Redcurrant Friands

Whilst I do love autumn & all of the beautiful colours it brings, it doesn’t officially arrive here in the UK until mid September so until then I’m holding on to the final weeks of summer & the late summer offerings too. As the last of the tomatoes ripen up & the ground becomes bare …

Tomato & Mascarpone Tart

As is usual during the first few weeks of September, it has been busy! Bowls & baskets full of fruits & vegetables line the kitchen floor, counter tops piled high with jars of preserves, a sink constantly covered in mud, roots or peelings, a fridge bursting with colourful odd shaped bits & an oven that …

Summer Berry Yogurt Ice Lollies

I’m determined to keep summer alive (I mean, it is still mid August) so I’m throwing it back to a lovely little recipe I made earlier in the season when the sun was shining, the temperature appropriately melting & the summer berries were coming into their own. I love the vibrant stained fingers that can …

Granola

I think my love for honey would rival Pooh himself but as a fully grown adult, I unfortunately cannot digest quite as much as this little bear & need a little balance in my diet. Exploring healthier ways to enjoy my favourite sweets treats though is all part of the fun in the kitchen, challenging …

Bara Brith

Saint David’s Day (or Dydd Gwyl Dewi Sant) is just around the corner & other than rugby season, this is when our true Welsh patriotism is near enough unavoidable as we don our daffodils & leeks, singing songs of the green hills of our homeland. The other 364 days of the year we may moan …

Elderflower Ice Cream

Is there a single dessert that says summer, more than a frozen one? When summer does show up (it’s got a bad habit of disappearing for weeks on end here), it’s glorious, filled with sunshine, colour & quite often warmth. Whilst it’s no small secret that I love a good cake, when the weather is …

Elderflower Cordial

It’s the summer solstice here in the UK, the longest day of the year which officially marks the start of summer (believe it or not!). Yes, the skies are still a little too grey & I have yet to don a pair of sandals or leave the house without a jacket but summer IS here! Early …

Lemon & Nettle Cake

Normally, I’m not exactly the worlds biggest fan of weeds, particularly invasive ones that have the potential to give you a nasty sting like nettle. They are honestly my biggest bug bare at the allotment as they seem to grow much faster than any of my vegetables?! Well, today I get my revenge, as I …

Earl Grey Elderflower Cooler

I may have found my perfect summer cocktail, it’s been on my mind for a while now as I wondered what would happen if I paired two of my upmost favourite flavours on this earth, Earl grey tea & elderflower. Throw some gin at it & we’re in a very happy place indeed. Refreshing is …

Pimm’s Lollies

You’d better believe that is the sun making an appearance coincides with a bank holiday here in the UK, then there will be booze, plenty of it! Is it stereotypical? Yes. Do we really care? No. Let’s face it, we work all of the hours, usually through any spurt of nice weather & for a …