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Apologies and come Follow Me …again!

My enormous apologies for another Chez Foti post when I’m no longer officially blogging from here. As I’m sure you’ll all know I’m now posting from my brand new Eat Your Veg site.

BUT the reason I’m writing to you today is to explain that although a number of you have tried to sign up to follow Eat Your Veg by email, newsletter, feedburner or Bloglovin since September, I’ve lost you ALL!. Unfortunately due to a number of technical issues and glitches all information has been lost in the process.

So most embarrassingly I’m here to ask if you could very kindly re-follow me again (details below). And my sincere apologies for the inconvenience.  Just incase you haven’t bobbed by Eat Your Veg lately, there’s a whole host of new family friendly recipes, competitions, giveaways and blogging events!.

So here’s how to follow me:

Subscribe to Eat Your Veg via Email: just complete the box on the right hand side of my home page and confirm the email in your inbox

Subscribe via Feedburner, using a Reader of your choice: http://feeds.feedburner.com/EatYourVeg

Follow blog via Bloglovin http://www.bloglovin.com/en/blog/10606177

You can obviously still follow Eat Your Veg on Facebook

Or Twitter @Eat_Your_Veg or Pinterest eatyourveg

And I’m now in Linked In and on Google+ too!

My apologies once more.  Looking forward to seeing you over at Eat Your Veg!

Louisa xxx

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Eat Your Veg!

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Just a gentle nudging reminder that I’m now blogging over at my new Eat Your Veg site,  and I’d be more than delighted if you’d continue to follow my posts and recipes over there.  Same hearty wholesome family fodder, just given a fresh new look!

If you read me on a reader then here’s my RSS Feed or sign up to my new Weekly newsletters at http://www.eatyourveg.co.uk/ (top right corner) or even give me a ‘like’ on my new Facebook page.

AND I’ve just launched a brand new Family Foodies blogging challenge that I’m co-hosting with the lovely Vanesher of Bangers & Mash. There’s even PRIZES!. Plus there’s October’s Four Seasons Food challenge opened today.

So without further ado, please do bob over to Eat Your Veg and say hi!

Louisa xx

 

 


A Fond Farewell to Chez Foti and a Big Hello to Eat Your Veg!

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Hi folks,

As most of you well know I’ve been on the move back to the UK these last few weeks and as hectic as a hectic thing getting unpacked, organised and settled into our new lives and surroundings in Herefordshire. But we made it and we’re here!. And so incredibly excited to be back on the blog so to speak….

AND I have a brand spanking new site to tell you all about. Sadly Chez Foti will be no more, actually it’ll stay but I doubt I’ll be adding to it much. In it’s replacement (as if I could ever give up blogging!) I’ve been a bit of a busy bee working on a whole new venture called Eat Your Veg. So without further ado please do bob over and check it out at:

http://www.eatyourveg.co.uk

And here’s the link to my first Eat Your Veg post: http://www.eatyourveg.co.uk/im-back-and-welcome-to-my-new-site/

I’d be more than delighted if you’d spread the word and follow me in my new project! Please do sign up for my weekly email newsletters (top right corner of the site), follow me on Twitter @Eat_Your_Veg , Instagram or Pinterest, give me a like over on my new Eat Your Veg Facebook page or get in my circles on Google Plus  (something I’m finally getting to grips with!). Phew that’s about all the lovin’ I can handle for now!

Thanks so much lovely peeps, it’s great to be back!

Louisa xxxx

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A Wee Bloggie Joliday!

Hi folks! I’m taking a wee bloggie break. It’s not so much a holiday in truth, but a little time out to get myself and the littlies moved, organised and adjusted to our new rural Herefordshire surroundings. And actually I’ll still be busy with blog stuff when I get the chance, but behind the scenes so to speak, making the finishing touches to my new and very exciting site and project called Eat Your Veg! A family-friendly healthy recipe site and shop for babies, toddlers, big kids and families.

I’m hoping not to be gone for too long and back on the bloggie block by the end of August, fingers crossed with the launch of Eat Your Veg. So please do watch this space!  And I’ll still be tweeting and FBing so not totally out of cyber touch. My apologies also for my chronic lack of time to browse and comment on all my usual favourite blogs, you know who you are and I promise I’ll be back in action shortly!

Wishing you all a wonderful August with lots of sun, good food and happiness! Here’s a selection of my most popular summer posts from last year to be going on with for now…..

