Sherry Courgette Pasta

Like anyone who has ever grown courgettes/zucchini I occasionally find myself with a huge glut that I need to use up.  I’ve tried making Courgette Muffins, they’re great, Greek style Zucchini Pasta and Courgette and lemon pasta, also a treat, and Courgette and Tomato Soup, which has the double whammy effect of using up some garden… Read More »

Tara, Seat Of Kings, An Irish Board Game

Tara Seat Of Kings is an unusual abstract game where each player vies for power, attempting to become High King of Ireland by gaining control of two of the four provinces. The game is intensely tactical with the placing of pieces on the board restricted by the cards a player holds and the funds they… Read More »

Vienna to Hainburg by Bike

I woke up at normal time, glad I didn’t have to get up, but quickly bored so I had a shower and wrote some postcards before heading down to breakfast.  People were drinking Sekt from the buffet with their egg, sausage, fruit, cheese, cereal, cake, yogurt and croissants.  It was the most ridiculously overblown breakfast… Read More »

Tinner’s Trail – Cornish Board Game

Ahead of a planned spring time walking trip in Cornwall, England we’ve been playing Tinner’s Trail. You may not have thought about designing a board game around the economics of copper and tin mining in nineteenth century Cornwall, but Martin Wallace has.  He’s carefully avoided added arsenic mining to the game, although that was a… Read More »

Almond Butter Spinach Pesto Pasta

I love almond butter, it’s like peanut butter went to finishing school and got all fancy and refined.  Sadly it got finishing school expensive too so it’s not ideal for AB&J sandwiches or Joey style peanut butter fingers.  It’s great to use as an ingredient, particularly for people who can’t eat peanuts, but before serving… Read More »

Zingy Butternut Squash and Feta Pasta

This recipe makes a great autumnal dish, with oodles of flavour and a nice comfort feel.  It’s vegetarian, yet uber easy to make into a vegan meal – just leave out the feta.  You can add a few toasted pine nuts if you like, just to boost the protein content back up again, but be… Read More »

Krems to Vienna Along The Danube

A good breakfast and we were on the road.  We had to walk a bit and I led us into a woodcutting yard rather than the road we actually wanted to take.  A bloke had followed us in and we all had to waddle the pannier laden bikes around before cycling out along busy streets… Read More »

1960: The Making of the President

The United States Presidential election last year was probably the most interesting one ever in terms of twists and turns, rabbits out of hats and gotchas. A fascinating battle, the likes of which we haven’t seen before wit social media, “alternative facts” and leaks-a-plenty really being felt for the first time. The election of 1960 fought… Read More »

Cashew Pesto Pasta with Cranberries and Feta

This quick and easy vegetarian pasta dish can be on the table in the time it takes to boil the pasta, and you can make it vegan simply by leaving out the last minute feta sprinkle. It was born of necessity.  After Christmas there’s so many half packets of things about the place that need… Read More »

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is so well known that the names of the characters are regularly used as verbal shorthand for a certain personality style. The novella doesn’t take long to read and the writing style keeps the reader gripped, even though the elements of  mystery and surprise are somewhat… Read More »