Rhubarb and Raspberry Brownie

Image of rhubarb growingIt’s been such a long winter but the first tender young stems of rhubarb are finally springing up in the kitchen garden. There aren’t enough yet to go to town with but I really wanted to taste some, so I mixed a few stalks with a handful of last year’s frozen raspberries to make this sumptuous brownie. I love the contrast between the rich, sweet chocolate and the sharp fruit. Continue reading

Pistachio Shortbreads

Image of shortbread prickerI have a weakness for auctions, antiques fairs and junk shops. I love prowling round looking for bits and pieces to add to my already overloaded shelves. There’s scarcely a cupboard in the house that doesn’t contain assorted plates, bowls and what dealers these days call kitchenalia. Hideous word. Continue reading

Cheese and Biscuits

Historically, Suffolk cheese doesn’t have a good reputation. The most infamous was Suffolk Bang, which was so hard it was reputedly stored hanging from the kitchen ceiling, so it could be swung over the fire to soften it enough to cut. Continue reading

Quince Doughnuts

Image of quince treeI love quince, it’s one of my favourite fruits and I’m always a bit bemused when people say they don’t know what to do with them, because they’re so versatile. I suppose it’s a lack of familiarity: because their shelf life is short, supermarkets tend not to stock them. Continue reading