Sunday, 1 January 2017

RECIPE : Parsnip soup

I kinda stole this recipe from my Dad, well its an adapted version of a recipe he passed onto me after making it one time we went for dinner. Its very much a winter soup, very warming and with a generous chunk of crusty bread, comforting too :)

I've also made a few tweaks to make it even easier.....well what can I say I'm all for the easiness, that way there is no excuse for not eating fresh, healthy food.

You will need: 

25 gms of butter
1 onion finely chopped
1 large parsnip finely chopped
1 large carrot finely chopped
1 medium potato finely chopped
1 clove of garlic crushed
1 teaspoon curry paste
1 ltr of vegetable stock
1/2 cup of milk (of your choice)


Melt the butter in a large pan, add the onion and garlic and cook for 8-10mins
Add the parsnip, carrot and potato and stir
Once combined add the curry paste and mix through thoroughly
Add the stock and stir together
Add in the milk and stir again, cook for 20mins
Blitz in a processor (I used my nutribullet but you do have to wait for it to cool for about 30mins before doing so)
Add salt/pepper to taste and eat!!!!

Enjoy :)

p.s. If you dont have curry paste, which I didn't. Just add 2 teaspoons of the stock to 1 teaspoon of curry powder :)

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Merry Christmas

A very belated Merry Christmas to you all, I do hope it was a one filled with love, laughter and good food. Ours was a quiet one but all the same wonderful. The week before was an exhausting one for me to say the least, the yearly stock take meant I had to work 12 hour night shifts for the week. At one point I had no idea what day it was or indeed what time of day it was!!

Mr.B helped me plan out the week before it started so that everything was organised to the last dot so that I didn't have to worry about anything other than working and sleeping. Which is pretty much all I did :( It passed over quite quickly and it only took me a couple of days to get back into my normal sleeping pattern.

I could then focus on Christmas and relaxing....

We had my Dad stay for Christmas this year and while I couldn't remember a Christmas spent with him he said that he thought I was about 5. So now I'm 36, 11 months and 13 days old, it was a special Christmas to have him here. He made soup for our starter and helped with the lunch, we opened our presents and drank lots of good wine. 

For many reasons I'm hoping that 2017 is different, better, yes but different would be a start. I've come to realise over these last few months that only I can change the direction of my life and now its time I took control. Maybe at the time time I thought sitting back and letting things progress naturally was the right thing to do, but looking back now there are some things I would have done a little differently. I'm not one for looking back or regrets so I'm just gonna get right in there and start the winds of change.

Wish me luck :)

p.s. next post will be a recipe.......parsnip soup!

Saturday, 12 November 2016


Let me just start with saying 'hello', its been so long since I visited this space to see you all that I almost feel like I need to re-introduce myself! As crazy as that sounds, I feel like a different Emma since I last caught up with you all. 

To say that I have been off 'finding' myself would pretty much explain where I have been. There has been minimal sewing but lots of time spent on me (obviously as well as lots of day job working, but thats a boring subject so lets just skip past that). I've been eating healthier, exercising more and generally trying to put less pressure on myself. At the beginning of the year things changed for me, it made me take a really good look at what was really important, it also made me realise that I was always running around trying to make all the people around me happy and in turn it was exhausting. Flick forward 8 months and we've (me and Mr.B) have been on holiday (very much needed), spent a lot of time getting our beautiful home just how we want it (still on going) and planning things in for the year ahead.

I'm just about starting to feel a little 'Christmassy' I'm easing myself back into sewing by making my felt decorations. There's something comforting and familiar about these little guys. I enjoy making them, I dont really have to think about it too much, I just let it happen and I can pick it up pretty much just when I feel like it. 

If you have noticed, which I hope you have, I've made a little change to the look of my blog. This is my way of saying "I'm back" and I promise this is the start of me being a little more present in blog land. 

It feels good to be back :)

Saturday, 9 January 2016

RECIPE: Homemade Zesty Lemon Curd

This one is for you Rachel xxx

Another recipe I found on my search for eating healthier and knowing what is in my food was this one for Zesty lemon curd (note to self: must start writing down where I found these recipes). I love, love, love lemon curd but after finding out that most shop bought lemon curd is made from Palm oil (*angry face*) it was added to my "Do not buy ever again" list.

I've tried and tested the original recipe I found and then tweaked it a little as I found it a little too sour. So far I've had great reports of the tweaked recipe.

So here goes, the "what you will need" and the "how to make it" :)

You will need:

2 large lemons
125g caster sugar
2 large eggs
1 large egg yolk
50g unsalted butter

Finely grate the zest of the lemons into a glass bowl.
Add the juice of the lemons and the sugar and mix together.
Add the eggs and the egg yolk and whisk until thoroughly combined.
Add the butter (cut into small cubes).
Heat a large sauce pan of water to simmering level and place the bowl over the water to heat the mixture (the water should not touch the base of the bowl).
Stir frequently until the curd thickens, you want it to be the consistency of a good thick custard.
Remove from the heat and allow to cool.
Transfer into a jar and keep in the fridge.

