Category Archives: Simple Living

Berry Breakfast Pots


Over the past few weeks months that I have been suffering with the dreaded “morning” sickness, there hasn’t been much that I can eat before 11am.

This is not good news when you either have a toddler to entertain, or an employer to convince you are capable ;)

Thankfully, I have found something that keeps me going, tastes delicious, and is low in bad cholesterol. WIN!


I guess this is a form of bircher muesli, and can be made with a hundred different ingredients (oats with different dried fruits, seeds, nuts, fresh berries, any type of milk or yoghurt, even fruit juices) but I have loved my simple version!

Please make this the night before and leave it in the fridge for the next day if you can, it’ll soften the oats and taste even better.

Apologies for the photos – I can’t find a way to make it look appetising, but looks aren’t everything guys.


Be warned – your boss may ask you why you are eating taramasalata (seriously?!) or ice cream in the office ;) Being pregnant probably didn’t help me there!

Berry Breakfast Pot
serves one


100g yoghurt (I used 0% fat greek yoghurt, but go for the good stuff if you don’t have cholesterol issues!)
handful frozen berries (you may want to add some honey/maple/agave or some sugar if you find the berries too tart)
3 tablespoons muesli or oats (more or less is fine – see what you like most)
optional extras – seeds, nuts, dried fruits of your choice. Granola on top?


Add ingredients to a bowl or pot with lid (if you are transporting to work!).
Leave overnight in the fridge for best results.
Serve. Simple.

p.s. You can buy similar “breakfast pots” at most coffee chains but your homemade version will cost you a fraction of the price and have an awful lot less sugar too! Hooray!



Butternut squash risotto with chorizo and halloumi


I made this risotto last night with leftovers I found in my fridge, out of pure desperation. Risotto is so simple, can be jazzed up with whatever you have at home (frozen peas, roasted vegetables, goat’s cheese…) and C simply loves it, for now! Hence it’s my go to dish when I have two hungry boys to feed.

It doesn’t take as long to make as you would expect, either. With the pre-roasted butternut squash, I am sure we were sitting down to eat in just over half an hour, which isn’t too bad for a last minute meal (and better than ordering takeaway or popping a ready meal in the oven).

The portions below may seem small (the packet suggested 100g rice per person) but the squash is pretty filling and the chorizo makes quite a rich addition, we were pleasantly stuffed!


Butternut squash risotto with chorizo and halloumi
serves 2 and a half

1/2 butternut squash, peeled, diced
Olive oil

2 shallots or 1 small onion, diced
small knob of butter
glug of olive oil
100g risotto rice
generous glass of white wine
450ml vegetable stock

1 small chorizo, sliced and fried for a few minutes each side.
wedge of halloumi (optional) – about 75g, sliced, diced and fried with chorizo

small handful of grated parmesan
dash of double cream (optional)


Lightly coat the butternut squash in olive oil. Roast in the oven at 200degC for 45 minutes. Set aside to cool.
I prepared mine the day before – use it in risotto, throw in a quiche or with pasta etc.

In a large saucepan, melt the butter with the olive oil over a moderate heat. Add the shallots and sauté for a few minutes, until softened.

Add the risotto rice and stir to coat with oil/butter. Pour in the glass of wine and keep stirring.

Once the wine has almost all gone, turn the heat down to low and pour in a cup or so of stock. Stir every now and again.
Repeat until rice has plumped up and is soft, you should use more or less all of the stock, depending how al dente you like your rice.

Add the chorizo, butternut and halloumi and stir to heat through. Finish with double cream and the cheese, as little or as much as you like.

Serve and enjoy :)


Our everyday life: week 47

This past week we have continued to be sick, everything has felt like a blur, so this photo sums us up pretty well :)


I can’t tell you how excited C was to see the lights going up on the High Street. Christmas is coming…


Speaking of excited, I found this In The Night Garden craft book (brand new!) in Oxfam for 99p! Hours of entertainment :)


Saw Jack’s post about homemade pop tarts and knew exactly what to do with my leftover scraps of pastry…


C and I went with our friends to the beach during the week. Crazy, perhaps? Logan had the most fun I think :)


It was a little cold…


…but quiet, at least…


…we couldn’t believe people we actually going in the water…


When it started hailing we quickly found somewhere to eat lunch! The boys dismantled the display – and practiced using the word “heavy” a lot ;)


On Sunday we spent about 10 minutes pretending to be cultural at the British Museum. C hadn’t napped so we didn’t want to push it…


There was a teeny, tiny, exhibit on the Wise Men of Persia. Like our very own C :)


C couldn’t make up his mind on which fruit to eat after dinner, so he simply had a bit of everything…yes, lemon included.


Wishing you a happy and healthy week (we need it!)



Our everyday life: week 38

So many cars, so little time


Please Mama, no more dinner!


Fifty shades…


Shake, my cousin and I went to see Joe Pug (on a school night!). He was adorable! Plus, harmonica whilst playing the guitar? Skills!


Stage 7 of the tour ended in our home town! Bright and early preparations began, it was a shame we had to miss seeing it, but we had some family time instead.


After a night with not enough sleep Shake and I treated ourselves to HUGE cups of coffee and a mini millionaire’s tart, and C to a scone and jam. He basically just licked the jam ;)


Lovely way to end Sunday lunch – my Norwegian sister-in-law’s Eplekake. Plus their dishes are beautiful, don’t you think?


Wishing you a happy and healthy week



Our everyday life: week 36

Ok, so he does still occasionally make a little mess, but I just adore how he now holds his bowl with one hand to scoop with the other :)


C was invited to a friend’s birthday party and we met Peppa! Literally ALL the kids screamed hysterically – I can’t say I blame them…!


Lovely day-trip to see a dear friend in Bristol. The weather wasn’t great, but it was still a stunning view from the Clifton suspension bridge.


Found this newly-opened cute restaurant for brunch – C loved the décor!


We found plenty of Gromits on the loose


…including this fave from Gerald Scarfe.




There was so much to see around the city, even better plenty for FREE including the M-Shed which had a really interesting photography exhibit and plenty to keep C amused (teeny tiny ships!).


Walking his puppy ;)


Playing with fish fingers. But seriously, you should really check out the Sainsbury’s basic fish fingers – MSC fish, sustainable palm oil, they aren’t the tastiest (of course) but for 60p for 10 you can’t really complain! *not a sponsored post!!*


Big boy lace-up shoes. Bless him!


Wishing you a happy and healthy week!



Our everyday life: week 31

So lucky to have this little guy to share meals (and life!) with :)


I made a deal with myself when I went back to work that I’d only eat cakes if they were homemade, otherwise it’s lethal. This little rainbow one was cheerful for a Tuesday morning (excuse the banana skin and my pens).


Delighted to see so many bumble bees around at the moment.


Picnic fun with friends and really making the most of our NT pass this year.


This guy LOVES music…


…so we were extra grateful for this toy that his cousins have outgrown.


So chuffed to find some of my cookie dough in the freezer. 10 minutes later, bam! Btw, where has Californication been all my life? We have whizzed through season 1 these past two weeks and hope the next seasons are just as good…


Wishing you a happy week!



Our everyday life: week 28

Officially walking. All weekend :)


Snacks at work and the artwork C made for my desk! I think it looks like a fish.


This cake was amaaaazing and the perfect way to use up a LOT of free rhubarb from family. It looks simple and boring, but was so good! We love Nigella (hope she is ok). I substituted cinnamon for ground ginger as I think it’s nicer with rhubarb :)


BLISS! Monday morning fruit picking with my little love. He was in heaven too. Almost feel bad for the amount of fruit he ate (without paying for?)…


These girls are the best.


Shake is the greatest at making me iced coffee. Often tempted to walk a few minutes to a coffee shop, but so much nicer (and cheaper) to just do it at home.


Trouble maker.


Not sure where this cat keeps coming from, but he(?) seems to feel quite at home. Our poor cat on the other hand…


Sunday lunch with friends – not pictured, Shake’s brioche with cheese and bacon. AMAZING.


I made my first trifle too. Don’t tell my grandma that I’m using our wedding gift from her for trifle though…


Lavender from the garden, matching the toys.


Perfect way to end an evening. Pimms with Shake in the garden.


Wishing you a lovely week with sunshine,



Mackerel, Lemon and Dill Potato Salad


Now that I am working again, albeit part-time, I need to get my act together and organise our meals more efficiently.

To give us a little bit of credit, we do plan the meals we are going to eat during the week, but I never know what I’m going to make each day. This can result in a last-minute-hungry-toddler-hungry-parents panic (omelette!).


This is my current favourite one dish meal (that can be stretched to two meals) and is even better the following day for lunch at work, with some lettuce and cucumber mingled in, or some sliced avocado.


I’m not sure why this happens, but we always seem to have a huge bundle of potatoes leftover from the veg box, so this recipe is killing two birds with one stone (or as my Norwegian sister-in-law will tell you, “Two flies, one smack” ;) ).

Mackerel, lemon and dill potato salad
serves 3 (and a toddler) generously


750g salad potatoes – boiled until tender, then diced
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
2 tablespoons Greek yoghurt
zest of one lemon
juice of half a lemon
1 clove of garlic, crushed
1 tin (125g) skinned and boned (msc, please) mackerel in olive oil (reserve a little oil for the dressing)
handful of dill, chopped well
salt and pepper to taste
optional extras: avocado, cucumber, green peppers, asparagus


In a large bowl or dish, combine the mayonnaise, Greek yoghurt, lemon juice and zest, garlic and mackerel (with a little of the olive oil).

Add the dill and potatoes and gently stir to coat generously.

Taste and season accordingly.





Our everyday life: week 25

In those rare moments where we had sunshine, or at least no showers, C took his ducks to the “pond” :)



At the end of the day, after lots of rain…


…perfect weather for strawberries (and a good drink) with Shake in the garden


Sandpit closed until further notice


My babies are turning red!


Lovely Sunday afternoon walk with lovely people, and the chance for C to stroke lots of farm animals. I think the pigs were his favourite!


Oaty-banana-white chocolate cookie things. They were OK, but I’ve made better snacks :)


C digging into Shake’s french toast (from Tartine - you really should make it!)


I was planning to share our favourite dressing at the moment, but there was no light last night when I wanted to take a photo


I thought you’d find it funny to see the state of our table behind the scenes!


Shake introduced C to some classic Disney :) Can’t wait for him to see The Aristocats!




Favourite posts this week


:: I really fancy making some jam and this rhubarb, vanilla and cardamom combination is just my sort of thing. Oooh but so is bacon jam – I don’t care if “it’s SO 2011″ :)

:: Would love to lick this bowl clean. Sorry, that may have been too much…

:: If I don’t make a dip with our next bunch of beetroot, I’m likely to make this gratin instead

:: Love Joel’s circus and can’t wait until C is ready for this kind of fun

:: Great photo project: Delicatessen with Love

:: How long has Geoguessr been around? It’s addictive! I’m useless!

:: Speaking of addictive, would you rather…?

Wishing you a very happy (long) weekend!