Monday, April 30, 2012

Meatless Monday - Rustic Pear Tart



I always feel like I’m cheating when I post a dessert recipe for Meatless Monday. I can’t honestly think of a dessert which contains meat and I’m sure it isn’t what the Meatless and Meat Free Monday founders had in mind. I just don’t have a new meatless main meal recipe to post today. Last week we ate meatless main meals three times but they were all meals I have posted before, with the exception of one, which is a ‘recipe in progress’ and isn’t quite ready to be shared yet. (If you are wondering, the two meals we ate that I have blogged were Chickpea and Veggie Couscous with Toasted Cashews and Vegetarian Pasta One Pot.) So a dessert it is. It’s meatless, and everyone needs dessert once in a while, but I still feel like I’m cheating! 

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Friday, April 27, 2012

The Gallery of Favorites with The 21st Century Housewife

Gallery of Favorites

Alea of Premeditated Leftovers and I want to welcome you to our weekend blog hop, The Gallery of Favorites, a place for you to feature favorite posts from your own blog. 


Although Alea and I both spend a lot of our time writing about food, we do have many other interests and know that our readers do as well. The Gallery of Favorites is a place for all bloggers - not just food bloggers - to share their ideas, interests and passions. Of course, recipe and food posts are very welcome too.


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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Women and Food - Nigella Lawson at The Vogue Festival


One of the highlights of The Vogue Festival was Kirsty Young’s interview with Nigella Lawson. I’ve seen the lovely Nigella in person on two previous occasions and met her once at a book signing, and the thing that always strikes me is how consistently natural and relaxed she is. Witty and self-deprecating, she was the perfect choice to discuss what had to be an emotive topic, ‘Women & Food’.


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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The Hearth and Soul Hop with The 21st Century Housewife 24 April

Hearth & Soul Hop

Welcome to the Hearth and Soul Hop, the blog hop that shares food from the hearth to feed your soul. Recipes should include healthy ingredients and can be old or new recipes or posts. Articles on real food, slow food, foraging, herbal remedies, local food, sustainable food, organics, gardening or any healthy eating information written in a positive light are also welcome. 

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Monday, April 23, 2012

The Vogue Festival



Last Friday and Saturday marked the first ever Vogue Festival. Held at The Royal Geographical Society in London, it offered not only the chance to see some of the leading names in fashion all in one place, but also to experience British Vogue as never before. 

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Meatless Monday - Cheesy Roast Vegetable Pasta Bake



Ever have a recipe you love, but that you know has more potential? Not that you are going to stop making it, but you’d love to see what would happen if you gave yourself free reign to make it just that little bit more exciting? That’s what happened with my Spinach Florentine Pasta Bake. It’s a real family favourite but I knew it had the potential to evolve into yet another wonderful recipe if I just gave it the chance. 

I started by turning the whole thing upside down. No, not literally, that would have been messy - but by reversing the layers and adding some wonderful roast vegetables, I’ve created yet another meatless meal everyone loves. The extra veggies make it even more nutritious and filling, and although the original recipe is still very firmly placed in our vegetarian menu rotation, this one will be welcome at our table anytime. It’s also wonderful for midweek entertaining.

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Saturday, April 21, 2012

The Place Where I Live - Kristy Lynn's Victoria

One of the things I love about writing is the community we create through our blogs, and I’ve (virtually) met some wonderful writers over the last ten years. Some of them I’ve been lucky enough to meet in person too! Recently I ‘met’ a really lovely lady named Kristy who writes at Gastronomical Sovereignty  and Taste Buds. Kristy and I have a similar attitude to food - local, seasonal, organic, small scale - anyway, we really hit it off.
Kristy was one of the first people who sprang to mind when I decided to run a series of guest travel posts called The Place Where I Live. I think one of the best ways to get to know folks better is to learn a little bit about the place they call home, plus it’s a great way to collect a super resource of insider knowledge for all sorts of places you might like to visit one day. I’ve got a few more posts lined up over the next couple of months, and if you would like to write a guest post about the place where you live, please do get in touch. The more, the merrier!

