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…

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…