Edible Gifts and Festive Highlights

Pomegranate Vodka

Time, as always this close to Christmas, is slipping away so quickly. As I type, my sister and her family are flying over the big pond from America. In just a few hours I’ll be causing an emotional scene at the airport, being that my sister is coming home for Christmas for the first time… 

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Supermarket Challenge: The ‘Most Marvellous’ Chocolate Cake Bake Off on BBC Radio Northampton

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For a little while, Vanessa Kimbell had been pondering a few very good questions.  For example, do more expensive ingredients make a better tasting cake? What is the difference in price between the supermarkets when it comes to the cost of baking a cake overall? If you buy your ingredients at a ‘budget’ supermarket versus a ‘higher-end’… 

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In Season: Lemonade Scones and Homemade Amalfi Lemon Curd

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This week, we made our very first pots of homemade lemon curd, using some beautifully aromatic Amalfi lemons. I looked around for a few recipes, but decided to have a go at my friend Karen’s recipe, because I remembered bookmarking it at the time. Karen’s recipe is in fact from her mum, so it was… 

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Recipe Testing for Jaden Hair – Steamy Kitchen Cookbook 2

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The great thing about blogging is the opportunity to get to know amazing, inspiring people from all over the world and sometimes actually getting to meet them in person! Yes, it is a bit strange when cyber world meets reality and you are faced with actual people to talk to, but it’s also great to open up your usual boundaries and strike friendships… 

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Provençal Lavender Biscuit and Lemon Cheesecake

I was recently sent a parcel containing some wonderful French ingredients from an area of France called Vaucluse en Provence. The ingredients included a packet of dried lavender flowers, the most INCREDIBLE bright purple lavender biscuits, thyme, sweet bay leaves, a tub of herby Provence tomato paste and a tub of anchovy paste by Les Délices Du… 

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Sausage, Fennel Seed and Tomato Crostini

I want to win a week in a Tuscany Villa! I was recently challenged to create a Tuscan-inspired recipe, which included three key Tuscan ingredients – olive oil, tomatoes and Parmesan cheese. Tuscany, Tuscany, Tuscany… I last visited Tuscany around nine years ago, during a visit to my sister, who lives in a small village in the North of Italy…. 

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Interview: Vanessa Kimbell tells us how to be ‘Prepped!’

There can be no doubt that Vanessa Kimbell is an inspirational woman. Over a year ago, Vanessa gave up her successful career to pursue her dream of writing a cookery book – called Prepped! She came up with a new and exciting concept and landed a publishing deal with Spring Hill who jumped at the chance of giving this… 

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Road-Testing the ‘My Daddy Cooks’ Recipe Book

Hot off the press, the latest cookbook to hit my shelf is Nick Coffer’s ‘My Daddy Cooks’. Things are very exciting in the world of cookery books at the moment as more and more non-TV/non-celebrity cooks and food writers are making themselves heard. This is partly due to the growing popularity and phenomenon of Internet blogging, which is literally thrusting ’up… 

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Make Ahead Pancake Mix (Prepped!)

Hello there! I couldn’t let Pancake Day/Shrove Tuesday go by tomorrow without mentioning and linking back to an amazing recipe for a really easy Pancake Mix I tested for Vanessa Kimbell’s forthcoming booked Prepped!  The idea is that you make up a large quantity of dry mix (but not just any old dry pancake mix, this… 

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Chocolate, Beetroot, Vanilla & Black Pepper Cupcakes (Prepped!)

A little while ago I posted about my adventures in recipe testing, which involved making and tasting some amazing pancakes for a wonderful foodie, Vanessa Kimbell, who is currently writing her first cookery book, Prepped! (Check out my new pink badge to the right, too!) It was a great privilege for me, as a newbie food blogger, to… 

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