Merry Christmas

There hasn’t been much time for photography or experimenting in the kitchen these last few months so my only offering today is some photos from previous winters.

Wishing you all a very merry Christmas.  Promise to be back with fresh offerings soon.  :)

W x

Shredded Stir Fried Sprouts

I heard some disturbing news recently.  It seems there may be a shortage of Brussels sprouts this winter.   Hooray, cheer children and sprout haters throughout the land; boo hiss boo, says me.  They’re dinky wee cabbages.  What’s not to love?

Hopefully, the rumours aren’t true as we are crazy about stir fried sprouts at the moment.  Simply fry some garlic and chilli (more than you think you’ll need) in a pan then add a great big pile of shredded sprouts.  Cook over a medium high heat for 3-4 minutes until the greens soften, adding a splash of water if necessary.

We’ve been eating this side dish recently alongside spicy bean enchiladas.  Perfect for munching on the sofa on cold,  dark December nights.

Walking Marco (& Animal Portraits)

All summer long, we’ve been unable to walk our pup.  He hurt his back leg at the back of June and since then we’ve been under vet’s orders to rest him as much as possible.  It’s been rubbish.

Slowly but surely, however, the wee one’s leg has got better and better and better until, just this last week, I’ve been able to take him out for “interesting”  walks (i.e. not just around the block) once again.  Bliss.

Whilst I’m here and talking about dogs, let me share this painting with you:

Isn’t it lovely?  It’s by my artist friend, Donna McGlynn.  She paints and draws portraits of pets and other animals.  If you’d like to see more of her work or are interested in having your own pet drawn/painted, she has a website here and an Etsy page here and a Facebook page here.