Recipe – Honeycomb / Cinder Toffee

Who doesn’t love honeycomb? Well, two of my three sons for a start as I discovered yesterday! All the more for me and the missus. Honeycomb is on the one hand so easy to do – 3 ingredients and water – and on the other hand relatively pressured and exciting for around 10 seconds. Lots…

Recipe – Halloween Swamp Monster Cupcakes

Here’s a new twist on a cupcake, especially for Halloween. Green sponge with a hint of coconut and blue frosting monster on top, they look great fun and kids (and grown ups) will love them! The decorations were bought at Wilko’s who have a great selection for Halloween. For 12, you will need: 175g self…

Recipe – Minestrone Soup

I do love a good soup, they can be warming, full of flavour and very healthy for you. My absolutely favourite soup is Minestrone, an Italian classic of simple, fresh ingredients, it cannot be beaten. It’s also fairly simple to do, just add more and more ingredients to a big pot, and in this recipe…

Recipe – Toad in the Hole

I am a little bit obsessed with Yorkshire puddings at the moment. Jack loves them – I’m sure he’d have them with every meal! I thought I’d sneak this in before the summer came as it’s a great, cheap family meal perfect for cold days. To feed 4-5, you will need: 10-12 sausages, Cumberland preferably…

Recipe – Simple Pear and Ginger Cake

Autumn is a wonderful time for bounteous British produce, including vine, bush and tree fruits. I love baking with ginger and the whole family are quick to devour any of the resulting biscuits or cakes. Pears are a great ingredient for baking with too. Each variety has its own little quirks but on the whole,…

Recipe – Corned Beef Hash

When I met my wife Sam, I was given a long list of the stuff she wouldn’t eat, one of which was corned beef. I’ve gradually been working my way through the lost converting her to a world of food loveliness she was missing! Next on my list was corned beef. I’ve always loved it,…

Recipe – Easy Meringue

We always have lots of blackberries this time of year from a bush that grows over our garden wall, but this year we’ve had more than we usually do so I’ve been thinking of ways to use them up. One of my favourite puds is Eton Mess and you can use blackberries for this, but…

Recipe – Ginger and Honeycomb Rocky Road (No Bake)

Rocky Road is a great invention, easy to make, versatile and super yummy! This version is my favourite combos of milk and dark chocolate, honeycomb and ginger nut biscuits, but you can change them for others things you might prefer. You will need: 100g quality milk chocolate 100g quality dark chocolate 130g unsalted butter 3…

Recipe – Triple Ginger Cake

Ginger cake conjures up thoughts of school dinners with lumpy custard or afternoons with my Nan. It’s a lovely cake (with nice custard!) and is quite flexible, you can have it hot or cold. Topped or plain. This recipe goes full beans on the cold version, with three forms of ginger and a wonderfully indulgent…

Recipe – Pizza Penne with Asparagus and Salami Crisps

Everyone in our house loves Italian food as many families do. It’s easy to throw together and as long as the ingredients are good quality you’ll get a great family meal that disappears quickly! This is a fab combo of ingredients which would end up on a pizza but actually makes a brilliant pasta dish….