Perception

I had a bad experience on Friday night. I went to a restaurant where I was harassed by an aggressive and creepy waiter trying to persuade me to go out with him. It made me very uncomfortable and it’s safe to say I’ll never go again. In the aftermath, my friends have been variously persuading…

For Izzy

Originally posted on DarrenBoyd:
My 14 month old daughter was having a rough day (unforgiving teeth, mostly) which meant that the morning had been spent finding zen within the perma-cry and trying to encourage her to chew on appropriate teething toys rather than random shoes, tv remotes or her own fist. I’m learning that the…

Baking

I have to confess that I was a little surprised to read about the massive divide between foodies over the Great British Bake-Off. I adore the show for the recipes and ideas and the sometimes hilarious contestants. I was even more surprised to read about the vitriol and name calling and gender divide that it…

TFRK – Bacon and Butternut Soup

It’s cold, wet and grey up here in the Highlands at the moment. With the evenings closing in, the leaves flaming out in red and golden hues and Halloween just around the corner, we’ve been feeling the need for hearty autumn dishes. Today I made smoked bacon and butternut squash soup. It’s a flavoursome and…

You ARE somebody

I had a bit of a rant in the office this week. It doesn’t happen often, but when it does it’s because it’s something I get really riled up about. The subject of my fury this week was that ridiculous (and yet admittedly catchy) song from James Arthur, the winner of last year’s X factor.…

A letter to Bry

Dear Bry, I can’t believe it’s been five years since you left us. I guess when you’re larger than life, it takes a long time for the holes you left behind to fill in. It still feels like yesterday that we were sat in the kitchen and you were laughing your crazy laugh because I…