Wild Mushroom Risotto

Wild Mushroom Risotto

Two months ago I attempted my first ever risotto- and it was so good; it inspired me to attempt risottos of all kinds. I decided to start with a wild mushroom risotto, just because I love mushrooms so much! I’m not sure why– but I think it’s because i’m a girl! (In my family, my husband, my Dad and all three of my brothers hate mushrooms, but my mum, my three sisters and I all love them!) I’d like to know if that’s a pattern in your families too!

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Chocolate Roulade

I know Christmas has already past, but I really wanted to make a delicious English dessert before the season is over completely! Traditionally Christmas desserts in England are strangely centered around dried fruit…. mince pies (which are made from currants, saltanas and raisins and NOT rotten meat like some Americans believe!) Christmas pudding (which is a steamed fruit cake) served with warm custard, and then iced fruit cake, are probably the three most popular desserts. I think most people eat them out of tradition though, because they’re really not that good…but there is one traditional dessert that English people make around this time of year that is purely divine.

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Amazing Spaghetti Bolognese/Lasagna Recipe

Amazing Spaghetti Bolognese/Lasagna Recipe

My all time favourite meal is spaghetti bolognese! Growing up my Mum would cook me a special birthday dinner every year- and it was always spaghetti. I loved it so much that it was pretty much the only thing I knew how to cook as a teenager, and then when I got married I maybe, perhaps, made it a little too often, which is why my husband now HATES it! But he just needs to suck it up (no pun intended) because I have found the most perfect bolognese recipe ever (and my kids love it too, which means he’s now out-numbered!)

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Christmas Cupcakes

Christmas Cupcakes

HAPPY BOXING DAY EVERYONE!! In England, the 26th of December is a little extension of Christmas–which I really need right now– because I never got a chance to post my awesome Christmas cupcakes!!

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Baby Matthew’s Photoshoot

Baby Matthew’s Photoshoot

This weekend some friends called and asked if I could take some pictures of their one month-old baby, Matthew, so they could give their families some photos of him as Christmas gifts. Since we planned on being gone to Spokane for our anniversary on monday and tuesday but wanted to get them their photos in time, I told them to come over as soon as they could. Then I started to get a little nervous because I have never taken new born pictures before. I mean, I have taken pictures of my own babies, but I never had to think about lighting and poses and props and settings. I was also nervous because I have never used my new lens for portraits before- so I had no idea what I was doing!

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