Lucy’s cauliflower and broccoli cheese

We’ll actually it’s Jamie’s really, but I love it so much I have adopted it in to my repertoire x I’ve been making it so much lately as it’s great in this cold weather with a nice bit of toasted Ciabatta lashed in butter x

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Ingredients

  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 50 g unsalted butter
  • 50 g plain flour
  • 500 ml semi-skimmed milk
  • 500 g fresh or frozen broccoli
  • 75 g mature cheddar cheese
  • 1 kg fresh or frozen cauliflower
  • 2 slices of ciabatta or stale bread
  • 2 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 25 g flaked almonds
  • olive oil

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Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/gas 4. Peel and finely slice the garlic and put it into a medium pan on a medium heat with the butter. When the butter has melted, stir in the flour for a minute to make a paste, then gradually add the milk, whisking as you go, until lovely and smooth. Add the broccoli (cut up first, if using fresh) and simmer for around 20 minutes, or until the broccoli is cooked through and starts to break down, then mash or blitz with a stick blender (adding an extra splash of milk to loosen, if using fresh broccoli). Grate in half the Cheddar and season to perfection.
  2. Arrange the cauliflower in an appropriately sized baking dish (cut into florets first, if using fresh), pour over the broccoli white sauce and grate over the remaining Cheddar. Blitz the bread into breadcrumbs in a food processor, then pulse in the thyme leaves and almonds. Toss with a lug of oil and a pinch of salt and pepper, then scatter evenly over the cauliflower cheese.
  3. Bake for 1 hour, or until golden and cooked through, then enjoy!

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Lucy’s first job x

Wow……….. the 11th of November was my last post, it’s been such a long time since I have spoken to you all!! Sorry x

Maybe I should try to explain why I’ve not been around the blogosphere for such a long time?!. x

After 8 years, I’ve finally got a job!!!!!!!!!!!!! Woop woop!!! 🙂 x

And I loving it…………. Back at the beginning of December I started working for a cute little florists called Pollination here in Edinburgh delivering their gorgeous arrangements around the city x

And I haven’t looked back since, it has done my confidence the world of good being out there meeting people on their doorsteps or place of work, where I get to hand over delicious looking bouquets and get to see their eyes light up whilst doing it xxx

I have to say, It’s been so nice having something to get up for in the mornings again and also just having a bit of structure back to my day after all these years! A few extra pennies in my purse has been rather lovely too, I must say x

And although this job may not last that long, it is a huge step in the right direction and has definitely given me a taste for work again x
PollinationOh and you might just spot me out and about in my cute little van (it’s usually a lot cleaner than this) and if you do please give me a little wave x

Or perhaps you would prefer a beautiful bouquet of fresh flowers delivered to you by little old me, if so you should get online at:

www.pollination.co.uk 

and get ordering!!!! 🙂

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Tis the season to release their adverts!! Tra la la la la, tra la la la x

This last week has seen the premières of all this years Christmas (Holiday) adverts. Which marks the start of the exciting lead up to the festivities over the next couple of months!! And I have to say they are up to their usual high standards. With a few new companies taking up the challenge to compete for the most extravagant commercial to hit our screens this year.

I’ve picked a small selection of my favourites so far xx

The first to be released was the Marks and Spencers advert, with a welcomed return of their old Magic and Sparkle campaign.

Then was John Lewis, whom rarely disappoint with their seasonal advert. And this year is no exception with this simply stunning visual Disney like animated contribution.

A touching little story from Boots

And then the first of the supermarkets, Morrisons!! I think it may be because I love Beauty and the beast so much that I like this one so much x

And then there is Lidl’s quite cute offering.

And we can’t forget Debenhams fabulous effort

Then there is Tesco’s pretty little vintage style look at the generational timeline of a family with home videos x

T K Maxx – Mainly for the cutest little ginger baby (my favourite kind) in this simple little ad x

The Cadbury’s ad captures the essence of of our inner child with this years advert x

And no Christmas advert list would be complete without Coca cola’s traditional spin on the Holidays x

Here is a second one that I found that i think somes up the Christmas i am going to have this year on my own, I think i will take their advice and find ways to make it special by doing nice things for others this year x Thanks Coca cola for the inspiration x

Now to look out the decorations :p x

More cake!!!!! #ItsGood2EatCake2

After the success of the the first It’sGood2EatCake charity cake eating event, the Edinburgh Bakers held there second event last night for the amazing Edinburgh children’s cancer charity Itsgood2give run by Lynne McNicoll.

It’s only 3 weeks now until Lynne and Wilma (and 29 others) are going to be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for the charity, they have raised £86,000 (approx) so far and are hoping to reach their target of £100,000 by the time all the monies are in, so if you would like to help please pop over to either or both of their donations pages here or here and give generously x Good luck when the time comes girls x

The Venue this time was the stunning Cafe Musa on the mound again, which is always just the perfect place to enjoy cake and good company x With Alison, Wilma, Wendy and Lou doing such a great job hosting and organising everything in the background with military precision everyone got their cake and was able to stuff their faces to their hearts content. ♥

And of course I was allowed the honour of taking photos again this time of all the wonderful cakes that everyone had lovingly created and brought along with them, before they were devoured x Special thanks to Lauryn and Nadine for helping me get through all the cakes by writing all their labels and running them to the table to be photographed, they are wee stars x I’d still be there yet without their help x

There was a raffle again this time, with lots of amazing prizes (one of which I won…………Yeah!!) , the raffle tickets were diligently handled and sold by Ross again with the help of one of his friends this time.

And the star prize was another glorious cake made by Lou at LoulaBelle Bakes fair hands x Totally stunning, with an actual teacup and saucer made out of fondant on the top!

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All in all, it was another glorious evening with great friends, that has hopefully raised a tonne of cash for a very deserving charity x

Reigniting an old love affair!

Over the last couple of weeks we’ve finally had some sunshine and this has given me the chance to get back out on my bike along the canal side and enjoy some of the beauty that entails!!

So I thought I would simply share some photos of my journeys with you all today x

Small mercies x

A very short post today x

The last few days have been a trial for me and it is small mercies that have gotten me through the worst of the unexplainable rage and mood swings that I have experienced!!

Like these beautiful new measuring cups that came in to my possession only a few days ago! 🙂 x

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They are so cute and adorable, aren’t they?

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I was lucky enough to come across them in Anthropologie on George Street here in Edinburgh and it took only seconds for me to decide that they would be mine after finding them x

Measuring cupsI can’t wait to try them out over the next few days when I bake!!

But what to bake???

Watch this space 🙂 x

#itsgood2eatcake ♥

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Last night was my second event with the Edinburgh bakers, which happened to be a charity event this time in aid of the local Edinburgh based charity It’s good 2 give!! run by the wonderfully dedicated Lynne McNicoll, who help to support young people … Continue reading