I’ve recently been reading Laurie Colwin’s More Home Cooking, her second book of witty and warm cookery essays, mainly taken from articles she wrote for the now defunct Gourmet Magazine. The late Laurie Colwin, born and based in New York, was initially known for her fiction writing, first publishing in the New Yorker, followed by … More Laurie Colwin – Cookery Writing for COVID times
Following an out of character New Year desire to make things a little more ship shape, I took a look at my kitchen shelf, not just overflowing with cook books, but teaming with recipe clippings, ancient foodie magazines, scrap paper and, I’m sorry to admit it, old bits of food. A clear out and a … More Can you ever have too many Cook Books?
Recently I’ve been making Biscotti until everyone in my family feels I’m becoming a little obsessed. Fixated I may appear to be, but really I’m just thrilled to find something that takes me back to Venice, drinking coffee in a sunny piazza, watching the glamorous world go by, or where I can pretend I’m hanging … More Biscotti – My New Best Friend
According to some of our commercial apple growers we are going to have a bumper crop of apples this year. A mild spring and warm summer, accompanied by the perfect amount of rainfall, has resulted in a vintage year for our English apples. Sadly, in my part of Wiltshire that’s not true. We have … More The Holy Trinity of all Apples
Elderflowers are a quintessentially British ingredient; a bonus addition to our arsenal of cupboard essentials, as well as a welcome boost to our taste buds, reminding us that summer should be here… May in Britain brings us Elder dripping with flowers, hedgerows heavy with the sweet aroma. Our long, wet and relatively warm winter has … More Elderflowers – A long awaited taste of summer
When you’ve been rained on for four long months the only thing to resort to is comfort food. Something hearty and warming, something that’s going to brighten your day.You need food that’s good for the soul and reassuring to the stomach. As you know we Brits like to talk about the weather, but even we … More Comfort Food in the Rain
For a girl who doesn’t do Valentine’s Day what am I doing with a heart shaped cookie cutter? More to the point, what am I doing making Ginger Hearts? Actually, I don’t know, but I did it on a whim. Those heart shaped cookie cutters were everywhere and I just couldn’t help myself. But I’ve … More The Last Minute Valentine
I really don’t like Marzipan. Unfortunately, at this time of year, that’s a hazard. But I love Christmas cake. And you can’t have beautiful white Royal Icing on a Christmas cake without marzipan, otherwise the dark colouring of the cake would bleed through and it would look like three week old roadside snow. When someone gives … More Marzipan, the Grinch that steals my Christmas Spirit