Mackerel and potato hot cakes for little fingers

It seems to me an age ago that I was moaning about my little girl refusing to eat her porridge. Now, thankfully she tucks in to most things with little persuasion. We haven’t quite got to licking the plate clean stage but I can now rely on a few good staples to make sure she’s…

Spiced raisin soda bread

I would like to think of myself as the type of person who bakes fresh bread now and then, but I might as well face it, I fall short in that area. I’ve had a packet of yeast in the cupboard for quite a long time now and if I’m honest with myself, it’ll probably…

How to travel with your baby

Winter sun. Ah, the thought. My mum and I are both people who tend to bloom in the sun and droop in the cold, so when my husband had to go away for 6 weeks with work, we thought we’d take the opportunity to sneak in a week of relative warmth in The Algarve in…

Orange and ginger yoghurt pot cake

  It’s not easy to get much done when you have a small child who is  – at best – trying to climb up your trouser leg and  – at worst – being very quiet just outside your line of sight. So making a cake is probably quite far down most parents list of priorities. But…

For the love of mush

    So: as a food enthusiast myself, I was pretty confident that my offspring would follow keenly in my footsteps. I have a (now) 8 month old daughter and, following the sage advice of the World Health Organisation (don’t you know), I exclusively breastfed for the first 6 months. Fending off ‘ooh she looks hungry’ and…

Tomato and basil soup for a drizzly spring day

  Today, the soft drizzle outside made inside feel so much more appealing, and it seemed a day for a bowl of hot soup. I wasn’t about to take a trip out to the shops unless it was absolutely necessary. So slippers resolutely on, I set about making this store cupboard stalwart. Not only is…

Kale, dill and fresh cheese tart

We’ve all gone a bit mad for kale recently. There’s a lot to recommend it, grown in the UK, cheap and with plenty of health benefits it seems a no brainer to add it to the shopping list. But as enthusiastic as I feel, I still have some work to do in promoting the benefits…

Even Stickier Malt Loaf

I popped a cheeky Soreen fruity malt loaf into my shopping bag recently and I suddenly wondered why on earth I’d never attempted to make it myself? I think once upon a time I managed to eat a whole loaf in one afternoon; such is my love for the sticky, malty squidgy brick, wrapped in…

Eat, Drink Bristol Fashion: Sustainable Food Summit 2013

Discussion about food sustainability is nothing new. Most of us know that we should be ‘thinking local’ when it comes to food; we are aware of the problems that intensive farming poses for diversity in wild species; we know that shopping at the farmers market is better for the local economy. We are very lucky…

wild garlic

Spring: when the world around us shrugs off the layers of winter to reveal bright young shoots of life bursting forth from hedgerows and gardens, forests and fields. First come the snowdrops, fighting their fragile way through the icy soil, then the daffodils and the bluebells spread their vivid colour over the forest floors. While…

Jam Tarts

Leftover pastry provides an excellent excuse for some impromptu jam tarts with afternoon tea on a Sunday. Don’t mind if I do!

A day for gnocchi

January and February are months that don’t tend to inspire the greatest enthusiasm for most of us, with the short dark days, the rain, the sadly empty post-Christmas purses. But secretly, when January comes around a part of me rejoices. What better excuse can there be to linger indoors all weekend and indulge in some…