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

Saying so long to summer with cake and other things

This is what I’ve been eating. I’ve been drawn to reds and greens lately for some reason. ‘Red and green should never be seen, except upon an Irish Queen’ and so the saying goes and as helpfully offered to me when I asked ‘how do I look?’. I also got ‘Andrea, are you trying to… Continue reading Saying so long to summer with cake and other things

Favourites #1: Halloumi

I’m writing about food so why not indulge myself?  I’m starting my favourite ingredients, in no particular order, with halloumi.  I can’t remember the first time I cooked with and ate halloumi but I do remember thinking it didn’t behave like you would expect cheese to behave: ‘It’s not melting, why isn’t it melting? Is… Continue reading Favourites #1: Halloumi

Tomato, pea and cheese mini tarts

The conservatory is a jungle. The Husband has gone overboard with tomatoes. When I manage to get out the back door I feel like I should do a victory lap round the garden accompanied with a triumphant air punch. He’s been eating them straight off the plant but neither man nor woman can live on… Continue reading Tomato, pea and cheese mini tarts

Strawberry marshmallow cheesecake

July the 30th was National Cheesecake Day in the US.  Wow.  That was three weeks ago.  Am I really that far behind? The answer to that question is a resounding ‘yes’.  Yes, I am that far behind and more than likely I always will be.  I actually made the cheesecake a week later than I… Continue reading Strawberry marshmallow cheesecake