Vegetarian Gluten Free Paleo Nut Loaf Recipe

I made this with a humungous hangover because I fancied a roasty but I had a vegetarian friend around. So of course I didn’t measure anything, I made it up as I went along. It relies heavily on eggs to hold it all together. and if you have some automatic way of chopping up the veg it makes life easier. I use one of these or something like it.


Chop up into fine bits:

  • An onion
  • A leek
  • A clove of garlic
  • Some chopped mushrooms

Soften in oil or butter over a low heat until they go transparent.

Put a couple of tablespoons of chopped nuts (I had cashews and hazlenuts) in a mixing bowl and add:

  • 2 tablespoons of chopped up butternut squash
  • 3 or 4 eggs

Add the cooked veg to the egg mix and season. You could add herbs if you wanted, thyme would go well.

Grease a normal sized loaf tin and put half the mix.

Mix up

  • A chopped up red pepper
  • A tablespoon of grated cheese

Spread this over the mix in the loaf tin and pour the rest of the mixture over the top.

Put in a medium oven for as long as it takes to set – about 40 minutes, the same time it takes to roast potatoes, sweet potatoes and onions..

We had this with a spicy tomato sauce and a glass or two of hairy dog non paleo Guinness.

nom nom.

And the next day I had the leftovers with bacon wrapped asparagus.

30 days of creativity – Day 25 – Zen Doodling

30 day creativity challenge Day  25, monochrome mindfulness

It only seems last week that I got my first box from Crafty Creatives. I get one a month because I’m worth it, and because it’s become fun to do stuff like this with my 10 year old son.

Box 15’s theme is black and white and as before the box is generously rammed with goodies, including a nice, thick papered notebook and a very gorgeous fineliner. Crafty Creatives have suggestions on their blog and Zen Doodling was mentioned.

I’ve seen doodles like this before and I didn’t realise it was a ‘thing’ that had a name. It’s clearly a big thing if you look on Pinterest, people get really into it! There are websites devoted it it!


It’s not difficult and you can’t really mess it up. You draw a load of squiggles on a page and fill in the shapes you make with patterns. It’s tricky thinking of patterns sometimes, and it’s trickier for me not to get all perfectionist on it. Working with a ten year old knocks that on the head though. Some of these I did with my son, some I did on my own. We have been taking it in turns to fill in boxes and its become a restful, meditative process which gets him to shut the fuck up for 5 minutes so that is good.

The notebook and pen live on the sofa now so we can watch films and argue over who’s turn it is to doodle next.

The rest of the Crafty Creatives box is yet to be explored but the main kit bit of it is a needle felted sheep. Sadly our needle broke but they have great customer service and they are sending us a new one! Hooray!

You can see the reason this started and the rest of the days here –

And if you want to join in we have a Facebook group –
Over on Crackbook a bunch of us are going to be working through Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain: A Course in Enhancing Creativity and Artistic Confidence

The first exercises are to draw a self portrait, your hand and something else I can’t remember so you can see improvement. Then you move onto drawing a vase from a silhouette. You can see the vase exercise here –

The plan is to do an exercise every Sunday from the book.









“More flowers on the lead guitar” Hollow Giants at Fannys September Party

I hate festivals with a passion that defies all logic but my mother challenged me to do everything I was invited to so I went to Fannys September Party, at a secret location somewhere in Somerset, I had to go.

Fanny says she only works with her friends and other interesting people and it shows. It felt safe, no one puked or even fell on my tent,  no one bothered if you peed in a hedge, the music from 2 stages was ace and the people I met just wonderful. Lots of them were people I’ve known for years but lost touch with so that was doubly lovely, and it was good to meet fellow vinyl collecting sci-fi nerds too.

I also got to work behind the bar, with real live people, in real time, in the real world which was a total treat after my usual solo freelancing at Naked Website.

The first band that stopped me reading the Saturday paper was Edwin Brookes and the Burning Glass who are great, light, funny, silly people, with a drummer who can do a million things at once. The video doesn’t do them justice, they were perfect late afternoon entertainment.

The second lot who blew my socks off were Hollow Giants who made a lot of noise, which I totally approve of. See for yourself. The guitarist was wearing a rather fetching garland of flowers around his head, hence someone in the audience shouting out ‘More flowers on the lead guitar’, beats ‘too much top’ any day. I didn’t get any photos of them because I was being a snarky barmaid at the time, the power had gone to my head.

This was the sad and empty stage the next day.


This hasn’t changed my mind about the general awfulness of festivals, but I’d do this again.

Sorting my fucking self out week 3ish, starting to lose count.

day14 Narcissism update on day 14

My stomach is getting flatter despite a huge Guinness binge at the weekend.

I’m attempting and failing to drink more water.

I’m running a few times a week and going to the gym to lift heavy things and bitch about men once or twice a week.

I can’t do a pull up yet but I’ll get there.

I’m eating protein and vegetables 3 times a day, no grains, sugar, cake etc.