This recipe makes approx 250 ml, just over a medium jar size, perfect size for consumption before it goes off. It lasts 2-3 weeks in the fridge (if it lasts that long!! Its just too tasty!!).

Or you could make some cakes and add a tsp to your cases in between your mixture for a lemony gooey centre :D YUM!!!!

Monday, 28 December 2015

RECIPE: Cheese biscuits

I made about 6 batches of these cheese biscuits before Christmas, most of them were wrapped up for Christmas gifts, but I did keep a few for myself. They are so tasty and very be warned you wont just be able to eat one :D 

I've been asked about the recipe and I am really bad at finding recipes on the internet, scribbling them down in my note book and then tweaking the recipe as I go a long and then forgetting where the original came from. 

So here is the one straight from my note book.....

You will need: 
3oz Butter (cubed)
4oz Strong cheddar
2oz Corn flour
4oz Plain flour
Pinch of salt
Pinch of cayenne pepper
(Handful of grated parmesan for sprinkling on top

Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius 
Cover baking tray with greaseproof paper
Sieve plain flour, corn flour, cayenne pepper and salt into a bowl
Add cheese and butter (cubed) into the dry mix and rub together
Once combined knead a little and roll into a ball
Roll out onto a floured surface
Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes
Place onto your baking tray and sprinkle with the parmesan
Bake for 10 mins or until golden brown
Leave to cool for 15 mins then you can either transfer to a tin of scoff them whilst warm

Hope you enjoy making them as much as you do eating them. 

Sunday, 27 December 2015

RECIPE : Cappuccino cake

If you like coffee you will love this cake, if you like chocolate you will love this cake, if you love cake you will definitely love this cake!!!!! Don't be put off if you're not a coffee lover, its not as intense as it sounds, its more of a chocolate cake with a hint of coffee. And if you really hate coffee then why not substitute it with caramel flavouring? 

To make the cake you will need :

50 gms Cocoa powder
6 tblsps boiling water
3 eggs
50 mls milk
175 gms self raising flour
1 tsp baking powder 
100 gms margarine/butter
275 gms caster sugar

To make the coffee cream filling/topping you will need :

300 mls whipping cream
1 tsp coffee
2 tsp boiling water

Method : Cake

Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius and prepare x2 cake tins
Mix cocoa powder with the hot water until it makes a smooth paste (dont be tempted to stick your finger in to taste as it smells so chocolatey and delicious - it is bitter and will not taste as nice as it smells - I found out the hard way ha ha ha!)
Cream the butter and sugar together
Beat the eggs together with the milk and add to the creamed butter and sugar
Mix in your cocoa mix
Sift in your flour and baking powder - don't over mix
Pour into the two prepared tins and bake for 25-30 mins (test with a skewer to make sure its cooked in the centre)
All to cool and then remove from the tins
Place on a wire rack to cool completely before adding the cream filling/topping

Method : Coffee cream filling/topping

Whip 300mls whipping cream (or double cream) 
Mix 1 tsp of coffee with 2 tsp of boiling water - stir till dissolved
Add to the whipped cream and fold in til mixed
Spilt into two lots and sandwich one half in-between the two cakes and use the other half to spread on the top.

Dust with cocoa powder and add walnuts/pecans if you wish :D 


Festive fun

Taking a breath this morning to take it all in. We've had a wonderful Christmas shared with our nearest and dearest. Admittedly eaten waaaaayyy too much and over indulged in a little too much alcohol but we've had a great time. I made Christmas dinner with the help of everyone and it was absolutely delicious, even attempted Nigella's glazed ham to go with our Turkey, I changed the black treacle to maple syrup and it was fantastic!!! 

We had 4 cats in the house, 3 of ours and my Mam and Stepdad brought their cat Gordon down too. Surprisingly they all got on fine. Everyone seemed to have a great time, lots of laughing and stories of Christmas's before.

Thankfully all my home-made gifts made it to their destinations in time for opening on Christmas day, they included: Cheese biscuits, gingerbread biscuits, chocolate shards, lemon curd, reindeer decorations, a wreath (which I totally forgot to take a photo of when finished - doh!!) and some other bits and bobs.

For the first time I treated myself to a bit of pampering and got some sparkly nails. 

We received some lovely gifts, I cant thank everyone enough. My crafty friends, you know who you are, thank you for your so thoughtful gifts xxx I am so very lucky!!!! 

All thats left to say is that I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas with your family and friends.
Now its time to relax and enjoy the time off before going back to work in the new year. xxx