Spiced apple and mince pie strudel

apple strudel

What a year we have had!! This year seems to have been Mayhem from start to finish. Not all bad and certainly nothing has been boring but I struggle to hold on sometimes it’s been such a rollercoaster. Christmas is predominantly a time for family to get together, whether you have a faith or religion… Continue Reading


RECIPE FOR SALMON EN CROUTE AT CHRISTMAS Feeds about 8 people for a dinner party   1 large packet puff pastry 1 medium size salmon – ask your fishmonger to skin and fillet 1 tub Philadelphia cream cheese 1 packet of spinach, 1 handful of rocket leaves and a handful of watercress Bunch of spring… Continue Reading

Sticky Buns!

sticky buns

GETTING READY FOR CHRISTMAS INVOLVES LISTS. Sticky Buns. November is early for me to start, but as I’m now a full-time student doing a degree in contemporary design craft, I am…how shall I put it… skint! So I’m going to be making everything, and that requires planning In fact, I don’t intend to purchase a… Continue Reading

September jam

damson jam in the Autumn

September Jam There is something about foraging for free fruit that I love. This year’s harvest is damsons…but also black berries. The blackberries rarely make it to the maslin pan though…especially if foraging with Frankie, my middle grand-son, aged 3.   He loves to try the fruit at source:  ‘just tasting Nanna’. Jam making. I’ve got… Continue Reading


carrot cake

CARROT CAKE   To herald the beginning of my favourite season, I’m sharing with you the recipe for one of my favourite cakes. My mum used to make this for us occasionally – it would generally appear when she was being all earth-motherly and going through one of her bread-baking phases. My mother is a… Continue Reading