About

I'm a 44 year old *nobody special to anyone that doesn't love me*, who sometimes loves and often hates to cook. I live with my husband and partner of more than 23 years and our slightly *spethal* cat - Archie.

I'm a full time foster carer and occasional party animal... because wine.

We moved house in 2015 to be closer to friends and family and we're currently fostering a little lad who has been with us for two years now and will hopefully stay until he's "all growed up".

I'm utterly crap at sticking to a plan... any plan - ask me what's for dinner right now, and I'll change my mind come 6 o'clock. It's a personality defect.

I've no good reason for this blog... I guess I just want somewhere to share my adventures in cooking, in a real way, and perhaps regain my original love of cooking along the way.

I hardly ever have all of the ingredients to cook a recipe and I usually discover that fact half way through cooking it. I drop things. I burn things. I break things. I cook food that no one but me wants to eat... and I eat it all. I also cook food that everyone likes, and I eat it all before they get home...

I'm becoming more rubenesque by the day!

Anyway, I hope that if you stumble across this blog, you like what you find, and find what you like.

Abbe x

31 comments :

  1. Lil! Abbe! *smooch smooch* I found your site and I'm loving it! Although I'll have to make low-carb,low-fat versions (no it does NOT defeat the purpose LOL).

    Anyway, will be by again soon. I'm running late for an early morning family meeting (yes, I know).

    Rebecca (Velvet ;)

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    1. Hallo my gawjus girlie! So happy to see you :D Been checking you blog and you haven't updated your journey in so long that I thought you'd left us. Bad bad girl.

      Luvs you millions. Hurry back xx

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  2. saw your bread on recipe newz. a new stop for me. looks awesome. Peter @Feed Your Soul - http://chefpeterskitchen.blogspot.com/

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    1. And there I was, thinking it probably wouldn't appeal to anyone but me! Very nice to meet you Peter, and thankyou for the link to your blog. I shall head straight over :oD xx

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  3. Just came across your blog and I love it! I've wasted the last half hour pinning recipes from your nlog. Now I can't wait to make them. :-)

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    1. Thankyou SO much! I hope you enjoy whatever you choose to cook... you must come back and let me know how it goes :0D xx

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  4. Just wanted to say that I visit your blog all the time, now that I've found it. I've made at least five of your recipes and liked them all.

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    1. It's very kind of you to say so, Angela - and thankyou :0) xx

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  5. Glad to find your blog. It's funny, I read only two post and decided I'd like to come again. :)
    Adina

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    1. Bless your heart, Adina - thankyou! What a lovely thing to say, you've made my day :) xx

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  6. Hey Abbe! I just discovered your blog and absolutely love your photographs they are so beautiful I love the way you use light. I just started a food blog and just wanted to say that your site is inspiring to a new food blogger :)

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    1. Aaawww Michelle, can I keep you in my pocket and bring you out to make me smile? ;) What a lovely compliment, thankyou so much!

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  7. Hey Abbe,

    I'm Mihai from World in a Cupcake. I wanted to say that my team and I really enjoyed your recipe ideas and your images.

    We are currently working on an online food photo gallery with images submitted by food bloggers. We would really like for you to be a part of our small community and we really hope to hearing from you soon!

    Best regards,
    Mihai @ http://www.worldinacupcake.com/

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  8. Dear Abbe,
    I may not burn thing very often, but the rest of your description sounds a bit like me. So if changing my mind 10 times before even starting to cook, and maybe 3 more times while cooking due to lack of the ingredients I wanted to use, means your defective, then I'm just as defective.

    However, your recipes, and beautiful photography, not to mention your wonderful off the cuff humor, would be a GREAT fit for our new site that is about to launch. I just couldn't seem to fit my entire press release with all the site info in here. Feel free to check out the site, most is up and running already. If it looks interesting to you e-mail me at vila@changingpantry.com , and I will send you information on linking back to your site.

    I just keep looking at your Moroccan Lamb Tagine, I've just got to try that!

    Great Site,

    Vila
    Changing Pantry
    Teaching the World to Eat Healthier

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  9. Love your blog, humour, photography and recipes :o) You inspire me to cook good food...thank you.

    Andrea x

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    1. Honestly don't know what to say - other than THANK YOU, Andrea! I'm actually blushing. That NEVER happens!!!

      You can be my new best friend, I've pissed all the others off ;0) xxx

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    2. "I've pissed all the others off"

      No, you haven't. :p

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    3. :oD That's because you can't help but favour a lost cause, Dee ;0) xx

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  10. I just stumbled in to your space. love the light easy style of your musings. as villa said you description sounds a lot like me also. looking forward to the ramblings as well as the recipes (highly unusual for me). your idea of dipping food directly in the butter GENIUS! anita f.

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    1. Anita f.... Thankyou very much :0D You've made my day! xx

      I think butter is the new olive oil, don't you ;-)

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  11. Hi Abbe, I just read your About page for the first time. I love your sense of humor! Made me laugh. I bet we'd be buds if we knew each other in "real life"! :-)

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    1. I'd bet the same, Bill - I would demand to be chief taste tester in your kitchen, and probably live as close to you as I could without being *had up* for stalking ;-)

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  12. Hi Abbe. Just stumbled upon your brilliant cooking blog quite by chance whilst looking for the recipe for choc brownies by the Hummingbird Bakery....and there you were. They will be my next baking experiment. So many recipes of yours to try...Cornwall - Padstow in particular is one of our favourite places to visit. You are lucky to live in such a lovely part of the country. Anyway, I'll let you know how I get on with the brownies :) Karen x

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    1. Hello Karen :) I'm so glad you like the look of my recipes, thankyou! Padstow is absolutely beautiful - we don't get over that way too often, parking is horrendous! Would love to know how the brownies go ;-) xx

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  13. Hi Abbe,
    I would like to contact you by email, where can I reach you? :)

    Best regards,
    Claartje

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    1. Hello Claartje - you can reach me at abbescookingantics.gmail.com :) xx

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  14. Hi there Abbe,
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  15. Hello Abbe,
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Thanks for dropping in to read my recipes (and ramblings). I love it when you let me know what you think - so please leave a comment and I promise to take the time to reply!

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