Apples – Saucy, Tarty or just Plain Crumbly?

Autumn. My favourite season. Season of woolly jumpers, cosy nights by the fire, golden leaves, crisp weekend walks and apples. All of these things I love and most especially the trees in our garden, picture perfect for a few weeks with delicious red and green apples. I have no idea what variety the red apples … Continue reading Apples – Saucy, Tarty or just Plain Crumbly?

Something old, something new, something borrowed….

So, in the many weeks since I last posted, I've held my second supper club and it went really well. The feedback was great and afterwards I had a lot of requests for future nights and plenty of pre-bookings for my next event. Unfortunately, the new manager of the cafe I'd been using isn't interested … Continue reading Something old, something new, something borrowed….

Italian Night Trial Run

On Saturday night, I invited a few friends over to help me do a trial run of the menu for my Italian Night. These are good friends who I can trust to be constructively critical and who will give me a reality check regarding portion size, as my gauge is completely skewed thanks to giant … Continue reading Italian Night Trial Run

Not ‘Mincing’ My Words This Week…..

This was my 'back to work after the holidays' week. They're always difficult those weeks, as the memories fade so quickly once you're back in your usual routine that any attempt to hold on to them is like trying to catch smoke. Cooking foods you had while on holiday is always a good way to … Continue reading Not ‘Mincing’ My Words This Week…..

Taking a break (from everything but cooking)

Well, it's been quite a few weeks since my last posting thanks to holidays and stuff. I did think at one point that I might post while I was away, but chilled out mode kicked in almost instantly and the thought of typing seemed too much like work. Speaking of which, I'm back at work … Continue reading Taking a break (from everything but cooking)

Peaches, Prosecco, Parmesan and other Italian foods beginning with ‘P’

This month's Delicious Magazine is an Italian special and it's been well thumbed, referred to and splattered with sticky ingredients this week as I've tried out a number of the recipes in the name of research for my next Supper Club. It's Italian-themed (no kidding!) and will take place once again at The Whistle Stop … Continue reading Peaches, Prosecco, Parmesan and other Italian foods beginning with ‘P’

Back to basics – Italian style

It's been a quieter week on the food front compared with the last couple. No supper clubs, no cookery classes, but plenty of recipe reading and planning for the Italian night I am hoping to do in September. Despite owning a LOT of cookery books, it seems there's a dearth in the Italian department, so … Continue reading Back to basics – Italian style

Supper Club a la Mexicana

So, after many, many weeks of planning and preparations, the big night finally came on Saturday past. My first supper club (I did start out calling it a bistro night, but was warned off by the competition! A story for another time perhaps). I held it at The Whistle Stop Cafe in Whitehead, which is … Continue reading Supper Club a la Mexicana

London Calling…. and Thailand….. and Greece….

So how did you spend the hottest weekend of the year so far? I spent mine in two different London cookery schools learning to cook Thai and Greek. This was my 'big' birthday present. Two classes, flights, hotel and all the trimmings. Finding an available weekend to book a trip away is pretty tricky in … Continue reading London Calling…. and Thailand….. and Greece….

Mexican Night Preparations Part 2

So a couple of weeks ago I promised to come back and share more of the recipes that will feature in my first pop-up restaurant night later this month. It's less than two week away now and in the meantime, I have a trip to London this weekend to attend Jamie Oliver's Cookery School for … Continue reading Mexican Night Preparations Part 2

A Week of Feasting, Celebrations and New Toys

I didn't have much cooking to do at all this week, which was actually quite nice. I ate out. A lot. So I'll definitely need to do two diet days and not one in the week ahead. I've been on the 5:2 diet for a couple of years now to help me keep my weight … Continue reading A Week of Feasting, Celebrations and New Toys

Mexican Night Preparations Part 1

A couple of weeks ago I posted about a slow-cook chilli beef and a mojito inspired cheesecake I'd made and I hinted that the cheesecake in particular needed some tweaks and refinement. So, this weekend, as a practice run for my Mexican bistro night in June (which is now fully booked no less!), I made … Continue reading Mexican Night Preparations Part 1