Sublime Steak and Cheese Sub

It’s not everyday you can make someone emotional with a sandwich. On the weekend I had some left over steak and offered to make steak sandwiches for the boys. So far, so what right? Everyone has their own take or secret to make the best steak sandwich but this was different. No trace of tomatoes…

Orange and Almond Cake

I’m a bit late to the party on this one. Kiwi chef Peter Gordon’s boiled orange and almond cake has been floating around the interwebs for some time now. I only found out about it from my visit to Rex Bakery last year where I tasted it and knew immediately it was a winning recipe. Peter…

The Botanist: Marlow

Don’t get me wrong. I love pubs. Even more specifically, I love British pubs and the social comforts they bring to the British lifestyle. But I do miss the excitement of going to a proper restaurant. In Australia dining out is more restaurant-oriented, with all kinds of venues, big/small, formal/casual offering cuisine-specific or a style…

Christmas Greetings

This here is a photo of the spread my sister put on for our tiny Christmas Cocktail get-together. So much effort, love and generosity of spirit was laid out on this table which to me, is the true spirit of the season. I realised this year that my failed attempts to relax at this time of…

Old Butcher’s Wine Cellar Famous Mulled Wine

Perhaps it’s because I’m Australian, but I’ve never really picked up on the mulled wine tradition here in the UK. To me it tasted either too sour or overly spiced and stating the bloody obvious – what’s with warm wine? But things change. A few weeks ago I dragged the boys down to the Cookham Christmas…

Butternut Squash, Honey, Cheese & Savoury Sage Crumble

I’ve added some roasted beetroot to my crumble making it look all gory, but I don’t know that it added anything to the original concept. After trying the Marlow Cheese Co. Cygnet cheese, I knew there was a recipe in there somewhere.The Cygnet has an almost sour, citrus flavour when it’s young and isn’t overly salty which…

Local Food Hero: The Marlow Cheese Co.

Cheese is a funny thing. The way we appreciate a fine cheese rather goes against the grain. Mould makes it more marvellous and the worse it smells the better it is. That’s how I knew the Cygnet cheese from The Marlow Cheese Co. was going to be a corker; it ticks both boxes. I’ve never tried a lactic…

Apple, Nut, Cranberry and Coconut Loaf

I don’t know if it’s the same in your neighbourhood or backyard but our neighbours have an apple tree on our fence line that’s bare but for the green baubles that occasionally drop and roll across the yard. I have no idea what kind of variety it is but they taste pretty good. I’ve seen trees…

Food-Lovers Christmas Gift Guide

Sure, it’s only November, but this is the perfect time to start your Christmas shopping for maximum gifting pleasure without the stress and December budget blow-out. Getting a gift for someone who loves food and cooking might seem like a no-brainer but the relationship between a cook, their food and their kitchen is an intimate one fraught…

Food Hero: Rex Bakery

Ok, so this one is not local, but it’s not that far away. Today I want to sing the praises of Glenn Stephens founder of the Rex Artisan Bakery in Little Chalfont. I want to shout to the roof-tops that I finally found a worthy ciabatta here in the UK. It’s not an easy thing…