Category Recipes

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? […]

Peach upside-down almond cake

I just want to salute my friend B, who has recently met a real-life man in a real-life situation – i.e. in a bar. She didn’t have to resort to using hideous app software a la Tinder or a dating site etc to get together with him. He just wandered up, they got chatting using their […]

Chocolate and coconut paradise bars

  Public announcement: these are not called Paradise Bars for nothing. They are like a Bounty Bar with added HORN. My wonderful friend N made a tin of these for my birthday earlier this year (YOO HOO my dear!) and I think it was one of the best gifts I have EVER received. Paradise Bars are […]

Dreamy strawberry ice cream

  It’s absolutely roasting hot in the UK. A bit like walking about in an oven. Us Brits are quite unused to such heat, so we get in a bit of a frenzy and start getting really drunk very quickly, going lobster red in the sun. All around there are men sporting ‘farmer tans’ – […]

50 Shades of Grey – and proper muesli

I just watched ‘50 Shades of Grey’ in the cinema with my baby son in my lap. No, I’m not some kind of deranged freak and I do believe my son is unscarred. He actually fell asleep for most of it. In my opinion, the film is about as racy as an advert for Gillette […]

French one-pot yoghurt cake

My Breton friend L is hardcore, the only person I know who can supervise three screaming kids and effortlessly make a classic French cake without breaking a sweat. When I stayed with her in October 2013, she was temporarily operating from a makeshift kitchen in her garage which had no running water and a bare […]

Thai Som Tam salad

If, like me, you have spent the entirety of December putting all sorts of things into your mouth like lumps of marzipan and entire Stiltons, you’ll probably need a bit of salad by now. My tastebuds received a hammering over the festive period and have gone into hibernation due to lording it up with the […]

Dinosaur cake for a fussy madam

So there appears to have formed a tradition whereby every year for my daughter’s birthday I now try to fashion some kind of recognisable animal from sponge cake, with not much of a clue how I am going to do it until the night before. Last year I made a penguin, the year before that […]

Herby sauces! Salsa verde and pesto alla genovese

Drat, our UK summer looks like it has well and truly buggered off. Which means that all those summery herbs need using up before the frost gets them in the garden. I’m not ready yet to change my diet into a stream of Autumnal stews, and I still want to eat vibrant summery flavours. By […]

Blackberry fool

I’m a bit loopy for blackberries at the moment. Partly because I’ve got a wild and crazy bramble in my garden that is heavy with inky fruit, but also because these British berries are up for grabs for FREE all over the hedgerows in the UK right this instant! Get out there with a carrier bag […]