The Spice Diaries: Cinnamon

The Spice Diaries - Cinnamon


Last month The Spice Diaries looked at turmeric and its usage in many different-to-the-norm recipes. I HUGELY enjoyed testing out those recipes and discovering just what turmeric was capable of, so getting started on this month’s Spice Diary was something I eagerly anticipated this month.

And this month is October! The weather is autumnal, the leaves are falling, the days are getting shorter, and hygge is everywhere. Surely October’s instalment of The Spice Diaries is crying out to be focused on cinnamon! Warming, fragrant, cosy and cuddly; cinnamon evokes Christmas and all of winter’s finery. Below I’ll be summarising cinnamon’s origin and uses, before moving onto the important part: THE FOOD.

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Friday Favourites #1

Friday Favourites - All Under £10


Happy Friday all! This week has been fairly positive, and as there are a few things in particular that I’m absolutely adoring at the moment I thought I’d smoosh together this quick list of my current favourites. It’s not something I’m envisioning doing weekly, but more whenever there’s a bunch of stuff I’m loving! These current Favourites are ALL under £10 (and to be honest 5/6ths of them are under a fiver too so definitely time to TREAT YO’ SELF).

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October Half Term – The 8 Best Days Out In South East England

October Half Term - The 8 Best Days Out in South East England


2016 marks the first year that half term has actually mattered to me since I was at school myself. Next week is the first time that an October half term has meant anything other than less traffic (woo!) in 12 years. When TD was in full time childcare, half term wasn’t a thing. He kept going to nursery, and I kept going to work. But now, everything has changed!

This year, TD attends preschool and so half term is a very real Thing. One whole week in which I definitely need to find things to do, things to get us Out Of The House in case we both get cabin fever and Fall Out Big Time (both very real concerns). Here is a list of the best Days Out and Events during the October half term in south east England (ish – we’re based in Berkshire and deepest Kent is a bit of a trek).


The 8 Best Days Out / Events – October Half Term in South East England

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Weekly Meal Plan #1

Weekly Meal Plan


I used to regularly post a weekly meal plan back in 2015. I love looking back at them now for reminders of dishes forgotten or to gain inspiration for coming weeks. I’ve been meal-planning for almost four years, and it’s second nature now. I can’t even begin to describe just how much easier EVERYTHING is when you know what you’ll be eating that day, and tomorrow, and the day after…

This week’s meal plan is a bit of a “cupboard scavenge ADVENTURE woo”. We’re slightly lower on funds that we realised we would be (thanks, house purchase), and so in an attempt to keep the grocery bill as low as possible I’ve pulled together a meal plan based around our current kitchen stock. There are prawns, sausages, and chicken thighs in the freezer; chorizo and bacon in the fridge; and an almost never-ending supply of lentils and different pastas in the cupboards. It practically writes itself, yes?

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