Spring Break-Ukiah/Redwood Valley

I really like this landscape painting from jillmillwardartwork.com

Jill Millward Artwork


8X8 oil on canvas

Remember that I’m painting about my spring break?  This is stop #2.  After Spending a couple of days in Tahoe at Squaw Valley we went on to Ukiah to visit my family.  I was born and raised in Ukiah (Northern California) and my parents and youngest sister still live there.  Ukiah and the area surrounding from the Napa Valley to the coast is truly breathtaking.

For the first few days we were in Ukiah it rained a lot.  On Monday we went over to my sisters house.  She lives in a local vineyard.  While I was there the rain let up and the sun shone down on the bright green grass around the grapevines and I went out and took some pictures of the area around her house.  This is her view from her kitchen window.  The grapevines are still lifeless looking but everything surrounding them…

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Three cheeses baked ziti


Tonight I made three cheese baked ziti, it was very nice but very filling. I couldn’t get ziti pasta so had to make do with rigatoni. The cheeses were provolone, mozzarella and parmesan. It also had mince and spicy italian sausage along with onions and a homemade pasta sauce. It kinda reminded me of lasagne.

It was a very italian vibe today as I made myself spagetti with tomato & basil pasta sauce with italian sausage for lunch. A very large portion as I missed having my weetabix today haha


Have a great day everyone 🙂

Herbed chicken w/provolone cheese & hasselback potatoes

Okay, so here is herbed chicken with parmesan and provolone cheese accompanied by broccoli and hasselback potatoes. It was very filling but I did thoroughly enjoy it especially with sour cream.

It was quite a lot of work though with the breadcrumbs and preperation time, also the breadcrumbs didn’t stick to the chicken too well.

I know I need a new cooking tray and a frying pan as well.

Stuffed aubergine tagine, rice w/asparagus, mushroom and pancetta

Hello everyone,

Here is what I made for tonights dinner. I thought I would try something quite ambitious and somehow someway it turned out amazing. Really pleased with this and it just goes to show what can be achieved with some effort.

I am of course now destined for masterchef… well maybe not but you get the idea.

For after I made this…


Some call it apple and pear walnut crumble but I call it le emblem e magnificente or simply tooth-rotter.

All in all, I found cooking very enjoyable and look forward to tommorows piece, blahbiddy blahblah, otherwise known as homemade north indian garlic chilli chicken w/chapatis and naan.

Have a great day/night!



Cooking (Introduction)

Hi there!

In my attempt to learn how to cook I have taken over the responsibility of cooking within my household. Yay or possibly nay depending on how it goes :p

Anyway I will be posting recipes and pictures of things I have made and I must say it has been an immensely enjoyable experience aside from the shopping trips, huge amount of dishes and the placenta/pancetta incident that happend at the deli. However we live and learn and I am slowly building up quite the menu.

At the time of writing this I am about about a month in to what I have dubbed the new kitchen revolution and have made a number of different dishes from various cuisines. Mozambique curry, north Indian garlic chilli chicken, cod and butter sauce, beef stroganoff, shepards pie, spaghetti carbonara, herbed parmesan chicken and prawn and pea risotto as well as a few others.

So welcome to the cooking section of letters and notes, enjoy!



If this is just a dream
It’s the strangest place i’ve seen
From morning through til night
Things don’t feel quite right
I’ve waited here so long
I wake to see you’re gone
So panic turns to grief
Tell me i’m asleep

(AABBCCDD rhyme and loose syllable count)