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2016 recap

Well, last year’s attempt at getting back into blogging didn’t quite go according to plan.  To be frank, my whole year didn’t go quite according to plan.  Nothing terrible happened to me but the year just seemed to fly by and I managed my time very badly indeed.  That said, I did 2 beginners blocks of flamenco dancing and also ... Read More »

Jelly & Custard Cupcakes

It’s was my brother-in-law’s birthday last weekend, so I baked him some cakes: Piña Colada cupcakes – by special request.  I even put little umbrellas in them. I also made jelly and custard cupcakes.  These are always a great hit with the little ones (and big ones too!) The Piña Colada ones were from Love Cupcakes, my hands down favourite cupcake ... Read More »

New Year, same old Oblibby

Happy New Year, Oodlers.  Hope 2016 brings you everything you wish for.  I always have mixed feelings at New Year; excitement at the fresh start and all the projects I’m looking forward to undertaking in the next 12 months, mixed with sadness (and a touch of anger) at everything I’ve failed to achieve in the past year.  I know I can’t ... Read More »

Patatas Bravas with Chorizo and Poached Egg

Hello again!  You may have noticed, my last attempt to keep updated didn’t quite work out according to plan, but the good news is I now know what was causing my fatigue and I’m well on the way to recovery. I posted a picture of this on my facebook feed and one of my friends asked for the recipe, so I ... Read More »

Spicy Chicken and Butternut Squash Tagine

This tagine is a spicy, but the heat is balanced out by the sweetness of the dates and apricots.  The added bonus of being able to bung everything in the oven after some basic prep work makes this an ideal week night dinner.  If you’re not a chicken fan, this would also be great with lamb or a mixture of roast ... Read More »

Tortilla Española

Potato, egg, and onion.  It can’t be amazing, can it?  It absolutely can! Let me introduce to the foodie wonder that is tortilla española.  It’s a bit like an omelette, but then again, it’s not.  The texture is different and it tastes better cold than hot.  This is one of my favourite tapa dishes, especially in the summer.  Okay, I ... Read More »

Keema Matar

I’ve had a couple of weeks off blogging, as I’ve been battling to overcome a virus for a few months.  I’ve shaken it off now though and getting back to full strength.  We’re heading over to India again for this week’s recipe.  Simple, tasty, and not too spicy – I give you Keema Matar, which is basically the Indian version of ... Read More »

Espinaces con Garbanzos

..or spinach and chickpeas. This is one of my favourite tapas, and is basically what it says on the tin – a stew of spinach and chickpeas.  I’ve used frozen spinach and tinned chickpeas for this recipe because they’re quick and this is a great meal to rustle up if you’re not quite sure what you’d like for dinner.  Of ... Read More »

Pork & Chestnut Casserole

This year, spring has been a long time coming, so I decided to use the leftovers from Sunday dinner to make a nice hearty casserole. With this one, the pork can easily be swapped with venison or beef.  If your meat hasn’t been pre-roasted, don’t worry, just cook for an extra 30-45 minutes then add  the chestnuts and cook for a ... Read More »

Mexican Cottage Pie

Everyone loves a cottage pie, so I thought I’d give it a nice Mexican twist.  The inspiration for the topping came from the wonderful Thomasina Myers, who is a bit of a hero of mine, not least because she won Masterchef.  The Mexican street food in her Wahaca restaurants is so, so good.  The last time we were in London, we ... Read More »