Hot crossed out buns!

So the crosses dissolved. Does that make my buns less cross? One thing that is less, is the sugar, as I like many others try and reduce the sugars in my diet . These buns are naturally sweetened with organic raisins and if like me you enjoy eating yours with butter and jam / marmalade … Continue reading

Strawberry Jam

So I arrived in the UK this week to find my mums garden bursting with strawberries and a note on the table saying “pick as many as you can”! With my mum holidaying in France it has fallen to me to look after the veggie patch which is no mean task as it’s pretty big … 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

Porridge, Pumpkin seed & Cranberry Muffins

Thank goodness for muffins! Quick, easy, fool proof and delicious. As winter advances I’ve decided to take my porridge oats on a culinary road trip and add them in to everything from muffins to crumble. Surely they all become healthier that way?! Anyway the real excuse for these muffins was afternoon tea with a few … 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

Salmon fishing in Brianza!

A few years ago my husband and his favourite travel buddy, a 6ft dutchman called Krijn, visited Yemen and came home more excited than I think I’ve ever seen him. The wonder of the buildings, the people, the culture…not to mention the many hundreds of photos (one of which went on to be published in … Continue reading

Coconut Boobies. A fairly healthy sweet treat!

So it’s a new year and a new start for many as new year resolutions and diets are top of the agenda. My own resolution is to pick up where I left off on my exercise regime and continue eating healthily. I’m not a fan of diets and as such could never willingly give up … Continue reading