Recipe – Ginger and Orange Muffins

Ginger cake is one of most popular cakes in our house. This is a recipe for a version in muffin format with orange. They will disappear quickly! For 12-16 muffins, you will need: 110g butter 180g light muscovado sugar 300g plain flour 100g self-raising flour 3 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda 300g caster sugar 4 teaspoons…

Recipe – Spaghetti Bolognese

I was surprised to find I hadn’t put this on the blog as it’s such a staple in our house, and probably a lot of houses! We recently had this double the size for our whole family (eight) so it can be good for big or small meals. To feed 4, you will need: 500g…

Recipe – Homemade Garlic Bread

I admit, this is such a staple shop-bought food, you may never think of making it yourself. But shop-bought never has enough garlic flavour and aroma for me, so here’s my recipe to serve around 6 people (as an accompaniment to a main meal). You will need: A French stick / baguette (full size) 100g…

Recipe – Sylvia’s Italian Pork Steaks

It was my Nan and Dad that got me into cooking, that’s not to say my Mum wasn’t a great cook, but her kitchen prowess came in phases! She created this very simple dish for a friends children, using chicken. It was very popular and whenever she cooked for them they’d always ask for “Sylvia’s…

Recipe – London Cheesecake

A cake, with no cheese and probably nothing to do with London. It’s that square thing with the shredded coconut top, lots of bakers in the South East have them and I’ve seen them further afield. They are one of my favourites so I had a go at them myself and can vouch for how…

Review – Limeyard California Kitchen

Limeyard is a small but growing chain of restaurants with an outlet near us in Staines. We’ve been a few times and always enjoyed it there as it’s a great combination of traditional American-inspired favourites with some twists, at a fairly reasonable price. On our last visit, we went for Sunday brunch for Mother’s Day….

Recipe – Sausage and Baked Bean Pie

Everyone in our family likes pies and sausages so I thought, why not put them together? In a proper, family favourite recipe that includes baked beans? My eldest wasn’t sure about it when I was putting it together but his plate was empty at the end. And he had seconds! To feed 4-6, you will…

Recipe – Hot Cross Buns

A highlight of my Easter, I love hot cross buns. I like mine toasted and smothered in butter and jam. Just thinking about them makes me drool! Here’s my recipe, which takes a few hours with all he proving but is worth it for the soft, hot loveliness from the oven… For 10-12 buns, you…

How To – Roast Beef

Nothing quite a British as Roast Beef and Yorkshire Puddings for Sunday lunch, is there? Even the French call us ‘Les Rosbifs’ and I’m not sure whether it’s a bad thing or good! Anyhow, good roast beef is a fantastic meal centre for a family lunch and it’s not that hard to do a slower-cooked…

Recipe – Gluten Free Ginger Biscuits

I don’t do a lot of gluten free baking but there are some recipes I experiment with to find a gluten free version. Check out my Gluten Free Italian Chocolate Cake! This is a simple ginger biscuit recipe which works out really well. For 12-16 biscuits, you will need: 80g margarine 60g golden caster sugar…

Recipe – Earl Grey Tea Loaf

This is a proper English cake, full of currants and tea flavours. It’s gooey and stays fresh for ages, perfect with a spread of butter! This is another Mary Berry recipe we follow with a small adjustment. You’ll need to start it the night before. You will need: 175g currants 175g sultanas 300ml of Earl…