Yes, I know how lucky I am

My name is Cat and I spend 80 per cent of any given day thinking about food*.

I am lucky enough to live in the Caribbean with my lovely husband, slightly neurotic dog** and insatiable appetite for home-cooked meals using fresh, unprocessed ingredients where possible.

On this site you’ll find recipes for all manner of dishes, cooking tips and food-related musings. I am not a professional chef, I have never cooked for money and I have no formal culinary training or qualifications. I am just a woman who has cooked a lot of meals, eaten even more and has one extremely discerning belly.

If you like what you see, get in touch, tell a friend, go to twitter and twit, visit facebook and face..all the usual sharing and caring that goes on in the beautiful wide web.

I’m extremely proud to say that my recipes have been featured on Mark’s Daily Apple, PaleoHacks, Chriskresser.com, Paleo Grubs and more.

there’s no reason to put a photo here, I just love this shot

If you don’t like what you see, screw you! What’s wrong with you?! Kidding, kidding. Feel free to email (thingsmybellylikes@email.com) and rant at me. I don’t mind, it won’t ruin my day. Much.

*Full disclosure: that’s a very conservative estimate

**Sadly that neurotic dog is no more.Β 


101 thoughts on “About

  1. Hello, I love to meet other people with discerning bellies! We must stick together in this world of fast food and horrible, overpriced restaurants! Here’s a cheer for all the people who love and appreciate food and for all the GREAT restaurants and home kitchen where I’ve eaten or hope to eat at soon!!!!

    • Hooray! I feel like we’re building a movement here πŸ™‚ Thanks for commenting and giving your support to the cause. Bellies unite! On a more serious note, I see that you’ve mastered the art of sourdough bread – something I’m not brave enough to do myself. Been meaning to though as I hear it’s much better for the gut. Will check out your informative posts in more detail!

  2. Thanks for the “like” on my heart pizza!! I am just like you – no professional experience but I love to cook and bake too. Your recipes look great and I am so jealous that you are in the Caribean! ha ha (although winter hasn’t been too bad this year here in Canada)

    • Hi Mary, thanks for commenting – nice to hear from you πŸ™‚ I’ve family in Canada and they keep telling me it’s not too bad up there but I don’t believe it. I’ve been down south so long that I’m a total wimp about winter now.
      At least your icy weather is the perfect excuse to load up on comfort foods πŸ™‚

    • Hi Dena,

      Ahahaha! Yes, in many ways I do win but try telling me that in summer when the annual onslaught of bugs begins….I don’t do well with crawling and/or flying things.
      Still, a small price to pay πŸ™‚

    • Hi Pasta Princess (love the name), thanks for commenting, glad you like the site.

      I love the sound of your thai chicken pizza and your photos are amazing – they make me instantly hungry. I have food-photo envy!

    • Hi Sheelagh,

      Perhaps it’s now time to ‘fess up – I’m actually a Northern Irish gal myself πŸ™‚ and your talk of rain has me (weirdly) homesick.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting, nice to meet a fellow countrywoman, especially one that cooks such delicious looking stuff (you had me at Dublin Bay bisque)


  3. Thanks so much for visiting my blog, and liking the recipe for poached salmon in the slow cooker. Your site is terrificβ€”great photos! intriguing recipes! (Beetcake? You’re gonna have to convince me on that one…”bleurgh” is what I say to beets, too.)

    Glad to find you!


    • Aww thanks Marci, welcome to the blog and thanks for commenting.

      I wouldn’t steer you wrong about the beetcake, honestly. The trick is to induce temporary amnesia so you forget you ever put beets in there. Your tastebuds will never know (cue evil laugh).


  4. I am a terrible cook but a decent baker. So I’m learning to cook because of my kiddo. Not because of my husband, because why learn to cook when there’s practically a pro in the house? I’m interested in kid-friendly meals to sneak the healthy things into the delicious things. Is that something you’ve ever done?

    • I don’t have kids so can’t give you any help there but I definitely try the sneak approach with hubby’s food sometimes eg I make a mean spinach mac n’ cheese….even the ‘dirty’ meals are kinda given the healthy makeover in our house (unless I’m too tired to cook of course and then I become a total hypocrite).

  5. Thanks for dropping by my blog and liking one of my posts! Just had a nosey around yours and after the pancake recipe – and the pastry one (which I’m going to try with chestnut flour…maybe…or possibly that split with coconut flour….hmmmm) and several other interesting looking ones, I’ve decided to Follow you! Yayyy!!!! I look forwards to reading more of your foodie posts πŸ™‚


    • Hi Jacquie, thanks for exploring the blog and following along -appreciate the support!

