Cooking · Country life · Food & Drink · Foraging · Recipe

Damson ketchup is a winner…

Deep down I secretly enjoy the slow turn of seasons as summer melds into autumn. Yes, I miss wearing a bikini in the garden, slopping around in flip flops, sipping rosé in the sun, sitting outside late into the night, flinging on a pair of towering sandals, lighting barbecues, wrapping myself in floaty dresses and helping… Continue reading Damson ketchup is a winner…

Food & Drink · Kitchen garden

Why I’ll be giving lovage a home in my garden…

When a friend visited recently she came bearing a bunch of green leaves – in all honesty, I had no idea what they were. It turned out to be lovage. She’d grown the ornamental herb in her garden and it had sprouted furiously. The leaves were big, lush and vibrant and the scantest of touches… Continue reading Why I’ll be giving lovage a home in my garden…

Cooking · Food & Drink · Foraging · Kitchen garden

My culinary life has changed forever…

Occasionally things happen in life that are so memorable they stay with you forever. It might not be anything big or fancy, it may just be a fleeting experience that moves you in some shape or form. …a dance with a stranger in a backstreet bar, a random act of kindness in the supermarket, a… Continue reading My culinary life has changed forever…

Baking · Cooking · Food & Drink

My adventures into the world of sourdough…

A few months ago I met a wonderful woman who, in an instant, I felt I’d known a lifetime. There were many memorable things about her but most notably it was the fact that she was carrying her sourdough starter with her in her handbag (…it’s a long story). She immediately inspired me to start… Continue reading My adventures into the world of sourdough…

Baking · Cooking · Food & Drink · Great British Bake Off

Would my souffles rise to the occasion…

The day I thought would never arrive was here – it was the grand finale of The Great British Bake Off. For the past ten weeks I have baked (and occasionally cooked) my way through nine technical challenges – I’ll not lie it has felt like a lifetime. At times it has been emotional, at… Continue reading Would my souffles rise to the occasion…

Baking · Cooking · Food & Drink · Great British Bake Off

It took five hours to make and five minutes to demolish, but was it worth it?

It was the semi final – things were getting serious. Surely this week’s technical challenge would be a stinker. And, true to form, Prue threw in a smoking grenade – a gâteau Saint Honoré. Her words of wisdom? “This is very difficult to make look good, good luck.” WHAT?! Naturally, Saint Honoré is the French… Continue reading It took five hours to make and five minutes to demolish, but was it worth it?