How to drink less (maybe)

How to drink less (maybe)

“That’s the problem with drinking, I thought, as I poured myself a drink. If something bad happens you drink in an attempt to forget; if something good happens you drink in order to celebrate; and if nothing happens you drink to make something happen.” ― Charles Bukowski We all know we’re supposed to drink less (some experts say a couple of consecutive booze free nights a week is ideal – because it gives your body a break and resets your tolerance levels) but at this time of year? C’mon! Prosecco at a neighbours at 10am? Well it’s Christmas! A slug of brandy in your hot chocolate? Very hygge. A glass of red wine? Well, we have lit the fire. Drinking is almost an obligation. To yourself. To your host. To that bottle of half-drunk Pinot Gris in the fridge. I mean, you wouldn’t want it to feel unwanted, would you? This may surprise those that know me, but I don’t enjoy drinking every night. Once something loses its treat status, it becomes a bit boring and besides I am a lightweight. All too often I have a midweek glass of red only to wake an hour later on the sofa, with dribble down my chin and a whole night wasted. My husband argues a snooze on the sofa is an evening well spent, but on my booze-free nights the house becomes a well-oiled operation worthy of a feature in Good Housekeeping. The ironing gets done. The forgotten emails sent. The window boxes watered. I am on fire. Often for me the ritual of having a drink – the popping of a cork, the...
Hot apple and rum cocktail recipe

Hot apple and rum cocktail recipe

Fingers crossed November is as mild and dry as October. This Autumn has been glorious and reinforced my love for Britain’s seasons. OK, I know we are obsessed with the weather here, but the magic of watching the seasons changed is one of our – unsung – national treasures. Autumn 2016 has been almost poetical in its beauty. Blue skies, crisp air and spectacularly coloured leaves. But the transition between seasons, is not just a change of weather and outfits but a change in what we eat. What I love most about this time of the year is that hunkering down with a bowl of apple and blackberry crumble and custard is not just one of life’s biggest pleasures, but a legitimate way to spend a Friday night.  So with that in mind this month over on YouTube (if you’ve not already subscribed to our channel, it only takes a second, is free and means you will find out what we’ve eating before anyone else) we have been cooking some of our favourite Autumn dishes.  All of them perfect for celebrating Bonfire Night this Saturday. There is our very easy sausage one pot, our ingenious lid potatoes (jacket potatoes with the top lopped off – made this way, they are very transportable and can be wrapped in foil and eaten easily outdoors) stuffed with bacon and cheese or even baked with an egg in the top. And a delicious apple, ginger, pear and rum cocktail (inspired by a recipe from the wonderful Anna Jones) that will warm the cockles of your heart, put some colour in your cheeks and a spring in your step. On...