Well I’d say Happy New Year, but we’re already a quarter of the way in, so I’ll just say Hi! It’s been a very slow start getting back to The Urban Nest, and I’ve missed you, really, I have. Things slowed to a halt at the end of last year when my sister, George, and … Continue reading A Slow Start to the New Year, and Pickled Cabbage Salad.
Happy Birthday to Miss S and Miss E. Sixteen already! I blinked and my babies turned sixteen this week. How is it even possible? It’s a paradox, raising kids. Time moves at a glacial pace during the everyday mundanity, but it’s a blink of an eye when you stop to take a breath. To mark the momentous … Continue reading Sweet 16 x 2 and a Gluten Free Cherry and Almond Birthday Cake.
Things have been rather pedestrian at dinner time in the last few weeks. I’ve been on a bit of a downer all round. I seem to have lost the ability to think about cooking. Anything new I’ve tried has turned out rather bland. The fog in my head has extended to the kitchen. A sorry state … Continue reading Bombay Potatoes and Surfacing from the Culinary Fog.
I came across this doll’s tea-set in the back of a high cupboard the other day, whilst rummaging around for something else. It belonged to my great Aunty Gwen, who passed away some years ago aged ninety. The teapot and milk jug are different to the rest of the set; they’re painted with little violets and are … Continue reading Afternoon Tea with Aunty Gwen.
Since my brother’s tragic and untimely death at the end of last year, grief has been my constant companion; at first ferociously overwhelming me, later following me around as I existed in a kind of emptiness, and more recently just giving me a light nudge every now and then, whilst real life welcomed me back. I … Continue reading Make-do and Mend.
I’ve always wanted to try a chocolate and beetroot cake, but just never got around to it until now. We are huge fans of beetroot at our place, and one of our favourite comfort meals is a roasted beetroot risotto that I finish with balsamic vinegar. A little while ago, whilst watching Masterchef, Miss E … Continue reading Expect the Unexpected: Beetroot Chocolate Cake with Balsamic Ganache.