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It’s the Easter holidays and all is calm

It’s the Easter holidays and all is calm

The best thing about children is how they force you to stop whatever you’re doing and live life right here in the moment. There’s always a degree of concern as the end of term approaches but once..

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Cheltenham Wine Festival

Cheltenham Wine Festival

Last Saturday was Cheltenham Wine Festival and the weeks leading up to it were pretty busy as I made wine scented candles in bottles from Gloucester Studio, wine jam and then (at the last minute)..

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A week of meetings, canapes and cocktails

A week of meetings, canapes and cocktails

I am exhausted. Last week was insane but I think being busy has to be my favourite problem to have.

On Tuesday BBC Radio Gloucestershire came by for a lunch of jerk chicken and spicy rice followed..

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Twice-cooked fish and smoked pork

Twice-cooked fish and smoked pork

I had a wonderful booking at the weekend where a son had booked a meal for his parents’ Birthdays. With my own mum having a significant Birthday approaching it has made me appreciate the standard..

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Cooking in Hoi An

Cooking in Hoi An

In 2006 I did a cookery class in Ho Chi Minh City. I adore Vietnamese food so was very excited to learn how to make dishes such as fresh spring rolls and caramel fish. Last week I was back in..

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Spring Clean for both Studio and Mind

Spring Clean for both Studio and Mind

Gloucester Studio takes a fair bashing at events from spilt wine and marshmallows to the ash from the fire. No matter how I try to keep on top of it every now and again I need to scrub the place..

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Frost at Gloucester Studio

Frost at Gloucester Studio

It has been freezing recently so I was somewhat trepidatious as I approached the weekend’s meal. The joy of the Fire Kitchen is its proximity to Gloucester Studio but while cooking over fire keeps..

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A foodie day with the kids

A foodie day with the kids

My husband and I decided not to buy each other presents for Christmas in 2016. It wasn’t from any grand anti-materialism gesture. It was more that we both prefer experiences to possessions and as..

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