Salad for lunch

I’ve recently been thinking a lot about healthy eating and exercise. One of the main reasons for this is because I’m finding it so difficult to fit in exercise at the moment and cooking healthy meals has to be a quick process because I’m so short of time. In the winter, I usually gravitate towards soups at lunchtime, but perhaps it’s because our summer lasted so long, but this year I’m still totally hooked on salad. One of my favourite books of all time was Born to Run by Christopher McDougall. It’s a few years since I’ve read it, but…

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When things aren’t quite as they seem…

Last night, my sisters and I went to our favourite restaurant, The Terrace on The Hill in Malvern, as a last evening out before my youngest sister goes to university. While we were there, we overheard someone talking about a poor review on TripAdvisor that had rated the service badly. This got us chatting about TripAdvisor, and how one person who has taken offence to something innocent can have such an awful effect on the success of an establishment, just by writing a poor review. I honestly can’t think of anywhere with better service than The Terrace on The Hill,…

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Making the cut – a knife review

I have been lucky enough to review a few products from Ozeri over the past few months and I am learning a lot about quality. All of the products I have reviewed have been of a much higher quality than anything I would have bought myself. That’s why I was so delighted when I was asked to review a knife set, the Elite Chef Black Ceramic 3-Piece Knife Set. As you can imagine, I was even more delighted when they arrived and they were THIS shiny!  The knives and the blades are black, and yet they are shiny enough to…

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Something for nothing

It is very rare these days to get anything for free, but foraging is the one thing that can really bring you something amazing for nothing more than a little time and patience. Luckily enough, some of my favourite foraged items grow wild in my dad’s garden. Earlier in the year, I made quite a few cheap meals using wild garlic including risotto, omelette and quiche. Much as I love wild garlic though, the goldmine of foraging is what’s available now; elderflowers.  Dad let me know yesterday that his elderflowers were ready so I popped out and bought all the…

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Learning my lesson in the kitchen

This blog post is a review of the Stainless Steel Earth Pan by Ozeri. But before I start, a confession and a bit of background. Confession: I have been an idiot all of my adult life. Fact. Background: As a child, I never really learnt to cook. That meant that my culinary skills developed at university, where I bought the most basic pots and pans and started to learn the basics of survival cookery. When I bought my own home, I didn’t have the money to buy furniture, let alone pots and pans and even now, I still have some of the…

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