Jamie Oliver’s Must Try Red Cabbage

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Red cabbage is a fantastic vegetable, the colour says it all: highly coloured vegetables are absolutely packed with antioxidants. I love Sainsbury’s sweet pickled version to accompany lamb dishes but this recipe offers a more subtle and sophisticated taste, perhaps more suited to children as well as adults! Jamie Oliver consistently produces easy to follow recipes and this one is no exception….


  • olive oil
  • 2 rashers higher-welfare smoked streaky bacon , finely sliced
  • 1 tablespoon fennel seeds , bashed
  • 1 onion , peeled and sliced
  • 2 good eating apples , peeled and chopped into 2.5cm pieces
  • 1 red cabbage , outer leaves and core removed, chopped into irregular chunks
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 150 ml balsamic vinegar
  • 1 small knob butter
  • 1 handful fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves , chopped (optional)


The classic combo of braised red cabbage and smoky bacon with juicy apple is an absolute winner.

Pour a good glug of olive oil into a saucepan, get it hot and add the bacon and fennel seeds. Cook until golden then add the onion and continue to cook, with the lid on, for a few more minutes until golden and sticky. Add the apple, followed by the cabbage chunks, salt and pepper and the vinegar, and stir everything together well.

Put the lid back on and continue to cook on a low heat for an hour, checking and stirring every so often. You will end up with a gorgeously sticky-sweet cabbage dish that you’ll want to eat immediately, straight out of the pan! Or, if you can wait long enough, scoop it into a serving dish, pop the butter on top and sprinkle over the parsley.

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This goes really well with my slow cooked lamb Scouse.
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White To Bright Interior Design Challenge

An all white or neutral room scheme can look really boring. There is only so much interest you can add with textured furniture, rugs, lighting and fabrics. Personally I feel the need for some colour! My favourite way to decorate is to keep the background fairly neutral and then add accents, building up the look until I achieve the right balance. How much you add is up to you!
The following mood board uses a gold base and then adds accent colours in the form of reds, pinks and purples to create a rich, opulent look, perfect for the winter months. The starting point was the gold accent chair from Chairish, a French Antique Napoleon 111 beauty! Chairish is a fantastic online resource for buying and selling your used and vintage furniture, decor, jewellery and fashion accessories. It’s available for items based in the USA.


The products used are as follows:

  • Cushion from a selection at Linen Lace and Patchwork
Image of Purple And Gold Round Ottoman
  • Chesterfield Sofa £2,799
Throws For Sofas
Image of Red Crystal Chandelier
  •  Antique Napoleon Chair from Chairish $2,645

Image of French Antique Napoleon III Armchair

  • Wallpaper from Graham and Brown Hoppen Stripe on sale! £10 a roll

Hoppen Stripe Taupe and Moss Wallpaper:

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I love Tartiflette, it is a staple component of any menu in the French Alps; although the restaurant version often comes laden with a creamy sauce which probably provides your entire day’s calories in one dish! My version is super simple, tasty and much lower in calories…

Ingredients (serves 4 hungry or 6 not so hungry)

  • 1 large red onion, chopped small
  • 250g pack of lardons (or cubed pieces of bacon, pancetta etc)
  • 800g Parmentier potatoes (most supermarkets sell these in packs of 400g, alternatively, peel and chop 800g potatoes into small cubes or slices and bake in the oven in a little oil and garlic)
  • 250g reblochon cheese (or any “melty” cheese such as brie, camembert)


  1. Heat the oven to 200c and cook the potatoes for 30 mins, stirring from time to time. Remove when cooked.
  2. Fry the onion in a little olive oil, then add the lardons and continue frying until nicely browned.
  3. Add the potatoes to the pan and continue cooking until the potatoes are browned and covered with the bacon and onion juices.
  4. Turn the mixture out into a baking dish and crumble the cheese over the top (you may have to cut it into small pieces)
  5. Bake in the oven for 20 mins or until the cheese is well melted.
  6. Serve with a green salad or green beans. I also like to serve this with pickled red cabbage. Sainsbury’s do a particularly nice one!

