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Not on EYB - Cortijo Cookery

Author: Anne & Bill Brett Date: 2005 Published: Self published (
The in-laws brought this after a walking holiday in Andalusia - It's clearly made with cooking for large groups - everything that would usually involve saffron is substituted with yellow food colouring...

Vintage NomBook - High-Fiber Vegetarian Cookery

Author: Pamela Westland Date:  Published: 

There are just some cookbooks you don't pass up the opportunity to own when you see them in a charity shop - lots of things with wholemeal pasta and flour - very wholefood revolution...

Vintage NomBook - The Whiskies of Scotland

Author: R.J.S. McDowall Date:  Published: 
One for Pete..

Vintage NomBook - Bonbons and Simple Sugar Sweets

Author: Louisa Thorpe Date:  Published: 

Mmm, sweeties (I brought this is a 2nd hand book shop in Sidmouth - there is nothing easy about dealing with boiling sugar)

Not on EYB - Cook Shelf Vegetarian

Probably the smallest cookbook we have, tiny great for backpacking (so I'm told)

Vintage NomBook - Burns Supper Companion

Author: Hugh Douglas Date:  Published:

We have held Burns night dinners before now (I <3 haggis) alas we haven't held one since I picked up this book in a charity shop in Whitby...

Vintage NomBook - Home-Grown Vegetables


This is either National Trust, or RHS - either way we've never had a massive success with growing veg, we tend to go on holiday and forget about it, or forget where we've planted it in the garden (which means somewhere are massive garlic bulbs...)

Vintage NomBook - The Pip Book

Author: Keith Mossman
Published: Penguin

At some point this collection may overlap with the gardening books - not there are many, but this is a fabulously single minded book, it's entirely dedicated with growing things from pips...

Vintage NomBook - Cooking Basics

I think this was part of a random set of 8 books Pete brought from 99p world - it really is basic, how to fry and egg etc,

Vintage NomBook - The Earnest Drinker

This isn't really a cocktail book, or a guide to drinks - it's pretty much an essay on why booze is good. My husband brought it as a gift - I'm not sure what that says about me, or my levels of alcohol consumption...

Vintage NomBook - New Farmhouse Fare

This marks a difference form the other Farmhouse Fare book we have on the basis it deal much more with freezing and microwaving bit of pigs instead of turning them into black pudding...

Vintage NomBook - Recipes from Wales

I think there's a good chance I stole this from my mother when I left for uni to stave off pangs of Hiraeth

Vintage NomBook - Hamlyn's Fondue Cookbook

Author: Jill Spencer
Date: 1980 (original 1976)
Published: Hamlyn

Believe it or not this is a different Fondue cookbook to the other one we own

Socrates the olive tree

So, it turns out my husband and I are pretty much the same person, in that we almost brought each other identical gifts for our 4th wedding anniversary (This year it's fruit & flowers) - but he got there first. It's quite funny in a twisty little way.
He brought me an olive tree, because I've been looking at olive trees, because I wanted to buy him an olive tree - I didn't in the end because he's said things like we don't have room, or it won't survive, because he didn't want me to randomly buy an olive tree, because he wanted to buy me an olive tree - because I'd been looking at olive trees....
Can you see how this has gotten a little silly.
He also surprised me with the olive tree in an identical way I was going to do to him - down to the red bow (I know there's not many ways you can wrap a tree) - and he'd also thought about hiding it in the shed - which, if I'd have brought him an olive tree, is where I would have hid it.
I even wro…

"Believe It Or Not" Salad and Other Dishes From the 1933 Congressional Cook Book

Via The Hairpin - click the book to see some recipes. - It would be a great addition to #122

DC Super Heroes Super Healthy Cookbook

Easter / May Holiday Round Up

Ok, so it's the last day of the long, extended Easter / May / Royal Wedding break - and just for my own sanity a little bit of a round up.
Games The thing I've realised is that I really really like sim / strategy / tactics games - and RPG's - but mainly games that are silly, or have a big comedy aspect. So, even though things like Arkham Asylum are pretty, and I'm sure Portal 2 is great - (I've not finished Portal yet) - I've logged so many, many hours playing Evil Genius over the last week or so. I've also played a lot of Grotesque Tactics: Evil Heroes & Magicka (I'm up for playing Magicka Multiplayer if anyone else has it - add me on Steam etc etc)
I've already mentioned the Bank Holiday Wii Game session
And board games - Afternoon Play(I've spent a bit of time tidying up some of the stuff on AP - including a blog with links to all the games we've played.) was yesterday and by request of people I brought the Lego Creationary game - a bit o…