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Cafe Brownies

Cafe Brownies

So there’s a debate raging in my house. I’ve just made a brownie and it’s different recipe to the one I normally use. This new recipe comes from a friend who used to work as pastry chef under one of Sydney’s well-known chefs. This friend […]

Strawberry Shortcake with Baby Basil and Sweetened Creme Fraiche

Strawberry Shortcake with Baby Basil and Sweetened Creme Fraiche

This is no ordinary strawberry shortcake. Perfect for when strawberries are in season when they not only taste great but are cheap too. Fairly easy to make, always impressive and lovely to eat, this almond shortbread and with strawberries served with baby basil leaves and brown […]

Hrstule

Hrstule

I have a little recipe book where I keep all my cuttings and family recipes. Its pages are splattered with flour and other ingredients, and some of the pages are even stuck together. Scattered through out this book are mysterious little post its with hand-written […]

Lemon Yoghurt Cake

Lemon Yoghurt Cake

It’s nearly Mother’s Day. In my house this means home made cards from the boys, and an uncertain spouse asking what I want. While I wasn’t blessed with the sensitivity and understanding of little girls, I was gifted with two precious boys who love me. […]

Asian Meatballs with Sticky Glaze

Asian Meatballs with Sticky Glaze

You can make these meatballs with whatever mince you fancy, be it turkey, beef or pork but do take care to buy 5% lean mince where you can. I can never really tell the difference between lean mince and full fat (20%) so this is […]

Chicken and Cashew Stir Fry

Chicken and Cashew Stir Fry

If you’re looking for a tried and tested chicken stir-fry, this recipe will tick all the boxes. It’s easy to prepare, easy to make. It tastes amazing and it has that pan-asian appeal that is neither strongly Thai or Chinese and yet, satisfies a hankering […]

Food Hero: Made for Drink

Food Hero: Made for Drink

It could have been anywhere really, but Dan Featherstone and his team chose Maidenhead to be the HQ of the Made for Drink company. What started in his kitchen a few years ago, soon became prodigious cook-ups in the community hall at Waltham St Lawrence. […]

The Mole and Badger: Cookham Dean

The Mole and Badger: Cookham Dean

I’ve always known that there was a boutique hotel and restaurant tucked away in Cookham Dean, but I’d never bothered to seek it out; it either seemed too fussy or hidden away. So, when I’d heard about The Mole and Badger opening up at the […]

Festive Edibles for Gifting and Scoffing

Festive Edibles for Gifting and Scoffing

It seems that the Maidenhead Farmer’s Market is at dire risk of being closed for good and that got me thinking about the ways we source and buy local produce and edible gifts, especially at Christmas time. Everyone loves receiving chocolates or a hamper of […]

Cranberry Christmas Crackles

Cranberry Christmas Crackles

It seems there’s no end in sight for my Christmas creations this year….Hot on the trail of the peanut butter cups, I decided I had to have some White Christmas. Well, that’s what we call it back in Australia…not sure if anything like it is […]