Chilli & Apricot Chutney

SWEET KICKS Green fingers is something that I seem to have developed as I've aged. I've discovered the joy & sense of pride that comes from keeping my plants alive, growing my own food & generally adding a bit of colour into the garden & home (I've become a real proud plant mama). One of [...]

Leftover Pumpkin Loaf

FIBROUS CARVING Gooey, slimy, guts... this is what awaits all pumpkin carvers at Halloween. For some, it's the most tedious task, one which delays the creativity & artfulness of creating your masterpiece, for others it's an oddly satisfying ritual (yes, I am the latter). The tradition of pumpkin carving at Halloween actually originated in Britain [...]

Maple Pecan Biscuits

Loose Leaves Bring on the hot beverages! Strong, spiced, sweetened coffee, luxurious cream & marshmallow topped hot chocolates & of course my reliable, beloved cup of tea. It's getting cold & dark outside which means that I am ready to hibernate & survive on ample comfort food & tea until the new year. Milk, sugar, [...]

Earl Grey Biscotti

Culture Collaboration Sometimes all you need in life is a little pause, a break or respite from the everyday. Being British this usually means taking time to enjoy a cup of tea & a biscuit (or three). Tea & biscuits can help all sorts...  it's a little bit naughty & indulgent,  it's a moment of [...]

Lemon & Limoncello Marmalade

Potted Campania Is there anything more summery than large, colourful citrus fruits? While I'm partial do a bit of lemon most of the year round, there's something about this bitter-sweet, sunshine yellow fruit that never fails to promote thoughts of summertime when I either look at or taste it. Earlier in the summer, this lucky [...]

Rhubarb Frangipane Tart

Proudly Pink Is there anything more summery than a fruit tart? (well other than the healthy alternative of simply fruit that is). As temperatures rise, nights draw longer & (hopefully) the sun begins to shine we are blessed with a plethora of colourful fruity offerings. It's the season of preserving, foraging & green fingers. This year [...]

Citrus Olive Oil Cake

Treasured Slices Olive oil, I love this fruity golden elixir. Drizzled over my salads, as a condiment , to cook flavourful dishes with... there's no escaping olive oil in my everyday life. One of my guilty pleasures is to simply pour a good glug of oil into a bowl & plunge in large chunks of [...]

Blueberry Bagels

Iconic Chew I can't believe that its been a whole year since I made a big wonderful dent in my bucket list & visited New York. Already planning a return to the Big Apple, hopefully in 2019 (watch this space),... for now I simply have to reminisce. Such an amazing, hectic city full of life [...]

Banana Nut Muffins

Exemplary Energetic Having recently returned from a short break away in Barcelona (more on this soon) & a short spell of sunny excursions here in Wales (who'd have thought?!) I find myself depleted. Obviously adventuring around the globe, eating many pastries & walking miles upon miles exploring all the way is worth the feeling of [...]