Lately whenever my back is turned, my preschooler, Connie, mixes up some culinary potion under the kitchen table. In just seconds she can confine the entire contents of my baking shelf to just one bowl, leaving a telltale trail of powders and sticky mess across the kitchen floor. Of course none of it will be edible, but the delight on her face at having “made a wesipy just like you mummy” is disarming. Continue reading
May seems unusually busy. We’ve shed our Winter skin and seem to be racing towards Summer at a rate of knots. Awash with school socials and graduations, field trips and fundraisers, it is also the month in which Everest was first conquered by Sir Edmund Hilary and Tenzing Norgay, Florence Nightingale was born (hence International Nurses Month) and the world was stunned by the first 4 minute mile. Continue reading
As a child I would bike up to the moors to pick wild blueberries (bilberries), and run through the bluebell woods remembering every fallen tree or boggy patch from previous visits. Even today my desk is deliberately positioned in front of the window facing outward so that I can avert my indoor gaze away from the screen and catch a glimpse of urban greenery and the blue sky outside.
Exploration ends in discovery.
When we met and became co-creators of Meg’s brainchild, The Zen of Slow Cooking, a whole year of discovery lay ahead of us. On our first anniversary, we are celebrating a year-long exploration of the Zen business opportunities which continue to evolve. Continue reading
Today is the Spring Equinox marking the beginning of Spring. It’s a little early, but now that my new marker for planting seeds, St Patricks Day, has passed I’m pushing my first lettuce seeds into the ground. Continue reading
When I first ventured into slow cooking I spent years cooking meals you expect from a slow cooker – beef stew, soup, chili… Continue reading
Faithful to our year 2012 Zen of Slow Cooking goals of 20 minutes or less preparation time and using whole foods, we have been planning our New Year’s Eve dinner for either a
party of guests or a quiet romantic evening for two. Following the success of our our slow cooker adaptation of Julia Child’s Coq au Vin, we’re bringing you another classic on which to end the year: Beef Stroganoff. Continue reading
After a long day I walked through my front door yesterday evening to a welcoming and seasonal smell: the mulling of wine. We’re branching out. The new recipe made it’s intoxicating debut in our new little red 2 quart Crock Pot, rather than the 6 quart we’re so familiar with. Continue reading
Before the Holidays in England, my brother and I would spend December wishing away the days in the hope that Christmas would come quicker. “Don’t wish your life away!” I would often hear my dad saying, a nugget of advice which has become golden over the years.