Friday, 17 February 2012

Confessions of a Cabinet Neat Freak ...

I have to confess that I am undoubtedly a cabinet neat freak. The pleasure I feel upon opening a cabinet door to reveal its perfectly arranged contents is so satisfying that I can spend hours rearranging cupboards, drawers and cabinets throughout my home. Unfortunately, this neatness does not always extend to the rest of the house and I have an awful habit of leaving things strewn about wherever I last used them - but when they do eventually find their way back to their cupboard, they are placed there with the utmost reverence! 

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Be My Valentine...?

I have to admit that since getting married, my husband and I have left Valentine's Day to languish on the sidelines while we got on with married life. The first year we celebrated by continuing with decorating our home late into the night and feasting on a romantic take-out pizza for two! And last year we managed to book a lovely restaurant, but we didn't get there until 11pm as we were totally preoccupied with prospective job applications... and I think my Valentine's Card is still tucked away in my husband's bedside table!

So this year I've decided to make a really romantic dinner for two, especially as it will be our last Valentine's before our new arrival in April! Here's my plan of action, feel free to use any of it or if you have any other suggestions please send them in to and I will add them to this post. Happy Valentine's!! xxx

Friday, 27 January 2012

Two Chicken Recipes

I always think of chicken as the 'anti-marmite' of the protein world ... nearly everybody likes it and yet no-one has particularly strong feelings towards it! However, I have found two recipes that elavate the humble chicken to a taste sensation that will have your guests declaring a renewed love for this poultry that is so often taken for granted. Simply follow the recipes below, Sweet and Sticky Chicken & Ribs and Lemon and Thyme Chicken Delight to uncover the secrets of delicious chicken main courses. And don't be put off if you're a breast lover as these chicken thighs are so tender and juicy you'll immediately forget that you're not normally a lover of dark chicken! Enjoy!

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Lemon and Thyme Chicken Delight

 adapted from The Newlywed's Cookbook ...

This is a delicious chicken recipe that has never failed to delight my guests and always allows me to relax while entertaining, secure in the knowledge that this chicken will be sumptuously tender and delicately fragrant. This is also a great recipe for entertaining because you can leave the chicken in a hot oven to keep warm whilst plating up your accompaniments and it will not dry out. Finally, although the list of ingredients suggests that this will be a hot and spicy dish, I find it delicious and I am definitely a bit of a wimp when it comes to very spicy food!


Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Three Thrilling Centrepieces Ideas

Table centrepieces are not just for weddings or extra special occasions. They can liven up any dining table and transform your entertaining into something really special. And what's even better is that they can be created for very little money and effort. Here are 3 that I regularly use as the focal point of my dining table, that you can use as inspiration for creating your own fabulous centrepieces:

 1. Pretty Little T-Lights & Roses:

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