Drunken Pears poached in red wine

Our pear tree this year has yielded a crazy amount of fruit and after numerous crumbles and cakes I turned my hand to something more purest…poached pears in red wine. With the cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg this dish has a distinctly mulled wine, Christmassy feel which is probably what endears it to me. It is … Continue reading

Spicy Beetroot Chutney

My mother has been the world’s biggest fan of beetroot for as long as I can remember and on one of her recent trips to visit me in Italy I was presented with 4 big ones. She no doubt hoped I’d cook them up so she could indulge from home to home but alas there … Continue reading

Apple, Cinnamon and Cranberry Muffins for Afternoon tea with the girlies

I’m back in Blighty and what better way to warm the cockles on a wet and windy day then with a spot of baking. Having enjoyed my first few days of autumnal sunshine the weather has predictably taken a turn for the worse and after yesterday’s drenching I’ve wisely decided to stay in, light the … Continue reading

Earthquakes and heart stopping tremors in the night!

This week my mum and uncle have come out to Italy to visit and help make some headway with the many DIY jobs in our new-to-us but incredibily old 16th century home. After a long 14 hour drive from South East England via France and switzerland and on to Italy they arrived at 9:30pm in … Continue reading

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