Double Chocolate Banana Bread

It seems that one of the top things to do during Lockdown in 2020 was bake banana bread. Well, I certainly did more then my fair share of banana bread baking from March to September. Mostly the Coconut and Cherry Banana Bread from Nigella Lawson. This one came into my repertoire in October 2020, after…

Old Fashioned Banana Cake

One day while watching an American cookery show I watched the host make a banana cake with a load of cream cheese frosting on top, and I was so taken with the idea of it, I decided to do my own version of it, with not so much frosting on as the original inspiration. Once…

Arroz con Pollo

Sorry I’ve been MIA. While I’ve been away, I have been cooking a lot for you guys. Rather like Nigel Slater, I’ve got into the habit of keeping notes of what I do, and any thoughts as well. As well as these, I’ve also got a notepad full of ideas, mostly components from other recipes…

Chocolate Sour Cream Frosting

The American horror writer, Stephen King, wrote in his memoirs: “If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.” And I think it’s a great piece of advice. I have started to apply it to my everyday life, and to my culinary…

Vanilla Buttermilk Cake

Since I shared my chocolate buttermilk cake recipe with you, it only makes sense for there to be a vanilla one too. This particular recipe is a variation of the one I use as my go to chocolate cake, it came about in 2015 when I was asked to make cupcakes for my second older…

Peanut Butter Blondies

My new favourite bake. How are you coping with this isolation due to the world-wide pandemic? I think I am doing fine so far. Anyway…. This recipe comes from one of my favourite baking books for dipping into, How Baking Works by James Morton, the young Scottish Doctor who took part in the third series…

My Go-To Tomato Sauce

I think everyone needs a good basic tomato sauce in their repertoire, and this is the one I use. This sauce is great for meatballs, or chicken, or even just plain with pasta. Sometimes I ring in the changes by adding a handful of spinach near the end of cooking time. But I wouldn’t do…

Rich Fruit Scones

I’ve been listening to a lot of podcasts recently, it’s my new thing. I like to go into the kitchen with my iPhone, plug in my earphones and listen to one while cooking or baking. The one I really enjoy listening to is The Kitchen is on Fire, which is hosted by James Ramsden and…

Coffee and Walnut Layer Cake

Happy New Year everybody! Welcome to my kitchen in 2019. Did you have a good Christmas? I sure did, several cookbooks, a games console and several other bits and pieces. As for the New Year, I saw it in at home with my Mum, and we drank G&Ts. Have I mentioned that I like a…

Classic Shortbread

Whenever I go travelling I always bake something to take with me as a hostess gift. Sometimes it’s a loaf cake, other times it’s a batch of brownies; this time though I fancied a change. As I was going back home to Essex for a couple of days, I decided to make some shortbread, which…