A new business: one nibble at a time

I felt that having a toddler, a blog, a part time job and moving house wasn’t enough, so recently I decided that I needed to start a home baking business as well, making sweet and savoury snacks for young children. Unfortunately it has meant that I haven’t been able to write a post for the…

A tasty marinade for chicken, best eaten outside! 

Summer food is better. It just is. I’m sure that some of you disagree, in fact some people who are very close to me indeed may have some strongly differing opinions on this, but I’m pretty confident I’m right. Here are some of the reasons why: 1. Eating outside. There’s no contest between eating inside…

Cook book review: The Five O’Clock Apron

As much as I love food and cooking, sometimes I find myself stuck in a rut. The rut became pretty significant about this time last year when each night was punctuated with about 10 wakings from my freshly delivered baby girl. So beautiful, so small, such an INSOMNIAC! I look back on that year and…

More than just a fruit cake

Like lots of things in life, many recipes just seem to come and go. Like the strange fashion choices we make, they fleetingly enter our lives and are just as swiftly removed from our repertoire (prawn cocktail anyone?). But others are keepers. I like flicking through people’s recipe books and noticing the pages that have been…

Roasted tomato ketchup: just in time for BBQ season!

Hooray, it’s finally BBQ time!* I’m a big fan of barbeques, which is lucky because as soon as the sun comes out we seem to have one every other night (granted the sun only comes out about 3 times a year in England). But for me, the draw of the barbie isn’t in the row…

Stuffed tomatoes for #meatfreeMonday

One of the discussions (arguments) that my husband and I tend to, er, enjoy? is whether the little things like turning the lights off, recycling food waste etc, really count. To my mind it’s a no brainer. But he’s of the opinion that really to make any significant difference it has to be Governments and…

Baked rhubarb sponge pudding

I have memories of sitting in the garden as a child on a sunny day, bees buzzing, a water sprinkler on somewhere, soft green grass and blue skies and a stick of rhubarb in my hand, eating it raw and crunchy, dipped in sugar. It was so tangy, sweet and sour, almost like the fizz…

A hearty and warming bowl of spiced lentil soup

Today I hung the washing out on the line OUTSIDE for the first time this year. This may not sound very exciting to you, but to me this signals a watershed moment every year. There is no turning back now, summer is just round the corner (ok – sort of). Of course I’m sure I…

Apricot, coconut and sunflower seed bites

  This recipe has been given the giant thumbs up from my daughter who tends (against my advice I might add) to stuff the whole thing into her mouth in one go. You can’t get more of an accolade than that, surely? They may not look as luxurious as a chocolate brownie and I’ve been…

A ramble with wild garlic

  I was brought up hearing about how my grandmother knew about all of the plants in the hedges and how they could be used to heal or nourish. Much of this knowledge, that our grandparents and ancestors further down the line may have taken for granted, has been lost or at least only preserved…

Parental Advisory salted chocolate rye cookies

God, you have to be so selfless as a parent. I think about that most nights between about 7 and 8pm while I sit in a darkened room for an hour or longer while my small child rocks around the cot like a bucking bronco, spinning her favourite soft toy around her head like a…

Chicken, spring leek and thyme crumble

There’s something about the very word ‘crumble’ that is so homely and satisfying to say, even before you’ve been presented with a bowl full of the lovely stuff. Of course we’re used, mainly, to the sweet variety (is there anything better than a proper apple crumble for pudding?!) but a savoury version offers many of…