Macaroni cheese

Macaroni cheese /

Ok, so I know that this is the second cheese-related recipe in a row. It’s just that time of year, where everything is made better by some melted cheese. You know that’s true: toasties, crumpets, pasta, pizza, risotto, onion soup… all are perfect bedfellows with cheese. Plus I have never shared a macaroni cheese recipe, so why the heck not!

I love macaroni cheese, but I don’t eat it very often because it is so OTT, even by my greedy standards. All that cheese, butter, full fat milk, pasta….if I made it every week there would be serious trouble. But macaroni cheese is a winner when done well and I hope that you agree that this has been done well. So as an occasional tea it is a real treat.

Macaroni cheese /
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Kerala: Thekkady and Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

Kerala part 1: looking for elephants in Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

Close up on monkey / Thekkady Periyar Kerala India / /

A trip to Kerala was the best way to see in the new year. After falling in love with the hustle and bustle of Rajisthan on our last trip to India, we were keen to see how Kerala was in comparison. It did not disappoint.

We crammed a lot into our two weeks there, and there were two distinct themes to the trip: enjoying the landscapes and wildlife and then a chance to chill out before heading home.

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Dried Parma Ham: your addictive new condiment!

Dried Parma Ham on crumpets /

Since my trip to Le Cordon Bleu with Parma Ham last year, I have become a teeny but obsessed with dried Parma Ham. Yep, not fried, dried! It might sound weird, but trust me; when you slowly remove the water, you are left with an uber-savoury treat which you can break up in to shards, grind into a meaty sprinkle or simple snack on whole.

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Bacon and mushroom orzo ‘risotto’ – a one pan wonder

Close up of pasta with mushroom on top / Smoky bacon and mushroom orzo risotto orzotto with Germanto / She-Eats.Com

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As they say round these parts: by ‘eck it’s cold! By they, I mean me, and by these parts, I mean most of the UK!

A general new year gloom, post-holiday blues and then a damn artic chill have left me turning to my kitchen for moral support. What I need is a hug, but failing that a bowl of delicious, soothing, warming food is a close second.

Close up of pasta with cheese pull on a fork / Smoky bacon and mushroom orzo risotto orzotto with Germanto / She-Eats.Com

At this time of year, food needs to tick some boxes:

  • Hot
  • Easy to make – I commute and want to make fresh food when I get home that won’t take hours
  • Easy on the budget
  • Easy on the washing up
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Winter wonderland afternoon tea at The Bridge, Prestbury

Afternoon tea on a stand

I’ve lived right by Cheshire for most of my life, yet I am always surprised by how vast it is, and how much I haven’t visited. Prestbury is a case in point. It is one of those gorgeous little villages which Cheshire is famed for, and really not far from home, but I have gone all these years without visiting. Luckily afternoon tea at The Bridge came up*, so it was the perfect opportunity to check the village out. Continue Reading

Birthday celebrations at Moor Hall, Lancashire

If I had to turn 40, I was going to do it my way. No big party, but a magnificent meal. It didn’t take much to persuade Andrew to book us for a night at Moor Hall in Aughton, Lancashire.

I’m struggling with what to say because it was just astounding. So I will share it with you in pictures instead. Continue Reading

DJ’s Cold Infusion – bringing a grin to tonic

DJ's Cold Infusions / She-EatsI’m looking at a box of ‘teabags’and bottle of tonic water, ready to make a fancy drink for a Saturday night. No, I’ve not gone crazy (well, not much!). The teabags in question are in fact DJ’s Cold Infusion pockets– created to infuse spirits such as gin and vodka, and I’m hoping they will jazz up my non alcoholic tipples. Continue Reading

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