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It’s all change!  I have recently started a website and am   s l o w l y   but surely moving the blogs from here across to there.  Huge thanks to Gabriella Buckingham who designed my original logo and Sarah at Studio Spence who has put it all together for me, if you’re looking for a website then do get in touch with Sarah, she’s very clever (and patient!).

The website has been an idea of mine for ages.  Drawing on my many adventures and journeys, shopping experiences and personal recommendations I have brought everything together and popped it all in one place.  It’s where you will find food and drink suggestions, recent book reviews, the Instagram feed, Twitter timelineNellie Pom Poms Facebook status updates, blog and shopping inspiration from some very lovely people and businesses like Common Farm Flowers, Myddfai, Bowlovers, More-Hall, Bodlon, 2 Little Boys, Hunter Gatherer and more!

So, this blog post is short and sweet (much like myself!), but I do hope you will bookmark, sign up to the blog on the website and tell your friends.


Roasted Salad


I had a delicious salad at a cafe recently and decided to recreate it at home as I so often do. 

So – armed with butternut squash, peppers, onion, garlic, sun dried tomatoes, feta cheese, pine nuts and salad I got down to work. 

– par boil the squash

– cut onions, peppers and garlic 

– strain the squash, mix with onions, pepper and garlic, drizzle in oil and slow bake for 30 minutes 

– prepare rest of salad, lay the table, cut the bread, pour the wine

– when your vegetables are cooked to perfection, spoon them onto the salad, add on the cubed feta, pine nuts and sundried tomatoes, drizzle with a stressing of your choice and serve

It was yum and we went back for more. Next time I make it I will add in some cous cous. 

Enjoy and share your recipes! 

Lunch in La Rosière


If you happen to be in La Rosière and fancy somewhere that’s not off the beaten track but also not on the piste then take a look at Au P’tit Creux.

IMG_5700 When we went there were lots of tired legs and as it was the lunching hour so we dumped our skis and boots in the car and headed to Au P’tit Creux, where earlier Big Welsh had seen someone eating kebab and chips. Kebab and chips!  Of all the tasty French cuisine and our tummies rumbled at the mention of dirty food!

The menu consisted of paninis, sandwichs, kebabs, frites, pizza, crepes and drinks. Laree went for a Nutella crepe, Mook had a thon et fromage panini, Loops had a saussicon baguette and Big Welsh and I had the kebab and chips combo (he had barbecue sauce and I had garlic).  Then we waited patiently outside in the glorious sunshine.

Our food arrived (highlighted by M le patron (Gilles) squeaking a toy pig which made everyone chuckle) and hungrily we tucked in and didn’t stop until we had eaten everything. It was THAT delicious. It really was!!  The only waste was the Nutella smeared across Laree’s face but that soon disappeared!  M le patron offered her a great big slab of ice to clean her salopettes which she took with no hesitation.

The banter and friendliness of Gilles led me to tell Big Welsh that I was convinced he had been a skiing instructor in a previous life, which I questioned him about when I saw him a bit later after our post lunch ski.  He had indeed been a ski instructor and had stopped 10 years ago and was now running Le P’tit Creux with his wife Annie.

IMG_5701 As well as tasty food available to eat in or take away (oh yes and vin chaud) they also offer free delivery of pizzas to your holiday residence which is a massive bonus.  If you’re in La Rosière pop in and say bonjour to Gilles and Annie and enjoy your meal.  We did!


Recipe: Thai Green Curry


IMG_5531One of my favourite easy dishes is Thai Green Curry, there are other colours available as well but green is the one I make the most as everyone in the family will eat it and there will be no complaints.  I can’t be doing with fussy eaters!

Not only is the curry bursting with flavours and colours it is also really simple to make and what goes in depends on what you like or have to hand.


Meat – I tend to use chicken breasts or thighs, works equally well with thin strips of beef or big fat prawns

Vegetables – you choose but I use Leeks, Spring Onions, Peppers (Red, Yellow, Orange), Baby Sweetcorn, Mange Tout, Sugarsnap Peas, Brocoli, Water Chestnuts, Bamboo Shoots, Spinach, Basil, Lemongrass

Coconut Milk

Thai Green. Red ot Jungle Paste


I fry the meat (unless I am making a vegetarian option), leeks and spring onions in oils that have got some oomph (Chiltern Cold Pressed Chilli Infusion or Stir Fry Infusion are what I have to hand) and then either

Slow Cooker – pop it in with coconut millk, Thai paste and most of the vegetables, (leave out the green vegetables) and cook on keep warm or low heat for 6 hours or so.  Just before serving give the green vegetables a quick dip in boiling water and then transfer them to the slow cooker.

Wok – throw the chicken in with the rest of the ingredients and let it bubble away for 15 minutes or so, until the vegetables are cooked to your liking.

Serve with rice or noodles and enjoy!


