How I Accidentally Gave Up

Recently, I realised that I had given up. I say ‘realised’ because I didn’t mean to give up. In fact, that’s the last thing I planned to do; the plan was to help to change the world. Obviously. I think I wanted the issues that literally millions of people had been struggling with for hundreds…

Being ‘The Diversity’

I am lucky to work in a large company with a clear policy and stated commitment on equality and diversity. A company which has made a commitment to working without discrimination, and which works with clients who share our beliefs. It’s a really positive commitment, but it doesn’t mean that it’s smooth sailing all the…

Why I’m proud to be in a Lady Gang

This week at work, a senior member of staff sent a very ill advised email to the whole company. I won’t go into the details but the title of the email was ‘Womens’ Weak‘ and included such highlights as lamenting about our ‘genetic fate‘, telling us to do the washing up, and signing off as…

Low fat spanakopita

I really believe filo pastry is a diets’ best friend. All of the joy of pastry, almost non of the calories, it’s win win. And the little sheets of translucent pastry are just so lovely to work and make things with.   What you need: 500g fresh spinach 1 finely shopped shallot 6 spring onions…

Why I’m just giving up for lent

Let me get right to the point. I have changed the entire way that I speak and communicate at work because I want to be liked. I don’t want to be the  stereotypical difficult woman, which is the name that gets thrown around at any female who knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to go…

Chocolate raspberry pots

The last time I made chocolate truffles I had some of the mixture left over, so I made this recipe to use up the excess. We can’t have chocolate going to waste. What you need: 300g milk chocolate 3 tbl spoons coconut oil 300ml coconut milk 1tsp cinnamon 1tsp mixed spice 0.5 tsp nutmeg 1…

Striped Mirangue

The first time I saw a big pile of striped meninges balancing on top of on another I thought they looked magical. I also thought they were something I’d never be able to do. I couldn’t begin to imagine how to make the beautiful delicate little clouds, perched precariously on each others’ heads. And then I found out it was…

Why you’ve got to fuck it up

I hate fucking up, I hate it so much. As soon as I realise there’s the slightest possibility I’ve failed at something, or made even the tiniest mistake, my mind goes into all out panic overdrive. A typo in an email, dialing into a call two minutes late – minor things like that can send me…

Exotic fruit pavlova

I love making meringues, I think they have an unfair reputation for being difficult, which means that when you put them on the table in front of your guests they think you’ve been slaving away all day to make them something wonderful. The reality is there’s a little bit of work at the beginning, but it’s easy…

Fresh homemade pasta with lemon, basil & capers

I had always thought that making your own pasta seemed like a hassle – it’s so easy to just buy it, so what’s the point? It turns out not only is it easy, it’s also really satisfying an it looks super impressive if you have people over for dinner. I would say you need a…

Making your new job work for you

You’ve got a job offer. Great! Huge congratulations – you’ve already done great work and you should be proud of yourself. But, before you say yes, stop and think for a minute. Are you getting the best that you could from this situation, or are you going to look back with ‘what ifs‘ and ‘if onlys‘?…

How to get what you want in the job you have

We’ve already agreed the gender pay gap is bullshit, and we’ve all committed to doing what we can to take matters into our own hands to help to close it. But how? If you’re already happy in your job and you’ve accepted your salary, what are you meant to do to take a step up…