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…

Pollo Florentine Pasta

One of my favourite things to do when home alone is to go on the tablet and read the entire archive of a food blog. Why, you may ask, the answer being that I am fascinated by how other people cook and write, it inspires me. One such afternoon brought me to Ree Drummond. As…

Chocolate-Chocolate-Chip Muffins

Muffin recipes are a great thing to have up your sleeve for those times you need a quick bake. I personally like these muffins as an occasional weekend breakfast when I have overnight guests. The first time I made these beauties was in late June last year (2017). My cousin’s daughter was feeling under the…

Blood Orange Chocolate Chunk Pound Cake

The other day I was trawling through Smitten Kitchen’s Instagram, and Deb, the lady behind Smitten Kitchen, had shared photos and videos of a cake that she did for the weekend, a version of the Orange Chocolate Chunk Pound Cake from Ina Garten’s book, Barefoot Contessa Parties!, using blood oranges. The idea lodged itself in…

Hot and Sour Prawn Detox Noodles

After an hiatus of over six months I’ve got my blogging mojo back. So now I’m itching to come back on, and share what I’ve been making. So here I am, totally yours. All day, every day. Some time ago I did a Twitter poll on what type of recipes I should do more of,…

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…

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…