Christmas Spiced Biscotti

These biscuits make a great edible gift and they’re lovely dipped into a glass of vin santo or another sweet dessert wine. Dunk them into tea or coffee if you like. An Italian chef I met in Tuscany would give you a sharp rap on the knuckles for that but it’s your house, your rules. Continue reading

Candied Orange Peel, Chocolate Optional

Hands up, who eats oranges and throws away the peel? That’d be me, most of the time, and what a waste it is. I was prepping fruit for a salad the other day and my natural thriftiness, I’m happy to say, got the better of me so I made these. Continue reading

Mince Pies with Hazelnut Frangipane

I’m not going to mention the C-word. I’d quite like the leisure to enjoy autumn before getting into all that winter malarkey, but scarily there are only 12 weeks to go. As I keep seeing pictures on social media of shop-bought mince pies I thought it might be a good time to share this recipe.

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Sue’s Honey and Fig Cheesecake

Anyone who loves cookware will probably already be aware of Netherton Foundry. Even if the name isn’t familiar, UK readers will almost certainly have seen their pans featured in food shoots, most recently Nigel Slater’s devilled crab recipe in The Observer Magazine. Continue reading

Banana and Pecan Loaf Cake

I’m a bit gob-smacked (and only ever so slightly miffed) to find that that cookery websites this week are awash with banana bread. It’s like we’re all tied into some hive mind. There is a good reason for this synchronised recipe writing though. Continue reading

Easter Recipe Round-up

We’ve got the family coming for Easter and although they’re far too polite to demand a particular menu, their eyes tend to light up when they’re presented with roast lamb. Over the years I’ve cooked it in umpteen different ways. These are some of my favourites … and I’ve thrown in a few extra Easter recipes for good measure. Now’s the time to make your shopping list … Continue reading

Let’s Talk About Rhubarb

Image of rhubarb growingThe spring equinox has whizzed by already and we’re officially in the Everything’s Burgeoning In The Garden phase of growing – and yet we’re still in the period known as the hunger gap, when there are few fresh fruits or veg ready to harvest locally.

One exception is rhubarb, either bright pink and forced in the growing sheds of the famous Rhubarb Triangle of west Yorkshire or like ours, already poking up in the veg patch. Continue reading