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…