Thursday, 21 May 2015


Hello Dear Friends,

I have had a rather prolonged Blog break, but I am determined to relaunch on 1 June!

I am going to focus on blogging here at A Trifle Rushed, as I have reluctantly found my Wordpress account, Jude Magee, too difficult to manage, (if I were 10 or even 20 years younger, or had a more technical mind then I believe I would have been fine!) .  There is something comforting here at A Trifle Rushed, a real feeling of coming home.

I hope, by using only this account, I can stop anxious feelings that I'm constantly juggling, torn between the two blogs and panicking- all of which has meant that I have ended up not writing or publishing anything on either blog!

I want to concentrate on what I enjoy about blogging.  Cooking and writing simple recipes from my kitchens in Richmond and Brittany, as well as sharing everyday food stories; whether it's a restaurant review, shopping in the market in France or foraging for food here in Richmond.  I'd like to share discoveries I have made, and let you know about the  things  that I am occasionally asked to review. I am also determined to rediscover some of the blogs that I have lost touch withover the last year, so watch out for comments from me!

Over the next few weeks, I will move my posts from,  so I have everything together.

Just a few photographs below to show you  that I am still working away in the kitchen!

First batch of 2015 Elderflower Cordial!

Old Fashioned Jelly.

Cheese Board with homemade Damson cheese,
Apple and Quince membrillos, Daylesford Organic Blue
and Daylesford Organic Comte, and from Neal's Yard
A soft Cheese called "St Jude" of course it was fabulous!

Whilst trying to reach a decision over which blog to use, (and using neither) I have been using Instagram, please look at my feed, it's full of food, flowers and things that  I love.  You can find it at jude_magee.  I've also added a link on my side bar, where you can find my twitter, Pinterest, and should you wish, you can sign up to  Bloglovin', who will deliver my new posts to you.

Monday, 23 March 2015

Waitrose Hiku

At the beginning of the year I was asked to trial the Hiku device by Waitrose.  The  Hiku is an innovative scanning device that has already been launched in the United States.  It is a small, discrete scanner, which as it's magnetic can be attached to a fridge, (or in my case the bread bin) and can be used to build up a shopping list.

As someone who is not highly technical I was intrigued to see a) could I use the Hiku? And b) how well would it work?

The device arrived and I had a problem getting it started.  I emailed the helpline and was very impressed, within 5 minutes an engineer from America had phoned me and was able to talk me through the small problem.

Once the Hiku device was working I was able to download the Hiku App onto my smartphone, and then link it to my Waitrose account.  The three devices worked extremely well together.

I was able to scan food and cleaning items (as I recycled the  empty packaging)  and the items were immediately added to my shopping list, both on the Hiku App and on my Waitrose account.  Additionally if I didn't have an item to scan, and this aspect I found both very easy and appealing,  I was able to speak into the Hiku and it recorded my request, using voice recognition to update my list.  This really helped when I was planning recipes as I could check through my fridge and cupboards and immediately add missing ingredients.

I found the Hiku extremely user friendly, it is small and neat and would fit into any kitchen, compiling a list over a few days was very useful and I found that I bought things that I needed.  Having the shopping list instantly transferred to my Waitrose Account really aided the online shopping, everything was speeded up, it took moments to adjust the list for quantities and to remove one or two things that I no longer required.

I look forward to the launch of the Hiku later in the year, as it is certainly a useful addition to list making and shopping, and something that  I will happily use in my kitchen . Thank you to Waitrose for asking me to be involved in the trial.

You can read more about the Hiku, and other Waitrose innovations by following this link:
Waitrose Hiku.

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Cook - John Lewis

In the summer I was in my local John Lewis, browsing in the kitchen department,  when I saw a magazine called Cook, it was lovely, full of inspiring recipes, crockery, kitchen linens, and useful utensils.  The focus in the summer was salads and fish, and there were a few things that I bought for my house in Brittany.

In the Autumn there was a second edition, full of warm colours and more inspiration, and now the third edition has hit the shops and it's jam packed full of great ideas for Christmas, including lots of suggestions for homemade foodie gifts.

I was delighted to be asked to try some of the recipes, and sample some of the gift ideas.

A beautifully wrapped box arrived at my house.  As well as the magazine, it contained a  selection of goodies, My daughter and I had a lovely time trying the cookie press and the Home Baked stamp.

We decided to make the Christmas Spiced Truffles (an Edd Kimber recipe), we were really impressed with them.  They are rich and unctuous, and will make a perfect gift for Christmas, We plan to make another batch (we had  plenty of chocolates from this recipe), use some of the gorgeous John Lewis packaging and give them to teachers, friends and neighbours,  along with some of my Peppermint Bark, you can find my recipe here.

Thank you to John Lewis for sending me the baking goodies, and a gift voucher to cover the cost of the   ingredients in the cooking.

If you don't have a local John Lewis you can still read the magazine as it is now available on The Newstand, at the App Store, just search for John Lewis Cook.(You'll find the Autumn edition there too, just incase you missed it!)  You can find all the useful tools and packaging either in the shop or online at John Lewis.