Pre-race dinner!

Tomorrow is a big day for all of us, especially Libby. Her dad and I are running a half marathon and Libby is competing in her first race- a 1km walk that she will be doing with her aunty Emma.    We always have pasta for dinner the night before a race, so this seemed like the perfect opportunity to try the new Mediterranean Chicken Pasta + Cheesy Crumb Topping from the Schwartz range. I’m vegetarian, so we substituted the Chicken for Quorn. I’m always really pleased when sauces that are designed to go with chicken are vegetarian. Quorn pieces are…

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Ten steps to the perfect Plutonium Sox barbecue

So, barbecue season is upon us! Oh no, my mistake, it isn’t. But it should be, and I’m feeling unusually optimistic that it will be soon! Last summer, our barbecues were impromptu, disorganised and, quite frankly, a bit crap. So this year, as a one-off, once in a lifetime, never to be repeated exercise, I’m planning this year’s barbecues. I’ve made a list and I do believe I’ve cracked it. This year’s barbecues are going to be a different story! So here is my ten-step guide to avoiding the sort of barbecues we had last year! Meat: Buy the best…

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Foraging for gin!

Oh how times have changed! 10 years ago, foraging for gin would have meant something completely different. It would have been about 4am and I’d have been staggering round a bar mine-sweeping drinks.   Fast forward to 2013 and foraging for gin takes on a whole new meaning. Every year around the autumn, I try to do something a little bit creative. Don’t ask me why, maybe the autumnal colours bring out my artistic side. I have made a Christmas cake for the last few years and I usually manage to find time to make something else that uses up some of…

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