Thursday, 22 November 2012


It seems I've reached the storage limit on Blogger (boo) so I'm moving over to Wordpress!

Please come and follow me there (I can't work out how to move you all over automatically!) and please bear with me while I try to work out how to use it...!

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Friday, 16 November 2012

Enchiladas! Finally!

I mentioned the other day that I'd been meaning to make these butternut squash enchiladas for about 10 days...and last night I finally managed to make them!

The original recipe called for quite a lot of cheese, and browned butter, but I wanted to make it healthier so I left out the cheese and butter, used unsweetened almond milk for the sauce, and instead of tortillas I used Mountain Bread corn wraps (which I get from my local organic supermarket). I also halved the recipe - although I ended up getting a bit overenthusiastic with my squash chopping, so I had some of the filling left over which I'm going to have with pasta for tomorrow's supper. And I got some lovely black kale in my veg box this week (no Veg Box Day post, though, I'm afraid - I got home late on Tuesday night after a book launch party and just chucked everything in the fridge!) so I put some of that into the filling as well.

It wasn't the most attractive of things to photograph...
...but it tasted really good!

On another note, the Christmas lights are up in Ealing. I checked back through last year's posts, and they've been switched on a whole 10 days earlier this year! I suppose it's definitely beginning to look a little bit like Christmas...

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Roasted butternut squash pizza...

I love my Riverford veg box, but it does occasionally create veg mountains. As well as the perpetual potato mountain (there are currently two bags of potatoes in my fridge and another is arriving on Tuesday...I need to find more things to do with potatoes...!) this week I had two butternut squash taking up space in the fridge. For about a week now I've been meaning to make these butternut squash enchiladas, but various things keep getting in the way and I just haven't managed it. I considered making them on Friday night, but a rather scary (and thankfully now fixed) water leak on Thursday evening put paid to Friday's supermarket trip, so I didn't have any tortillas. I still fancied making something with squash, though, so I decided to have a go at a pizza.

I used Jamie Oliver's pizza dough recipe, which always comes out perfectly, cutting the proportions down to a quarter of the original recipe to make one generous pizza for greedy old me. While the dough was doing its thing I roasted the squash, and then I put the whole thing together with the remains of that tomato and pepper sauce I made the other week and some yummy mozzarella (and possibly just a little touch of Laughing Cow blue cheese..!)
It was fab! Perfect Friday night food.

Sunday, 4 November 2012


Bonfire Night isn't until tomorrow, but this weekend has been full of organised fireworks displays all over the place. I'm lucky enough to have a particularly fantastic one right on my doorstep at my local cricket club - people come from miles around and there's a huge crowd, mulled wine, an enormous bonfire and a brilliant half-hour fireworks extravaganza. Apart from one shower, the weather was crisp and cold and perfect for fireworks!
I went with a gang of running club people, and of course rather than attempt to cram ourselves into one of the local pubs afterwards, we sent a couple of the boys down to the corner shop and crammed ourselves into my flat instead for dodgy wine (apparently the only white on offer was Black Tower...!) and a ton of crisps and pizza. Thankfully I'd done my 12-mile run in the morning!

I also went to the V&A's Hollywood Costume exhibition yesterday, which was fab. I really don't know a lot about films (it's always best to assume I haven't seen things, because I probably haven't...) but even I could recognise the iconic costumes from films through the ages. My favourites were a perfectly 60s green skirt and jumper combo from Mildred Pierce, and a navy sparkly number from Chicago. And of course there were Dorothy's iconic ruby red slippers - although they're more than a little shabby and faded these days! I'd definitely recommend going if you can get a ticket!

 And finally, this week I discovered this...
Ooh yeah. Can't wait to make a butternut squash risotto and stir a bit of that in! In other news, I've started my Christmas shopping...
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