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

Date, bacon, blue cheese and crispy olives: Californian memories and a promise broken

On New Year’s Day this year I cooked a special three course meal for The Husband and I.  Special because first of all, it was just the two of us and we were (and still are) both a long way from our loved ones and second because it was the first day of a new… Continue reading Date, bacon, blue cheese and crispy olives: Californian memories and a promise broken