Middle Eastern Carrot Dip with Home Made Flatbreads

Carrot dip & flatbread close up

One of the disadvantages of moving out of London is the lack of  variety in the local restaurants.  I miss the  local Thai (that actually uses proper chilli heat), the Southern Indian food, the Dim Sum and The Persian Restaurants.  There are loads of great gastro pubs, but sometimes you just get a craving for […]

Spiced Aubergine Apricot & Tomato Chutney

Aubergine chutney main image

It has been a while, last year in fact, since I last made chutney. Once a year, normally around this time I start to feel the need to produce bottles and jars filled with goodies for Christmas. Some are given as presents but lots I like to keep in the house for me and the […]

Tarts for a party


One of my best friends turned 40 over the weekend. We’re  all there now, partied out and coming to terms with being middle aged by dancing the night away and drinking slightly better quality wines with the odd cocktail thrown in to ensure the worst possible hangover. My friend wanted me to do some food for her. […]

Give us this day, our daily bread

Bread close up

I have recently been getting into baking bread. It all started when I found that the children were getting a bit too used to eating that sliced 50/50 bread and any bread that looked too brown in colour began to get rejected. I thought I had better see if I could remedy this problem by […]

Summer courgette, pea & basil soup with cheese & olive scone tray-bake


As I was at home for the afternoon, I thought it would be a good idea to try out some new foods on the children for lunch and decided to let them get involved with the cooking which always seems to make them more interested in trying out the end results. Although small boy has […]

Breakfast in Bread

Breakfast in bread

A couple of years ago, I came back from a child free weekend (with Mr.Scott) in Zurich with two new dishes to post. The first recipe was a  SCHNITZEL. The second was a total revelation to me. I thought I had seen it all, until the friends we were staying with produced this most wonderful […]

Devon cream tea with a twist

Devon Cream Tea

Having just written my latest post on holidaying in Devon, I felt the need to come up with a recipe that would represent the month of June and ingredients that are readily found in South Devon at this time of the year. The ingredient I have focused on is strawberries, the ultimate sweet berry that […]

Balsamic Roasted Chicken

Balsamic Roasted Chicken

This is a recipe that I keep going back to as it is so good and very easy to prepare. It is adapted  from one of Donna Hay’s many cook books, all of which are brilliant and packed full of great ideas as well as very stylish modern photography. The marinade for the chicken is […]

Better than shop bought, my easy tomato sauce

Easy tomato sauce

  My easy tomato sauce  is a staple  sauce that is so versatile and can be used in a number of ways. I think it tastes far better than anything you can buy and whatsmore it’s really cheap to make.   Serves 4 Ingredients:-  A generous amount of good olive oil olive oil 1 x […]