Review: Maple Pecan Cupcake Recipe from Baking Mad

I learnt something about myself the other day: I am not a domestic goddess. Let me explain. I was sent some baking goodies from Baking Mad and I had chosen to attempt their recipe for Maple Pecan cupcakes. I planned to give them to my Mum for an early Mother's Day treat. I went for a walk to the pub last week and was offered a goose egg to take home; excellent for my cupcakes. All was going well and I was ready for baking. In my head I'm swishing Read more

Maple Salted Popcorn

Nothing gets stuck in your teeth like popcorn. Every time I eat it I am optimistic about the forthcoming pearly white issues thinking, "No, it won't be like last time. I'll be extra cautious", but yet I'm forever picking bits out of my teeth in the popcorn aftermath. This is never a good look. Why do we do it to ourselves? I know I'm not the only one. I can think of one very good reason: because it's damn delicious, there's nothing else like it and Read more

Feed 4 for £6: Purple Sprouting Broccoli, Bacon and Cheese Pasta Bake

It's a bit weird here at the moment. The days are warm but the nights are surprisingly cold; light lunches but also still comfort food dinner season. The purple sprouting broccoli season is upon us and as much as I like it cooked simply, maybe with a butter sauce, I am craving carbohydrates and big warming meals at the moment. My bacon, purple sprouting and cheese pasta bake is ideal. You will need: 300g dried pasta (fusilli, Read more

A spring Saturday picnic

I hope that I am safe to say spring has finally sprung. Knowing my luck next week will be full of hail storms and icy conditions but if that is the case then at least I enjoyed the sun while it lasted. If you've been reading this blog for a while you'll know I am a big fan of dining al fresco and there's not a season that I haven't attempted to make the most of cooking or eating outdoors. Picnics, barbeques and even making gravy outside when there's Read more

Feed 4 for £6: Leek, Cheese and Potato Pie

I like pastry. I also like cheese and I would happily barge anyone out of the way to get my hands on a cheese, onion and potato pasty. The perfect combination of cheese, potato, onion and pastry can be hard to find and I like chunks of potato and onion not a mush; so I thought I'd best go about making my own version so I can make it just right. It's also British Pie Week next week so the timing of my pie baking is ideal.  You will need: 1 Read more

Spelt and Dark Chocolate Pancakes with Yoghurt and Honey

It’s all just a bit depressing at the moment isn't it? Each time I glance out of the window there is never even a peep of blue sky and hardly any bright daffodils to remind me it is in fact Spring. But no matter. When times get like this there is only one way to improve the situation; to fill your belly with buttery things. Perhaps not the healthiest advice to give, a more svelte person might suggest a nice jog in the park but it wouldn't quite Read more

Coconut Yoghurt Panna Cotta with Passion Fruit

I find I get a craving for tropical flavours this time of year; pineapple, mango, dragon fruit and such but it's a bit of a bore to just eat it raw. When the lovely people at Rachel's Organic asked if I would like to try some of their yoghurt I had to try the coconut one. I have been enjoying it with banana for breakfast but I wanted to make something creative with it. I do like yoghurt on its own but I think it gives a great flavour to icings, ice Read more

Double Sausage, Cheese and Egg Muffin

What's your guilty pleasure? I have to confess I very much enjoy a particular sausage, cheese and egg muffin from a well known fast food restaurant. I know, shameful. However I am admitting it now as part of trying to cleanse my system. I liked the idea behind the aforementioned muffin; a sausage and egg sandwich really. In order to still enjoy this behemoth breakfast (without the guilt) I needed to try and make my own version. Not only was I Read more

Kohlrabi and Carrot Salad with Broccoli Stir Fry

I get a seasonal vegetable box delivered. I like it because it forces me to try new vegetables and recipes to make the most out of what I have. I shouldn't admit it but I'm going to: there are some vegetables I could live without. It's terrible I know but I could happily frolic through life without missing celery or leeks. There are also some vegetables that I adore for a short time but when they turn up in my fridge over and over again I'm tempted Read more

Feed 4 for £6: Purple Sprouting Broccoli, Garlic Infused Olive Oil and Parmesan Pasta

Purple sprouting broccoli has to be one of my favourite vegetables. Its arrival on my plate with the warmer weather tells me that in a few weeks time I will be enjoying asparagus. It's delicate appearance and slightly sweet taste is brilliant with so many foods. I like mine nice and simple; with copious amounts of garlic infused oil and coronary shattering piles of Parmesan.  You will need: 300g purple sprouting broccoli  £2.00 Read more