One Ingredient – The July Round-Up

tom & feta tart

July brought the tomato for One Ingredient Challenge. This is an ingredient most of us probably use often, both fresh and tinned. I have not  had much success with growing them. The heavy rains we had earlier this month do make the tomato prone to rotting even before they have got close to ripening. I […]

Tea and Biscuits Ice Cream

tea &  biscuits

Summer is finally here……hooray. That gives me the perfect excuse to knock up a batch of ice cream. Not just any old ice cream, no way! I have had in my mind the idea of making a chai spiced cookie because I love chai spiced tea. Then I thought about it and tea of any […]

A Gratin of Tomatoes

tomato gratin

With the summer holidays upon us, my ability to both write and photograph blog posts will be limited. Children, at least mine anyway, demand an enormous amount of attention (involving lots of behaviour management). It can be rewarding and frustrating in equal measures. So, keeping this in mind, I will be posting recipes over the […]

A Visit To Helen Browning’s Organic Farm

Eastbrook Farm pig

Last week I made a trip to an organic farm. It  was everything and more that a farm should be. Helen Browning OBE, chief exec of the Soil Association has been running Eastbrook Farm for 25 years. I am both amazed and inspired at just how much she has achieved given that when she started […]

Chocolate Jam Tarts

Choc jam tarts

This is one of the simplest recipes you could imagine. But, don’t let that fool you into thinking it does not taste or look that impressive. For me, all recipes should be about the taste above the looks. As much as I like my food to look good, this has to be backed up by […]

Pappardelle with Goat’s Cheese Cream

Pappardelle & goat's cheese

Sometimes the simple things in life can be so pleasing.  Pasta has become a food staple in our house. The children love it. It is quick to prepare and hits the spot in minutes. But, because of this, I have gone off pasta and only make meals with it for me and Mr. Scott when […]

Sweet Bitesize Bakes and a Bake Swap

Bake Swap by LauraLovesCakes

Last week was a baking bonanza. Not only was it my middle daughter’s 6th birthday but also the deadline for sending my Bake Swap to my selected partner, Laura at LauraLovesCakes. I managed to get all my baking done with the idea of photographing the end results on the Saturday morning before the party. But, […]

Random Recipes – It’s all about the Cook Books


Sometimes after a really busy month (I think I now look at my life in terms of blog months) I wonder how I can manage my time better. There is still so much I want to do each month and I never achieve everything I want to achieve. Then I remember why it’s all so […]

Simple and in Season – The June Round – Up


Well I have yet again been so amazed at the amount of fantastically seasonal recipes that have been entered into my guest hosting for Ren Behan’s “Simple and in Season” for June. There are  an impressive THIRTY ONE  not including my own entry HERE. I have seen so many ideas that I just have to […]

One Ingredient – July Recipe Linky

one ingredient july 2012

July is upon us and what a bountiful time of year it is for the One Ingredient challenge. The list of fruits and vegetables on offer and in season is huge and I would happily have chosen them all if I could. But, even though I was particularly tempted to go with either apricot or […]