Category Recipes

Pink strawberry lollipop birthday cake

According to my daughter, I am shit at baking birthday cakes. Actually, ANY cake for that matter…

Banana cake with brown sugar & cardamom

  I’ve never been able to get that excited about banana cake. I mean, it’s perfectly nice, can be a bit earnest at times, and, in its worst incarnations, is a bit like eating damp wood. I certainly don’t crave it like I would a chocolate cake. UNTIL NOW. I have just stumbled across a […]

Greek Fava: heaven in a bowl

Holy smokes. This is pretty much my favourite recipe of 2016 so far. Who’d have thought – a simple dish of boiled split yellow peas with a few seasonings? Thanks to Kitty who showed me how to make it when I visited her in Leros, Greece, earlier this year. Just to list a fraction of her many talents: […]

Wild garlic pesto

Who in their right mind would want to go and pick weeds from parkland and make them into dinner? I’m too scared to forage anything much – mushrooms, too terrifying, and for everything else that isn’t obviously a plum, you need to study a handbook and I would worry that it’d be deadly hemlock anyway! […]

Red velvet tomato and butter pasta sauce

This is one of the easiest and most delicious pasta sauces out there – an idiot can make it! All you do is open a can of tomatoes, chuck it in a saucepan with a halved onion and a couple of big lumps of butter, then simmer it for 30 minutes. Then whiz it up […]

Make hot pressed sandwiches at home

Ever wanted to make those proper craggy toasted sandwiches that come off a hot press, oozing molten cheese and speckled with crusty bits, but can’t get to the cafe to order anything because dining out ‘en famille’ (ie with kids) is now like sharing a table with angry chimpanzees on crack? When we last ate […]

Cherry Pie: a damn fine one

Image: Flickering Myth I was a huge fan of the Twin Peaks TV series in the early 90’s. It was all so lush and mysterious. I loved all the deranged and quirky characters, not least The Log Lady, who wore stout tweed and woollens and had frequent conversations with her log, carried underarm. I once went to […]

Butterbeans and broccoli with tuna & anchovy sauce

I call this my miracle dinner; it has been saving my life for around 25 years. You can assemble it in under 10 minutes and it is SO FLIPPIN’ DELICIOUS! It’s the equivalent of a comforting savoury hug – it’ll make you feel better about life, even if your day has been total shit. I […]

Orange & almond amaretti

I never thought that having kids and a resulting lack of personal space was ever going to be easy. And when I moaned yesterday, as I frequently do, that I was sick of the kids being ‘on’ me morning, noon and night, i.e. jumping on my back, pressing their bogey-filled faces onto my leg and […]

Make a ‘Frozen’ cake and stay sane!

In the beginning of my journey into Parenthood, I tried to keep Disney cartoons out of my daughter’s life. I had all these lofty ideals that she wasn’t going to get sucked in by the big commercial things, driven by this vague notion that it was just too inane. What the hell did I know? […]