Friday, 31 October 2014

all the best laid plans.......


I had a delicious post all mapped out for you today - but the week got away from me .........

I have been zipping around covering for sick staff at work (why do people have to be sick when others are on holiday......ahhh!!)  
Attempting to covering my own work (well giving it a go anyway - sort of just shifting one pile of paper to another......)
Trying to bring the house into some sort of order after my half hearted attempts at decorating (this is similar to the paper shifting - just moving one pile of stuff to another room)
Needing to go to the stores for groceries (.....when she got there the cupboard was bare!)
The rather pressing need for clean (& iron clothes) etc .....etc.... etc....

You all know ...... we all have weeks like that ....... so instead of my planned post I thought I'd show you where my head is at most of my time this week.........

it's dreaming of paradise!!!!



I could be lying in the sand ........ dreaming and staring at palm trees..... (not looking for that second sock......)


or walking on a white sandy beach...........waves lapping at my feet............(why don't we just close the shop and start again next week.....)

Pinterest is a wonderful place to go and dream........


now where did I put the iron??

Have a great weekend & see you next week

Liz x

P.s. here's my recipe for lime cocktail.....if you can't get to paradise this little bit of sunshine heaven can come to you......

3 measures of White Rum
2 measures of Lime Juice
1 measure white sugar
Club soda (or reduce the sugar & add Tonic water if you prefer)
loads of lime wedges and ice
fresh mint leaves if your being posh........

In a jug mix together the rum, lime juice and sugar until the sugar has dissolved. Fill a tall glass with a mix of the lime wedges and ice cubes. Pour over the Rum mix and add mint leaves if desired then top up with the club soda or tonic water - sit back, close your eyes, dream & drink - try not to spill it on your chin it spoils the effect!


Thursday, 30 October 2014

Just take the seasons one at a time


I am being constantly bombarded by Christmas this week......every time I go on line or look onto my email I get more & more information about what to buy & how to decorate for this Christmas.......

yes      OK     I love Christmas .......I get all excited about decorating the house........planning & cooking the food.....buying the presents........but I refuse to start doing this before......

1. Halloween is over.....

2. Bonfire Night is over.....

3. My Birthday is over......

4. The leaves have finished falling from the trees and Autumn is over......

So I will not be posting anything else to do with Christmas before any of those events.......

Well perhaps I might make the Christmas cake ........ and the puddings........but anything else ....no way!!

So, to counteract all these Christmas interruptions here are some of my Autumnal Inspirations........



In essence these are all the reasons I love the autumn.......

Warm fires, snugly socks and rich, creamy hot chocolate.......


Cutting and stacking the logs .......... and bringing the first full log baskets into the house.....


Autumnal inspired foods - squashes, pumpkins, soups and stews....



Check out all these (and more on my) Pinterest site .......

 autumn pin


and if you really want to start Christmas this is where I'm hiding my Christmas 2014 stuff 


Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Rosemary Lamb chops with Salsa Verde


Hey today's post sounds really fancy but.......

Okay - well - when you get right down to it I'm basically going to grill some chops!

and maybe just whizz a few things up in the mixer - so what I'm trying to say is anyone can do this and produce a really tasty meal.....

As usual I'm not giving quantities - for this recipe go with the flow - if your feeling in need of a bit more zing then add more lemon zest if your feeling all spicy then add extra chilli - you can't really go wrong......

This is what I did for two of us......

First off marinade the chops


These chops were particularly large so we had two each...

They were marinaded in the zest of a lemon; some fresh rosemary (about 3x6" steams); a good slug of olive oil; salt & pepper

Leave them to marinade for about an hour and remove them from the fridge about ten minutes before grilling....

Whilst the chops are marinading make up you salsa verde


My recipe is heavy on the parsley today..

1 really good large bunch flat leaf parsley
4 or 5 spring onions
juice and zest of a lemon
1 fat clove garlic
half a green chilli
1 pickled gherkin
olive oil
salt & pepper

(I always thing the ingredients for this sauce are so healthy & good for you - excellent for this time of year to chase those flu bugs away.......)


put you parsley, spring onions, garlic, gherkins and a little of the olive oil into a mini mixer (or other whizzy device of your choice) and give it a good blitz...


I don't over chop - I like a bit of texture to the sauce..


Now add your lemon juice & olive oil .....


Give it a quick whizz and test it's consistency - there are no hard and fast rules on this so just add enough liquid to get the sauce how YOU would like it - I wanted mine quite oily & lemony so lots was added......

Once your happy with it add some seasoning to taste....

Pop the sauce in a serving dish and set aside whilst you grill your chops.

I didn't photograph the grilling process - I assumed you can imagine that one...

Pre heat your grill to a high setting, once hot place the chops under the grill (or on your griddle) and cook for about 8 minutes each side - these chops were large and I wanted them beautifully browned on the outside but still pink and juicy on the inside - lovely.
Just keep an eye on them because lamb will burn quickly - and for some reason seems to do this faster when you turn your back...........

Once cooked, to your way of liking, serve with your Salsa Verde and maybe some lovely creamy mash potato....




Have a great middle of the week - the weekend is in sight - it's just creeping over the horizon....

Liz x