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03 August 2016

Rosemary chicken salad....with bacon

Last Thursday M and I headed up to Edinburgh for a wedding. Neither of us had ever been to a Scottish wedding before and some parts were definitely different to what we're used too. 



Our main breakfast each day was a choice between a full Scottish breakfast and a continental. Apparently fried bread is a thing in Scotland....wait... Fried everything is a thing in Scotland. Needless to say that we were craving vegetables and salad. Luckily I found this. We had it for dinner this evening and it was delicious. The only thing I would do differently would be to dress the leaves before they hit the plate. 

If you do one thing this weekend it should be to eat this 

06 July 2016

Birthdays come but once a year

Yesterday I watched as this years birthday cake was being made. The cake itself is a coconut cake with raspberry jam sandwiched between and lemon icing on top. Recipe for the cake is here


It doesn't look like much but it will be delicious. More detail will follow in a later post but for now let me leave you with this. 



27 June 2016

A long long time ago

in a galaxy far away, I stopped blogging for several years. My deepest apologies!

In a nut shell, teacher training was intense as was the first 4 years. I'm halfway through the 5th year and starting to wonder if this is really what I should be doing. So it's back to blogging!


Life in England is different to back Australia. Small towns don't provided the same opportunities as big cities but the also an advantage to this. I've been able to concentrate more of honing my crafts and focusing on the little things.

Like home grown strawberries.



Strawberries, custard and amaretti biscuits 


I made one of these yesterday with home grown strawberries. Whilst not as sweet as the ones from Sainburys, they were still delicious. Both here was made from scratch, I bought it all. The amaretti biscuits have lasted since last July in the pantry, making them a worthwhile purchase. 
The glass itself is from a tasting session with The Lakes Distillery. We had a taste of their vodka, gin and whiskey. I recommend checking them out if you can find them. 


10 March 2013

New starts and taking action

Taking that first step is always difficult. It is even more difficult when you have to take that first step more than once.

 About 3 years ago I was diagnosed with PCOS. I tried a variety of things and started to get in under control last summer. Everything fell apart last year health wise and I finally have a new path to go along. The short of it is, giving low gi a go properly, exercising at least twice a week and new drugs so that I can push a trip to hospital to later in the year.

I'm still planning on keeping this part of my life alive but, you can also find me over on tumblr. Just search for nellimay.tumblr.


The first step was awareness, next one is action. This week is all about action.

11 January 2013

Thai Red Curry Paste

One of my favourite curries is a Thai red curry. It's tasty and goes well with most proteins. You start with a paste and then add too it. The recipe I use is from a book that Dad and I fight over. Technically it's his book but it spends more time at my house.

The recipe says to use dried chilli but I use fresh and it comes out fine. The paste freezes really well and can be used months later with no loss of taste (or at least none that I found).

Thai Red Curry Paste
makes about 10 tablespoons

10-12 fresh, hot red long chillies
5 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
140g shallots, chopped
1 Tbsp fresh lemon grass, slices thinly
3 thin slices peeled fresh galangal or ginger
1 thin slice of fresh kaffir lime rind
6-8 fresh coriander roots, washed and coarsely chopped
freshly ground white pepper
1/4 tsp shrimp paste or 2 anchovies
1/2 tsp gnd cumin
1/2 tsp gnd coriander
2 Tbspn bright red paprika

Stick everything in a blender with some water and blend to a paste.



17 February 2012

Long time no see

It's been a while. Far too long in fact.
The good news is that I have many new things to share since last I was here, the bad news is that I don't have a lot of time at the moment.

See I started a new job recently at a Secondary School teaching years 7-11 Maths and Science. I love my job I really do. I've had a fail week mood wise and so I thought it best to stay at home today. This is something I cannot make a regular habit out of so taking care of my mental health is the priority.

*checks back to see the date on the last post*

Oh, hasn't been as long as I expected....

Well I finished my education course and now have an awesome job. I really do like my job and the people there. Just really not feeling great today.

Here is what is on the cards for the next few months.
- more cake!
- Daring Bakers 
- Daring Kitchen
- Vegetarian things.
- Non vegetarian things
- more cake.


23 April 2011

Roast Pork for Easter

Being a good Catholic is not high on my family's priority list. We tend to use this weekend as an opportunity to get together and have something different for dinner.

Tonight's adventure is roast pork.

We're not normally a pork family as my dad isn't a fan but, for some reason he suggested it the other night. So the menu tonight is roasted pork with an apple mustard sauce, twice baked potatoes and veg.