The Heat Is On

The Heat Is On

When the heat is on and we have the opportunity to eat our meals in the garden I often get the urge to invite friends and family over for something to eat. I love it…

Indoor Easter Egg Hunt

Indoor Easter Egg Hunt

Stirring from my slumbers yesterday, and realising that it was Good Friday and therefore a holiday, I decided that it would be a real treat to go out for breakfast. One of my favourite venues…

Crunchy Almond & Raspberry Cake

Crunchy Almond & Raspberry Cake

This recipe for Crunchy Almond & Raspberry Cake (with dark chocolate) is my version of a Waitrose recipe card that I picked up whilst shopping several months ago. Spurred on by the Great British Bake Off…

Raspberry Vinegar Marinade

Raspberry Vinegar Marinade

One of my favourite BBQ dishes is lamb marinated in Raspberry Vinegar. This was something I chanced upon when I bought a bottle of Raspberry Vinegar with a recipe attached. Over the years I have modified the original…

Apricot & Raspberry Pots

Apricot & Raspberry Pots

I discovered this recipe for Apricot & Raspberry Pots in the August issue of Country Living Magazine and made this dessert for my extended family last week.  The combination of the raspberries and honey added a sweetness…

Chocolate Is For Life

Chocolate Is For Life

Chocolate is for life – not just for Easter!         You can use chocolate and sweets all year round to add decorative details to your home. By filling glass jars, or other decorative objects, confectionary can…

Black Forest Cup Cakes

Black Forest Cup Cakes

Another weekend and another excuse to cause chaos in the kitchen.  This time, inspired by The Great British Bake Off, a BBC Food recipe was adapted to create a dozen gorgeous Black Forest Cup Cakes. Instead…

Summer Salsa

Summer Salsa

Okay Okay Okay. I know all my recent posts have been about food, but I have spent these glorious summer months making the most of the garden and entertaining whenever possible.  I love menu planning…

Real Men Don’t Eat Quiche

Real Men Don’t Eat Quiche

I’ve heard it said that real mean don’t eat quiche but I find this tasty tart is a real favourite for the whole family. Served hot or cold with a side salad of Italian leaves it…

Family & Frangipane

Family & Frangipane

We have been blessed this year with a bumper crop of cherries coinciding with a house full of visitors.   Usually I would take the easy option and make a fruit crumble, combining the cherries with…