It’s working and I’m sticking to it.

Yes Rebels, Lionface, Repo Man, The Brackish – Old Market Music Festival Sept 13

Too hungover to review any of these but here are videos and links of some of the best of the Old Market Music Festival where fun was had by all.
Yes Rebels – just fuckin’ rockin’

Lionface – white dreadlocks, gorgeous vocals over drums and electronica, kickin’

Repo Man – ranty Jim Morrison crossed with Beefheart vocals with added sax, gifts thrown into the audience, lots of screaming scratchy guitar. Also kickin’

The Brackish – beaming musicians having a very good time, complicated timing, very catchy.

Pin up of the day – Full Throttle Axolotl


This is Full Throttle, she is an Axolotl. A Mexican walking fish.

She spends most of the day glaring at me as I work, willing me to go into the garden and dig up a worm for her.

She is about 7 inches long and a teenager in our years, 2 years I think in real time. I have another but he is having a sulky stay in his room period at the moment, he didn’t ask to be born (slams door).

They are pretty mad creatures, they can grow back most of their bodies if they get damaged, including their brains and hearts (I am reliably told this by a 10 year old and I have not cross referenced). I’m pretty sure that if I add iodine to the water in their tank they will morph into salamanders which live above the water. The morphing is a pretty painful process I’ve read though, and it shortens their 20 year life expectancy so unless they really piss me off I won’t be adding iodine any time soon.

30 days of creativity – Day 24 – Crafty Creatives Box

30 day creativity challenge Day  24, a box of goodies.

Disclosure  – I’m reviewing this because I like it, I wasn’t given a free box to review, this is totally unbiased.

A while ago, as a treat to myself for being dumped out of the blue by a dickhead going through a mid life crisis I signed up for a monthly box from Crafty Creatives.

For just under £13 delivered you get a box of goodies and instructions to make things once a month, each with a different theme. Past themes have included Steampunk and Glamour but this months theme is Western.

Opening the box is exciting as the contents are concealed behind rather lovely paper. Inside the box are kits with full instructions to make a dream catcher and a rope basket, a card with a rather lovely drawing of an Indian headdress on one side and a list of what’s in the box on the other.

It’s all carefully thought out and put together, it looks enticing and I have a 10 year old son who can’t wait to dive in and make something.

To be honest my heart sank when I saw the dreamcatcher kit, it’s not my kind of thing, but I’ve never made one before, and it is my son’s kind of thing, so that is all good. The instructions were clear and it was pretty easy to do. We worked on it together and he still has to finish it off.


The other set of detailed instructions was for the rope basket. This required a bit of muscle so he started it and I finished it off. It’s become a basket to put rings into so it has a good use in our house.


We had a go bleaching the denim bits that came in the kit, my son was impressed that they might have been worn by a real cowboy. I am really not sure what we are going to do with these.


The rest of the kit has turquoise beads, a tiny stone bear, star studs, a bit of fleece with a native American pattern on it, metal feather charms, suedette trim, some tapestry thread and some lovely craft paper. My only criticism is that there are not more ideas for things to do. I have a rule that everything I make has to have a use or a purpose, being pretty just isn’t enough.

Crafty Creatives link to their Pinterest for denim ideas but I could really do with a nice chunky blog with clear tutorials we could dip into.

On the whole, what I love about this is that it is painless,  it’s all there for for you, no need to research, no need to think, just use your hands to make something.

For the money, this has so far given us around 3 hours of crafting, we have both learned something, it’s been great to do it together and there is plenty more to do. I think if you went out and bought the bits it would probably cost you more.  I am looking forward to the next box, and if anyone has any ideas for things we can make (that are actually useful) with the rest of the kit I’d appreciate it.

You can see the reason this started and the rest of the days here –

And if you want to join in we have a Facebook group –
Over on Crackbook a bunch of us are going to be working through Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain: A Course in Enhancing Creativity and Artistic Confidence

The first exercises are to draw a self portrait, your hand and something else I can’t remember so you can see improvement. Then you move onto drawing a vase from a silhouette. You can see the vase exercise here –

The plan is to do an exercise every Sunday from the book.









Sorting my fucking self out. Day 8


I’m 10 stone. I’m 5ft 6 and I measure 36, 31, 38 – that’s an inch down on the hips since day 1.

In the 8 days I’ve run day 1 of C25K 6 times, done loads of planks, bought a pull up bar so I can learn to do pull ups. Been to the gym once where I have pushed and pulled heavy things. I’ve done no other cardio other than running because I hate it.

I’ve mostly eaten paleo –  a palm sized bit of protein with non starchy veg 3 times a day. I’ve drunk more water, given up soya milk but I’m still having tea with cow milk and sometimes coffee.

Falios –  3 cocktails with sugar syrup, 3 gin and tonics, another gin and tonic (all on different days) ice cream, chocolate brownie and chocolate
sauce, pineapple and cheese sticks at a party (it was that or pizza), snacky binge drunk night on dates and nuts.