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Cath Kidston Christmas

The fabulous Cath Kidston store is always worth a visit but never more so than at Christmas! There are some fantastic gift ideas and free delivery for orders over £40.

For the night before Christmas, cosy up in PJs, fleecy bottoms and a fabulous Christmas jumper!…


Penguin jumper £75

Pjs £26

Birds and roses £50

 Woodland Rose Sheepskin Mule

Slippers £42

Bramley Sprig...

Bramley Hot Water Bottle £25


 There are tons of present ideas on Cath Kidston’s website, here are a few of my favourites…

Winter Rose Folded Zip Wallet

Zip wallet £28

Bloomsbury Bouque Frame Wash Bag

Bloomsbury Washbag £20

iPhone 6 case £19.95

Set Of 3 Fragranced Candles

Set of 3 candles £18

 Mini Rubber Ducks Pram Blanket

Rubber ducks pram blanket £15

Bramley Sprig  Kids PJ Set

 Bramley pjs £20

Set Of 3 Roll Wraps

3 rolls of wrapping paper for £9

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Nip and Fab Bee Sting Deluxe Body Souffle

NEW NIP+FAB Bee Sting Deluxe Body Souffle 200 ml:

Nip and Fab Bee Sting Deluxe Body Souffle, what a mouthful of a description! But, quite simply this is the best body moisturiser I have ever used, and I’ve tried a lot over the years! I credit this moisturiser with maintaining my tan through the winter and virtually to the following summer. It is really easy to apply, absorbs quickly but keeps me moisturised until I next shower, I can still feel it on my skin in the shower which is incredible. The price for this product varies a lot, it can cost as much as £10 in the supermarkets and Boots, however I found it for under £5 on Amazon.

Try it for yourself, you won’t be disappointed!

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Autumn Style

Dressing for Autumn/Fall has always been a problem for me, I start off freezing and then end up far too hot. The answer lies in layers but I can’t always pull off the right outfit. As usual I’ve turned to Pinterest, where some very clever people have put together the perfect outfits! I love the stripy top and bright bag above, I’ll definitely be taking some style notes…. here’s my top picks.

A fluffy jumper and scarf can keep you cosy early morning but then be stripped off to reveal a vest top underneath.  Keeping the shoes light is key.

You can start to wear boots to keep your feet warm, just keep them light and ankle length.

A jumper or poncho for 2015 in this year’s boho print.

Some layering ideas! For more looks, check out my Pinterest board Autumn Style

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DIY: Fluffy White Paper Lantern


I have found some great ideas for DIY projects on the Houzz website. One of my favourites is the Solar Powered Outdoor Table Lamp (by Shelly Lear) which is one of my most popular posts. I love the look of this Fluffy White Paper Lantern (by Nicole Loiacono Design), it’s so pretty and easy to make (with a bit of patience!)

To start this project, you will need a paper lantern and a stack of coffee filters, plus a hot glue gun will speed up the process.


Open up the filters and crumple them slightly, then glue them to the paper lantern. Try to glue them as closely together as possible to achieve the fluffiest effect. This particular lamp is 38″ in diameter and took approximately 1200 coffee filters.
You could use any size paper lantern, a smaller one could be covered with cupcake holders instead of coffee filters. You can buy paper lanterns on Amazon for as little as £1.99
For more ideas take a look at the Houzz website and my Ideabooks.
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Tuna Nicoise

This is a staple salad recipe in our house, I first made it when I was following my Detox diet but it has now become a regular dish and it is always well received. This would make a great supper dish to serve to friends, it’s really quick and easy to assemble and you can use a different fish such as Salmon or Smoked Mackerel. Traditionally, this salad is made with soft boiled eggs but I quite often don’t add these as they can be a bit of a faff and extend the length of time the recipe takes. The quicker the better in our house!

