As much as I love autumn, there’s an almost inevitable downside each year: The Annual Cold. For the last week, despite my best efforts, I’ve been coughing and sniffling and frankly feeling rather sorry for myself. Thankfully there is a ray of hope in the face of The Annual Cold: The Hot Toddy. It might … Continue reading Hot Toddy Syrup – Just Add Water!
Sourdough is a strange and wonderful thing. There's something strange about choosing a method of baking that requires such a lot of time and patience, and yet something equally wonderful about exactly that. I hadn't even realised you could make a sourdough starter from scratch with just flour and water until a couple of years … Continue reading Creating a Sourdough Starter and Baking My First Sourdough Loaf
Here in the UK we are enjoying a lovely warm start to the autumn - yep, would you even believe it is autumn right now? Today the sun is shining and the temperature is balmy, so I can almost overlook the brisk wind that happens to accompany it. I thought a great transitional drink idea … Continue reading Blackberry and Apple Autumn Sangria
Tomatoes were the first vegetable that I ever tried to grow, and I’ve always been amazed at how resilient they are. They’re surprisingly easy to grow and with a little T.L.C. and regular watering, you can end up with a lovely little crop of jewel-red (or yellow) beauties. This summer has been great for my … Continue reading Pan Catalan
It is definitely blackberry season again - it actually seemed to start really early this year from what I could tell. We've already been out to forage for blackberries at our local blackberry patches 3 times at least and I have the jam to prove it! I was inspired to make this cute little dessert … Continue reading Lemon Curd and Blackberry Tartlets
I honestly thought I would need to keep this recipe in the bag for next year as surely this hot weather was going to end right? Wrong! Here we are in 30 degree heat and I have to say it is still not getting old for me. Having shared this super cooling Oolong and Cucumber … Continue reading Cheat’s Watermelon Granita
A little known aperitif until about five years ago, you now can’t get far in the summer without seeing a glass of Aperol Spritz. Walking through Wimbledon at the weekend, every other drinking establishment was promoting it, some with really elaborate orange decorations. I’d even say it’s overtaking Pimms as the drink of the summer... … Continue reading Aperol and Orange Drizzle Cake