Fig Tart Recipe

Fig, Goats Cheese & Red Onion Tarts

Louisa x

Garden Pasta with griddled courgettes, cherry tomatoes & feta

Garden Pasta with griddled courgettes, cherry tomatoes & feta

A Glut of Tomatoes Pasta Sauces

A Glut of Tomatoes Pasta Sauces

Homemade Sun (aka Oven) Dried Tomatoes!

Homemade Sun (aka Oven) Dried Tomatoes!

Courgette, Feta & Basil Bruschetta

Courgette, Feta & Basil Bruschetta

70s Throwback Stuffed Marrow

70s Throwback Stuffed Marrow


The Save the Children Food for Thought Report

On Tuesday Save the Children published their ground-breaking Food for Thought report, all part of the current IF campaign. A report highlighting the direct linkage between poor and insubstantial diet with literacy and numeracy. Quite simply it makes for shocking reading. Chronically malnourished children are on average 20% less literate than their better nourished peers. Fact. And this is regardless of the quality or quantity of schooling on offer. Children malnourished in their first two years suffer irreversible damage, they grow up smaller and weaker and their brains may not develop fully, it’s known as ‘stunting’. Fact. And obviously the economic effects of both these facts are extremely far-reaching to societies. Findings suggest the global economic impact of malnutrition could be up to £80 billion. And this is only because children are hungry….

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As someone with a passionate interest in nutrition and two small children myself this is truly frightening stuff. I can’t personally imagine my children suffering at school or being unable to read or write because they haven’t had satisfactory nourishment to concentrate. To me good nourishment has always been fundamental. To their very being. But then I’m fortunate to live in the developed first world.

On a final note it’s estimated that one in four (yes ONE in FOUR) of the World’s children are stunted due to the abysmal fact of malnutrition. And these children will have their life chances seriously and cruelly dashed because of this. Forever.

World leaders are meeting next week on June 8th in London for a Global Nutrition Summit. Ahead of this year’s G8 where the world COULD provide the necessary funding to transform lives and therefore economies . This really MUST be addressed. Seriously.

If you haven’t already done so I urge you to sign Save the Children’s IF Petition. Please. It’s very little effort and could make a real difference.

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March’s Simple and in Season Round-Up

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Well I’ve so loved hosting my first ever bloggie challenge, thanks again for entrusting me with your baby Ren!. Not only have I discovered some wonderful new and super-seasonal recipes but a whole host of new-to-me foodie bloggers which is always exciting. And what a cold, wet, snowy and miserable month March has been? Here’s hoping April might just remember it’s supposed to be British Summer Time and show us some sun and warmth. On a happier note my Purple Sprouting Broccoli has finally come good, after almost a year of excited but impatient waiting I now have more than I possibly know what to do with! So I’ll be eagerly watching out for some recipes appearing on April’s Simple and in Season, to be hosted by Ren herself.

So without further ado here’s March’s tasty offerings. Perhaps the most unusual recipe of all came in first from Sarah of The Garden Deli with her Sumac spiced Nettles and Beans. Being a big cannellini bean fan myself and handily having half a garden full of nettles (that I’ve yet to put to use in the kitchen) I’m really excited about trying this recipe soon.

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Another intriguing recipe came from Janet at The Taste Space with her incredibly moorish looking Crispy Beer-Soaked Sweet Potato Fries. I must admit I’ve never heard of  soaking chips (white potato or sweet potato) in beer before but I’m so going to give them a go, especially as they’re healthily oven roasted rather than fried which is always my preference. She’s also compiled a list of other wonderful culinary ideas for cooking with beer.

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And then we had Vanesther of Bangers & Mash’s Beetroot and Carrot Pancakes with Herby Mascarpone. Er hello, yes puuuurlease! Another newbie on me, savory pancake batter. They have to be good. I’m reckoning these might just go down a storm with my pancake-loving kids too, and be a fab novel way to sneak in a few extra veggies to little tums.

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Next up came a recipe from myself, Winter Roasted Roots and an Easy Roasted Roots Pizza. A very quick and easy wholemeal scone-based pizza which is a perfect (and healthy) mid-week supper for the little ones in your life.

