Saturday 27 February 2021

I kept A Cactus Alive

 It started with a cactus or 3  from Tesco and I thought I can keep them alive , I can be the hero that these cacti’s deserve .And for a while we were a happy plant family staring out through the kitchen window season s com in grand going .But then as lockdown stretched on and on without me even baking banana bread .Also I bought an airplant that has a post box in it , it was lonely in the garden centre which more than likely saw me coming .

I went out to the garden centre again , I masked up and it wasn't busy . The garden is valuable to my mental health been staring at 4 walls for bloody months. And I did pick some other plants in the reduced section as I believe on giving objects that are now on their luck a chance in life.

Oh and I got a knobbly bobbly cactus it’s called Gorden 

“ Gordon’s alive “

So it is all go in the garden even though the weather at the weekend was very much Fools Spring , but still a start is a start and Spring is a very hopeful month I mind after the bleakness of Winter at times.At I think at this very moment in time with can all do with a little seed of hope to plant in our souls , and I have just noticed the first bloom on my tree as well and it makes my heart and soul so very glad.

Thursday 18 February 2021

3 scraps craft challenge

I’m not sure if 3 things craft challenge is a thing but I thought I’d have a go .First was a scarp of lighthouse paper then it was a golden tassel lastly come coloured string.

I already had the white card blank . I stick the lighthouse paper at the top and in the white space I placed the tassel if it was a seed head blowing on the wind . Then I used the coloured string ad the stalk of the seed head .

Sunday 14 February 2021

AURICCHIO Provolone Cheese Recipes


I love cheese I am quite the cheese fiend and I love recipes with cheese in and on ! and I think back fondly to my holidays in Italy which involved a lot of cheese dishes well when in Rome as the saying goes . I used some AURICCHIO Thin slices of mild Provolone cheese 100 g in a variety of ways and this month at Ocado the cheese is on offer 

Thin slices of mild Provolone cheese 100 g.
Thin slices of strong Provolone cheese 100 g.
Thin slices of smoked Provolone cheese 100 g.

These are all on offer to buy or any 3 for £6.00 from 17th Feb - 16th March. 


80 g of macaroni pasta per person ( to serve 4) 

500 ml milk 

2 tablespoons of plain flour 

Knob of butter 

Mustard teaspoon or 2 of 

4 slices Provolone cheese

80 g Cheddar cheese 

20 gParmasan

Knob of spread/butter


Preheat your oven to 1800 c

First cook the Marconi and then set aside 

Add the flour in a saucepan and add the spread/butter over a low heat

Stir to form a roux 

add a little of the milk and stir until smooth 

Keep adding the rest of the milk 

Whisk as necessary add in the cheese the Cheddar and the Parmesan 

Put the cooked macaroni in an oven proof dish then pour over the cheese sauce 

Cook for 30 minutes 

Makes some croutons and sprinkle over the top of the macaroni cheese add over the cheese slices and bake for a further 15 minutes 

You can switch up the taste of your crotons by perhaps as I did cooking them straight after cooking some bacon to impart some extra special flavour into them.

I also do like the occasional burger


500 g good quality mince 

1 small onion diced up

1 egg

seasoning to taste

salad items to taste


Mix the mince with the diced onion 

and bind with the egg

Divide the mince into 4 piles roughly about the size of a tennis ball

The flatten then to an acceptable width with the plan of your hand 

 Then cook on a grill for about 10 -15  minutes 

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Rice - Riso Gallo
Flours - Polenta Valsugana
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Fish - Delicius, Medusa
Herbs and Spices – Cannamela
Tuna - Rio Mare
Cured Meats - Negroni
Soya and Rice products - Valsoia
Olive Oil - Filippo Berio
Vinegar - Ponti
Bakery - Colussi, Misura, 
Dried fruits – Noberasco
Jams - Santa Rosa
Coffee - Lavazza
Herbal Teas - Bonomelli
Water and Fruit Juices - San Benedetto, Santal 
Wine - Zonin, Santa Margherita 
Spirits - Vecchia Romagna
Cherries and Syrups - Fabbri