And now, without further ado, over to the lovely Kristy!

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

The Gallery of Favorites with The 21st Century Housewife

Gallery of Favorites

Alea of Premeditated Leftovers and I want to welcome you to our weekend blog hop, The Gallery of Favorites, a place for you to feature favorite posts from your own blog. 


Although Alea and I both spend a lot of our time writing about food, we do have many other interests and know that our readers do as well. The Gallery of Favorites is a place for all bloggers - not just food bloggers - to share their ideas, interests and passions. Of course, recipe and food posts are very welcome too.


This week Alea and I are featuring a post from Jenn of Bulldogs and Brown Sugar.


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Shloer and Ember Pub and Dining - Best Served Shared



Shloer is the sparkling juice drink for any occasion, and it contains no preservatives, artificial colours, sweeteners or flavourings. As it also contains no alcohol it is suitable for everyone, and it’s a great choice to accompany a delicious pub meal. That is why I was so pleased to learn that Ember Pub and Dining are now stocking Shloer at their premium local pubs. 

Our local Ember Pub and Dining is The Grosvenor at Caversham, but for some reason I had never visited before. I was very pleased to be asked to go along and sample their delicious Gastro Pub Food alongside a refreshing glass of Shloer. 

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Some of My Top Frugal Kitchen Tips



English muffins make fantastic bread crumbs with loads of flavour. Just grate them or process in your food processor. You can store them in the freezer and use them from frozen too.

Use leftover nuts instead of croutons in your salad. Try using walnuts, pecans or almonds. This works best with a green salad (ie.  no tomatoes).  The nuts taste delicious and are more nutritious than croutons.

Add a couple of tablespoons of pesto to spaghetti sauce to add a bit of zing.  This works equally well in a vegetarian or meat sauce.  


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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

The Hearth and Soul Hop with The 21st Century Housewife April 17

Hearth & Soul Hop

Welcome to the Hearth and Soul Hop, the blog hop that shares food from the hearth to feed your soul.

We have some exciting news - from next week two new bloggers will be joining us as hosts! Please join us in welcoming Elsa of Elsa Cooks and Judy of Savoring Today.

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Monday, April 16, 2012

Meatless Monday - Asparagus Risotto Almondine



As many of you know, I’m actively trying to reduce the amount of meat my family eats, both for environmental and health reasons. Sometimes it is easier than others and one of the times I find it very easy is during asparagus season. I adore asparagus and will eat it served just about any way you can think of. I like to dip gently steamed asparagus spears in soft boiled eggs, bathe it in melted butter and use it in vegetable lasagna and pastas. My love affair with this gorgeous vegetable goes back to my childhood. My late Mom cultivated several asparagus crowns in our garden, and spoke fondly of her own childhood suppers of a plate of asparagus fresh from my Grandmother’s much larger garden crowned with gently poached eggs. There is nothing like freshly picked asparagus. It’s also a nutritional powerhouse - a good source of B vitamins and calcium, asparagus also contains folate, potassium, calcium and zinc. 

Because of the fond memories attached to it I consider asparagus comfort food, so it seems only natural to me to pair it with one of the most soothing foods on the planet, risotto. Whether you are cooking it or eating it, risotto is comfort food almost personified. The repetitive stirring required to cook risotto properly soothes the soul and the texture and flavour bring to mind both real and imagined nursery suppers. Despite a reputation for being time consuming, risotto only takes about a half hour to prepare. In fact, risotto is one of my go to last minute suppers. 

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Friday, April 13, 2012

The Gallery of Favorites with The 21st Century Housewife

Gallery of Favorites

Alea of Premeditated Leftovers and I want to welcome you to our weekend blog hop, The Gallery of Favorites, a place for you to feature favorite posts from your own blog. 


Although Alea and I both spend a lot of our time writing about food, we do have many other interests and know that our readers do as well. The Gallery of Favorites is a place for all bloggers - not just food bloggers - to share their ideas, interests and passions. Of course, recipe and food posts are very welcome too.