Roasted Roots Scone-based Pizza

Jen from Blue Kitchen Bakes came up with a bowl of seasonal green loveliness with her cheese-less dairy-free and thus vegan Watercress, Rocket, Spinach & Almond PestoAnd anyone who reads my blog will well know I’m a bit of pesto fiend/obsessive these days, so I totally approve Jen!. And I so further approve of serving a dollop of the green loveliness on a sweet baked potato AND even more so with pasta and flaked trout – I’ve yet to try pesto with fish but I’m betting it’s a delicious combo!

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Next up was a recipe for delicious Thyme Courgettes with Leeks and Feta from London Busy Body. I must admit to being a bit boring when it comes to cooking my courgettes, usually only plain steamed or griddled, but the addition of leeks, feta and thyme would make such a wonderfully interesting side dish.

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Jen of Blue Kitchen Bakes entered again with her lovely Leftover Roast Lamb Shepherd’s Pie and I could have a good punt that using extra flavoursome pre-roasted lamb must really add oomphs of flavour to this pie. Jen’s also running a linky for all your ideas of how to use up roast dinner leftovers so do bob along for a bit of inspiration or to add your own recipe to the collection.

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Fabulicious Food‘s Ren herself sent over a recipe for ‘Almost Spring’ Lamb Hotpot, and with the now-beyond-ridiculously-awful so called ‘spring’ we’ve been having I think you’ll all agree this one pot wonder of deliciousness could be the perfect antidote.

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There followed a one pot wonder from myself, one of my own family favourites, Spanish Stylie Baked Chicken, Rice & Seasonal Veggies. My kids LOVE this and it’s a great way of getting them to eat plenty of veggies.

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Now on to a wonderful winter Roasted Vegetable Salad from It’s a Fine, Fine Life using roasted yellow beetroot (I agree to loving the flavour of ordinary red beetroot but get a tad grumpy at it’s staining of absolutely everything it comes into contact with!), celeriac (my veggie of the moment!), apple, carrots and topped with goats cheese. Now that’s my kind of salad.

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Next up yet another Chez Foti recipe I’m afraid, but I promise it’s the last for this month!. This time a hearty pie made with roasted rosemary winter roots encased in lashings of Gruyère and Parmesan sauce and topped with homemade rough puff pastry. Veggie foodie heaven if you ask me!. A Winter Roasted Roots & Gruyère Pie.

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From Katie of Feeding Boys and a Firefighter we had a gorgeously vibrant and Polish inspired Beetroot Soupinteresting made with juiced beetroot rather than the whole veggie so as to yield a smoother, clearer and lighter soup. Even better that it’s 5:2 diet friendly, a diet I’m determined to start myself this week having just finished reading The Fast Diet book and so spurred on by all the positive feedback I’m getting from the foodie blogging world.

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Next up was a wonderfully warming and oh so tempting Parsnip & Bacon Gratin with Leeks, Hazelnuts & Blue Cheese from Recipe Junkie. What a fabulously heady mix of flavours?! Which also reminds me AGAIN I still haven’t been for a dig around to see if there are any Chez Foti parsnips still lurking within the weeds, fingers crossed.

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Last but most certainly not least we had a glorious Mussel Puttanesca Barley Risotto from Anneli at Delicieux. I’m thinking this dish has my name written all over it. LOVE Puttanesca, LOVE Risotto, LOVE Mussels. I’ve yet to make a barley risotto but I’m sooo going to go for it now with this exact same recipe, and especially as mussels are in season right now!.

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So Round-Up complete. A huge thank you to everyone who kindly linked up their fabulously seasonal and innovative recipes. It’s back home to Fabulicious Food for April’s Simple and in Season. Thanks again for entrusting me with hosting Ren, I’ve loved it!

Louisa

My PSB has finally come good!

My PSB has finally come good!

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March Simple and in Season: Now Open!

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I’m most delighted to be guest hosting March’s Simple and in Season event, a bloggie challenge dear to my heart that promotes seasonal produce, of which I’ve now entered many a time. Thanking you very kindly Ren (of the fabulous Fabulicious Food) for entrusting me with your baby and allowing me to host this month. In fact this will also be my first ever hosting of a bloggie challenge, so wish me luck!

So what’s in Season in March? On the veggie front it’s definitely the time of year for the Brassicas to shine: Purple Sprouting Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Celeriac, Spring Greens, Kale, Turnips and Swede are all pretty abundant. There’s also plenty of Carrots and Parsnips, Beetroot, Leeks, Celery, Jerusalem Artichokes, Lambs Lettuce, Mushrooms, Spinach, Pumpkin and Potatoes. As for the fruit, it’s a little thinner on the ground at this time of the year, but there’s still plenty of lovely Rhubarb plus Apples and Pears stored from the Autumn. On the meat and fish front, it’s a good time for Venison, Cockles, Cod, Crab, John Dory, Salmon, Sea Bass and Sea Trout.

