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Mushroom stroganoff

This mushroom stroganoff recipe is brilliant – it’s really tasty, uses cheap ingredients and is so quick to make too! Win-win. We couldn’t get hold of a varied selection of mushrooms, but it tastes great with a mix of field and chestnut mushrooms, so don’t worry if you can’t get hold of anything too exciting.  The recipe says to serve with rice but we chose pasta instead – the pasta we used here is called Fusilli lunghi col buco, which we found in Tesco, but any shape would work.  Read More

Kitchen progress: part 3

This week was week 8 on our kitchen build – and what a week it was! Thankfully, our windows and door arrived as scheduled on Tuesday, which meant that the old kitchen wall could be knocked through. I worked from home on Tuesday afternoon and by the time I got home at lunchtime, the windows and door were in and the wall had gone! The photo above is what I managed to snap through the window of the door to the living room. I can’t tell you how exciting it was to get to this point!  Read More

Entering the last year of my twenties…

I turned 29 this week, and have been thinking a lot about different things that have happened and things that might be. Maybe it’s because it’s a New Year thing, or maybe because 29 is quite near to 30, or maybe a little bit of both. I’ve been wondering how I feel about entering the last year of my twenties, and came across this beautiful quote (above) in my Flow quote-a-day 2015 calendar. For me, it really sums up the past 9 years, and I think that this is something I’m are constantly reminded of in different ways at different times.  Read More

Chocolate and salted caramel squares

I’ve had a few recipes saved up for the time when we don’t have a kitchen, and this is one of them. I apologise if you’re trying to be healthy there are some links to healthier things at the bottom of this post! The original title of this recipe (which I found on the BBC website) is ‘Salted chocolate and caramel squares’ – but as you can see, I’ve changed it slightly as it makes far more sense to me this way around! Whatever you decide to call them, this is a delicious twist on the traditional millionaire’s shortbread and the almonds and vanilla in the base are simply delicious. The caramel here is fairly runny and I could not get it to thicken up, so next time I make it I might use the recipe that I use for millionnaire’s flapjack with the addition of some salt. But if you prefer your caramel slightly thinner, this works just fine (and it tastes delicious anyway!).  Read More

DIY iPhone cover

I recently upgraded to the iPhone 6 and this gave me a good excuse to get out my sewing stuff and design a cover for it! I bought a plastic one too but I really don’t want to scratch the screen or anything, so a fabric case/pouch is perfect for protecting it whilst it’s in my bag or my pocket. There were two main things that I had in mind for this project: 1 – it had to be as slimline as possible, given that the phone itself is (and what is the point in making it really bulky?!); and 2 – it had to include some sort of thing for keeping my headphones nice and tidy. If there’s one thing I don’t like, its a knotted pair of headphones rattling around in my bag!  Read More

Kitchen progress: Part 2

Our builders have been working so hard and are making brilliant progress with our new kitchen! The weather has been a bit hit and miss, and the main problem has been the gale force winds that many of us have been experiencing around the UK over the past couple of weeks. The roof (which is temporary until we do the next storey up at some point) went on last week, and I felt so sorry for the guys who were up there trying to seal it all up in the wind! It looks fab though and will keep us dry and much warmer than our old garage roof did. They also put a nice bit of steel in, which will hold up everything above it when they knock out one of our current walls. Read More