This week Alea and I are featuring a wonderful post about tradition and gratitude from Lisa of Happy in Dole Valley


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Easiest Ever Shrimp Primavera



My son is on a trip to Italy with college this week, so yesterday my husband and I had a dinner à deux. I wanted to make something special, but I didn’t want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. As I had some raw shrimp in the freezer, I defrosted them earlier in the day so that I could de-vein them and have them ready. I also decided to use the fresh leeks I had in my organic vegetable box last Friday as well as a nice red pepper, but honestly, I think any colour pepper would be absolutely fine. Equally, I think a mild red onion would work in place of the leeks as well. 

This dish does fry in a bit more oil than I normally use, but it worked really well. I can get a very mild olive oil here that is great for frying, or you could use any other mild vegetable oil that is good at high temperatures (groundnut or sunflower would work well). I made this dish in a wok, but you could use a deep, wide frying pan if you don’t have one. 

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Thursday, April 12, 2012

A Thriving Survivor


Heather Von St James got in touch with me recently to ask if she could do a guest post here at The 21st Century Housewife. A survivor of mesothelioma, Heather is working to raise awareness of the disease, encourage those who are fighting it and to share the joys of an attitude of gratitude. Welcome, Heather!


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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The Hearth and Soul Hop with The 21st Century Housewife

Hearth & Soul Hop

Welcome to the Hearth and Soul Hop, the blog hop that shares food from the hearth to feed your soul. Recipes should include healthy ingredients and can be old or new recipes or posts. Articles on real food, slow food, foraging, herbal remedies, local food, sustainable food, organics, gardening or any healthy eating information written in a positive light are also welcome. 

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Friday, April 06, 2012

The Gallery of Favorites with The 21st Century Housewife

Gallery of Favorites

Alea of Premeditated Leftovers and I want to welcome you to our weekend blog hop, The Gallery of Favorites, a place for you to feature favorite posts from your own blog. 


Although Alea and I both spend a lot of our time writing about food, we do have many other interests and know that our readers do as well. The Gallery of Favorites is a place for all bloggers - not just food bloggers - to share their ideas, interests and passions. Of course, recipe and food posts are very welcome too.


As spring is beginning to arrive in the northern hemisphere, Alea and I have chosen to feature two posts about this new season. 


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Thursday, April 05, 2012

Gone with a Handsomer Man, A Teeny Bit of Trouble & An Interview with the Author Michael Lee West

Photo courtesy Rattlebridge Farm
Teeny Templeton finds her life turned upside down when she discovers her fiancé in a very compromising position, but things get even worse when he is found dead a few days later. Her only hope is the man who broke her heart a decade before and a detective with some very rough edges. Gone with a Handsomer Man’is a great read, with characters you immediately identify with and a fast-paced positively addictive story line. The twists and turns in the plot meant I really couldn’t put it down. I can’t wait for the next book in the series, A Teeny Bit of Trouble, which is being published on April 10th.


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Wednesday, April 04, 2012

My Favourite Facials

I have a confession to make. I am a beauty junkie. I love trying new products and techniques to enhance my looks, and I get a real buzz from finding the ones that do what they promise. Don’t get me wrong, I truly believe we all have our own very unique beauty and I deplore companies that try to sell by playing on our insecurities or whose products don’t live up to their promises. I do, however, love to look my best, and make the most of what I have. 

It’s important to take care of your skin at home - daily cleansing and moisturising are absolutely key to good skin . Home facials are a good option if time or money are an issue - it’s difficult to take two hours out in a spa or salon when you have little kids running around - and a half hour one evening can make a huge difference to your skin. 

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Tuesday, April 03, 2012

The Hearth and Soul Hop with The 21st Century Housewife

Hearth & Soul Hop

Welcome to the Hearth and Soul Hop, the blog hop that shares food from the hearth to feed your soul. Recipes should include healthy ingredients and can be old or new recipes or posts. Articles on real food, slow food, foraging, herbal remedies, local food, sustainable food, organics, gardening or any healthy eating information written in a positive light are also welcome. 

To see last week's featured recipes, and to share your posts, please click here...