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…

Easy Midweek Paella

A great storecupboard supper that’s ideal for the winter months. Although, having said that, I have made this in the summer and I enjoyed it then too. This is one of those recipes that is easily adaptable to whatever you got in the fridge. I once made this using skinned Cumberland pork sausages, sliced chorizo…

My Mother’s Butternut Squash, Sweet Potato and Red Lentil Soup

A lovely soup ideal for a wintry lunch or supper on the sofa while watching something easy on the television. This soup is absolutely wonderful. The colour is just so cheerful at this time of year, and it tastes good too. It is also easily adaptable, I like it with a bit of chilli, added…

My Mother’s Pork and Beans

Only one word is needed for this recipe, and that is ‘Wow!’ This Saturday my mother’s cooking the dinner, for a chang, she’s cooking a recent addition to her repertoire, Pork and Beans. This one-pot recipe is actually based on one that she saw being made on an episode of Lorraine, or it might have been This…

My Mother’s Minestrone

A wonderful soup for lunch beside the fire. After so many baking recipes lately, which isn’t good for Slimming World, I’ve decided to focus on a more balanced selection of recipes, starting with this soup. If you were expecting this to be a true Minestrone recipe, I’m afraid it isn’t. It’s my mother’s version, which…

Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Loaf

Now I had baked this cake quite some time ago, and I quite forgot about it. Until now. This is, for me, the ideal cake for an Autumnal tea. All it needs is a drizzly afternoon, a roaring fire and a pot of tea, Darjeeling for my mother, green for me, and something good on…

Old Fashioned Pea and Ham Soup

An absolutely wonderful old fashioned soup, sometimes called “London Particular” due to its being as thick as the fogs that used to pervade London a very long time ago……. Spring has sprung, at fucking last. Away with the thick winter coats and multiple layers, and in with light jumpers and being able to go outside…

Old Fashioned Chicken Soup

After sharing two recipes from my previous site, I thought it high time I did something not seen before. Hope you like it. For the last couple of weeks I’ve been suffering from a cold. Not man flu, just a regular cold. After a few days feeling like shit and not being hungry, my appetite…

Cauliflower Macaroni Cheese

This post is from my previous site: The Knight of the Round Table. I’ve decided to repost it here, because it is so damn good. This is it. The ultimate in winter comfort food. Everyone likes it, whether they’re three or eighty-three. You don’t really need much to go alongside, except maybe a green salad,…