• General

    Awards (my Oscar moment)

    I’m sorry that I’ve taken so long to respond to all  your kind nominations. A big (belated) thank you to:
    Live Blissful for the Liebster Award
    Eatbreatheyogini for the Beautiful Blogger Award
    Live Blissful for the Shine On Award and Blog of the Year Awards
    Miss Marzipan for Very Inspiring Blogger Award
    The Art of Nutrition for the Liebster Award
    Apuginthekitchen for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award
    Live Blissful for the Super Sweet Blogging Award
    I would also like to thank my wonderful husband and son, my parents, the hens, horses and dogs, without whom these awards would not have been forthcoming. Also a big thank you to the cat that keeps our mouse population manageable and to the deer for their memorable, but alas, all-too-short visits. 🙂

  • General,  Honey and other bee products

    Home remedy for tickly coughs


    The aim of this ‘recipe’ is not to titillate your tastebuds, but to afford you a nights sleep (or a less irritating day :-)) if you’re suffering from a dry, tickly cough.  I discovered this mixture after having tried what seemed like every over-the-counter remedy on sale, as well as numerous prescription medicines. The taste is a bit unusual, so you might have to use a bit of coercion with children. In my experience though, it’s well worth it as it really works better than anything else.
    As a rule, coughs should not be suppressed as it’s the body’s way of expelling germs, dust and other irritants. However, if you have one of those irritating dry coughs that just go on and on, then this is definitely worth a try.
    Ingredients (one dose)
    1 teaspoon honey
    1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar (organic if possible)
    1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
    1/2 teaspoon freshly grated ginger (optional)
    1/4 glass of boiling water
    Drop of cold water to cool mixture if necessary
    Melt the honey by adding to boiling water, then add the other ingredients one by one. Mix well and drink.
    Honey should not be given to children under the age of one. If your cough lasts over ten days, you have trouble breathing or blood in the sputum you should consult a doctor. This post is provided for informational purposes only and is not meant to replace a trained healthcare provider. 

  • General

    Liebster award

    Thank you to Live blissful who nominated me for the Liebster Award.

    These are the questions she asked me:

    1. Cookies or Cake? CAKE
    2. Dogs or Cats? DOGS
    3. Latte or Frappe? NEITHER: I ONLY LIKE BLACK
    4. Beach holiday or Sight seeing holiday? SIGHT SEEING
    5. Fiction or True story? FICTION
    6. Fantasy film or Action movie? FANTASY
    7. Chicken, Fish or Tofu? FISH
    8. Ipad or Laptop? IPAD
    9. Cooking or Cleaning? COOKING (OF COURSE!)
    10. Playing sport or Watching sport? PLAYING
    11. Roasted potato or Fries? ROASTED

    Here are 11 facts about myself:

    1. I am a (typical) Cancerian
    2. I used to run half marathons
    3. I’m a natural blonde!
    4. I have ‘conversations’ with my animals
    5. I pass out at the sight of blood
    6. I absolutely hate shopping malls
    7. I love to gamble
    8. I’m extremely untidy everywhere except the kitchen
    9. I passed my driving test first time, but then failed it when I went to live in the USA!
    10. I have up to five books on the go at a time
    11. I have always hated milk.

    Here are my 11 nominees:

    1. Eating like a horse
    2. A pug in the kitchen
    3. The kitchens garden
    4. Common cook
    5. The happiness in health
    6. Skinny fat
    7. A lot on your plate
    8. Chow divine
    9. Cooking in Sens
    10. Fit and fortysomething
    11. Easy natural food

    and here are their 11 questions:

    1. Spring or Fall?
    2. Sweet or savoury?
    3. Black coffee or white?
    4. Snow or sun?
    5. One word to describe yourself?
    6. Romantic or comedy film?
    7. Meat or vegetarian?
    8. Are you a morning or an evening person?
    9. How many languages do you speak?
    10. Which fictional character would you like to be?
    11. Starter or dessert?

    Liebster Award INSTRUCTIONS

    1. Add the award icon to your blog! 

    2. Link to your nominator to say thank you

    3. Each blogger should post 11 facts about themselves.

    4. Answer the questions the tagger has set for you and then create 11 questions for your nominees to answer.

    5. Choose 11 bloggers with fewer than 200 followers, go to their blog and tell them about the award.

  • General,  Nutritional information

    Salt and Pepper

    We have two hens called Sel and Poivre (Salt and Pepper). We bought them in the hope of being able to teach Hugo, our dog, that chickens are to be admired from a respectable distance and not eye-balled viciously, whilst sinking sharp canine teeth into their necks. He had taken to sloping off to the neighbouring farms to ‘play’ with their hens in a way that would have earned him an ASBO if he lived in the UK.
    Six weeks on and the hens are still alive, which is nothing short of miraculous when I think back to the way he greeted their arrival. But the hens’ biggest passion is the horses; they preach at the alter of all things equine. If the horses are lying down in the sun, so are they; if the horses are eating hay in the grange, the hens will be pecking away next to them. And when the horses gallop around the field, they follow as fast as their little legs will carry them.
    Anyway, we moved the horses down the road a couple of days ago to ‘mow’ a neighbouring field, and the hens (who live in the horses’ stabling) went into a sharp decline. To such an extent that one of them (Salt) stopped laying. I’m not quite sure how that works, but I’ve been assured by People Who Know that hens, contrary to appearances, are really quite emotional beings. We brought the horses back this evening (I was getting hungry!) and they were met by two very very happy ladies. They’re cuddling up as I type.
    The original aim of this post was actually to point out the fact that eggs are Very Good News from a nutritional point of view,  and not go into our poultry’s state of heart in such detail. So, eggs contain substantial quantities of high-quality protein and most vitamins (with the exception of vitamin C) and minerals; valuable components in a healthy diet. From a culinary point of view, as well as being healthy and delicious, they are incredibly versatile – they can be boiled, poached, fried, scrambled or made into omelette, quiche, tarts, sauces, mousses…
    From your point of view as well as the hens’, please buy free-range.