Obviously what’s in season would vary considerably as to where exactly in the world you’re blogging from! Please feel free to blog your local seasonal goodies, wherever you are.

In my own garden in SW France I’m currently munching my way through Savoy Cabbages, Calabrese, Romanesco Cauliflowers, Brussels Sprouts and very soon, fingers crossed, LOTS of lovely Purple Sprouting Broccoli (one of my favourite veggies ever!). We also still have a few Carrots and Parsnips in the ground, scattered Lettuces, Celery & Rocket and my dye hard Mr Wonder Veg Swiss Chard. And yesterday my husband took very delighted delivery (as I’m currently in the UK with the littlies lavishing in the world of central heating) of half a local muntjac deer kindly given to us by the local hunters. And I mean half, I’ve seen the gory photos!

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One of my Romanesco Caulies

One of my homegrown cabbages, sadly just the one left now :(

My last homegrown Cabbage 😦

In need of a little more seasonal inspiration? Then Ren has kindly compiled a list of her favourite websites dedicated to seasonality:

  • What’s in Season (a great website with an A-Z picture guide of what’s in season in Britain)
  • Eat the Seasons (tells you what’s good this week, e.g jersey royal new potatoes, asparagus etc)
  • Well Seasoned (more about what’s in season in the UK including seasonality charts)
  • Sustainable Table – seasonal produce further afield

Here’s a few guidelines for entering Simple and in Season:

1) All you have to do is come up with a dish using any seasonal produce you like (savoury or sweet) and post it on your blog, LINK TO THIS PAGE and to Ren’s Simple and in Season page and email me (loufoti@gmail.com) the name of your dish and the URL link. I’ll add your link to this blog as soon as it’s received.

2) Feel free to use the Simple and in Season badge in your post (it’s at the top and bottom of this blog).

3) March’s round starts today, 1st March 2013, and ends on 31st March 2013. I’ll be doing a Round-Up shortly after showcasing all your seasonal goodies.

4) You can take inspiration from anywhere – adapt a recipe from your favourite cookbook, try something from a magazine, make up your own creation or share a family favourite. The usual rules apply when using someone else’s recipe, please either get permission from the author to post it or adapt it in some way stating how/why you’ve changed it.

5) Include any seasonal produce you fancy including fruit, veg, herbs, meat or fish.

6) Link as many recipes as you like. You can link posts entered into other blog events or carnivals as long as it involves a seasonal food item (and fits in with their rules).

7) The linky-up is open to anyone, anywhere.

8) If you’re on Twitter, tweet to myself @ChezFoti and @RenBehan using the hashtag #SimpleandinSeason and we’ll re-tweet all that we see

If you have questions or problems, email me or leave me a comment in the comment box at the bottom of the post.

So looking forward to all your entries, and thanks again for letting me host Ren!

Louisa

1) In Praise of Nettles – Nettles & Beans

2) Crispy Beer-Soaked Sweet Potato Fries

3) Beetroot & Carrot Pancakes with Herby Mascarpone

4) Roasted Roots and an Easy Roasted Roots Pizza

5) Vegan Watercress, Rocket, Spinach & Almond Pesto

6) Thyme Courgettes with Leeks and Feta

7) Shepherds Pie using Leftover Roast Lamb

8) ‘Almost Spring’ Lamb Hotpot

9) Spanish Stylie Baked Chicken, Rice & Seasonal Veggies

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10) Roasted Vegetable Salad

11) A Wintery Roasted Roots & Gruyere Pie

12) Beetroot Soup

13) Parsnip & Bacon Gratin with Leeks, Hazelnuts & Blue Cheese

14) Marvelous Mussel Risotto

I'm still getting a good weekly picking of Calabrese Broccoli, my kids fave veggie!

I’m still getting a generous weekly picking of Calabrese Broccoli, my kids fave veggie!


The Cooker!

Finally it’s arrived. After all that moaning with having to live with our worse than dire ‘temporary’ cooker (that we bought from the previous owners for 50 quid) we FINALLY have our all singing and all dancing (well it better be) Falcon Dual Fuel Range Cooker! Well it has been two whole years without a decent oven, which is an awful long time for someone who likes to bake.

