Hello and Welcome!

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)!

Friday, 18 February 2011

Perfect Day

What would your perfect day look like?

I would be on holiday in Cornwall, in a beach chalet. I would wake up at sunrise in a bed adorned with Egyptian cotton sheets with Master M snoring gently beside me. There would be a gentle breeze blowing into the room, soft sunlight and a saltiness in the air. In the background I would hear Little M chatting away happily to himself in a room next door.

I would tiptoe out of bed and sneak outside to sit on the sandy beach and read for a while, followed by some yoga or meditation of some sort.

I would make some breakfast smoothies and croissants, wake up the boys, and we would all sit together in bed eating, laughing and looking forward to the day ahead.

We would leisurely get ready and go for a long walk along the beach to a wood where we would find a clearing to relax in for a couple of hours. We would eat a delicious picnic lunch. We would sleep under the sky.

In the afternoon we would browse around the local seaside shops, buying silly presents and postcards for our family. We would spend the rest of the afternoon building sandcastles, paddling in the sea and looking for crabs along the beach.

In the evening we would cosy up around a barbecue of delicious seafood, listen to some live folk music and meet new friends for an evening of good conversation and more laughter.

Bedtime would beckon early and we would all reminisce on what was the perfect day.

Today was far for perfect as I was made redundant. I knew it was coming but I feel pretty crushed. I know worse things can happen but it has rocked the world as I know it. I know things will be better soon, and 'when one door closes, another door opens'...

When I feel sad, cooking sorts me out so off I trotted to the kitchen, Little M on my hip, to make meat pilaff. I browned off some onion in vegetable oil and added coriander and cumin seeds along with dried thyme. To this I added basmati rice, chicken stock and left to simmer for 15 minutes. Cooked turkey was my choice of shredded meat to be added to the pot, followed by pine nuts, pomegranate seeds, coriander, parsley and seasoning (I figured the 'super foods' pomegranate and turkey would sort me out)! I then decanted to two bowls and we ate heartily. Very comforting food on a far-from-perfect day.

I have a couple of other tricks up my sleeve for the weekend aided by Dr Nigella so will be back soon.

Later peeps.

Goddess Mx


  1. Thanks for sharing your perfect day, but what an absolute ballache redundancy is. You're right to believe that it will be the door opening to something greater, but it's also your right to be annoyed and angry about it and to treat yourself to some nice things to cheer yourself up. Hope you have a good weekend x

  2. So sorry to hear that Karen, I hope something much better comes along. In the meantime keep your chin up and think of that perfect day - which sounds lovely by the way!

  3. Karen, I am so sorry about the news you received today. I am glad you stay positive and you should be. Treat yourself to something nice this weekend. I'm sure Nigella has the recipe. :)

  4. what a fab day...I wouldnt mind that either

  5. I hope your feeling more cheerful soon. This does look like a nice and restoring dish to pep you up.

  6. Sorry to hear that. Brighter days are ahead for sure.

  7. That day sounds amazing. Here's hoping things get better soon!

  8. I'm sorry about your bad news! Cooking always makes me feel better too. Your pilaf sounds completely delicious - packed with great flavors.

  9. So sorry to hear your news - hopefully you'll find something better soon.

    Your perfect day sounds pretty good (I'd give the snoring partner a miss though!!!!!!!)

    Lovely restorative dish.

    Hugs, xx

  10. im glad youre using "cooking" as a way to relieve stress, chin up ~

  11. Sometimes obstacles turn out to be blessings in disguise. I hope that's the case for you. In the mean time, keep doing what you love.