Rock Cakes

Just like cheesecakes, I don’t think that Rock Cakes qualify as cakes really – to me a cake has to involve some kind of sponge! Let’s call them a biscuit. Kind of. Whatever they are, they’re delicious and I can’t believe that I’ve not yet posted this recipe seeing as it’s one I’ve been making… Continue reading Rock Cakes

Mushroom Risotto

I love standing in the kitchen stirring a risotto, it’s comfort cooking resulting in comfort food. A glass of wine and some family or friends to chat with while I do the standing and stirring element is all that’s required to make me really happy. There’s nothing technically difficult with a risotto, you just have… Continue reading Mushroom Risotto

Blackberry jam

It’s blackberry season in the UK, so I seem to return from almost every woofer walk clutching a bag full of juicy ripe fruit and sticky fingers. Even The Teen enjoys a spot of blackberry picking which has meant that we’ve had some lovely long walks together, followed by me bubbling up a jammy storm… Continue reading Blackberry jam

Chicken with dill

Based upon a recipe by Diana Henry that I have made many many times, this chicken dish may not look like much in the photo below, but please believe me when I say that it is one of our family favourites, especially when served with some lovely fresh baby spring greens (or other green veg)… Continue reading Chicken with dill

Frozen Watermelon Margarita

AKA summer in a glass, good times guaranteed! You need a blender for this one, and also (the hardest bit for me) remember to chop up the watermelon and pop it in the freezer a good 4 hours or so ahead of when you want the party to start – then it’s easy peasy and… Continue reading Frozen Watermelon Margarita

Linguine with prawns and chilli

An excellently speedy dinner that I’ve made many many times – I think the recipe came from some old friends who now live in Canada, because I remember eating it when we used to visit them in North Yorkshire between Christmas + New Year way back when The Teen hadn’t even started school and was… Continue reading Linguine with prawns and chilli

Strawberry swiss roll

Just to add to it’s other joys, 2021 has given the UK an utterly rubbish summer so far, full of rain, humidity, and seemingly only occasional sunshine. While good for gardens, it’s not good for my hair (currently visible from space), nor is it good for barbecues. To compensate for this a delicious pud is… Continue reading Strawberry swiss roll

Aperol sour

I like an Aperol spritz for it’s speed, simplicity, and the sociability of a longer shared drink, but when I have the time to make it and am in the mood for a cocktail, I’d rather drink this Aperol Sour – I think that’s because it is reminiscent of a Negroni, which I adore (you… Continue reading Aperol sour

Stir-fried beef with noodles

I think my favourite thing about a stir fry is that so long as you have some noodles and sauces in your cupboard and any kind of veg in the fridge, you can rustle up some delicious food in seemingly no time at all. This one is from Uyen Luu’s wonderful Vietnamese book, and the… Continue reading Stir-fried beef with noodles

Aubergines with soy + Thai basil

Just when I thought that having a Turkish father meant that I’d tried aubergines in almost every way possible, along comes this brilliant Vietnamese Soy + Thai basil recipe from Uyen Luu. Steaming the aubergines before frying them means that they are incredibly soft and actually don’t absorb every drop of oil in the world… Continue reading Aubergines with soy + Thai basil