And it’s temporarily in situ in our temporary kitchen! We were planning on waiting to purchase the cooker once we’d finished the open plan kitchen/dining room/lounge in the barn at the back of the house, but seeing as it’s barely started in nearly two years we decided to go for it now. I should point out it’s not that we’ve been lazy, it’s just that other things have taken priority. Namely bathrooms, bedrooms, floors, walls, plumbing, electrics, insulating, not to mention tending the 18 acres of land we have and the huge potager. And there’s been the dogs, chickens and two very small children to look after, whilst also getting to grips with living in another country and all the various admin and language issues.

And so we’ve decided to make our temporary kitchen a little less temporary; work tops and more cupboards have been bought and one day soon Mr F may just crack into action and we’ll have a more ordinary and fully functioning kitchen. One that I may just be able to show you! And we’ll all start to feel a little less like we’re camping. Who knows we might even get a dishwasher too in 2013!. Just incase you’re interested, this is what I’ve been using for the last two years, now where’s that sledgehammer?!:

Admittedly the gas oven did actually work to an extent and I could bake quite a few things (as you’ll see from the blog), but was incapable of mastering anything delicate or with precision. And almost everything burnt it’s bum. Baking was always a risky and wasteful business.

So you can see why I’m now overjoyed!  In the last two years I’ve been compiling a list in my head of all the goodies I’ll bake once I get a new cooker, and here it is, in no particular order as they say:

1) Biscuits and Cookies, and LOTS of them! I’m pleased to say it’s already very successfully tried out Lavender & Lovage’s Melting Moments, a real blast from the past for me as I reckon I must have made thousands of these when I was a wee gal with my Granny and Aunty Marjorie!

2) Madeleines

3) Brownies, first batch baked in the new oven this morning with no burnt bums! Nigella’s Choccie Brownies

4) Big Savoury Pies, I’m thinking Chicken & Leek and Steak & Ale, should make Mr F a very happy man!

5) Fruit & Almond Tarts

6) Meringues, I’m desperate to try out my homemade Chestnut Jam sandwiched with cream in Meringue.

7) Homemade Breads, and definitely Focaccia soon (though in truth we do have a bread oven I could use). Pizza was trialled last night with exceptional results, a fabulous Autumn Pizza from the Garden Deli blog (not the first time I’ve made it!), and my own Roasted Wild Mushroom Pizza, recipe coming shortly!

8) Sunday Roasts, I’ve really missed cooking big joints of meat and was very loathe to buy them for fear of The Oven going into destroy mode. Chickens were just about ok, as was anything pot roasted on the hob. I’m particularly excited about pork & crackling, well who wouldn’t be?

9) Slow Roasted Pulled Pork, I seem to have come across an umpteen of recipes lately and I’m desperate to make my own

10) Yorkshire Puddings, need I say more? Other than Toad in the Hole too.

11) Big Celebration Cakes, a very risky business for the last two years, though Jacques’ Chocolate Birthday Cake remarkably turned out fine this year, as did any cakes with a large vegetable content!. If I get the time this month I’ll definitely be entering Tea Time Treats which so happens to be Celebration Cakes this month, how perfect!

12) Tarte Tatin, I’ve never made one and can’t wait!

13) Scones, by special request from Mr F

14) And last but not least I’d love to finally try my hand at Macaroons

And that’s most definitely not all. I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am right now to finally have a cooker! Happy days.

Happy Baking Everyone!

Louisa


Happy First Blogiversary To Me!

A whole year, where’s it gone? But then I’m always thinking that these days. People told me that as soon as you have kids life speeds up. And they’re not wrong. So it’s been a year since I started my foodie blogging and nearly two years since the Family Foti arrived in France. Life’s certainly whizzing by.

I’d been hoping to mark my Blogiversary with a special celebratory cake baked in my new oven but as the oven hasn’t actually arrived yet I can’t manage that one (2 days delivery time turned into 21 days and now ‘within 45 days’, that’s France for you). So we’ll celebrate with cake when it finally arrives. But for now I’m offering my thoughts on blogging one year on and my Top 5 posts of the year.

I LOVE blogging and the longer I blog the more addictive I’m finding it. It gives me a creative space that I don’t have elsewhere in my life these days. Somewhere that’s all mine, a little bolt hole for the mind and soul if that makes sense. And when you have two very small children I think a little escapism is really important!. I love my private blogging time, and if I could find the time each and every day I would.

