Chocolate Tray Bake with Strawberries & Cream

British summer time + Wimbledon tennis = strawberries and cream in our household! Add in a chocolate tray bake and you have the makings of an even more luxurious treat for an afternoon tea in front of the tennis! ingredients: 50g cocoa, 6 tbsp boiling water, 100g softened butter, 200g caster sugar, 3 eggs, 125ml … Continue reading

Rhubarb, Orange & Mint Trifle

Now I confess right from the off that I stole this recipe from my good friend Sabine who made this delicious dessert for a May Day BBQ last week and although it wasn’t explicitly made for me, lets just say that my love of rhubarb strongly influenced her choice of dessert. I’ve had to make this from memory … Continue reading

A Lemony drizzley dream!

I recently revived my childhood favourite dessert of Lemon meringue pie and whilst on a roll with my love of lemons I have since turned to a Mary Berry Lemon Drizzle dream. The great thing with a tray bake, as I discovered, is that you literally bung all in the ingredients together and beat. Hooray! … Continue reading

New year, new me, with a side of lemon meringue pie

So I’m a little late coming to the “new year” blog party but as with all good resolutions I’ve been throwing myself into a new running routine and get fit regime. So far so good! It doesn’t of course mean that I haven’t been cooking or eating but I have been falling back on old … Continue reading

Pomegranate Pavlova

Ever since Vincent Simone innocently referred to “par-lava” as “all a bit of a pavlova” on this years series of “I’m a celebrity” we’ve fondly been using the reverse, as in anyone for a piece of par-lava, when serving pavlova. My husband has been known for a few comical lost in translation moments…dodgy bag for … Continue reading

Marmalade Sponge Pudding

So I recently wrote about making marmalade with my mum but what I failed to admit was that I’d had my own abortive attempt beforehand. Whilst I managed to tick all the boxes on flavour, the consistency of my marmalade left a lot to be desired so what better way to transform it then in … Continue reading

Pear & Chocolate upside down cake

Pears, pears and more pears and all from the one tree. I don’t know how folk in olden times kept up with picking, pickling and preserving their crops but it’s exhausting! I’m turning my hand to a more immediate treat with this cake as reward for the last few weeks endeavours. ingredients 150g butter, 25g … Continue reading

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

Hazelnut meringues for mum

I’ve spent days, months and years trying to master meringues and as a friend kindly pointed out at one of my recent dinner parties “you’ve finally cracked it!” Past disasters have led to many an Eton Mess to disguise my misdemeanours in the kitchen but this recipe has been a fail safe. I first cooked … Continue reading

Strawberries from the garden with lemon and sugar

Last year we grew the sum total of about 6 strawberries with one ripening each week. Needless to say there weren’t many recipes on my blog which called for strawberries! So you can imagine my delight yesterday evening when I returned home after a week away to find this booty of strawberries nestling amongst the … Continue reading