Christmas Candy House

Flat pack gingerbread from IKEA, last packet of royal icing & Skittles from Sainsburys. Dinosaur attack from who knows?

Patty Pan Party

We are now entering the time of the year when the allotment is being really productive. For a few years now, we have had a summer squash plant. The resulting vegetable is eaten willingly by M who won’t stomach courgette – even if they are very similar. Now that the summer squash, but I prefer…

Jungleberry Jam

In the midst of various berries and currants needing picking, I save time by making a mixed fruit jam.  Some people call it tutti frutti, some mixed berry.  I found the name “Jumbleberry” appealed to me and so I always made Jumbleberry jam when I had a small amount of red gooseberries from our solitary…

Early to rise

Unusually active this morning – up, made up new muffin recipe, baked it, yoga done, coffee brewed & breakfasted.


Jam tomorrow, a photo by Redlanne on Flickr. Treating myself to a day off and a leisurely brekkie.

On the table, in the lunch box this week

Butternut Squash and Ricotta CannelloniButterbean puree with dukkah (Yotam Ottolenghi in the Guardian)Not really pork normandyPasta with kale, mushrooms and chilliPrawn and pepper curryPurple sprouting broccoli and leek soupHot cross muffins

Cake SOS and a bit of ribbon

I am not one of life’s natural cake decorators. Personally I think cake is at is best au naturel but thought I would have a go at creating something celebratory (its a work thingy) with a bit of fondant. The cake inside tasted fab (thanks to the pointers from my sister K). But that ribbon…

Valentine Breakfast

This was more of a Sunday breakfast exercise.  Too much to do first thing on a workday.  Rustled these up for my beloved in anticipation of Valentines night steak and chocolate pudding.  Anyway, will be grateful to be where I am today rather than where I was a year ago.

Some needed sunshine

This week I needed a bit of sunshine in my life. So I bought myself some flowers: and made (& shared) a large chocolate cake:

"Bun" of the season

The perfect baked goods for those who don’t want to spend lots of time actually doing any baking are muffins. Which got me wondering about if there is such a thing as Hot Cross muffins. I twittered these very thoughts and when I checked back after my baking exercise I found some kind Australian lady…

Matchy matchy

Last Sunday, I wandered down to the pottery cafe just around the corner from me. I spent a nice peaceful hour sponge stencilling some plates. The design was taken from some Bridgewater spongeware mugs which I recently inherited. As the mugs also had matching bowls and a jug I thought a couple of almost coordinating…