eton mess

Eton Mess

Eton Mess is a traditional English dessert. Made from whipped cream, meringue and summer fruits, it is really easy to make.

rhubarb and apple crumble

Apple and Rhubarb Crumble

Apple and rhubarb crumble is both sweet and tart and very satisfying. There is nothing better than a homemade crumble served with lashings of hot custard to finish off Sunday dinner. Crumble History Replacing pastry, crumbles were first made during world war II because of rationing. Conversely, rhubarb was unpopular […]

traffic light jellies

Traffic Light Jellies

No kids party is complete without jelly and ice cream. These traffic light jellies from Netmums are great for kids of all ages, myself included.

tartare sauce

Tartare Sauce

Tartare sauce is the classic accompaniment for fish and shellfish.


Roasted Chestnuts

Roasted chestnuts are a long-standing festive tradition. So is burning your fingertips and blowing on them madly to cool them down enough to eat. Immortalised in ‘The Christmas Song’ by Nat King Cole, “Chestnuts roasting on an open fire …” they are part of Christmas tradition. Visiting Trafalgar Square in […]


Shakshuka with Spinach

When Tom Kerridge showcased his version of shakshuka on ITV’s This Morning, it reminded me of this easy and tasty one dish brunch, so make and enjoy! Shakshuka is a classic North African and Middle Eastern dish. Eaten for breakfast or any meal of the day, it’s made from simple, […]

potatoes dauphinoise

Potatoes Dauphinoise

Potatoes Dauphinoise or gratin dauphinois is a French dish of sliced potatoes baked in milk or cream, using the gratin technique. Origins It originates from the Dauphiné region in south-eastern France, situated between the Alps and the Rhone valley. Cheese? English speaking countries like the USA or here in the […]

tomato and onion salad

Portuguese Tomato Salad

Sometimes less is more, and this really simple Portuguese tomato salad is much better than the sum of its ingredients. This simple but delicious salad makes a great accompaniment for meat or fish. Make it in advance to let the flavours mingle and you will be delighted. It reminds me […]

apple sauce

Apple Sauce

An easy apple sauce needing just four ingredients which goes great with pork or duck. Bramley apples are best for cooking and are widely available.

home baked white loaf

Easy Home Baked Bread

There is nothing like the smell of fresh home-baked bread straight out of the oven. I have been (trying to) bake bread for most of my adult life and with our recent home confinement under Covid, I have found the time to experiment once more with bread recipes. I know […]