Month: April 2015

It’s only Home but I like it…

A few months ago I offered to help my Mum do a big Spring Clean. My Mum lives in a little cottage in the Wye Valley in Wales. It’s got lots of good memories for me as it was my Grandparent’s house, then my Mum moved here. It’s an old cottage with low ceilings and it’s a little overstuffed! A good sort out was needed!

I’ve helped Mum clear out recesses of her home: backs of cupboards, drawers and even under the stairs. This has been tiring, dirty and also at times, emotional. We’ve found lots of things belonging to my Grandparents, things we had as children and I’ve managed to sneak a quick look around charity shops while I was donating the things we decided to get rid of!


A Beryl plate for 50p and a jelly mould for £2 – well I wasn’t going to say no, was I?


We discovered my Gran’s chocolate cake recipe scribbled down on a piece of paper – she was known for her chocolate cake, so this was a good find and I can’t wait to bake it.


Found some most excellent vintage cookbooks. Some interesting titles there. Again, need to look through this and whip up some treats…

There are a whole box of things that I have said I will rehome but they’ll stay with Mum and she’ll bring them down once we’ve moved. Don’t tell Dr P! I will have a stealth mission to get them into the house without him noticing!

It is with a crafty sideways glance I say:

It’s only vintage but I like it!


It’s only Easter but I like it…

Just a quick post to wish you all a Happy and Vintage Easter!



Have fun and do whatever does it for you this Easter-tide. I shall be spending it with some of my closest family – not all of them sadly. I shall cook, eat, Watch a musical and eat too much chocolate. Then I’m off to Wales for a few days to see my Mum. More on that soon.

It is with a sense of culinary foreboding I say:

It’s only vintage but I like it!

It’s only a Fish Dish but I like it…

Apparently it’s traditional to eat fish on Good Friday. I don’t know how I got to be 30-something and not know this but the Dr has put me straight and I intend to uphold it from now on.

It gives me an opportunity to make this amazing Jamie Oliver tray bake. It’s one of his 30 minute meals, so you can find the video online, but the basic recipe is here:

As is usual with Mr Oliver it’s a very easy ‘bish bash bosh’ recipe – throw it all in a tray and whack it in the oven. The flavours are incredible and the colours are pretty good too.

But the best part is the salsa verde. This sauce is so amazing. Really intense flavours. Seriously. You must make it.


It was all served up with a dish of new potatoes. Simple and perfect.


I had been looking forward to this meal for 2 weeks and it didn’t disappoint. Such good, tasty food to put into my body.

Wishing you all a Happy Easter!

It is with a satisfied belly I say:

It’s only vintage but I like it!