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 odysseys. Being Canadian, she had a fine sense of North American cuisine, and shared with…

Spotted Dick Pudding

I’ve always had a curiosity about suet, but never the confidence to actually cook with it. But since moving to the UK I’ve enjoyed some wonderful suet dishes and I finally got around to putting the suet I had in the cupboard to good use. The weather got cold all of a sudden last week….

Apple Day at Hughenden Manor

On a drizzly weekend in September the boys and I headed out to make the most of our National Trust membership. We’ve been exploring the immediate area and have visited Grey’s Court, Cliveden, Runnymede and most recently Benjamin Disraeli’s country home, Hughenden Manor. It was one of those days, the kids didn’t really want to…

Blueberry butter cake

This recipe is really just another version of my mum’s apple cake. Easy to make and even easier to eat, this is the go-to pudding in my house. AT and I had been discussing a blueberry pie, but in my thrifty culinary wisdom I envisaged that a pie would require a truck load of blueberries,…

Tiramisu

According to Wikipedia, the Italian dessert tiramisù means “pick-me-up”, or metaphorically, “make me happy”. When I read this, I shook my head in disbelief. Read on, to find out why and to become privy to my most excellent recipe for tiramisu. I think we can all agree that this layered Italian creation is a celebration…

Super-easy sticky date puddings with toffee sauce

I’m cheating a bit here. I have posted this recipe before, but it’s so good it’s worth posting again, but with the benefit of my improved photography skills, of course. The air has turned brisk and all of a sudden it feels as if summer is over. Even though the days are still warm and…

Peanut Butter Chocolate Icecream

I am of the mind that home made ice cream is best left to those with ice cream machines. I’ve eaten my fair share of pathetic home-made crystallised ice-creamery in the past and I’m not really interested in making something that I can buy fairly cheaply that tastes a lot better than anything I can…

Best ever pancakes

I’ve been making pancakes for years and I’ve never really thought they were that great. I much preferred leaving it to the professionals at Pancakes on the Rocks or any other venue that can flip a decent batter. It was AT’s birthday yesterday and I was determined to make us the best damn pancakes this…

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 this every year and have experimented making smaller pies, but due to the delicacy and…

Bolzano Apple Cake

A few things first, I bought these brown plates thinking they’d look great on camera. I was wrong. Second, the spot of pink on the right corner of the cake is evidence of my experimentation, I threw in a few re-currents. I’m new here, I wasn’t sure what they’re used for and FYI, they’re not…