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Potato salad can be as easy or difficult as you want it to be.  Mines is easy – always easy – simply some mayo, baby potatoes and thinly sliced spring onions all mixed together in one big bowl.  There is one wee trick though and thats to ensure the potatoes are not too soft or it will just taste like mashed potato – stop the potatoes from boiling when they are al dente ( I know thats a term for pasta but it works! lol)  –  I love my potato salad – especially when on my plate with some flavoured rice and chicken!


Ok so yesterday I had a wee celebration to mark the Queens Diamond Jubilee.  Any excuse for some lovely food and fine alcohol!  My only wish was to have the sun shining so we could all sit in the garden – but no – not in Scotland!

I apologise for the bad photography and poor presentation – I was running late – as usual – and I just threw the food on the table! 😦

First up – some sarnies!

Next up mini toad in the holes with onion gravy and buttered potatoes.  Chicken was on the menu too – plain drumsticks and also some spicy drumsticks




Potato salad




I set my niece a challenge – asked her to make a traditional Victoria sponge – the recipe she followed was not so traditional and for some apparent reason when she added pink colouring to the icing- it turned orange…go figure! lol.  It tasted great though – so a big well done to her!


I will soon post details of recipes/techniques used – but for now I am going to enjoy some sausage sarnies and watch the 1st of 3 days of Jubilee celebrations on TV whilst I ‘recover’ from my indoor street party!


Enjoy x


I havent posted for a while due to camera issues, but all sorted now and…its my birthday today!  YAY!  Was supposed to be going with friends to Edinburgh eating some fine foods and drinking some fine/any alcohol!  But it had to be rescheduled – so – I chose to stay at home and have some fine foods of my own instead!  Am having a bbq!  Just me, my hubby and my son – no-one else is ivited!  Well when I say bbq – I am making most foods indoors and cooking up some burgers on my George Foreman! lol


Malcolm Allen Burgers on seeded buns toasted on the Foreman first!

Garlic & Rosemary Chicken and Potato Bake

Basically its the same as this recipe – but only you add in potatoes in their skins all the same size to ensure even cooking!

Leftover spicy sausage pasta

Batchelors Golden Rice

Corn on the cobs

Mixed paprika salad

Wine – dont forget the wine!

The sun has been shining all day – just perfect – am off to polish off the rest of the wine!  🙂

Hellooooo!  Well its been a while!  I keep taking photos of my food in preparation and then forget to take a photo once its cooked!  So not too many blogs from me. 

Anyways I have been busy all morning – I have made K’s Carrot and Onion Soup –  and prepared my dinner for tonight Pancetta and Spinach Chicken Roulade – which I will post later, and I made these superb cupcakes with my leftover ingredients.  (I also had spinach frittata on Friday and STILL have spinach leftover!).

I see these savoury cupcakes all the time but I visited Memoirs Of An Amateur Cook’s blog – and found this beautiful recipe –

These grabbed my attention because most savoury cupcakes have flour added but not these.  The recipe is on Sarahs blog – so go visit – the only difference was that I added leftover pancetta x 6 strips and leftover spinach 3 big handfuls and a third of a large onion instead of chorizo and asparagus.  I also omitted one egg so only added 5 – I dropped  my last egg! lol  Heres a photo once prepped!

And heres a close up so you can see the ingredients better

And here they are straight out the oven

And heres another close up – I now realise that I should have used large eggs and 6 of them!  Sarahs recipe did say fill to almost the top – but I didnt do that – When I took them out the oven I could see them deflating before my eyes! lol

These were the most tastiest savoury cupcakes ever and a pleasant change in texture.  I will defo make again and this was just using leftovers!  The minute they came out the oven myself and my family devoured them!  I would make them again and use in a summer picnic or banquet when having friends and family over. 

Thank you Sarah! x

I use up all foods in my house – its very rarely that anything has to be thrown away.  I add to dishes, I substitute, I invent, I make extra – I just love it!  So I thought I would include a section on my blog – to show you just what I do with leftover food. 

Here is my leftover food from Easter.  I simply added more croquettes and vegetables – and I got a dinner for 4 people out of it!  There was quite a large chunk of ham left!

This is was a simple one.  I could have added the ham to mac n cheese, or cut thick wedges and added a fried egg on top or pineapple,  I could have made a lasagna, frittata – the list is endless – but if you remember rightly – I was a tad hungover the next day so this was a quick meal for me! lol

Enjoy x

Oh my oh my!  Your gonna love this!  This is garlic to the max!  I prefer this bake with lamb – but I also like it with gammon.  I usually put a little cheese on top and then grill but I didnt cos I was running out of time to present my food to my guests! lol


  1. 12 decent sized potatoes
  2. 2 Leeks
  3. cheese sauce – your own or packet mix
  4. garlic – as much as you want – I use LOTS


  • Slice potatoes into about 5mm – 1cm pieces
  • Boil potatoes for 2 or 3 minutes
  • Drain potatoes
  • Fry leeks and garlic until soft – mmm the smell is wonderful!
  • Think of a lasagna – start layering up a suitable oven dish with leeks, potatoes then cheese sauce.
  • Once layered up you can add tomatoes or cheese on top
  • Oven or grill until the cheese is bubbling – if using – or until everything is hot – if reheating

Enjoy x

I love chicken with crispy skin.  I love garlic and rosemary with everything.  So I combined the two and presented them at last weekends Easter lunch.  Here they are at the top left hand side of a very blurry foto but you can see it on the header of my page.  (I promise I will get better at this! lol)




1)  Chicken drumsticks

2)  Garlic cloves or puree – to your taste – I used LOTS!

3)  Rosemary – Pull the leaves off the sprigs – again to your taste

4)  Olive oil


  • Wash chicken and place in an oven tray – in an even layer
  • Mix oil, rosemary and garlic together and pour over chicken then rub all over with hands
  • Place in a preheated oven – fan 200* until the skins are crispy and the chicken is cooked completely

I have to say that this is the most tastiest chicken EVER!  I also use this chicken recipe in my favourite tray bakes – which I will share with you the next time I bake one!

Enjoy x