and this year I've gone for a very indulgent double gin cake - a Gin Ginger Cake with Gin and Lemon Icing because, quite frankly, I deserve it. Two of my boys have spread their wings and flown the nest - one is in Liverpool nearing the end...

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30 Recipes for The Ultimate Vegetarian Barbecue

30 Recipes for The Ultimate Vegetarian Barbecue

All this hot weather brings my neighbours out of hibernation and, before you know it, there is a waft of burning meat drifting over the garden wall. I like to respond by sending the delicious aromas of a vegetarian barbecue to assail their nostrils and get them...

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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...

A Small Selection of Travels and Trips. Read More Adventure Stories Here.

Sailing Life – Studland, Swimming and My Kitchen on Board!

Today I'm sharing a bit of our sailing life, which I haven't done here for AGES and, oooh, exciting things are afoot! We were chitter chattering over a glass or two of chilled white a few weeks ago and the upshot was that we have decided the time has come to sell our...

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...

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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...