Hot cross bun loaf

This bread is a-ma-zing, and seriously shouldn’t just be eaten at Easter – feel free to leave off the cross bit and just enjoy the buttery fruity loaf. Yes it takes a bit of effort and time to make, although the actual hands on time isn’t extensive or tricky at all, so I try to… Continue reading Hot cross bun loaf

Persian love cake

Persians may well love cake, but I love cake too, and I love this one because it’s a mix of pistachio and rose flavours (two of my favourite flavours), lemon and orange, and it satisfies my love of all things pink and green. No need to make it in a bundt tin really, although that… Continue reading Persian love cake

Christmas Negroni

Or, as I like to call it, Christ-mas-y Ne-gro-ni. As the name suggests, this is a twist on a standard Negroni and therefore it’s not for everyone (hello my Campari hating husband!), but I think its excellent. What could be more Christmassy than clementine and nutmeg? Ingredients Per glass: 60ml gin 15ml Campari 15ml lemon… Continue reading Christmas Negroni

Carrot cake

This cake is one of my favourite ever cakes, in part because it’s the cake I made for my daughter’s first birthday, well over a decade ago. But also because it’s the kind of cake you hope you’re getting when you order a piece of cake. It’s absolutely yummy and the only carrot cake recipe… Continue reading Carrot cake

Margarita

Sometimes only a Margarita will do on a Friday night, and last night was one of those nights. It’s the end of the summer but the sun is still shining into the evening, and starting the weekend sipping one of these was rather wonderful. Alas the cat didn’t seem to think so. Ingredients Per glass:… Continue reading Margarita

Smoked mackerel, orange + almond salad

I’d forgotten all about this salad, then remembered it when standing staring inside the fridge looking for something for lunch and spotted some mackerel and half an orange – eureka! Consequently I’ve eaten it twice this week. Yums. I’ve even managed to get my salad hating teenager to admit that its ‘ok’. High praise indeed.… Continue reading Smoked mackerel, orange + almond salad

Negroni

Campari is most definitely a marmite drink (you either love it or hate it, there’s no in-between) and I’ve loved it since my first sip of the bright red aperitif, so its no surprise that I love a Negroni. It turns out that Stanley Tucci makes the odd Negroni too, which only makes me love… Continue reading Negroni