Life in lockdown: a food diary – April 2020

When you are someone, like me, who always thinks about food, and you find yourself in a situation where you are in much closer proximity to the fridge than you would normally be on a working day … it’s a challenge to stay out of there. When you are, like me, always thinking about your […]

The lockdown loaf – super easy loaf of bread – new recipe

This lockdown loaf is a very easy loaf of bread to make – and uses just four ingredients! You just need to be able to get hold of strong white flour … which is not always easy right now! An Italian dream My last blog post was about my wonderful holiday in Tuscany last summer. […]

Meal planning during a hectic couple of weeks

Last week ended up not being entirely to plan: leek lasagne turned into Spag Bol (Quorn version for my vegetarian brother); I let the potatoes over-boil on Thursday and the mashed potato was too salty, leaving them inedible; and a little accident for Ioan on Friday (bashing his mouth, leading to a chipped front tooth) […]

Baking double chocolate cookies with a toddler – a photo guide

The other day, when Ioan and I were at home together and it was freezing cold and starting to snow outside, I decided that instead of venturing out, I’d bake some cookies with him. Call it greedy, call it fortunate, but there is rarely a basic baking recipe where all the ingredients aren’t already in […]

GBBO week 9 – madeleines

Before I start, let me just get this out of the way: Yes, they are supposed to be madeleines. Light, delicate, lemon-scented sponge cakes with a distinctive scalloped decoration on one side, and a pregnant bump on the other. My version have none of the above. I did think the instruction to ‘pour the batter […]

GBBO week 8 – Danish rye bread smorrebrod

I love Danish pastries, but Andrew does not, so I chose to make a Danish rye bread for the latest Great British Bake off challenge. Have you ever heard of smorrebrod? I didn’t before I watched the Bake Off Danish week and liked the idea of topping some rye bread with creamed horseradish, smoked mackerel, […]

GBBO week 7 – vegan carrot cake

As I have no doubt mentioned before, Andrew is a carnivore. The idea of a meal without meat or fish is unacceptable for Andrew, and the only way I get through Meat Free Mondays is to use copious amounts of cheese. So veganism is never going to be likely in our household, and I have […]

Chocolate orange birthday cake recipe (perfect for Halloween)

I woke up this morning and realised it’s the blog’s birthday … and I had forgotten to make a cake. But I had to make a cake for a Halloween party I am attending later today. So, that’s the story of my spooky blog birthday cake! This is a chocolate orange cake: orange zest in […]

GBBO week 3 – double chocolate and cinnamon Chelsea buns

Bread week is never one of my favourites on the Great British Bake Off, as I always have trouble getting my dough to rise when I make anything which has yeast in it. But greed prevailed, and I got a craving for chocolate Chelsea buns (replacing that boring dried fruit with chocolate), so came up […]