A peach schnapps

I made it two years ago when I was going through a serious cooking phase. I no longer have the recipe as it was from Diana Henry's Salt Sugar Smoke which I'd borrowed from the library. An excellent book devoted to preserving, pickling and bottling. I remember that a lot of peaches went into it.... Continue Reading →

Julie & Julia

I forgot how much I liked this film, having caught it when it was on fairly late last night. Based on the blog of a true story - a young American woman - Julie Powell, who lives in the outer burbs of New York City - preparing all of the recipes from the classic recipe... Continue Reading →

Home-made pizza

Dough has rye flour in it and came out nice and crispy (recipe had stated strong wholemeal flour - but I don't have any of that in so used rye). Topping was a puttanesca sauce (olives, garlic, capers, anchovies) - left-over from some savoury palmiers I made the other day for a joint party I... Continue Reading →

I call it ‘Jam and Jerusalem’

So I made a quince and star anise jelly, having picked up some quinces whilst 'in the sticks' last weekend. I wouldn't know where to buy such things in London (for a price, I'm sure they're available) - but out in the country they were fairly inexpensive. And here I must be honest. I had... Continue Reading →

A cake a day, keeps the blues away

This one is coconut and lemon cake, and very easy to make. Recipe from Azelia's Kitchen, here. It's really very easy as you throw in all the ingredients and whisk, transfer to cake tin and bake. Simple. I like the fact that she uses 'coconut powder' (rather than coconut milk, dessicated coconut or coconut flour)... Continue Reading →

Tea and Toblerone

Some say 'jam and Jerusalem'; I say 'tea and Toberlone'. I tend to keep chocolate in the fridge and - generally - have the willpower to only eat one or occasionally two pieces at a time. I have less control when it comes to alcohol. I opened a bottle of red last night and drank... Continue Reading →

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