Dreams, Writing

NaNoWriMo

Why I write - my thoughts on my first attempt at NaNoWriMo.

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cooking, Food, Writing

The Perfect Steak

Many people are frightened to cook steak at home because of the timings or have misconceptions as to how it should be cooked. I never used to cook steak at home for the first reason. As I've grown older, my passion for food and drink has grown. Ten years ago I would have been happy… Continue reading The Perfect Steak

cooking, Food, Writing

Red wine and mushroom sauce. 

The past week I have not stopped eating. I seriously need someone to stitch up my mouth. It's all been rich food too! From lobster, to duck, to gourmet Chinese on Friday night! I sound like a snob but I just love food!  Anyway, with the duck dish last week I made a red wine… Continue reading Red wine and mushroom sauce. 

Food, Happiness, Writing

The perfect dauphinoise potatoes. 

The evenings now are truly autumnal and you can feel the seasons changing. It makes me want to curl up under a blanket and stuff my face with wonderful, warming dishes. Tonight was no exception. I love this time of year. The days are still warm, but first thing in the morning and as the… Continue reading The perfect dauphinoise potatoes. 

Food, Lifestyle, Writing

Where to wine and dine. 

I live in Colchester and in recent years, many shops have closed down due to the recession and have been replaced with restaurants. Normally, I would find this exciting and would rush to try them, but unfortunately, most of them have become chains. I don't have anything major against chain restaurants, I just believe they… Continue reading Where to wine and dine. 

Food, Writing

Baking and faffing – a gin and tonic cake. 

I absolutely adore food and consider myself to be a foodie. I have an excellent palate and a good understanding of flavours - good and bad ones. But, I'm definitely more of a savoury girl, I will always reach for a tube of pringles rather than the chocolate box or a piece of cake. I… Continue reading Baking and faffing – a gin and tonic cake. 

Dreams, Hobbies, Journalism, University, Writing

Back to reality.

After finishing my dissertation a couple of weeks ago, I have to say I’m surprised at how I feel. For the month before the deadline, I couldn’t wait to finish. I just wanted it to go. I had read countless memoirs, information texts and war crimes about the Far East and I felt like it… Continue reading Back to reality.

Food, Writing

Oysters, squid and gin.

Not the first thing that springs to mind when you think of a fish platter or meze. Delicious all the same. Earlier this week I was lucky enough to experience a platter of cooked and raw oysters: the cooked ones were with stilton and cream (and they were bloody good), the raw ones had accompaniments… Continue reading Oysters, squid and gin.

Food, Hobbies, Writing

Easy peasy tomato soup. 

Today felt like autumn was well and truly on its way. Grey, dull and a bit chilly, and weather like that makes you want to curl up on the sofa under a blanket to binge watch a TV series! It also makes you want to eat warming and comforting food! I've just had six weeks… Continue reading Easy peasy tomato soup. 

Writing

Confessions of a stationary addict.

I’m positive in thinking that will be the most embarrassing title I’m ever likely to write. But I feel like it’s true and I am truly addicted to buying pretty, matching stationary. I often see meme’s about buying all sorts of items such as highlighters, list pads and notebooks – anything that gives one the… Continue reading Confessions of a stationary addict.