Turkish Rice Pilaf (Pilav)

Turkish Rice Pilaf (Pilav)

Hello y'all! I am around, it's just been a quiet few weeks with all work and no play. I thought I would share my favourite Turkish Rice recipe with you. It is the staple Turkish food - a side serving of rice. If you have ever visited Turkey you will find rice served with most main meals.  You will never go back to 'ordinary' rice after trying it Turkish style! Turkish Rice Pilaf (Pilav) Ingredients:- 3/4 cup of long grain rice (I use Basmati) 1 cup hot water 2 tbsp Butter Salt and ... [ Read More ]

Days Out – Knaresborough


I visited the lovely town of  Knaresborough when I was away on my short break recently. The historic market town is located near Harrogate in North Yorkshire. Here are some of my highlights! Knaresborough Castle Knaresborough Castle is a ruined fortress overlooking the River Nidd. The first documented evidence of the castle dates from 1130. The 14th Century Kings Tower The Courthouse Museum The undercroft of the Courthouse building is the oldest surviving structure on the ... [ Read More ]

Days Out – York

York City Walls

 Recently I visited the Yorkshire area of England for a few days and I was able to spend a day in the city of York. York has a rich heritage with many historic and interesting sights. I had a great time and tried to see as many of York's attractions as I could in the short time I had. Luckily it was a lovely sunny day and as it was early March it was not too busy with other tourists. Here are some of my highlights! York's City Walls York's centre is enclosed by the city's medieval walls, ... [ Read More ]

World Book Day 2014


Today is World Book day! This is the 17th year there’s been a World Book Day. World Book Day was designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and is marked in over 100 countries around the globe. A main aim of World Book Day is to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading. Have a look at the official website for your £1 book token and the 2014 list of ten books for £1! http://www.worldbookday.com I was delighted to see Fun with the Worst Witch ... [ Read More ]

Pasta e Fagioli (Pasta and Beans)

Pasta e Fagioli

I love Italian food and Pasta e Fagioli  is one of my favourite dishes.  Pasta e fagioli means pasta and beans and is a traditional dish found all around Italy. I am a big fan of "cucina povera" the poor/peasant Italian cooking style and this dish is a typical example of this. It is very simple and uses cheap easily found ingredients. The ingredients and how it is prepared varies greatly throughout Italy, this version is the closest I have been able to recreate that reminds me of the Pasta e ... [ Read More ]

Preserving Herbs and Spices

Preserving herbs and spices

I am sure many of you are guilty of letting fresh herbs and spices to go off or wilt. When a recipe only calls for a bit of ginger or half a chilli pepper the other half usually is left looking sad and forgotten at the bottom of the fridge... You all been here right?? What a waste especially during the winter months when fresh herbs are even more costly as they are often imported. Well no longer here are some simple tips to make the most out of your herbs and spices. Preserving Herbs ... [ Read More ]

Potato Soup

Potato Soup

This simple Potato soup is thick and creamy, the perfect choice on a cold winter's day. Potato Soup Ingredients:- 1 medium Onion diced 2 sticks of Celery diced 3 medium Potatoes diced 1 litre Chicken Stock 2-3 tablespoons plain flour 1/2 cup of milk 1/2 cup double cream Salt and Pepper 1/2 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper 1 teaspoon freshly chopped or dried parsley Method:- In large pan add some butter or a splash of oil/dripping and set to a medium to high heat. Add the onions and ... [ Read More ]

Out and About – Sunday Walks

Kings College Chapel Aberdeen

Sometimes living in the same place for so long you can take it for granted and not appreciate what is right on your doorstep.... It was a lovely sunny day today, freezing cold but perfect for a nice long walk! ... [ Read More ]

Books January 2014

Jamie Oliver Cookbook

 Hello everyone, I have done a little reading this past month but not as much as I would like here is what I have enjoyed.  There's more to life than this If you watch the TLC show Long Island Medium you will know who Theresa Caputo is, Theresa has been a practising medium for the last ten years and stars in the reality show about her life Long Island Medium. I really enjoy the show so thought this would be an interesting read. I love the fact Teresa's personality comes across in the ... [ Read More ]

Hoosewifey’s 1st Birthday Giveaway!

Scott Inness Thistle Bramble Tea Towel

Hi everyone! To thank you all for following my blog over the last year I am doing a giveaway!! 1st Prize is an Amazon Gift Card worth £15/$20 2nd Prize is a brand new Scott Inness Bramble Thistle 100% Cotton Tea Towel The Tea Towel was purchased from Treasures at CHAS. Treasures at CHAS is the Children's Hospice Association Scotland Ebay shop. CHAS is the only charity in Scotland that provides vital hospice services for children and young people with life-shortening conditions - Find out ... [ Read More ]