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…

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…

Simple Bakewell Galette

A scrumptious tart ideal for afternoon tea on a rainy day. I love anything made with almonds. Korma curries, prawn for preference; any form of biscuit; and best of all, a Bakewell tart. When my brothers and I were young boys, our mother would always get in packets of them by a well known ‘exceedingly…

Carol Next-Door’s Coconut Loaf Cake

This recipe is from my mum, and she in turn recieved it from our former neighbour Carol, hence the name “Carol-Next-Door’s Coconut Loaf Cake.” The actual recipe for this cake comes from New Zealand, where Carol and her husband Stan lived for several years. And it is a taste of my childhood. When I first…

Coconut and Cherry Banana Bread

One of my most requested cakes for when my family have visitors. I know what you’re thinking: ‘But what about your weight-loss regime, Jack?’ Well, a little of what you fancy now and then never hurts you, I say. Whenever I have some bananas that are incredibly ripe in the fruit bowl I knew it’s…

Traditional Rock Cakes

A little bonus recipe for you today. A teatime treat for children. A lovely little recipe to have in your repertoire. Great to make with kids for when grandparents come over. The first time I made these was nearly twenty years ago at school. We spent nigh on an entire term making them week after…