Vegan Orange & Spelt Cake

I’ll admit that I’m a bit of a feeder (imagine the grandmother who forces biscuits upon you, regardless of how many times you reiterate just how full you are). If you enter my kitchen, you will be handed baked goods of some form. Some may see this as slightly compulsive, but for me it’s an …

Rhubarb & Elderflower Jam

Pink Abundance Garden rhubarb, I have a crop that despite all odds returns to the bottom of my fascinating garden every year, greeting me with its joyous pink hue. I’m no gardening enthusiast by any means but I can’t help but be impressed with the perseverance of nature right outside my back door. Over the …

Earl Grey Scones

The Perfect Partnership It’s that time of year again where television becomes all that more appealing to me, of course it’s the return of The Great British Bake Off. Every year I get instructed by friends & colleagues to apply but alas, another year has passed & my pastry skills still aren’t up to scratch. …

Lemon Poppy Seed Cake

One Of The Greats Afternoon tea, cake sales, summer fetes, the local coffee shop, all of these places have at least one thing in common, alongside the wee fairy cakes & chunks of cheese & pineapple on sticks, you’re guaranteed to find some form of lemon drizzle or poppy seed cake on offer. No self-respecting …

Chilli Cornbread

I’m a big advocate of salads & soups, especially in summertime when it’s warm (sometimes too warm!), you’re lethargic & just craving something fresh, cooling & light. Sometimes though, soup needs a partner, salad becomes a side, hunger prevails & something more substantial is required to banish the pangs. It’s no small secret that I …

Honeycomb

That Friday Feeling Toothache inducing sweets, the stuff of your childhood dreams. There comes a point in life where your tastes change, they evolve & become more adult. Finding an appreciation of the stronger flavours the world has to offer, coffee, liquorice, alcohol, all tastes acquired with age . Although you may have reached fully …

Pear Jam

Jam. The sticky, fruity, sweet substance I fell in love with & would happily eat by the spoonful as little girl. I still, unashamedly enjoy a jam sandwich today, though I may have progressed from crustless slices of processed white bread to a ciabatta roll, it’s still simply bread, butter & that all important jam. …

Lemon Tart

Whilst summer may not have officially arrived yet here in the UK , the season is already in full swing in my kitchen, it’s become overrun with lemons, berry jams & elderflower cordial (basically there’s more jam than usual!). I’m sure this happens to most of us at this time of year, something clicks in …

Chelsea Buns

Take me to any bakery, food market or cafe that sells baked goods & you could comfortably bet on me selecting the biggest, glistening bun on offer, be it a teacake, iced buns or Chelsea buns, you’ve got my attention. My love of all things dough began at a very young age, I come from …

Breakfast Muffins

Breakfast, arguably the best meal of the day. That glorious aroma of toast popping, eggs sizzling, croissants baking, all awakening the senses, instantly turning your thoughts to food. Breakfast foods are amongst some of my absolute favourites, regardless of time of day. Everything toasted, buttery & jewelled with jam. Small, sweet treats; breakfast muffins, cakes …