      Chestnut flour? I’ve never heard of that but it sounds amazing (I absolutely LOVE chestnuts), is it easy to use in baking etc?

      • I made our Christmas cakes with it last year – worked absolutely fine! It did look a bit curdled when I added the eggs, but did the trick of adding a bit more flour in to help it along, and all mixed in fine at the end! It’s quite a coarse texture though – you can actually feel the grainy-ness sometimes… (Can’t really sieve it). I’ve used it in carrot cake as well and that was fine too!

      • If I can find some in our local store, I will definitely give it a try. Might be tough though – we can’t even get chestnuts until the Christmas season (and then I buy them out within a week!). Thanks for the tips!

  6. Thanks for stopping by my blog! Sounds like we have a few things in common, although I’m lusting after your idyllic setting. πŸ™‚ I’ll have to poke around and see what else there is to see on your blog. Cheers!

  7. cat! fellow blogger here, looking for your email address. is it anywhere on your page? i just had a quick tidbit for you. anyway, your blog is super cute., and i can tell you really enjoy doing what you do here! keep on rockin!

  8. Lucky you living in the Caribbean! That’s my dream…. and being a real food blogger who doesn’t need a day job. Thanks for stopping by and liking my post! Your Bailey’s Cheesecake bites look fantastic!

  9. you are so funny!! I’m going to have to follow you now. I keep seeing TheObamacrat reblogging your posts and your deviled eggs drew me in. Nice to meet you!


    This is my new favourite bog of all times! Informative, funny, healthy, sensible, resourceful…
    Wow, sounds like a love letter, better stop here. P.s: I’m in the UK, it is 0 degrees today and smells of snow, can I move in with you??? just kidding. Alix

    • And that, right there in a nutshell, is why I moved out of the UK πŸ™‚ Damn March snow! Thank you for your lovely words and for reading the blog. You sound like a charming potential flatmate. If you are capable of killing cockroaches without so much as a twitch then you’re in! Welcome to the madhouse πŸ™‚ Cat

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  12. HoooOOOooOOOWWWWWwwwwLLLLLLLooooooooo Cat! Thank you for the follow πŸ™‚ The Pack welcomes you! And so does the wolfie belly lol πŸ˜‰ Your site is deeeeelicious!! Mouthwatering! The Pack will never need to go hunting again…. we will just drop in your blog site and …. well,….wolf it all down! lol πŸ˜‰

  13. Dear Cat,

    I have been an avid reader of your blog since past few months as i like your blog content very yummy.

    Sylvia Dewy

    • Hi Sylvia, thanks for reading and extra big thanks for coming back and commenting to let me know, I’m delighted that you are enjoying the recipes. I love making other bellies as happy as mine πŸ™‚

    • Hi Rosie, always good to meet new friends, thanks for stopping by! Given that I have the surfing skills of a drowned rat, I’ll definitely be spending more time on the internet than the waves πŸ™‚ Heading over to your blog now….

  14. That’s a gorgeous shot! Glad you put it there. πŸ˜€ Wandering your blog this morning and really enjoying it. We seem to have some of the same ideas about food.


  16. Guess what? I clicked on ‘follow’ the minute I read your second sentence “I spend 80% if any given day thinking about food.” πŸ™‚ Same here. Nice to meet like minded bloggers. πŸ™‚

  17. Hello, just discovered your blog. Completely sympathize with you on the island living. I don’t know where you are exactly….but vitacost.com delivers to the island I live on and shipping is pretty reasonable.

  18. Hi Cat.
    I’ve just read your recipe for Cottage pie and you have asked what the difference is between Cottage and Shepherds Pie. Shepherds Pie is made with lamb and Cottage pie is made with beef or pork.

  19. Glad to have found your blog. I too think about a food all day. Thank you for knowing how lucky you are to live where you do! That is stunning….and you are super lucky πŸ™‚

  20. Great blog you have here. look forward to seeing what new recipes you come up with. And I’m so jealous that you get to eat Caribbean food all day – one of the best cuisines ever!

  21. I love your blog – LOVE your humour! I came to you via the chocolate chestnut brownies you did back in 2012 as I have a big batch of ground chestnuts in the freezer (where they’ve been for way too long) and it’s time to bite the bullet and DO something with them … and I’m thinking I’ve just found the perfect recipe in your brownies πŸ˜€ What a delight to find you’re a WP blogger too. I call that serendipity, and it’s made me very happy. I can’t wait to read more!


    • Hey Trixpin! Thanks for your kind words re the blog…and for reminding me that it’s almost chestnut season and I need to get my nut on. Hope you enjoy the brownies and I shall definitely be checking out your intriguingly named blog in the spirit of WordPress togetherness. Food bloggers are the BEST people πŸ™‚

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