Recipes

Caramel Masterclass

Caramel Masterclass

Making caramel is one of those processes that is as enlivening as it is frightening – you really do need concentrated nerves of steel.    The thought of molten sugar alchemy can motivate anxiety and whilst spluttering volcanic sugar is something to inspire uneasiness; once you […]

How to Make a Festive Hansel and Gretel Gingerbread House

How to Make a Festive Hansel and Gretel Gingerbread House

Gingerbread has a long history, dating back to the times of the ancient Greeks and Egyptians. With the term originally referring to preserved ginger and then later coming to mean a confection made with honey and spices; it has undergone many changes to become the […]

Terrific Terrines

Terrific Terrines

Terrines have a long and illustrious history, and they are easy both to create and eat. The first terrines (or pâtés) probably date back to the Romans, but recipes have evolved over the centuries. One of the things I love about them is that whilst […]

Detoxing with Seaweed

Detoxing with Seaweed

I recently took a trip to Chiang Mai in Thailand, where in addition to many holistic treatments I thoroughly enjoyed a variety of excellent detoxifying  smoothies and fresh juices. On my return home I felt inspired to get my blender out and create some healthy […]

In search of a good coffee and walnut cake

In search of a good coffee and walnut cake

In recent months I’ve really fancied a nice slice of coffee and walnut cake and so when enjoying a nice break from the writing desk or kitchen I have treated myself to a slice from various coffee shops and I must say I’ve been somewhat […]

Winter Warmers: OLD-FASHIONED CHERRY CAKE

Winter Warmers: OLD-FASHIONED CHERRY CAKE

  When you think of a traditional slice of cake and a nice cup of tea in a china cup, it is hard not to imagine that cake being a cherry cake. It is an old-fashioned, very British kind of cake. It is the type […]

Picnic Perfection

Picnic Perfection

  The risk of heat stroke, sunburn or warm sandwiches has never been enough to deter us Brits from taking advantage of warm weather and going on a picnic.  We British are like our tea:  made of strong stuff, although the lyrics to Noel Cowards […]

Piña Colada Cake

Piña Colada Cake

  The Piña Colada is an iconic cocktail from the 1950’s and it is the ultimate summer escape cocktail.  Whenever I think of the drink I can’t help but start singing the lyrics to Rupert Holmes’ song Escape, you know the one: “If you like […]

Love your Leftovers!

Love your Leftovers!

Blue Cheese Tangy, ripe and deeply savoury there is no doubt that it is an acquired taste, but there is no denying its ability to pep up sauces, add depth to pizza and pasta and even makes a delicious savoury custard. If you find that […]

The Delights of Catsup

The Delights of Catsup

I really like savoury sauces and I often favour the home-made versions not just from an economical or kitchen prowess stance; but because when you make your own condiments you get to control the flavour, ingredients and texture. When you talk about ketchups and catsups, […]