chocolate mousse with baileys

FRIENDSHIP AND CHOCOLATE MOUSSE – A Return to childhood   I was raised in the Cotswolds in the 1950’s – a very different place from the wannabe place to be that it is now.  My childhood was a little bit like Laurie Lee’s ‘Cider with Rosie’ – we were allowed to roam with great freedom,… Continue Reading


Jam Jar, Homemade, screw top

SUMMERS END and a recipe for apple jelly It always takes me by surprise, summers end.  One day, glancing at the sun, you notice it has become softer, lower, and less intense.  The garden takes on a slightly tired look, the hum of bees diminishes, and the constant grass cutting becomes a distant memory.  It… Continue Reading

Betty reflects on the passage of time

Chilli Salmon with Courgette Pilaf

Betty reflects on the passage of time I seem to be doing everything at break neck speed at the moment.  Why has life turned into every day in the fast lane? I blame everything on the internet. There is a tendency to have to reply to emails almost immediately. As a result, it plays on… Continue Reading

High Pressure Photography and Simple No Fuss Crumble !

Fruit Crumble - Emile Henry Pie Dish

Fruit Crumble – Emile Henry Pie Dish   Have you ever been involved in food photography? It’s an eye opener I can tell you. When I first started writing a column for Welsh Border Life and Live24Seven I would bake something yummy, take a snap of it with my camera phone and send it off. I… Continue Reading

Cheats’ Christmas Beef Wellington Style

Cheats Beef Wellington

Cheats Beef Wellington Betty has some seasonal tips for cooks who want to relax and enjoy the festivities… Do you ever tire of the complete madness there is around cake baking and cooking from scratch? Does it make you feel inadequate and do you find yourself wishing to rebel? Stay with me and I will… Continue Reading

Recipes vs Rebellion


So Easter is over… Even the children are chocolated out. I presented them with another batch of brownies (new recipe…extremely delicious) and they almost groaned! My son asked could I teach him to make a lasagne. “Of course I can teach you to make Lasagne darling!” say I delightedly, and start rummaging through the fridge… Continue Reading