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

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

Thai satay salad with Tofu

I’m a recent convert to tofu, but I’m a long term fan of Thai food, having loved it since I taught English language classes there at the tender age of 21, and I’d be very happy to eat this salad (or a derivation of it) pretty much every day. Substitute the tofu for anything you… Continue reading Thai satay salad with Tofu

Fruit salad with Chilli syrup

I’m not actually going to give you a recipe for making a fruit salad, because lets face it all that involves is washing some fruit, chopping it and ta-daaaaa! You have a fruit salad. What I am going to record here is how to make Chilli syrup, because this elevates the fruit salad to something… Continue reading Fruit salad with Chilli syrup

Mojito

After the wettest May on record, June has arrived and the sun has most definitely got it’s hat on, hip hip hip hooray! This is the drink that I want at the end of a long sunshine filled day (especially after a day of gardening, yes I’m middle aged), I think it’s the freshness of… Continue reading Mojito

Chewy brown sugar cookies

Me Want Cookies. I know how Cookie Monster feels, because me generally (always) do want cookies. Actually my favourite biscuit is probably a custard cream, but this cookie is absolutely excellent in its caramelly toffee chewiness, plus the dough is also rather wonderful chopped up and mixed into vanilla ice-cream, so it’s one that I… Continue reading Chewy brown sugar cookies

Blancmange + raspberry coulis

Wave goodbye to those images in your head the word blancmange conjures up of luminous pink inedible stuff of nightmares from school dinners, and say hello to this smooth delicate milk pudding from Raymond Blanc’s new book ‘Simply Raymond’. Call it blancmange if you’re feeling French, panna cotta if you’re feeling Italian, or just do… Continue reading Blancmange + raspberry coulis

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

Strawberry mousse

There are indeed bigger problems in life than having too many strawberries, but if you should happen to find yourself in that predicament, then so long as you have some double cream and caster sugar then you’re not too far away from this delicious mousse. I’m planning on making it again when raspberries are in… Continue reading Strawberry mousse

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