Last week we went out for a walk in a wooded park (don’t remember its name) where there was an abundance of wild garlic so we gathered some to bring home.. today for lunch I made it into a pesto and it was delicious! Even my daughter had a second bowl!

a light green bowl containing a pile of penne pasta coated in a green wild garlic pesto and seasoned with white garlic flowers & buds, sea salt, black pepper and nutritious yeast.

It occurred to me today that I hadn’t had a baked 🥔 for a very long time and set out to fix that..

Baked potato and homemade baked beans, a ginger glazed Scottish flat mushroom and some grilled asparagus.. I am stuffed!

A large baked potato with crispy skin topped with cannelini beans in a tomato sauce, behind are some grilled asparagus spears and a glazed flat mushroom

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Photos of today’s cooking efforts

A Scotch broth like soup, maybe the best I’ve made so far (imho)

Chilli, salsa, guacamole (with whole coriander leafs because someone - me - forgot to chop them) and nachos with way too little chilli or cheese (alternative).

all #vegan and all delicious!

close up shot of a brownish soup with various root vegetables, barley, spinach and some fresh parsley Vegan chilli "non" carne, kidney and black beans, vegetables, vegan mince in a brown, spicy sauce with some coriander A yellow, green salsa with specks of red chillies, pretty moist looking. guacamole, a green avocado dish with red chillies, cherry tomatoes, peppers and fresh coriander baked nachos, topped with the vegan chilli, some jalapenos and a miserly portion of grated vegan cheese close up of the nachos, salsa and guacamole from previous photos on a small side plate.

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My wife was going a bit Marie Kondo today and amongst the boxes of stuff to be thrown out was this wee canon camera.

.. it has now been rescued and granted to my toddler daughter.. it was fascinating to see what she found to be photo-worthy. I’m hoping that this will be something that keeps her entertained and I think that I’ll upload the “best” or favourite from each session to her own account on our pixelfed instance.

silver coloured canon ixy digital compact camera

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To the Shaft theme tune:

Who is a guy who hates xmas but loves cooking for any occasion? this guy! you’re damn right

Who is a guy who makes pigs in blankets, without pigs but better than just blankets? This guy’s wife! not a guy

(Tune bit which inconveniently splits the lines)

Who is a guy who most likely doesn’t remember the theme tune to Shaft! This guy? you’re almost certainly right!


“Giant sausage roll” - chestnut mushroom and nut roast with cranberry, cinnamon and nutmeg flavours in pastry

“Sprouts n stuff” - sticky, crunchy woodland mushrooms and shallots

“Crunchy spuds” - thyme, rosemary & garlic roasted tatties

“Sausage and bacongine” - vegan sausage wrapped in smokey marinated aubergine slices!

All from the the Bish Bash BOSH! Cookbook

Cooked pastry containing a nut & mushroom filling, brown, shiny and crispy looking Same pastry dish from before but sliced open revealing the nut and mushroom filling Brussel sprouts with stick mushrooms, shallots and covered with a sprinkling of toasted almond flakes A bit plate, one half covered in very crunchy roasted potatoes, the other with vegan sausage and aubergine bacon on cocktail sticks

Very simple brew tomorrow and notes written up in advance.. I thought maybe reading over the recipe and instructions might take a little longer.. I guess I really do need to go and clean the kit now.

handwritten brew day preparation notes in small notepad with recipe book open in background.