I love these noodles. I really, really love them. They have satisfied so many cravings over the years. Cravings for a quick, easy dinner. Cravings for noodles bathed in a silky, savory sauce. Cravings for beautiful Asian flavors when we don’t feel like going out. These noodles are seriously satisfying. When I sit down to a hot bowl, I eat like I haven’t eaten in a month. All portion control rules are thrown out the window. I can’t help it! Please try them. It’s not fair that I keep such deliciousness all to myself. Continue reading Udon Noodles with Peanut Ginger Sauce
I had such good intentions of posting this gem of a recipe before we left for an extended trip to the states, um, a month ago. I know, it’s embarrassing. We had an amazing trip visiting family in Tennessee and California, but it was one of those trips where you get home and feel like you need one more week of vacation to recover. Seven flights with a toddler will do that to you, trust me. Life can be so cheeky, sometimes it just grips you and takes you down a different road for a little bit. Thankfully I managed to find the road back to my blog and I’m so happy to FINALLY share this recipe!
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I have to admit, I was a little shocked at how beautiful the weather was today. I walked out of my office this morning and was pleasantly surprised to feel the warmth of the sun on my back. The usual chill in the air was virtually non-existent and the birds were happily singing away. This weather completely defies my reasoning behind the perfect timing of this post.
A piping hot, hearty cottage pie is perfect food for bitterly cold, rainy, windy days. The kind of weather where the wind and rain are so extreme you MUST wear a coat with a hood because there is no hope of getting an umbrella to stay up. It’s the hood or get soaked. I usually get soaked (note to self: buy a coat with a hood). Yup, that pretty much sums up the last 6 weeks. That’s why I pulled out the old cottage pie recipe, a classic in these parts for very good reason. I even made a portion of this recipe in my cute little soup terrines for added cheerfulness.
But we can be honest here. This is northern England. It’s February. There’s no way I’m feeling that warm sun on my back again until at least the end of May. I think it’s safe to keep the recipe out for another couple of months.
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Gingerbread. Why do we only make this at Christmas? It’s the perfect winter cake to console post-holiday blues. The twinkly lights and decorations have gone into hibernation, the sun still sets way too early for my liking, but I will not be defeated by January gloominess. It seems entirely appropriate to share a recipe full of warmth and comfort. And this is by far the best gingerbread I have ever tasted.
It’s dark, spicy, soft and squidgy with a lovely snowfall of icing sugar on top. The perfect anecdote to help you through the dark, cold nights that follow the holiday season. And wow, does it make the house smell good! The gingery aroma emanating from the oven pulls me out of my post-Christmas slumber and gives me a boost of motivation that is desperately needed this time of year. And even better, the recipe couldn’t be easier. One bowl, mix, bake and eat.
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