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?
In my last post I talked about coming out of hibernation and looking for some colour, trying to get away from the drab browns of winter. So I’ve been to France for a week, the place that shows off its food better than any country I’ve been to. Not far from where I was staying … More Megeve Market – A breath of fresh air
At the merest hint of winter I dig out the casserole dish and throw on the polo neck jumpers. I love cold weather – the perfect excuse to make heart-warming stews and a spicy Chilli. I can’t wait to get the fire going, make a hot chocolate, get my books out and hunker down to wait … More Coming out of Hibernation
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
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
As far as I’m concerned the jury’s still out on home-made presents. There’s a big difference between giving those endearing handmade, hand drawn or home cooked presents that your children have made for their grandparents and the grown ups making something homespun to give teachers and sometimes even work colleagues before the Christmas holidays. The … More The Joys, or otherwise, of Homemade Presents