Oven-Baked Prawns in Garlic-Chilli Butter

Seeing as it is now the range among my fellow food bloggers to give non-recipes now and then, I’ve decided to start giving a few suggestions in this manner. The first dish I’m going to share is for prawns that are baked in a foil parcel with a mixture of butter, garlic and dried chilli…

Lemon-Vanilla Pound Cake with Lemon Glaze

For a few weeks I had lost my blogging mojo for some reason, I would come on here and rather than type a post, I’d stare at the blank page with no idea at all as to what to write. Luckily I’ve got it back now, and just in time for Spring. So, here’s a…

French Apple Tart

This is just about the easiest recipe I have ever made. It’s five ingredients, and you can make it in just over thirty minutes. And it looks like you went to a posh patisserie, and brought it. The idea for this comes from Ina Garten, one of my favourite Food Network personalities. I just love…

Jack’s Chicken Chilli

I love doing one pot cookery, you can cook it earlier on in the day, and reheat it when you need it. Wonderful, especially if you’re going off to watch a outdoor Rugby game, or on a bracing walk. They are also a good thing to cook on cold, rainy days when there’s bugger all…

H.N.Y.

Happy New Year! Did you have a good Christmas? I did. It was spent in Hampshire, with my family. I had a good haul, a few books, some DVDs and clothes, chocolate and a few bits from the David Beckham men’s range. And a Nutribullet, as well. New Year was seen in quietly, with a…

T.T.F.N.

Right then lovely readers, it is now December, Christmas is round the corner, which means lots of good food and drink, treats and more treats. Unfortunately I won’t be blogging any recipes this December. Sorry about that, but there will be more recipes after New Year. The reason is because I am being really busy…

Christmas Chutney 

Okay, here we go. The most popular recipe in my Christmas repertoire. My mother’s been making this since November 1990 when she brought herself a copy of Delia Smith’s original Christmas book; and now, twenty six years later, I make it. From my own copy. Brought in the charity shop at the end of the…

Balsamic Pickled Shallots

Now that is coming up to Christmas, I shall try to provide a few ideas for food gifts, etc, for you over the next few weeks. Homemade chutneys and pickles. The ones my Mum genuinely makes, year after year. When I was growing up, up until fifteen at least, I loved Christmas. I loved the…

Coffee Walnut Loaf Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Today I’ve started drinking green tea again. It does taste funny but, as with every new change we encounter in our lives, we adapt to it. I do tend to start my mornings with a big cup of coffee, and I intend to keep that habit. But the rest of the day I’ll be drinking…

Maple Syrup and Dark Chocolate Chip Layer Cake

When my brothers and I were growing up, our mother made us whatever cake we wanted for our birthdays; vanilla or chocolate with buttercream and jam mostly, but for herself it was always a basic sponge with jam, and in 2012 I decided to do something about it. After flicking through my collection of baking…

Simple Banana Bread

It is getting colder by the day here. What the fuck? But then we are approaching winter here in Hampshire. Luckily I love Autumn and Winter. Here’s why. * The way how the house feels chilly in the mornings when you first get up.  * The fact that you can now indulge in comfort food…

Easy Sticky Toffee Pudding 

Now that we are in autumn, it just feels right to give a recipe for this type of pudding. Ever since I was small, I have loved Sticky Toffee Pudding, so much so that whenever we went round someone’s house for Sunday lunch, one would be made in my honour. And it was what I…