I’ve met lots of lovely people through blogging, tweeting and facebooking. People I would never normally have come into contact with. And next year I’m going to make every effort to get out there and meet some of them for real, with the aim of getting to at least one blog event. My eye’s very definitely on Food Blogger Connect, but would welcome any advice on other must attend events?

I’m definitely becoming a more adventurous and confident home cook, always feeling the need to try something new and experiment with different ingredients. Growing most of our own veggies has also helped with this and I’ve loved finding new ways to use up the various gluts and goodies we have at Chez Foti. When I set out a year ago I remember saying to Mr F that if nothing else comes of the blogging at least we’ll eat well from it. And I wasn’t wrong.

Getting to grips with photography has also been a wonderful, and steep, learning curve for me. I really was rubbish when I first set out and in all honesty I’m pretty ashamed of my first few blogs! I’m definitely in a very different more creative space now.

In all honesty I’m trying to devise a way to make a career out of my blog, or at least in food writing or recipe development. But I fear this is going to be exceptionally tricky on many levels and especially due to my geographical location i.e. not being UK based (though most of my readers are). But we will see. Having said that any career in extremely rural SW France is going to be tricky!.

My Top 5 Blog Posts of the Year:

1) Interestingly my most popular blog so far, at least statistically anyway, was my Two Baby Pasta & Puree Recipes, which so happened to my own littlies’ favourite weaning foods. It was a recipe I wrote for my friend Sam who designs and sells the gorgeous Oogaa brand of silicone baby and young child feeding equipment. We’re just in the process of launching a new Oogaa Recipe Site featuring lots of my baby, toddler and young children’s recipes.

Potato, Cauliflower & Pumpkin Curry2) And my second most popular blog on the stats is a super-healthy and vegan Potato, Cauliflower and Pumpkin Curry (Aloo Gobi Kaddu) that I made last year on several occasions. It’s one of my favourites too, and one I must re-make now we’re well into the Pumpkin season. Perhaps for dinner tonight, though without the cauliflower as they’re not yet in season at Chez Foti.

3) My 3rd most read post was Jacques’s Chocolate Birthday Cake I made earlier in the year for his second birthday. It also so happens to be one of the very few non-vegetable based cakes to survive The Oven without a very burnt bum. Probably because it was a very liquid cake mix. The cream and plain chocolate icing was divine, and again divinely simple!.

4) Now for my favourite posts! I really enjoyed making, photographing and writing the Chocolate Pumpkin Cake post, which coincidentally has also been my most popular recent post. An (almost) healthy choccie cake, what could be better! It’s also evidence of how my photography has come on since I so cluelessly set out a year ago!

5) I couldn’t make a favourites list without some mention of the Chez Foti Summer of Tomatoes, so my final blogiversary fave has to be my Tomato Veg of the Month post. And I will further reiterate here that I will one hundred percent, absolutely most definitely not be growing so many tomatoes EVER again (unless for commercial gain obviously!). As lovely as my store cupboards and freezer now look by heck they took up my precious time these last few months!

So that’s it for my Blogiversary Special! I so wonder what this next exciting year will bring? Any careers advice and/or job offers gratefully received!

Louisa x


A blog (and tomato) holiday!

We’re off on our jolidays tomorrow to not-so-sunny England and Scotland to go to my big bro’s wedding and visit lots of family and friends. It’s going to be a hectic eleven days away so I’ve decided, after nearly a year of blogging, to take a bit of a break. It’s unfortunately come at a rather hectic time in the garden especially with the tomato harvesting, though I have to admit I’m quite looking forward to getting away from them all. Chez Foti’s felt like a tomato processing plant these last few weeks. It really has been a huge basket of pickings every day, with each and every night spent peeling, chopping, cooking, reducing, souping, saucing, drying, roasting, chutneying…..I could go on!

I’ve decided to continue my tomato ‘Veg of the Month’ on into September as I’ve already got a huge backlog of tomatoey blogs to write and no doubt I’ll be even more inundated with them when we return. I dread to think.

Anyway, here’s hoping I don’t see a tomato for eleven days!  Happy rest of the holidays everyone, here’s a couple of tomatoey photies to be going on with,

Louisa  x

My homemade sun aka ‘oven’ dried tommies. Sublime beyond sublime.

Master Jacques helping me pick the cherry tomatoes


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