Cornflakes; not just for breakfast

Cornflakes; not just for breakfast

The only time I buy cereal is when Kellogg’s have their annual Grown-ups Go Free promotion. Last year we used them to take the boys to Lego Land for the first time and I’ve got my tokens on the fridge ready … Continue reading

Another year, another oven

After a much needed break this Christmas, I’m looking forward to a good year. I hope 2014 is treating you all well so far, for me it’s been a great start. We moved. Again. But this time it’s a little more permanent, we bought a property in a nearby village called Cookham. The move was hectic as it happened just before Christmas but we got settled in time to enjoy our first Christmas in our new home. I am still tinkering with the arrangements  in my new kitchen because it’s huge. I mean huge, for British standards anyway. It covers half of the bottom floor of the house and is home to a massive fridge and more importantly a monster Rangemaster gas and electric cooker complete with 6 burners, 2 ovens, a grill and a warming tray.

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I’ve been a bit distracted from cooking lately as I have some other projects that I’m working on, but rest assured, I have some great recipes to share in 2014. There’s some super salad ideas, vegetarian bakes, yet another scone recipe and even a little something for the local bird population and hopefully a few more reviews of some eateries in the area. Over Christmas my Festive Christmas Tart was featured in the launch issue of digital publication, Brilliant Baking Magazine. Plus the editors Andrea and Leigh have invited me back to write the forward for their February issue themed around family recipes and traditions. I’ll be sharing my bread and butter cake for that one also.

As far as music goes, I have had the new Arctic Monkeys new album AM on high rotation in the kitchen lately, with a healthy dose of QOTSA and spattering of the White Album thrown in for good measure. This winter has been incredibly mild as far as temperature goes but it has been raining almost none stop since Christmas. We have a conservatory and so it gets a bit loud when the rain gets fierce and makes it really hard to hear the telly.

Christmas cranberry and pistachio chocolate drops

Christmas cranberry and pistachio chocolate drops

If you’re not overly confident to start your own chocolate factory just yet, why not try these little treasures. All you need is a microwave to create an endless variety of these pretty and festive sweets. You can create a … Continue reading

Christmas walnut truffles

Christmas walnut truffles

For Christmas this year I’m baking another round of sweet treats for the teachers, neighbours and locals. Because things are a bit hectic around here, I kept this year’s selection simple and yet they’ve turned out to be the most … Continue reading

Honey and Lemon Almond Cake

Honey and Lemon Almond Cake

On our journey home from Korcula to Split during our summer holiday in Croatia, we drove through the coastal towns and winding roads, even crossing into Bosnia-Herzogovina for a brief moment. During our stint in Bosnia we passed roadside stalls … Continue reading

Pumpkin pie with hazelnut crust

Pumpkin pie with hazelnut crust

“Good friends are like stars…. You don’t always see them, but you know they are always there” I have a friend from Canada and together we used to enjoy swapping recipes, talking about food and embarking on oven-baked finger food … Continue reading

Festive Christmas Tart

Festive Christmas Tart

Everything from the pastry to the filling to licking the beaters covered in butter, rum and sugar, this recipe is smashing! With these proportions of rum and butter – how could this tart not be decadent and delicious? I make … Continue reading