More than a Lidl impressed.

Today, my family and I couldn’t decide what to eat for lunch. So, I suggested we try out the new Lidl store that just opened up nearby. I usually go to other supermarkets, but they’re farther away and I needed to grab something quickly in between walking my dog and running other errands.


Since I’ve never shopped at Lidl before, I wasn’t sure what to expect. But, I have to say, the food was really delicious! I’ll definitely be going back there again. The staff were also super friendly and helpful. They even checked the expiration dates on the food to make sure it would last us a few days.

I didn’t take any pictures, but I did keep the receipt to show you guys what I bought and how affordable it was. We were able to feed four people with what I got, and there’s still plenty left over for lunch or snacks for the next day or two. Overall, I had a great experience at Lidl and I highly recommend it!


Alison in the GBBO tent.


Hey guys, have you heard the news? The beloved TV personality and cooking enthusiast Alison Hammond is all set to join the Great British Bake Off as a host. Though she isn’t new to hosting shows after her stint on This Morning, this will be her first time joining forces with Strictly Come Dancing’s resident presenter, Matt Lucas, for the cooking competition series. Fans of the show are already looking forward to seeing her bubbly personality and witty remarks add a refreshing touch to the mix this season. Additionally, many speculate that she might even get in on some baking action herself! Suffice it to say; we’re excited to see what kind of energy and warmth she brings when GBBO returns later this year.

Someone using an icing bag to do some piping.

Crazy business.

Come up with a crazy business idea.

I am bursting with excitement to share my craziest business idea yet – pasta clothes! Imagine wearing your favorite dish, and feeling like a walking work of art. My innovative concept involves using different varieties of pasta as the base material for our clothing line. From spaghetti strap tops to fusilli skirts, the possibilities are endless.

I envision bright, bold colours that celebrate the uniqueness of each type of pasta, paired with creative design elements like bows made from bowtie pasta and accents crafted from penne noodles. The vision for this idea doesn’t stop at fashion either – we could expand into accessories like noodle necklaces and purse straps made from macaroni.


Our brand would be playful, quirky and truly one-of-a-kind. Pasta is already a beloved staple in so many households, why not make it an incredible fashion statement too? It’s a wild idea, but I have no doubt it would take off if given the chance!

A background of spaghetti sticks, on which there are pasta bows. Photo by Pixabay on

Reduce childhood risk of peanut allergies!

I am thrilled to share with you the latest research on how we can reduce childhood risk of peanut allergies! Early introduction of peanuts before six months can actually decrease a child’s likelihood of developing an allergy. A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that infants who consumed peanuts as early as four to 11 months old had an 77% reduction in their risk of developing a peanut allergy later in life. This is fantastic news for parents who want to keep their children healthy and safe from allergic reactions. It’s important to work with your pediatrician and ensure safe and proper introductions, but this discovery could potentially change the lives of millions of kids around the world, allowing them to enjoy peanut products without worry or danger. I can’t wait to see where these findings lead us in reducing food allergies for future generations!


Breakfast Time, what will it be?

I notice it is #WorldCerealDay today, so thought I’d write a list of my top 5 cereal choices.

A drawing of a box of cereal, alongside it there’s a huge milk jug, a bowl full of cereal and a spoon beside it.
  1. Rice Crispies
  2. Weetabix.
  3. All Bran.
  4. Readybrek.
  5. Cheerios.

Cautious Gardener.

So far I have been keeping strong and resisting the urge to get out into the garden and start on the winter tidy up.

I’m so glad that I have done this, I did so because I thought we’d likely have more frost in the next week or so, but now the forecasts are threatening us with the possibility of snow this coming week.

Very soon, I will however, start my seeds indoors for the tomatoes I hope to grow those year. Last year I did reasonably well, but have definitely learnt I need to feed then more often. I’m kinda a casual relaxed gardener, so don’t always stick to a solid routine with feeding and suchlike.

This year I aim to be more organised on the feeding side of things, and hopefully it will show with the amount of tomatoes and strawberries that grow as a result of this.

What are you growing this year?

Food delivery.

Not at all, but a lot of takeaway places will also provide a delivery service. This can generally be done by ordering on the phone, in person, or online.

You know the apps – Just Eat, Deliveroo, Uber Eats, Yo Foodie, and probably many more I can’t think of. I think it generally costs companies extra, so some companies organise their delivery service.

What I have noticed, however, is that the least likely fast food place to offer a delivery service or online ordering service are Chinese takeaways. I have no idea why this is. I’m sure it would be used if they did.

Don’t worry often have a takeaway, but if I did I’d like to be able to order a Chinese online (sweet & sour) and have it delivered. Sadly this is not an option. I don’t drive so delivered takeaway is the only kind I’ll get.

What is your favourite takeaway meal?

Foodie loves

Gosh this is gonna make me feel hungry 🙄😂

OK so on the whole I like fairly simple meals, no fancy sauces or posh relishes. There are a few exceptions, but not many.

I adore pasta, so any simple tomato or bolognaise type dishes involving pasta go down well.

A roast is up high on the list too. Not roast beef though.

A fruit scone, hot with a small amount of butter is what I call bliss!

Fruit is preferable to veg, though I do eat veg. Just I like a wider variety of fruits than veg.

I’m a marmite lover, but I just like normal marmite on toast or in a cheese sandwich. Not this weird thing of adding marmite flavour to chocolate or suchlike.

I’ll have a little drinky.

What is your favorite drink?

My favourite drink? That’s rather a general question. The drink I have the most often, and prefer for everyday is tea.

If I’ve been out in the cold miserable weather, then a delicious mug of hot chocolate is in order.

Out for a pub meal, then a cider will be my drink of choice. A Bulmers generally.