The Land Rover Owners Ex Wife

……becoming me again


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Leek and potato soup

Freshly pulled leeks taste so different to shop bought

Freshly pulled leeks taste so different to shop bought

It was a little on the chilly side yesterday and even in the house I was feeling every little bit of chill and so I figured that outside in the home office (which has little in the way of insulation and even less heating), Mud would probably be frozen to the bone. So as lunchtime approached, I turned my attention to what to make.

Something warm was definitely in order. Continue reading


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Pork and chorizo stew with homemade bread

Light and airy: who needs a hot oven?

Light and airy: who needs a hot oven?

Valentines Day morning and Mud had bought me 3 DVDs and a new recipe book. The book was “One Pot Wonders, by Lindsey Bareham” and it was filled with tasty soups, stews, curries and even the occasional dessert.

Today I decided to try another of the recipes, having already tried out a very tasty salmon and tomato curry earlier in the week. Continue reading


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Autumnal flowers for the table

I'm not a flower arranger but I was pleased with how this turned out.

I’m not a flower arranger but I was pleased with how this turned out.

I love the look of flowers and candles on the table and whenever there are sufficient flowers or foliage about the garden, I endeavour to use some of them, to brighten the table and make our dining experience just that little more elegant. Continue reading


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Mud’s in a jam again!

Cooking jam here is great fun - just ask the wasps!

Cooking jam here is great fun – just ask the wasps!

When Mud came home earlier this week with another 3lb or so of plump, juicy cherries, the Mudlets were beside themselves. Their joy, however, was short lived as daddy announced that he had promised the colleague who had supplied the cherries, that I would make cherry jam out of them and he would bring her a jar!

Excellent! Cheers hun! Can’t thank you enough.

Obviously Mud has never had to stand and de-stone and then chop up 3lb of cherries before because, if he had then maybe he wouldn’t have been so willing to volunteer my services – I hope. So here I had 3lb of cherries and a promise to make jam, bearing in mind that my last attempt at making cherry anything, had ended if not in disaster, certainly not in the form of jam or preserve. So no pressure there then. Continue reading