Mamushka | Olia Hercules

I’m typing this with one hand, as I stuff Ukrainian garlic bread in my face with the other.

I bought Mamushka online, back in January while lying on the sofa, heavily pregnant and fed up. I needed escapism. I needed to fantasise about the days ahead when I’d be able to stand and cook without developing elephant  sized cankles, and my appetite would demand more than just ice cubes and Love Hearts.

Three months on, and emerging from the newborn baby fog of sleepness nights and reheated food from the freezer, I’ve finally been able to indulge and give this book a go. Continue reading

My Wholesome Pregnancy Diet | May 16 – Jan 17

Not being new to this pregnancy malarkey, I thought I had it all figured out. The old trap of eating for two? Wouldn’t be doing that. Sit and stuff cream cakes in my face every night? Not me. I’d be an image of health, only eating food in it’s raw, natural state whilst doing yoga, batting away calls from mum-to-be magazines begging me to be on the front cover.

What a load of crap. That doesn’t happen. Morning sickness is shit. You feel shit. Everything tastes like shit. Toothpaste tastes like soil. Seriously. Everything smells wrong, and the thought of any sort of vegetable getting even close to my digestive system was enough to make me want to  vomit.  On top of feeling more tired than is even humanly possible, standing up and preparing any sort of nutritious food for myself just didn’t happen.

I mainly ate carbs. And sugar.  Continue reading

Veal Cannelloni | From Venice to Istanbul

Friend/Relative: What would you like for your Birthday Lorna?

Me: Dunno. A cookbook?

Friend/Relative: What would you like for Christmas?

Me: Cookbook?

It’s easy to see how I’ve managed to acquire the 152 cookbooks that make up my collection.  Though it doesn’t always go to plan. I remember a particularly frosty conversation between my mom and Matt on Christmas day 2014 when there had been, shall we say, ‘some confusion’ over who was buying me Rick Stein’s ‘India’ that year. Continue reading