Little Ginger & Walnut Banoffee Pots

Banoffee pots main image

I can’t quite remember when I first discovered Banoffee pie but I seem to remember it being in my teens during the 80s. Along with Mississippi Mud Pie, Lemon Meringue pie , New York style cheesecake and double chocolate fudge cake. These were the desserts of choice down at the local (and rather good)  American […]

Banana Spelt Flour & Pecan Loaf

Banana spelt loaf

I am definitely enjoying spelt flour at the moment. I bought a bag just before Christmas and have found I am using it in my sponges, muffins, breads and there is a little bit left with which I will be trying out some pastry.  There is a recipe on the packet of Sharpham Park spelt […]

A Dark Chocolate & Prune Plaited Loaf

Chocolate & Prune Plait Image

I haven’t been making my own bread for very long, That surprises me still today as I can’t imagine why it has taken me so long to get to grips with the art of baking bread. I have written a post on bread before, quite a while ago about the wonders of bread making (READ […]

Spiced Pumpkin Rum Choc Chip Loaf

Pumpkin loaf slice on cloth

October is proving to be a month punctuated by lots of pumpkin recipes. This is all down to the squash explosion  at my allotment. I had no idea just how many squash would stem from one single plant. In fact, I have to admit that I was calling my glut, a pumpkin overload. Wrong. After […]

Campari & Orange Dazzle Cake

campari & orange cake

We are all born with the same taste buds. But, I am always intrigued by what flavours we develop and grow to love as individuals. Sweet, sour, salt, bitter, savoury.  The fifth, umami, according to some, largely the cheffing fraternity, is THE KILLER TASTEBUD. I see myself as a sour bitter kind of taste. Which […]

We Should Cocoa – The May Round-up


When I was asked to host the We Should Cocoa challenge for May I gladly accepted the offer but when the moment came to announce the challenge I must admit to feeling really nervous about it. I found it quite a struggle choosing an ingredient as I didn’t want to be neither too way out […]

Almond Tiramisu

Almond Tiramisu

There was a bit of a debate going on last week over the Amaretto/Amaretti issue. Interestingly they can both be made from almonds or apricot kernels. Naturally, for my choice of ALMONDS as this month’s We Should Cocoa challenge, I had to go a hunting for Amaretti biscuits made from almonds and that is what […]

We Should Cocoa – The May Challenge is Almonds


I know you must be thinking what on earth is the “We Should Cocoa” challenge doing here. Well, I am pretty surprised to find it here myself. Let me tell you how it came about…… Choclette got in touch to tell me that Chele over at The Chocolate Teapot was going to be taking a […]

Roasted Butternut Squash & Black Bean Mole

Easy Mexican Mole

Even though I spent the Milllennium New Year over in Mexico, I never did get to try a dish called Mole. Ever since then  I have always  wanted to make it  but knew it involved many many ingredients, some of which could only really be found on the internet. And  as much as I seem […]

Chocolate Ripple Meringues with Orange Sherbet

Choc meringues with oranges & cream

At this time of the year, I always seem to have a glut of oranges lurking in the fruit bowl along with the satsumas, clementines, mandarins and tangerines. Luckily though, orange is my favourite colour so I often look over at them just to perk me up with their bright cheeriness. But, they often don’t […]