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Hello and welcome to my blog.

This is my very first one, so bear with me and enjoy reading about my adventures cooking all of the recipes from Nigella Lawson's new book 'Kitchen'.

From time-to-time I may post about things other than cooking, after all, Nigella does sell a lifestyle that most women would like have a slice of, so I would like to share a bit of mine - not quite as glamorous but fun none-the-less (may I add that most of my ideas and thoughts revolve around food anyway)!

Just to set the scene a little, I am based in Yorkshire, live with my husband and gorgeous toddler who is rapidly approaching his second year. I work in the events industry and love music, books, fashion, culture and of course... food.


Goddess Mx (meant in the loosest possible sense, believe me)!

Monday, 21 February 2011

A happy snowman and some cosy stew

On Saturday we awoke to snow which I hadn't seen coming. Little M and I built a lovely friendly snowman with stones for eyes, a plum nose, some food packaging for a mouth and a planter for a hat. To keep him warm we donated one of mummy's old scarves.

As an antidote to the colder weather, a stew was in order - chorizo and chickpea to be precise. Vermicelli was warmed in olive oil, followed by bulgar wheat, some warming cinnamon, salt, water and bay leaves before being left to simmer until the liquid had been absorbed. In another pan chorizo pieces were fried for a few minutes before being watered with amontillado sherry, snipped apricots, chickpeas and canned cherry tomatoes. Once done, I piled bulgar wheat into two welcoming bowls, topped with the stew and sprinkled some coriander on for some added magic. Absolutely delicious and I would recommend the tomatoes to everyone. They are not much more costly than your standard tinned toms and are definitely tastier.

On Sunday the snow had gone but the snowman was still there, grinning away.

Goddess Mx


  1. I am a total convert to tinned cherry tomatoes just recently started buying them myself! They give a totally different flavour worth paying that 30p more they cost me

  2. I have a feeling it'll be snowing soon in the North East as well...
    I love the stew. Isn't it oh-so-delicious? I have to make it again. And tinned cherry tomatoes is now a staple in my kitchen. :)

  3. I haven't seen cherry tomatoes in cans yet. I will have to be on the look out. This recipe looks delicious.

  4. It never snows where I live :(..I love snow n right now I am so jealous of you :D

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  5. What a tasty stew! Love the combination of chorizo and chickpeas.

  6. Cannot believe you had snow! This cold snap is showing no sign of leaving us yet. However, it makes it all better if you have a delicious hearty stew to look forward to. Looks delicious... x

  7. Wonder if that snow is headed this way!!

    Nummy stew!

  8. I love your snowman! We've had lots of snow here, but my kids are beyond the age where they'd build one. I miss them!

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  10. Ah, your snowman is darling! Wish we got snow here. This stew looks and sounds perfectly comforting. I love the chorizo in there...yum!

  11. Your snowman reminds me of a polar bear. :)