Recipe – Easy Fruit Loaf Cake

As a big tea drinker, I do love a butter slice of good fruit cake as a morning snack. I’ve always bought my fruit cakes so worked up a recipe to use the raisins I had in the cupboard. This is such a simple, quick recipe you’ll be tempted to make it weekly! You can…

Recipe – Chocolate Hobnobs

Yes, the biscuit of champions. Oaty with crunchy edges, smothered in chocolate, what’s not to like? For 12 you will need: 100g unsalted butter plus 30g for the chocolate topping 100g golden caster sugar 1 dessert spoon golden syrup 100g porridge oats 100g self-raising flour ½ teaspoon baking powder Pinch salt 200g good quality milk…

Recipe – Gluten Free Soda Bread

My friend Dean follows a gluten free diet and likes to experiment in the kitchen. I bought him a couple of cook books and I’ve been following his results, they all look fab! He asked me for a soda bread recipe so I changed one I had to use Gluten Free flour and this is…

Recipe – Italian Arancini with Arrabbiata Sauce

Balls! Italian balls at that. Arancini, if you’ve never had them, are deep fried rice balls. They taste far better than they sound in English. They are a real faff to make yourself but are quite an adventure, and really are worth it in the end as fresh Arancini are one of my favourite Italian…

Recipe – Classic Cream Tea Scones

A classic indeed, and quite simple to do. The really difficult part is not eating all of them as soon as they come out of the oven. These are light, crumbly and perfect with clotted cream and jam. To make 10, you will need: 75g unsalted butter, softened 250g self-raising flour 2 tablespoons baking powder…

Recipe – Bread and Butter Pudding – with Gluten Free option

I’ve been experimenting with recipes my Nan used to do, hot puddings with every single evening meal (not just on Sundays!) I’ve done the treacle sponge and had a go at another of her favourites, bread and butter pudding. If you like custard, it is a forgotten gem of a meal finale! This also works…

Recipe – Creamy Chicken, Bacon & Leek Bake

Chicken and bacon are a fantastic combo, one of my favourites (bacon is the answer to everything, of course). This is a great and simple meal centre for the whole family, even my 6 year old loves it (although he asks about having a yorkshire pudding with it!) For 4-6 you will need: 600g chicken…

Recipe – Lamb and Potato Pie

I recently did a live video on Facebook asking my followers what recipes they’d like to see, especially as we’re currently all staying home. Aside from some sweet treats and healthier dinners which kids can help with, a big theme that came out was pies and lamb pies at that! So using my shortcrust pastry…

How To – Shortcrust Pastry

I have never pretended to make my own pastry, it’s always been shop bought. But I was making a pie and couldn’t find any pastry anywhere so thought I’d give shortcrust a go. What a revelation! So easy and much better after baking than ready made. These amounts make enough for two large sheets, suitable…

How To – Slow Roast Lamb

It’s that time of year again! Spring lamb is a wonderful roast, superb flavour, the right level of fat and a real seasonal treat perfect for Mother’s Day or Easter. Lots of people worry about having a gristly and chewy roast but I covered a standard recipe to sort this out here. However if you…