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Monday, 31 October 2011

Getting going again!

I have been inspired to get blogging again (albeit on my daughter's laptop as mine has definitely given up the ghost) by the latest post on Emma's blog (at - for some reason this computer will not let me do a proper link , grrrrr!). Its about trying to make Autumn/Winter more bearable with a series of posts at the beginning of the month from now until February on the joys of winter - such as lovely fires, long winter walks, mouthwatering receipes, etc. There is a flickr site to join but i have forgotten the link so you'll just have to visit Emma's blog.

Here are a few photos to get going with -

Also one of my favourite receipes is one by Jamie Oliver for a mouthwatering stew - i have tweaked it to fit into my family's tastebuds! Its all in one pot which is just wonderful.

Stewing or braising beef - enough for 4 say 600gms

Onions - chopped 2

3 carrots - cut into chunks

2 parsnips, as above

2 leeks

half a bottle of red wine

about 350ml of stock - I use vegetable

pototoes - small ones, halved (i use charlotte pototoes and leave skin on)

2 tbsps of tomato puree

Firstly you fry the onions for a few minutes, then add the beef (which you toss in flour first) and all the veg, the wine , stock and puree - bring to boil and put in oven at 150 for about 3 hours. The smell when it starts cooking is unbelievable! You can add whatever veg you like. You can check it after two hours just to make sure its not going dry. I then serve it in big bowls with fresh hunks of bread - lovely!

Right off now to light the woodburner and cook a roast!


Tuesday, 11 October 2011


Its been sooo long since i blogged -i just lost my mojo bigtime! So I thought right lets get going again. But my laptop had other ideas and has given up the ghost! So i may have to wait a while longer! I am doing this post on my phone but it seems soo slow and i have no idea how to do photos etc as am such a technophobe!However am determined to get to grips with it so watch this space!