Banana cake

Creating, mixing and baking a much loved family recipe of banana cake with my 3 year old is just perfect. I made 2 from this batch (ate 1 and froze the other). She makes a mess but I want her to be involved in the process of making and cooking food… in this case cake!…

The true comfort of memories

I could eat Hungarian Palacsinta on a daily basis. I’m sure it isn’t fundamentally nutritious but my word, once you’ve gone to the world of European savoury stuffed thin pancake, you never look back. I remember my late grandmother cooking them in her dark mission brown wooden boiling hot kitchen by the seaside when we…

My kitchen garden…

With my very own allotment down the road underway, my desire for fresh ingredients and home cooking generates more passionate speed then I know what to do with.  So in the mean time, my pots of mint and coriander will suffice…

Mince – the versatile meal

What can one say about mince – is there nothing it can do? • Spaghetti • Lasagne • Burgers • Tacos • Chilli con Carne • Meatballs Ok, so largely an American/Italian/Mexican influence, but once cooked any remaining leftovers can be frozen and put away, with a simple key added ingredients, its versatility comes into…

Keep calm and well, just keep!

I love a leftover of almost anything – food scraps, a sad carrot, a mystified packet of tortilla wraps, jar contents, etc. Almost nothing (and I mean nothing) is wasted in our house. By the end of the week, the fridge is bare and ready for another week of culinary discovery. I have continued to…

The month long thrift shop

Our small-ish freezer is packed to the brim now. And for good reason. We have finally committed to the sensible month-long shop as we are on one income and are saving wherever we can. I am actually looking forward to the myriad of dishes I’ll hopefully cook-up in October (and some less favourable choices but…

The delectable cupcake morsel

Oh, such is the divine blessing of the humble cupcake, I would actually eat them every day if I could. With the once common tiered wedding cakes now evolving into prefered individual wedding cupcake servings(and I think the evolution of wedding cakes in themselves is amazing), cupcakes offer a variety that should entail a much…

What a day for pie

I do just adore comfort food and sometimes this can only be found in the simple pleasure of a freshly baked savoury pie. I have created a new board on my Pinterest called ‘Vintage Savoury Pie’ which I hope will provide you all with some inspiration for your own creature comfort pie-making and remind you…

Comfort eating part 2

It cannot be denied that comfort eating is a pleasure always. And after a rather heavy Italian inspired cook-fest this week, we didn’t fall short of comfort. this affect – I make no apologies for pasta eating en mass. Spaghetti Bolognaise is one such comfort. A meal that can be cooked with a blindfold on,…