Sorry no updates

Sorry there have been no updates and recipes for a FEW WEEKS.

Life has been busy.  I start a new job soon.

We’ve been to the Isle of Skye and the South of France.

Back to weigh-ins, recipes and more exercise very soon.

C xxx


How we dug for victory..

Thank you to Kate from www.notcutts.co.uk for this…





Outside the train station in Bremen, Germany. For some reason these young students photo-bombed the photo!!


Normality will be resumed soon…

The past week or so has been hectic but productive in the job seeking department and it looks like I have a third call back interview coming up soon for a forward thinking engineering firm.

Today I am catching up with chores, paperwork and normal family life.

In my mind I have got back on track with wanting to address my weight issues and realizing that life is short and I want Richard and I to be healthy enough to continue on our adventures on planet earth.

10584106_588607021259274_5705675631790998668_nWe had a wonderful weekend away in July in Bremen, Germany. Beer and Gooseberry cake featured heavily…not so good for the waistline but totally delicious.

I’m now back to the tried and tested 1940s food routine of porridge made with water for breakfast (I add some ground flax seed for Omega 3) and lunches are currently a hearty salad with seasonal raw veg, some kidney beans sprinkled over and a warm potato.

Tonight I will look in my recipe books for a pie..

I really fancy a pie.

C xxxx



Here is another recipe for the Central England Co-op’s Easy Eating Campaign! It is indeed easy to make and packed with goodness!

Yes it does come out a lovely shade of green… much like a savoury green smoothie! A whole bags worth of Kale went into this soup which made enough for six people served with bread.

I know it tastes good as Mr Tiddles (Richard) gobbled his down when he came over for supper – I was WELL impressed!

So here is the recipe for wartime ‘Kale and Potato Soup’ which comes from The Ministry of Food’s wartime leaflet No 15, ‘Easy to Make Soups and Broths’.


Kale and Potato Soup

  • 2 pints of vegetable stock
  • 1-1/2 lbs of potatoes washed and chopped
  • 1 onion or leek chopped
  • 4 oz kale, shredded
  • Chopped parsley
  • 4 tablespoons of dried milk (I used a nut milk as I don’t use cows milk)
  • Lots of salt and pepper to taste (just add extra herbs and spices to your own taste if too bland)



  1. Put half the vegetable stock into a large pan, bring to boil and add the chopped onion/leek and potato and cook until vegetables are soft then mash everything up together.
  2. Bring to the boil again and add the washed and shredded kale
  3. Cook for a further 20 minutes
  4. Add the milk and remaining vegetable stock together and add and reheat
  5. Season with salt and pepper (and spices and herbs of your choice)
  6. Sprinkle with chopped parsley just before serving


Serves 6 with bread

Total cost of soup £2.50 (41.5p per bowl)




In support of the Central England Co-op’s Easy Eating Campaign I’m making a few wartime recipes to promote simple, easy food and support food bloggers in the UK.

The first recipe is a simple, inexpensive, veggie meal, using fresh food from the Co-op,  taken from the wartime Ministry of Foods Cheese leaflet No 12… Vegetable au Gratin.

And there is a story behind this dish and it’s to do with the big pottery dish I used in this recipe…

Richard (Mr Tiddles) and I recently spent four days in France in La Rochelle. One day we popped into a small little shop tucked down one of the back streets, to buy some bread, cheese and wine (we heard you have to do that in France so we did).

I think the shop keeper loved Richard and his beard, he called his wife down for a chat (they lived over the top of the shop) and he gave Richard a free big pottery dish which we gratefully took away with us back to the UK.

Seeing the wartime recipe for ‘Vegetables au Gratin’ I just had to use the dish (which by the way says on it ‘Tradition de Vendee – Porc Fermier Plein Air’ and if you know what that translates to I’d be ever so grateful if you could share your linguistic wisdom).

So here is ‘Vegetable au Gratin’ served in a French dish that travelled all the way back from France in Richard’s backpack. It’s simple, tasty, and economical.. ENJOY!



  • 3 breakfast cups of diced cooked vegetables
  • 1 breakfast cup of white or coloured beans
  • 1 small chopped leek
  • 3 oz strong grated cheese (use more if available)
  • 1 oz flour
  • 1/2 pint of vegetable stock
  • 1/2 pint of milk (I used almond milk)
  • Lots of salt and pepper


  1. Cook vegetables and set aside
  2. Mix flour to a paste with some of the vegetable stock and milk
  3. Put the remaining liquid in a pan and bring to the boil.
  4. Slowly add in the paste and mix
  5. Add the cooked vegetables and half the cheese and season with lots of salt and pepper
  6. Put into a ovenproof dish
  7. Sprinkle with cheese and a sliced tomato (optional)
  8. Grill until browned

This dish serves 4 – 6 people and using ingredients from the Co-op it cost £3.50 to make.

C xxx



A few weeks ago, when Richard said he had booked afternoon tea for us at ‘The Fourteas’ 1940s Tea Rooms in Stratford-Upon-Avon, I got terribly excited…

I love afternoon tea, I love that kind of friendly, homely, happy atmosphere that one associates with a nice day out, where colour, creed, wealth, status and dialect pale into insignificance when faced with a mound of simple sandwiches, colourful cakes and a huge pot of loose leaf tea…cue bunting, wartime music and smiling, helpful staff and you have the perfect afternoon.


We ordered ‘The Ivor Novello Afternoon Tea for Two’ (from a replica ration book menu which already had me giddy) and a few minutes later we were presented with simple, green vintage style crockery, and a huge teapot of ‘Fourteas’ blend loose leaf tea in a special teapot filter as well as a timer so we could brew the tea perfectly.

We ordered simple cheese and pickle sandwiches on granary bread which had been baked locally, this was then followed by huge scones with clotted cream and jam and finally, the top tier had a selection of little cakes…Did we eat it all? You bet!


The attention to detail was excellent at the tea-rooms. The staff were adorable and they all looked like they thoroughly enjoyed their jobs, had delightful manners this therefore gave the place a lovely atmosphere.


Out in the garden we found an Anderson Shelter as well as several tables and more garden bunting. Having had such a lovely time on Saturday we went back on Sunday for cheese and pickle sandwiches and another large pot of tea, this time enjoying our afternoon tea outside next to the bomb shelter.

We came away with a feeling that is hard to describe but probably the words pleased and comforted would be appropriate. It’s an experience you HAVE to make part of your visit to Stratford-Upon-Avon.

5 out of 5 STARS!





I’ve been away…

Mr Tiddles and I went on a fabulous long weekend to Trapani in Sicily. How did we pick our location? A leap of faith based on a return flight on Ryanair for just £50 if we are honest…

s90We travelled light with just a small backpack each (so as not to incorporate a baggage charge) and Richard booked a convenient  B & B called Piazza Vittorio which had got great reviews on Trip Advisor and was only something like £20 per person, per night. It was just 1 minute from the beach and a short walk into the old part of the city which was filled with beautiful old buildings and lovely cafe’s and restaurants..

It was indeed impossible to eat 1940’s… but we did enjoy lovely food and Sicilian wine!




Our B & B room at Piazza Vittorio - Guiesseppa, our host, was wonderfully helpful

We had an absolutely wonderful time, so much to tell have decided to set up a travel blog just so we can keep a track of where we go, what we do and build memories.





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