Classic Victoria Sponge Cake

Classic Victoria sponge cake (Victoria sandwich) - the perfect tea time treat!

Classic Victoria sponge cake (Victoria sandwich) - the perfect tea time treat!

After several years of complaining about my oven burning everything I put in it, resulting in much swearing, frustration and strategic placement of icing/fruit/chocolate/props to hide the burnt bits, I finally have a lovely new oven! A range cooker in fact, so I have loads of space for baking and cooking and it looks pretty sexy! (more…)

Coconut And Berry Fruit Tarts

Coconut and berry fruit tarts - crisp coconut pastry with coconut pastry cream and fresh berries.

Coconut and berry fruit tarts - crisp coconut pastry with coconut pastry cream and fresh berries.

I have been eating so many berries recently, I’ve always got a stash of them both in the fridge and in the freezer, I can’t get enough! I want to make the most of them while they are still in season as soon enough they will be gone for the Winter. Although most of them just get eaten straight from the tub, I have managed to set a few aside for baking with; these coconut and berry fruit tarts are a wonderful way to serve them and would be perfect for afternoon tea or a garden party, or just because it’s Tuesday. (more…)

New Potato, Caramelised Onion, Rosemary & Gruyère Pizza

New potato, caramelised onion, rosemary & gruyère pizza

New potato, caramelised onion, rosemary & gruyère pizza

Our kitchen renovation is coming along well, if a little slowly. We now actually have a sink downstairs (having to go all the way up to the third floor to get water was getting rather tiring and it made it so much more difficult to make a cup of tea than it should be!), we have done most of the hard labour, and I had a shiny new range cooker installed yesterday. Pretty much all that is left to do is painting and tiling, as well as the monumental task of organising all of my baking supplies and photography props… (more…)

Chocolate Berry Granola

Chocolate berry granola - a healthy way to eat chocolate for breakfast!

Chocolate berry granola - a healthy way to eat chocolate for breakfast!

We are currently renovating our kitchen so cooking and baking is pretty much impossible at the moment (though I did somehow manage to make jam in the study yesterday!). So far I have learned how to plaster and next up is woodwork and tiling! It will be at least a couple of weeks yet before we are finished but hopefully the kitchen will be usable again in about a week once we put the sink in and actually have water downstairs! I will keep you updated on our progress and fingers crossed we will have a much nicer kitchen than the ugly, outdated one that we ripped out once we are done. (more…)

Nutella Swirled Banana Yeast Bread

nutella swirled banana yeast bread - soft yeasted banana bread with a generous swirl of nutella.

nutella swirled banana yeast bread - soft yeasted banana bread with a generous swirl of nutella.

We all love banana bread (well, all of us apart from Damian who for some inexplicable reason doesn’t like it. More for me I guess.), and I’m sure that we can all agree that banana bread with nutella is food of the gods. But how many of you have tried a yeasted banana bread? More specifically, one that is swirled with gooey nutella? Probably not very many. But that needs to change because this nutella swirled banana yeast bread is incredible and a totally different way of using up those over-ripe bananas. (more…)

Crispy Shrimp Tacos With Chipotle Red Cabbage Slaw

crispy shrimp tacos with chipotle red cabbage slaw

crispy shrimp (prawn) tacos with chipotle red cabbage slaw

Here in the UK we have been enjoying a bit of a heatwave for the past few days. It is lovely to have some sun at last, but I am struggling a bit in the heat; it has made me incredibly unproductive! I’ve been eating lots of ice cream and smoothies to keep me cool and also because I really haven’t felt like cooking as it is so hot. I am planning on making a batch of these crispy shrimp tacos with chipotle red cabbage slaw tomorrow as there is minimal cooking involved – just a few minutes of frying the prawns. And they are exactly the kind of thing that you want to eat al fresco on a hot Summer evening accompanied by a cold beer (or a margarita!). (more…)

Little Cherry Almond Cakes

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Little cherry almond cakes - easy to make and perfect for picnics!

Little cherry almond cakes - easy to make and perfect for picnics!

One of my fondest memories from my childhood is the family picnics we used to have throughout the Summer. My parents would pack us three children, two dogs and a veritable feast into the car and we would head off to a spot by the river where we could play in the water and the accompanying fields before stuffing our faces. I don’t go on very many picnics anymore now that I am an adult, which is something that I need to fix as they are one of the most enjoyable parts of Summer. (more…)

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