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 […]

World Cup

Tweet As Mr’s birthday fell on the first day of the World Cup, there was only one real choice for his cake this year. I carved this cake from sponge, then decorated it using fondant icing, which I sprayed with metallic food colouring spray to give it a bit of sheen.

Harvest Scarecrow Cake

Tweet This harvest scarecrow cake was made as an offering for the local church’s harvest festival supper. My sons’ school hold a supper, in conjunction with the church, followed by an auction, and the funds raised go towards supporting a child in Uganda. It was a simple, but deliciously moist,  vanilla madeira cake recipe, with strawberry […]

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 […]

Iced Rice Pudding Brulee with Smashed Blackberries

Tweet Last weekend I decided to make a little effort in the usual Friday night tea, and go for a little three course for me and Mr. I’ve seen some interesting dishes lately, usually via Great British Chefs and whilst I tend not to follow them, they do prove useful for inspiration. With this in mind, […]

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 […]

Burns Night Cranachan With A Twist

Tweet Today is Burns Night, the anniversary of Robert Burns’ birthday, and the day which is chosen to celebrate the life of the esteemed Scottish poet by the playing of pipes, addressing of haggis, eating neeps and tatties, and generally having a jolly good social time. Personally I am not one for haggis, but after […]

Chocolate Orange Pudding – Oh So Yummy Recipe!

Tweet As part of our Sunday family dinner, tonight was my turn in the kitchen (I know, on Mother’s Day! Good job I love cooking) so I decided to rustle up a so-tasty-you-wouldn’t-believe-how-healthy-it-was chicken cacciatore. And since it was so healthy, I followed it up with a delicious (but not quite so healthy) chocolate orange […]