Last night I thought of my role models, those girls and women who have made a positive impact on my life and I’m going to celebrate them on Mothers Day, Mothering Sunday, today, tomorrow, forever …

To L – who made me a mother 

To M & L – who made me a mother of two, then three 

To Dorothy, Clarkie and Mrs A – who made our childhood houses clean and tidy, never really complaining about the mess the children or grandchildren of the house might have made

To Joan and Marjie – two sisters in the village who showed me what companionship in advancing years looked like 

To Mrs B – who babysat and introduced me to Tales of the unexpected and Hammer house of horror

To Granny S – who taught me to cook, enjoy flowers, who listened to my every word, who would give up watching Wimbledon the moment I rang the doorbell 

To Granny P-G – who also taught me to cook, who shared her love of outside, who taught me to knit, who used to enjoy a day trip out just for the sheer hell of a change of scenery 

To Smart Liz – who was more than just Granny’s friend and neighbour to me

To J – my Godmother who told me off for cycling up the slide and who had clearly forgiven me by making my wedding dress years later

To Z, C, S, M, N, J and H – who are quite simply fairy Godmothers 

To my school friends – who will always have a place at my table, I’ll move up to make space not to make you hatch 

To my friends – who have always been there, just there, holding my hand, pushing me forward, giving me strength and courage when it was most needed, who listened, who joined in, who took sides, who protected me from myself at times, who as well as all that and more for being loyal, true, honest and constant

To C – who brought old friends back together and left us too soon

To my mother in law – who has to put up with us popping in and filling the house with inane chatter 

To my mum – who won’t let me forget I kept her waiting all day in the maternity unit

To these people – who have given me so much and taught me more than I can ever appreciate – thank you x

Who would you like to thank? 


Spirit of Christmas Finds – Day 1


I visited Spirit of Christmas at Olympia yesterday which was lovely, tiring but very lovely.  It was great to see so many friends and people that live in my phone all in one place, it was helpful to be able to put a face to the name and see their wares in the flesh.  Temptation!!  There were of course, as you would expect from an event as large as Spirit, lots of amazing and interesting stands that might appeal to you and whet your appetite!  Instead of a wordy blog here’s a few photos with links to share with you.

Sally Swannell C14

Sally Swannell C14 I love everything! The snow globes are stunning!

Stand C17

Stand C17 Everything is lovely Stand E1

Oh look labradors
Stand E1

Stand C87

Mugs and other lovely things, I do love mugs Stand C87

Stand C88

Stand C88 I had to try these on. I tried to walk away with them, so comfortable!

Stand C101

Stand C101 These are just fabulous. I would like one that says “Kitchen Open” (big fat hint)

Stand G48

Stand G48 Dogs and mugs! I have a few dotty friends (and their owners)

Stand J31

Stand J31 For that hard to buy for person!

Stand A51

Stand A51 Genius! Fill a wreath with what you like.

Stand E2

Stand E2 These smell gorgeous and the scent lasts for ages, I’ve bought them as gifts before. I’ve not got room for a large display but will get a bag for a bowl by the front door.

Stand J78

Stand J78 Cute and simple.

The Labrador Company

oh look labradors! The Labrador Company


Gordon Castle Scotland Stand FD84 I love the onion marmalade and the whisky cider, shortbread, oatcakes, candles and the Gin! The Gin!!!


Mandoux Stand G91 Gorgeously soft mini hot water bottles


L & S Interiors Stand G93 Wanted it all!


Heywood Hill Stand B44 Book subscription by post


The zebra!!! Stevenson Brothers E19

Of course there were many more!  Many many more!  This is just a little sample!


There’s something so cosy and romantic about a fire, it sums up colder weather and is an ever changing display of dancing flames and colours.

In our childhood home we had night storage heaters and an open fire, the house was always cosy unless the electricity had been knocked out by the Canada Geese contingency and when that happened it was just the roaring sitting room fire that was cosy.  Granny lived in a draughty and massive old house that had fireplaces we could stand in whilst our Grandparents had a pokey which was a gas lighter on a long lead so we’ve always had a home fire burning!

We’ve got a fireplace in our house and we used to have fabulous fires but after some chimney damage we are going to be switching to a wood burner and I’m not the only one who can’t wait. The dog, known for his creature comforts likes nothing better than sitting infront of the fire and when he gets too hot he moves, only to return again.



Of course a good fire is all about the preparation and I get twitchy watching people light fires. Each morning I clear out the ash pan, sweep around the fireplace and lay the fire with kindle sticks, light the kindle cones and some logs to get it going. After which I’ll add on more logs and coal and throw another log on the fire when it needs it.

A Uni friend of my brother was staying and offered to cut up the morning sticks one morning, we all looked at him as if he was bonkers and asked what morning sticks were. He said that they’re the little bits of wood you cut up in the morning for your fire. Of course! Kindling!! We use a few bits of kindling but we also use Hunter Gatherer’s Kindle Cones which are scented with cinnamon and you don’t have that firelighter smell on your fingers! Lighting the kindle cones is of course a grown up job, at Granny’s there was a jar with long matches which I always loved and never touched, that’s why the Long Matches from Ella’s Kitchen Company are ideal!

When the fire is roaring there is really nothing better than a steaming mug of tea and a crumpet whilst curled up on the sofa with a good book or a great film.