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…

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…

Cheddar and Chutney Scones

I’ll let these photos speak for themselves. As much as I’d like to recall, these buttermilk, Cheddar and Christmas Chutney scones didn’t just happen spontaneously because unlike chutney and cheese, it’s not often I have buttermilk in the fridge. And you really need buttermilk for this recipe. These scones were a premeditated craving. I’d also…

Mince Pie Crumble

In the exciting months leading up to Christmas, foodies have to contend with deliveries of festive treats, and the latest and likely my last for this year were some seasonal offerings from Rosebud Preserves; Christmas Fruit Chutney made with prunes, dates, apricots, aromatic allspice and strong dark ale and Almond and Orange Mincemeat made with with Bramley apples,…