Marmalade

My mother makes marmalade every year, but as The Husband and The Teen don’t like it (more fool them) I’ve never made my own. However this year I ventured into those unknown waters and discovered what will now be What I Do Each January from here on. It’s easier than I anticipated, especially if you… Continue reading Marmalade

Giant sausage roll with stuffing

Not necessarily just for Christmas (it’s pretty wonderful throughout the winter) we are very fond of a giant sausage roll in our house, especially when part of a roast dinner or evening of festive nibbles. The key is to remember to make the stuffing and sausage elements before you need them, even the day before’s… Continue reading Giant sausage roll with stuffing

Lebkuchen

Hi my name is Jo, and I’m a Lebkuchen addict. Or at least I am every December, along with pretty much every other Christmas foodstuff I can find (I’m looking at you, mince pies). I’m starting to think that perhaps I should mark up this recipe as DANGER DO NOT ENTER, because now that I’ve… Continue reading Lebkuchen

Chicken with butternut squash and sage

This looks like Autumn in a bowl, which isn’t a surprise because the trees on my woofer walks are currently in their full multicolour glory and I’m massively enjoying watching them change on a daily basis. Its getting dark at 4pm, the temperature is forecast to struggle to reach double digits (C) next week, and… Continue reading Chicken with butternut squash and sage

Mexican chicken soup with bean quesadillas

Or, as we like to call it, the Midweek Mexican. Leftover roast chicken works a treat here, and the rest pretty much comes out of your cupboard and fridge so this can be whipped up in a relative jiffy (assuming you have some limes in your fruit bowl) because the two things can be made… Continue reading Mexican chicken soup with bean quesadillas

Vodka Martini

I’m not entirely sure that this qualifies as a recipe because its so simple, but I’m putting it here as an aide mémoire for when I next want one. The key is to keep everything as numbingly cold as you possibly can – so that means Vodka that’s been in the freezer overnight at the… Continue reading Vodka Martini

Cauliflower cheese

The clocks have gone back, every leaf from miles around seems to be dropping in our garden, and I’m wearing a coat to walk the dog – Autumn is officially here, and cauliflower cheese is exactly what I want to eat. Surely the sheer quantity of vegetable here counterbalances the vast amount of cheese involved,… Continue reading Cauliflower cheese

Sticky toffee pudding

This is an absolute stone cold classic pud for a reason – it’s completely, utterly, delicious. A sticky date filled cake combined with tooth achingly sweet butterscotch sauce, all resistance is futile when faced with a bowl or plateful, and basically life is too short to deny yourself from this delight. This particular recipe is… Continue reading Sticky toffee pudding

Sausage ragù

I’ve made variations of this dish sooooo many times, normally when digging around in the freezer looking for inspiration for dinner (dinspiration?) and discovering a packet of sausagemeat that wasn’t used at Christmas, or just a packet of sausages. It turns out that what I’ve been making is a sausage ragù, and rustling this up… Continue reading Sausage ragù

Vesper Martini

With the release of No Time To Die this week there’s only one cocktail to make, and that’s a Vesper Martini. I’ll confess that I didn’t enjoy Bond films at all growing up, they were just too formulaic and cheesy for me (it was the time of Roger Moore), but since Daniel Craig came along… Continue reading Vesper Martini