Easy chocolate cake

This is my go-to chocolate cake that is guaranteed to make my chocoholic family very happy indeed. Leave out the chocolate elements and switch the sugar to caster and you pretty much have my standard vanilla cake recipe, and it’s the same recipe that’s been in my head since I was a child. Back then… Continue reading Easy chocolate cake

Cheese + watercress quiche

Oooooh this was a good lunch. A really good lunch. The Teen turned up her nose at the mere thought of watercress of course, and we were still in lockdown when I made it back in April, so The Husband and I actually had multiple good lunches out of this one recipe because it easily… Continue reading Cheese + watercress quiche

Cinnamon rolls

Well these lasted all of about 5 minutes before they’d all been scoffed, they are THAT GOOD. They take a bit of effort, time wise, but there’s no crazy equipment or skills needed. The trick is to do most of the work during the day before the day you want to eat them, then in… Continue reading Cinnamon rolls

Chocolate mousse

My chocoholic husband thinks that this might be the best thing he’s ever eaten, which is high praise indeed because he is the man most likely to be found in the kitchen clutching a jar of Nutella and a spoon. The inclusion of Baileys Irish liqueur is entirely optional, but if, like us, you always… Continue reading Chocolate mousse

Easter nest cake

🎵 Oh I wish it could be Easter everyday 🎵 Wait, sorry, wrong holiday. However as my husband is a complete chocoholic I suspect this song is in his head most of the time. He looooooooves this cake, because it is a chocolately delight. It’s a flourless sponge which rises in the oven then falls… Continue reading Easter nest cake

Chick cookies

As you can see from the bottom of this page, I’ve been making these almond cookies every Easter for literally half of The Teen’s life, and Easter just wouldn’t be Easter without them. They always look like a curious bunch of weirdos, tiny as they are, with their characters really emerging as they bake. Makes… Continue reading Chick cookies

Rose + pistachio macarons

It’s the return of one of my favourite flavour combinations here, rose + pistachio, this time in macaron form as a present for my wonderful Mother on Mother’s Day, because she’s really lovely (and also reading this. Hi! 💕). If you look at the photo you’ll see that a) I can’t get the tops of… Continue reading Rose + pistachio macarons

Salad Niçoise

It’s not hard to see why this salad is a stone cold classic – it’s delicious, substantial, easy to make and appears to contain all known food groups. If you’re lacking in any particular ingredient just leave it out, or substitute with anything you have to hand – once you have tuna, eggs and green… Continue reading Salad Niçoise

Chocolate brownie pear pudding

Uh-oh. This may well be the most amazing pudding EVER. Squidgy chocolateyness with pears, flaked almonds for a bit of crunch, and then more chocolate. Enter at your peril! Just to top it all off it can be prepared in advance and frozen as a whole or in portions, then flung into the oven when… Continue reading Chocolate brownie pear pudding

Brussels sprouts salad

Try saying that after a glass or two of Christmas sherry! Inspired by the Ottolenghi Brussels Sprouts Nests that my sister made as a Christmas Day starter a few years, this is my way to stay festive while feeling like I’m not full to the brim with food. I make enough of the salad for… Continue reading Brussels sprouts salad