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…

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…

Simple Iced Chocolate Birthday Cake

For the past few years I’ve made the birthday cakes for my family. I usually tend to do a frosted layer cake, whatever variety they want. I don’t think I would have the patience to shape cakes into numbers or whatever, and anyway I prefer doing the former to the latter. Does this make me…

Harissa Lamb Wraps

Sorry I’ve been MIA. There’s been a lot happening here. I won’t bore you with my scars. While I’ve been away, I have been cooking a lot for you guys. Rather like Nigel Slater, I’ve got into the habit of keeping notes of what I do, and any thoughts as well. As well as these,…

Lemon Drizzle Cake

An utterly marvellous cake for afternoon tea, even as a gift for when you go visiting. In my immediate family lemon cake is right up there as one of the best cakes ever. And this is the best recipe I know for it. It was this very recipe that got me back to cooking in…

Coconut Raisin Flapjacks

A lovely bake to have around in the biscuit tin for when the blood sugar runs low at around four in the afternoon. I like to have one alongside a shake or a smoothie, sometimes even a latte. I bloody love flapjacks. They are simple and adaptable. If you don’t like the coconut and raisins…