Letters to my Food Heroes #2: Nigel Slater

Dear Nigel, I hope this letter finds you well.  And I hope you don’t mind me writing but I do have a great deal to thank you for.  My name is Andrea and I write a food/cooking blog called Cooking Calamity Free (shameless plug, I know).  I’ve only been going a few months but I’m… Continue reading Letters to my Food Heroes #2: Nigel Slater

**Recipe** Sausage and squash bake with a crispy nutty topping

It’s a touch on the cold side at the moment; I feel like I want to hibernate and really needed something fatty fat fat.  I know it’s probably deeply untrendy at the moment but I’ve never been one to keep up with trends.  I need the fat.  It’s going to help me get through the… Continue reading **Recipe** Sausage and squash bake with a crispy nutty topping

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

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

Chocolate cupcakes, denial and my ’emergency’ chocolate

There’s been a significant amount of chocolate floating around lately. Some days are chocolate days, plain and simple. There’s no point fighting it. It’s better for everyone if the call of chocolate is answered. I’ve been meeting my chocolate needs in many ways, not least by baking these very indulgent hot chocolate cupcakes. You can… Continue reading Chocolate cupcakes, denial and my ’emergency’ chocolate

Daube of Orkney Buffalo in red wine

I’ve had to make my own cups of tea this week.  The Husband has been away which means all my one sided conversations have been with the dog and I’ve been drinking much less tea.  I’ve been super busy with other essential tasks like undertaking a daily bug sweep of the kale and watching Great… Continue reading Daube of Orkney Buffalo in red wine

Orkney buffalo sausages with stout and onion gravy

We’ve had some stunning weather in Orkney recently and yet I have an overwhelming urge to put my cosy clothes on, hunker down under the warm wool blanket and get settled with a hot chocolate and marshmallows (and then extra marshmallows). Don’t get me wrong – I’m absolutely loving the summer weather. Feeling the warmth… Continue reading Orkney buffalo sausages with stout and onion gravy