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Un-Deck the Halls

So it wasn't quite Twelfth Night, but we decided that it was time to take our Christmas tree down. We've been away for most of the festive period, visiting friends and family across the country, so we have barely had any time to look at it this year anyway. But alas,...

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The Year Ahead

New year, new start, new me... Nope! Last year was a pretty exceptional one for me, on the whole. I achieved more than I had planned, and ticked off some life goals along the way. I turned 30, I grew my business, I developed my creative skills. Oh, and I got married....

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On refusing to be unwell…

It's a typical early autumn day, mid morning, and I'm walking Tiki in the park. This is a fairly standard day for us two. But today, we are accompanied by an univited guest, whose presence is uncomfortably felt throughout the whole journey. My usual response when I...

Love Devon – Love Umbria

Published in Devon Life, 2016 It is a terrible cliché, but it’s true. Absence makes the heart grow fonder. All too frequently we take things for granted. Those things unique to our particular way of life, things we are surrounded by every day become, well, ‘everyday’....

Design

I could talk for hours about design, and I frequently do. Sed ut perspiciatis unde omnis iste natus error sit voluptatem accusantium doloremque laudantium, totam rem aperiam, eaque ipsa quae ab illo inventore veritatis et quasi architecto beatae vitae dicta sunt...

Lemon & Cardamom Drizzle Cake

Lemon Drizzle Cake isn’t exactly boring. The sour citrus zing and sweet sponge team up perfectly with a cuppa to lift up any dreary afternoon. This recipe, however, seeks to add an extra element of aromatics to the mix. Cardamom is one of my...

Pulled Barbecue Chicken

It seems every high street bar and burger joint is offering Pulled Pork or Chicken on their menu. The last 3 years has seen a meteoric rise in interest in the slow-cooked delight, from topped quarter pounders, to stuffed tortilla wraps, and...

Honey & Apricot Flapjack

Autumn afternoon tea breaks afford us the opportunity for something cheeky. The bleak weather and impending early darkness prompt us to have a nibble with our cuppa, a bit naughty, like a biccy or a muffin. The weather means those extra calories will burn themselves...

Cooking with a Boom!

October has had me driving Poppy around Devon to farmers markets and food festivals, often getting home as the fog settles in after sundown. Our country roads can be exhausting. The joy I get from spending the best part of an hour painstakingly blending spices,...

Glampig Sausages

It’s a cliché, yes, but what goes into something really does impact what you get out of it. Most of us nowadays strive to use the best ingredients when we create exciting meals in our kitchens, and finding top quality producers close to home ticks all the boxes for...

South Yeo Farm East – Mutton

After a tempestuous Dartmoor hike, I’m huddled in a towel in the back of Poppy RustyBus. One thing is abundantly clear - autumn is upon us. The days are getting shorter and it’s becoming more than acceptable to curl up indoors in front of the fire. Unless you’re an...

Falafel & Grilled Halloumi Wraps

My other half is a vegetarian. It’s a challenge, but we work around it. Luckily, I was vegetarian for 6 and a half years too, so I have plenty of recipes to keep us both happy! A favourite in our household is this quick and easy falafel...

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