Hey there! I’m Sus. Thanks for swinging by my blog – Rough Measures.


Rough Measures – born in a floating kitchen.

Brit born and bred. Raised in the South West of England, in a lovely place called Bath. Growing up, I didn’t have much care for food and cooking, in fact I just did not see the point in cooking at all. With the exception if the odd bit of baking; mainly so I could lick the bowl after, I avoided the kitchen at all costs. Toast and Marmite was my staple meal for a long time. However as I grew older, my interest in food, cooking and nutrition developed tenfold. Slowly, but surely (much to my Mum’s happiness) I began to build a relationship with my kitchen!

I spent 3 years living on a narrowboat (those long skinny ones) on the canals around Bath and Wiltshire. Rough Measures was created in my tiny floating kitchen and has grown into a beloved space for me to share my recipes. I hit a bit of a rut in September 2014 and was feeling a little bit lost. I started Rough Measures as a project to give me something to focus on, to give myself some purpose. Not only did it give me a portal to find my voice, it has taught me that food really does nourish the soul and mind. I am proof that you can eat yourself happy, from the joy of creating wholesome meals, to the goodness you are providing your body.

We now live in a cottage in Bath (with another small kitchen), and I am adjusting to life with constant electricity, hot water and less ducks!
I don’t like to label myself under a certain category food wise, what works for one person doesn’t necessarily work for others. However the recipes on here will be vegetarian, most of them vegan, with the focus on wholesome, seasonal, exciting ingredients and flavours.

If you want to mix up the ingredients in my recipes, add meat, use different flours etc, then please do. The idea is to help people understand that healthy eating doesn’t have to be complicated, or cost a fortune.

I created most of these recipes in my tiny narrowboat kitchen, using extremely limited space and light. You do not need a farmhouse kitchen with a 6 hob Aga to learn to cook. Just the willing and patience.

“We all eat, and it would be a sad waste of an opportunity to eat badly” Anna Thomas

S xx

Narrowboat Kitchen / roughmeasures.com
Our kitchen on our boat – Hamfolly

19 thoughts on “ABOUT

  1. Blog’s looking good!

    The photos are a cracking accompaniment to it as well… all looks really professional. Keep it up: content, content, content.

    1. Hiya! Yes we do! It’s great (although tonight’s wind is knocking it around like no tomorrow!) We’ve had it for just over a year and really enjoy it. Love that we are right in amongst the outdoors and community of boaters we’ve met. Drop me an email if you want any advice! 🙂

      1. I lust after living on one, thank you so much! I’m sure if we were still living in our van (we had to scrap it and have escaped to Germany for the festive period) I would be feeling terrified by the wind!

  2. I love that you live on a houseboat! I stayed on a houseboat when I went to Amsterdam and it was amazing. So glad to have discovered your blog- thanks for commenting on mine, because without it I wouldn’t have found yours! xo

    1. Hi Genevieve! Thanks for coming on by! You’re blog is BEAUTIFUL!! Yes, houseboat living is brilliant, currently sipping on my tea watching the swans paddle past. 🙂

  3. So jealous you live on a houseboat! Can I join you haha. Don’t know how I’ll convince my better half it’s a good idea…maybe one day 🙂

    1. It is a pretty good life, but it isn’t for everyone! However maybe you could persuade him to at least go on a day trip on one?!

  4. Hi Sus,
    I’m so happy you left a comment on my blog so that we could meet each other. Your story here is so similar to mine. I used to avoid cooking like the plague and now I have a blog about food! Life can be strange. I am super curious about life on a canal boat. Looking forward to reading more!

Thank You! I love hearing from you all.