Summer Berry Sponge

This is light as air and fat free – my ‘go to’ cake when a cream and fruit sponge is called for (which is surprisingly often).

Chicken, Spinach and Chickpea Curry

I’ve been having a bit of a spinach-fest recently. It’s going in everything from omelettes to pasta sauces to casseroles and now in this Thai-inspired curry. As someone with a tendency towards anaemia and who doesn’t eat a huge amount of red meat, the spinach here provides a good boost of iron, but the chickpeas…

Chilli-Beef Macaroni Cheese

This dish combines two great comfort food favourites of mine – chilli beef and macaroni cheese. It’s one of my kids’ top meals too and a great one to make if they have friends over and they want something filling. I’ve given a recipe for the chilli, but if you already have your own failsafe…

Everything yummy (Chocolate-Chilli-Caramel-Nut) Tart

I’m often asked whether I prefer cooking or baking and until I started this blog, I’d have said it was about half and half. However, a quick count of the ‘sweet’ recipes on here would suggest I tend a little more towards baking. This one’s a bit of a special dessert. Think of all the…

A ‘Weekend Special’ Prawn Laksa

I’ve never made a Laksa before, but had read numerous recipes and posts where the author claimed it was one of their very favourite dishes, so it had been on my ‘to do’ list for a while. The list of ingredients is fairly hefty, lets be honest, so this isn’t something I’m likely to whip…

A Good Little Company that makes Great Little Sausages

My day job for the last 20 years has been in corporate social responsibility. Yes, I’ll excuse the blank and confused looks. It’s not a particularly simple one to explain. In fact, I’ve  often joked over the years that it would be a lot easier to tell people I made sausages, as they would understand…

Slow-Cooked Spiced Pork Pibil

No-one in my house will now eat processed meats. Sounds fair enough, but in fact it’s a pain when it comes to making packed lunches. No more easy peasy slices of ham or roast beef, oh no, it has to be ‘proper’ cooked meat. What this means is that every weekend, I have to roast…

Coffee Cake – Plain and Simple

This is nothing short of a classic and uses traditional measures, methods and ingredients. If you can’t get the Camp coffee, which I think might be a bit of an Irish thing (it comes in a plastic bottle and is in liquid form, so ideal for baking), you can use 1 tsp espresso coffee powder…

Orange, Rosemary and Honey Polenta Cake

This is incredibly moist, sweet and fragrant and it will last for a few days in a sealed tin – if you can keep your hands off it that is. It’s beautiful served with a dollop of greek yoghurt and maybe a scant grating of orange peel on top. It also has to be one…

Best Ever Apple Tart

It’s apple season and so, faced with a bounty of windfalls this last week or two, I’ve been finding (welcome) excuses to make dishes using apples. Apple crumble is a big favourite in our house, but I think a homemade apple tart with lovely short pastry and plenty of cinnamon-spiced filling is hard to beat….

Jamie’s 5 Ingredient Apple Cookies

I’ve been watching Jamie Oliver’s new series – 5 Ingredients – it’s an interesting idea for a book and series, but one which I have to say I feel is flawed. Limiting the number of ingredients in a recipe to fit an agreed premise will always result in compromise and I feel a lot of…