Rock cakes 

I have recently been reacquainted with rock cakes. The humble tea-time treat which, along with chocolate rice crispie/cornflake cakes and fairy cakes, really are the epitome of childhood baking. CM’s two favourite things are baking and painting. Both of which require a significant amount of prep, make a lot of mess and requires mummy’s assistance….

If at first you don’t succeed…

    I tend to only write a post when I perfect a dish, but actually sometimes I think it’s nice to blog anyway, ultimately it’s about the journey not just the destination. If you don’t make mistakes how will you ever grow and learn. That’s as true for cooking as it is for every…

Start your day right!

I like cake! There I said it. But it doesn’t stop there. I also like chocolate, and biscuits, and carbs and crisps. It’s about time I came to terms with it. I’d love to be one of those people (and I do know a few) that just ‘don’t really like bread or potatoes’ or anything…

These days it’s all about shortcuts.

How did I not know about soffritto mix before now. For years I have sweated blood and tears (OK blatant exaggeration) to finely chop onion, celery and carrots to make the base for my bolognese or casseroles, when all this time I could have got waitrose to do it for me! Of course it’s more…

Recipe Kit Revolution

I’m in a food funk! It’s like a rut but worse. Not only do I not know what to cook for dinner, I also don’t know what to write about. Most of it’s just lack of time. Lack of time to shop, to cook and even just to think. But that’s just what life is…

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

5 more sleeps till Christmas! I’m not quite sure how that happened but I for one am very excited. I’ve always loved Christmas but now that CM is old enough to understand it, it’s even more fun. The tree’s up and looking rather festive with its new gold and berry coloured baubles, although N and…

Use-it-all-up minestrone soup

My supermarket delivery comes tomorrow which means today was my clear-out-the-fridge day. I have a few recipes that help me use up my odds and ends – stir fries, risottos or casseroles are my classics. But as I didn’t have any ‘meaty’ stuff like chicken or prawns in the fridge, today I decided to make…

COOK!

I haven’t had a ready meal in years.  They conjure up memories of my student days. The sound of a fork piercing the plastic, the ping of the microwave, the steam when you peel back the film…processed dinner in a black plastic container. Yum! Don’t worry I know I’m exaggerating, things have improved a lot…

Therapeutic Chocolate Tart

Saturday morning was stressful. Nothing serious of course, just the normal chaos you get when you have young children.  Toddler tantrums over clothes and colour of breakfast bowls are becoming the norm for me now but for some reason Saturday pushed me a little too far. CM and I ended up in a rut where…

Mamma’s Homemade Chicken Karahi

Although I’ve been brought up on Indian food I rarely make it. For starters it’s not N’s favourite but also I never thought I could make it as well as my mum so I never bothered. But every few weeks or so I get a random urge to cook something fragrant and full of spice. Or…

Autumnal Lamb Ragu with Papardelle Pasta

I can’t believe summer has gone. Did we have one this year, I’m not sure I remember. Or at least I definitely didn’t make the most of it. I remember a few baking hot days when I was heavily pregnant. They were torture. And I remember some hot days when I was cooped up indoors…

Chocolate cake with a difference

Yesterday I made a special chocolate cake. And no before you ask it wasn’t an Amsterdam-style special chocolate cake! I’ve never been a big baker, I dabble in the odd biscuit or muffin but that’s about the extent of it. But cake are big at the moment. Having young children means you spend a lot…