Smirnoff ‘over’ ice cocktail

Recently I threw a ‘baby gathering’ for my pregnant sister and for those not au fait with the term it is basically a less glamourous version of the ‘baby shower’ popularised in TV shows like Friends… sorry Louise.

Planning the menu for the lady carrying a baby was easy and I opted for the well trusted pizza and salad option, but the real difficulty came with deciding what drinks to serve. My usual offering on such occasions is wine or beer and at the risk of sounding like someone a bit too fond of the devils brew, soft drinks and orange juice seemed rather Puritanical. Continue reading

Basil, Fennel and Lemon Risotto; soft food for adults

For the past few weeks I have been on a ‘soft food diet’ which has consisted mostly of scrambled eggs, macaroni cheese, custard and ice-cream.

Now before you get excited at the prospect of eating lots of ice-cream, sadly this latest fad diet is the result of some extensive (and expensive) dental work and not a revolutionary new way to lose inches; daily desserts remain the enemy of the waistline. Continue reading