Potato topped sausage and Onion pie recipe

As soon as the lights are on all day my thoughts turn to comfort food.  In the absence of being able to hug a hot water all day I turn instead to warming comforting foods.  Those hot dinners that say “a hug from within”.   I had actually forgotten about this recipe until I was

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When a family dispute means you can’t say goodbye

The story of a 14 year old cancer victim being cryogenically frozen has troubled me this week.  Not for the story itself, though that does trouble me on many levels.   The false hope this girl has believed may one day bring her back.  What happens if by some medical miracle she is brought  back to life?

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Want the most amazing home made pizza ever?

Of course you do.  Who doesn’t?  And I say that as somebody who doesn’t even really like pizza.  But on Friday last week a man called David made two pizzas in less than half an hour in my kitchen and then cooked each of them in less than five minutes in our garden.   And

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Ed Balls and the Strictly backlash

Normally the gossip surrounding Strictly is about the so called “Curse of Strictly”.   The idea that every year a happily married couple will split because one or other of them has fallen for their strictly partner.  The tabloids are littered with proof this curse is an actual thing.    This year however most of

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We are a family of Canvas converts

It’s a vivid memory for me, the first time I thought “this is how a holiday should be done”.  Though to be honest I had been on holiday this way since I was a child.  You know, the “Canvas Holidays Way” where you rock up at your campsite and move into a fully set up tent.

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Just when you think things can’t get any worse

America elects that buffoon to be its President.   A man who has previously stood for the other side.  Who believes in whatever he thinks will get people talking about him.   Who stands for everything every civilised person in the world disagrees with.   A man who is nothing short of a bully.  A

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The Mummy Barrow Gin Giveaway

Sales of gin are likely to be near the billion Pound mark a year soon.  Gin has never been more “in” and it seems every time I go to the supermarket there is a new one to look at and add to my mental wish list.   Alongside, of course, the gins that have been

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