Upcycled Placemats Tutorial

Tweet It’s been a while since I did anything useful and crafty – mostly it’s just been for pleasure, or as silly gifts. All lovely, but nothing especially noteworthy. But while dreaming of new placemats to adorn my table for Christmas dinner, and feeling sentimental about the thought of throwing away my rather tired-looking 13 […]

A Very Northern Family Christmas

Tweet I consider myself very lucky to live in a totally beautiful part of the country (and, indeed, of the world). Nothing beats the feeling of the fresh Cumbrian air, gently blowing across your face at the top of a Lake District fell (okay, so perhaps the bracing gale nearly whipping you off your feet […]

Plum, Blackberry and Hazelnut Loaf Cake

Tweet The second in my series of things to do with a plum glut is this fabulous Plum, Blackberry and Hazelnut Loaf Cake, which I have adapted from The Hairy Bikers’ Plum, Raspberry and Pistachio cake. To say it’s delicious is an understatement. “The Best Cake I’ve ever tasted!” – my dad (who doesn’t even like […]

Lemon Fridge Cake – A Blast From My Past Recipe

Tweet My mum used to make the most amazing dessert, Lemon Fridge Cake, from a recipe given to her by a friend. Almost mousse-like in texture, with a delicious citrus zing, and topped with whipped cream… what’s not to like? Well, sadly, it contains raw eggs, and so when the salmonella crisis erupted in the […]

Sourdough Loaf with Chilli Smoked Mackerel Niçoise with Soft Boiled Eggs

Tweet According to My Diary, today is Experimental Cooking Day, and as I am a good girl, I am doing as I am told. After some deliberation, I decided that today should be the day when I experiment with the sourdough starter that I have had on the go. I only started it on Saturday, […]

Easy Overnight Breadmaker Muffins

Tweet I love muffins. They are quite probably my favourite bread-based product – especially toasted on my folks’ wood burning stove. I have made them before (successfully, too!) but let’s be honest, making anything bread-based for breakfast is a bit of a faff, and I don’t like the idea of getting up at 4am so […]