Christmas baked apples

I pottered around the kitchen yesterday afternoon fitting in a couple more recipes – it’s almost the end of my year of cooking! The mixed mushroom tart cheered up a solo Sunday lunch time, especially with all the parsley I put in it. I think I’ve got the knack of frying mushrooms now – pop […]

Trying something new – Jerusalem artichokes

The Jerusalem artichoke salad was one of the recipes from River Cottage Everyday that I was excited about, as it meant a first try. I hadn’t a clue where to buy the artichokes from, as had never seen one before, but the trusty Grainer Market in Newcastle came through for me. It’s clearly not something […]

The perfect roast pork belly and potatoes

Let’s get the bad one out of the way first. The spiced fig compote didn’t taste as nice as it sounded. The recipe said to soak the dried figs for a couple of hours beforehand, but this seemed to leech all of the taste out of the figs. And even though I used the soaking liquid in […]

A pre-Christmas cake

A bit of weekend baking was just the ticket. I have made a Christmas cake already, which is full of brandy and ready to be iced, and this recipe is almost as fruity. It all felt very healthy, with wholemeal spelt flour as the base, and it was packed full of figs, apricots and prunes. […]

Happy 1st of December!

Advent calendar time is here so I thought it was about time I added some more recipes on here. Just two today, and easy ones. With just my iPhone, my pictures do tend to get worse at this time of you, as the natural light just isn’t there to bring my pictures to life. Apologies! […]

Veggie and not-so-veggie

My pastry attempt would have got a big fat no on the Bake Off. I thought it was all going so well in the blind baking and it seemed like a good dough, but it all went wrong with a soggy bottom. Never mind, will just get practicing. The pastry was for a leek and […]

Another recipe catch up

We are getting there! The colder weather has given me the opportunity to do some of the winter warmers in the River Cottage Everyday book. I love nothing more than pottering around the kitchen for a few hours with recipes that take that little bit longer to cook. I started off with a slightly quicker […]

The Ship on the Shore, Leith

A couple of Sundays ago, my chap and I ticked another Edinburgh restaurant off our list of places to go. The Ship on the Shore is just where you expect it to be, pride of place along the waterfront in Leith. Whenever I’ve seen people sitting at the outside tables with a glass of wine […]

Autumn apples

If you look a little further than the supermarket shelves, you can find British apples pretty much all the way through from August to May. I wasn’t planning on dookin’ or making toffee apples this Halloween, instead choosing a couple of recipes from my River Cottage Everyday book to warm us up. The first was […]

Going old school with cauliflower cheese

Something that this recipe challenge has been great for is ideas for exciting side dishes. The boy always has some meat in the house but it’s usually up to me to do the accompaniments. When something substantial was in order, I went for a hearty cauliflower cheese and a pop of goodness from roasted squash. […]