Category Archives: Food


I just love a mezze type lunch.  The table spread with an array of different things to pick and weave through, a bit of this and a bit of that.  More often than not I have a bit too much … Continue reading

Posted in Food | 5 Comments

Blackcurrant Mousse

What? you cry, what is going on?  Blackcurrant Mousse in January?  I know, crazy though it may sound that is indeed the recipe for today.   I am usually one to bang the gong  for seasonal produce and wouldn’t dream … Continue reading

Posted in Food | 1 Comment

Gougeres and Christmas do ahead tips

My daughter asked yesterday whether we could be super organised this Christmas so that I could spend loads of time with the family and not be fiddling in the kitchen….  I usually try to get a lot done and stashed … Continue reading

Posted in Food | Leave a comment

…Turnovers and leftovers

There is nothing more satisfying than fashioning the proverbial silk purse out of a pigs ear.  By that I don’t mean I regularly keep pigs’ ears in the fridge – although why I don’t know as they can be a … Continue reading

Posted in Food | 1 Comment

Spiced Samosas…

There is something universally appealing about a delicious little treat served with drinks or as a snack.  Whether a fancy pants canapé with drizzles and micro herbs or just a warm sausage with a spicy dip.  Nothing brings out the … Continue reading

Posted in Food | 1 Comment


There always seemed to be Hallowe’en parties when I was young.  No trick or treating in my day, I think that is a more recent import but certainly apple bobbing, eating doughnuts off pieces of string for some reason, pinning … Continue reading

Posted in Food | 2 Comments

Brown Sugar Meringue Cake with Blackberries and Lemon Cream

It feels as if autumn may be rapping her chilly fingers on the door.  There was a frost this morning and a proper mist coming up off the river.  Whilst I am not ready to immediately dive headlong into winter … Continue reading

Posted in Food | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

Strawberry Granita (or sorbet)

For me this granita is summer in a glass.  Unadulterated strawberry flavour, no frills or furbelows, cream* or meringues – just that intense heady fragrance that says Wimbledon, Henley and lunch in the garden.   We have been having a … Continue reading

Posted in Food, Puddings | Tagged , , , , | 7 Comments

Camp Fajitas

I only have to hear Van McCoy’s The Hustle and I am transported back to Yorkshire that hot summer of 1976.  The fair came to our local town, Ripon and one evening, as a treat, we went to check it … Continue reading

Posted in Food, Meat | Tagged , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Gooseberry, Strawberry and Elderflower Eton Mess

My Granny had a kitchen garden, a big old walled space which I thought was heaven.  I adored it and spent hours there as a child wandering between the rows of vegetables, marvelling at the artichokes taller than me, rubbing … Continue reading

Posted in Food, Puddings | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment