Japanese leeks

Soya sauce marinated griddled leeks 😍I chopped the leeks on an angle and marinated them in a tbsp soya sauce, tsp mirin, tsp rice vinegar and tsp sesame seed oil. Then griddled on a high great for about 4 mins a side 😁

Cake in a mug in 2 mins 🍫🍰☕😊

I had 4 kids demanding pudding and wanting it immediately! I had a vague memory of seeing 2 mins microwave mug chocolate cakes. I did a quick Google and found a recipe. It was actually really fun for the kids to mix their own cake ingredients in their mugs. And then only wait 2 mins to microwave and then consume! They tasted pretty good. The kids had great fun, so did I, and they got a speedy desert. Everyone’s a winner 🍫🍰😊

What shall I do with clotted cream?

What to do with clotted cream? There really is only one answer. I’ll give you a clue, I was born in Devon … SCONES. It doesn’t matter how you pronounce them, just slather on the cream and a big dollop of jam and consume. I’d never made scones before but they were very easy. I used a Delia recipe online. Even my kids loved them 🥛🐄🍓😍😊

Raw milk 🥛🐄🥰

Finally, raw milk. I’ve heard about raw milk, it’s taste, and it’s health benefits, many times on the radio and on various websites. But until today I’d never tried it. There are very strict laws about how it can be sold. I happened to be passing Wayside Farm in Kings Langley and I saw a sign for it. I immediately pulled over to buy some. There was a giant cooled vending machine. You pick up an empty bottle, insert your money and fill it up with the milk. The taste – it’s richer, creamy and sightly thicker. It’s fantastic! 🥛🐄😊

Chocolate chip cookies with the kids 🍪😊

This morning we all made chocolate chip cookies 🍪😊. I read The Last Chocolate Chip Cookie to my daughter last night and there’s a recipe in the back of the book. Brilliant idea! As we finished the book in bed my daughter said “can we make chocolate cookies now?” 😂🤣. But we agreed to make them in the morning. Both my kids had fun weighing and mixing the ingredients….and making a mess. And of course they loved eating them!

Drizzle time

Sometimes I’m so stupid and slow to the party. I love salads from big ones full of delicious ingredients for lunch or a simple side salad of rocket leaves with my evening meal. For years I would make my salad and just free pour olive oil, squeeze of lemon, salt and pepper. Mostly it would taste good, but sometimes I’d get the proportions all wrong and the balance between oil and acid would be off. Or I’d simply pour too much and drown the salad. It would be really disappointing. I saw this little sauce bottle in a shop the other day and I thought it was finally time to sort this out. I mixed 3 parts olive oil to 1 part white wine vinegar. A good pinch of salt and pepper. Gave it a vigorous shake and tasted it. It was great. You want your dressing to be slightly on strong side acidic and salty as it’s going to be tempered by the salad leaves. I also added a teaspoon of mustard to the dressing to give it that little kick. From now on when I make a salad I can simply reach over and drizzle the perfect dressing over it 🥗😊