Magic Custard Cake

Happy Easter! I am by no means religious, but Easter is one of my favourite times of the year.  Whatever form your spring festival takes, there is growth and new life happening all around.  And what better symbol of all this fertility than the egg.  The garden is in a state of disarray, jobs just started…

Figgy Flapjack

This recipe evolved out of a need to have a nut free snack bar for my daughters’ lunch boxes.  Both schools they attend have a nut free policy to protect those children with allergies, which for us can be quite limiting.  Being vegetarian and dairy free we often rely on nut products for protein, good…

Sticky Marmalade Bundt (With Ethical Butter!)

I wanted to put some of last year’s marmalade to good use before making another batch this January.  So I did a bit of internet research for a good recipe which I could fiddle with and fine tune to my liking.  This is what I came up with…. but not before having an ethical crisis…

Veggie Cobbler

A cobbler is an old fashioned English dish, containing some sort of stewed fruits or vegetables topped with sweet or savoury scones. This is a savoury version with herbed scones and a medley of seasonal veg and beans; and it has recently become a fortnightly staple in our house.  It is brilliantly versatile, quick to…

Beautiful Banana Bread

I discovered four of these lurking in my fruit bowl today.  I used one in a quick banana and oat-milkshake for the children and then there were three.  These three to be precise.  So I thought it was about time for banana bread!  It’s often time for banana bread in our house, not only because…

Beetroot Tart Tatin

Why is it that the large purple winter veg is always the stuff in the veg box that stumps me?  Usually I roast beetroot in wedges along with potatoes and squash and serve with fried eggs or something yummy in pastry.  On occasion I’ve cooked and preserved beetroot in a sweet vinegar jelly, lovely with…

Parsnip Chickpea Pasties

Parsnips are a staple of a British winter vegbox.  Beautiful roasted and caramelised in coconut oil and a little maple syrup with some warm indian spices, they make silky creamy soup, and can even bulk out a root veg stew… but what else?  I decide to go an the search for another parsnip dish, something…

Smashing Pumpkins

Since deciding to blog about my adventures with food, I’ve joined a whole host of food and recipe groups, mainly veggie, vegan and wholefoody, on Facebook.  Over the recent months, not a day goes by without another ‘pumpkin spice’ recipe popping up on my newsfeed.  Pumpkin spice tart, pumpkin spice loaf, pumpkin spice latte, pumpkin…

The Staff Of Life.

My whistle stop tour of the basics brings me to bread.  Bread moves in and out of vogue each season, one day we’re being told its the staple of a healthy Mediterranean diet, the next we’re told it’s a wheat, gluten and yeast laden evil which will make us bloated/lethargic/fat/depressed.  Bread might well be suffering…