Black Cocoa Cake

Seeing as Halloween is upon us, let’s go dark… but with chocolate! Let’s face it, what colour is most synonymous with all things spooky & Halloween? Black of course! That’s why this year I wanted to make an entirely black, spooky themed cake but without heavily relying on food colouring. I’ve been enjoying baking a …

Red Velvet Hot Chocolate

It’s that time of year where we get to have a little fun in the kitchen as things start to get a little spooky. With Halloween just around the corner, I just can’t help myself, every year I like to come up with at least one new Halloween inspired recipe (check out the collection from …

Pumpkin Spice Cake

Autumn, a welcome season (once you’ve come to terms with summer truly coming to an end that is). I adore the in between seasons , as I like to call them, spring & autumn, these are the times of year that evoke excitement of things to come. Moody skies & early evenings definitely call for …

Pumpkin Spice

Love it or loathe it, tis the season of everything pumpkin & spiced! Personally, despite how over commercialised it may be, I still love the combination of pumpkin & sweet spices. What I don’t love however is the extortionate hike in price you can see on anything with the words ‘pumpkin spice’ attached to it. …

Cinnamon Buns

Sweet, pillowy soft bread & a buttery cinnamon filling… words cannot express just how much I love a good cinnamon bun! Let me loose inside any bakery or cafe & the one item that will forever catch my eye are the buns (I almost have bun radar)! Loved the world over, who doesn’t like a …

Autumn Chutney

Odds & sods, that’s what my kitchen is currently full of. To be more specific, I’ve got a lot of odd fruits & veggies from the garden as thing’s begin to wind down for the Autumn & new thing’s begin to take on life. A glut of autumnal apples, the last of the ripening tomatoes, …

Elderberry Syrup

As the days become fresher & the sun sits a little lower in the sky, it’s the perfect time of year to get outdoors! Long walks here in the country are never more enjoyable than in the early Autumn light, as the colour & life is just beginning to fade from the trees, it can …

Apple & Blackberry Turnovers

Nature has a wonderful way of letting us know which ingredients go together like bread & butter. Usually, food that grows next to each (as in from the same country or region) or food that ripens & comes into season at the same time. One such excellent, natural pairing is apples & blackberries, both of …

Blackberry Curd

It’s that wonderful time of year where the mist lingers in the early mornings, the first golden leaves begin to fall from the trees & it becomes near impossible to return from a walk without the stain of blackberry on your fingers. September is abundant with free fruit & who can resist a shiny, dark …

Greengage Jam

Greengages have always intrigued me, a sweet, juicy dessert plum, but unlike the varieties most of us know & enjoy at this time of year. Instead of shades of purple & magenta, greengages (as their name would suggest) are the complete opposite end of the colour wheel, with a bright yellow-green skin not unlike an …