Ingredients: (serves 4)

4 fresh tuna steaks, griddled/fried to taste or a 400g tin of tuna

New potatoes, cooked (a handful per person)

Fine green beans, cooked ( a handful per person)

Black olives (enough to scatter a small amount on each plate)

100g Pine Nuts (toasted in a pan until lightly brown)

1 Egg per person (lightly hard boiled and quartered)

1 400g bag of green salad leaves

Balsamic Vinaigrette


  • Cook the tuna, potatoes, green beans and eggs to taste.
  • Divide the salad leaves between 4 plates and add the potatoes, green beans, olives and pine nuts.
  • Drizzle over the dressing and top with the tuna and eggs.
  • Serve while still warm.




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Pork Afelia


pork loin steak

This tasty dish is Pork Loin marinated with coriander, known as Pork Afelia in Greece where it originates. This recipe is taken from my cookery bible: Delia Smith’s Complete Cookery Course, a wonderful book which I have had for years. This is really simple to prepare and cook, an excellent mid week meal. I have adapted it slightly, using pork loin steaks whole instead of cubes.

Ingredients: (Serves 4)

4 Pork Loin Steaks
2 teaspoons of crushed coriander seeds
6 tbsps white wine
4 tbsps olive oil
Juice of 1 lemon
1 garlic clove chopped small
salt and pepper


  1. Place the Pork Steaks in a shallow dish and sprinkle over the coriander seeds. Now mix together 2 tbsps white wine, 3 tbsps olive oil, lemon juice and garlic and pour over the meat. Turn the steaks a few times to make sure they are well covered with the marinade and cover with cling film.
  2. Leave the steaks to marinade overnight if you can or for as long as possible.
  3. To cook the pork, melt the remaining tablespoon of oil in the frying pan and, when it’s fairly hot add the pork steaks and cook them over a medium heat, turning them and keeping them on the move. When they have browned a little, pour in the rest of the white wine, let it bubble and reduce to a syrupy consistency.

The pork will take approximately 10-15 minutes to cook altogether.

Serve with Potato Wedges and green vegetables or  rice and a salad.

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How to Sell Stuff for Free

Most people have stuff to sell, whether it’s items you no longer need, unwanted gifts or crafts you’ve made. The internet is a wonderful place for selling and these days there is a site to suit everyone. Unfortunately, a lot of sites charge fees and it is not always obvious what these fees are at the outset. However, a little searching can bring up some websites which don’t charge, especially if you are not a business. There are also some sites where you can set up a “shop” for free if you are only selling a few items.

On line listing sites which don’t charge include:

Preloved began in 1998 and has grown to become one of the largest classified advertising sites in the UK with hundreds of thousands of adverts in over 500 categories.
Moving with the times, Friday-Ad.co.uk has developed into one of the UK’s leading classified websites with over 362,000 ads online each week and a total of 226,000 visitors per week and 2.5 million page impressions. The Friday-Ad web group comprises 75 websites, covering everything from motors to jobs, pets to property.

Sellpal was set up to avoid the high cost of fees on selling sites online. All you need to do is register, add items to your shop and then wait for the offers to come in. To help this process along, you can email the link to your shop to all of your contacts and post on Facebook etc. Fellow SellPal users will also be able to search for your items and browse your shop.
One of the biggest UK sites with over a million ads, you can sell your stuff for free, quick and easy to set up.

Sites where you can set up your own shop include:

eCRATER is both a free web store builder and an online marketplace. If you are a seller you can create your own free online store in minutes. If you are a buyer you can browse and search among millions of products. All eligible products are submitted to Google Shopping. You can also easily import your eBay products.

Tictail launched in May 2012 with the purpose of helping anyone who had a great product, to easily sell online. Aimed at indie type crafts.
Sell up to 5 products free in your personally designed store or upgrade to sell more and access more features, there’s a range of price plans from $9.99. This is the site that I’ve used to set up my own shop for Vintage China. I’ve made a few Cake Stands and wanted to market them but without paying extra fees. I found the set up process really easy to follow and as long as you have no more than 5 items in your shop, it’s completely free. You can see my shop here: Caroline’s Vintage China
vintage china


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