Coconut celebration cake with cream cheese frosting

That’s what I’m calling it anyway or ‘Coconut cake’ as it appears in the recipe.  I made this cake to celebrate 100 likes on my Facebook page, wohoo!  We all lead busy lives and our time is precious so I would like to express thanks to those who spend some time catching up with my… Continue reading Coconut celebration cake with cream cheese frosting

My top 5 tips to reduce food waste

Catchy title huh?  The season of excessive consumption is now upon us (Merry Christmas! Ho! Ho! Ho!), so I thought it would be timely to share my top tips to reduce food waste at this time, every time, and at any time of the year.  Not only does reducing food waste have environmental and lots… Continue reading My top 5 tips to reduce food waste

Peanut butter cups and a ganache-trophe

I’ve been making a mess of something easy in the kitchen just for a change.  I had a go at peanut butter cups and inadvertently provided an opportunity to test my ability to act fast.  This was hard, it’s not something that comes naturally to me.  If there’s one thing I can always rely on… Continue reading Peanut butter cups and a ganache-trophe

Letters to my food heroes #1: Mum

I’m starting this new series, which in no way whatsoever complements my existing Favourite Ingredient series (check out halloumi and butternut squash as my number one and number two because that’s all I’ve done so far).  This new ‘Food Heroes’ series will feature letters from me to the people who inspired me and who were… Continue reading Letters to my food heroes #1: Mum

Ricotta and basil gnocchi with roasted tomatoes and a self-help fail

Well, I only went and got a self-help book didn’t I?  Yes, yes I did.  It’s for me by the way.  Not sure that was immediately obvious.  It’s called ‘Two minute mornings: a journal to win your day every day’.  I don’t feel like I’m losing my day exactly it’s just that I do need… Continue reading Ricotta and basil gnocchi with roasted tomatoes and a self-help fail

Non-scary mini blackberry and star anise almond tarts

I tend not to get on-board with themed cooking.  I’m just not that organised (or very good at it for that matter).  I planned to make Hallowe’en gingerbread cookies one year but my icing was truly horrific.  I may pick up a cookie cutter again in time for next Hallowe’en but I’m not making any… Continue reading Non-scary mini blackberry and star anise almond tarts

Favourite Ingredient #2: Butternut Squash

I tentatively observe my rotund adversary from a safe distance, chefs knife in hand, carefully calculating my next move.  There it is on the chopping board, all smug and awkwardly shaped, taunting me with its curves and corners.  I go forth swiftly, knife poised to make my move, for it must be sure, without hesitation. … Continue reading Favourite Ingredient #2: Butternut Squash