Berry and Banana Smoothie

    With planned trips to America in the autumn and skiing in France over the New Year, the long summer holiday will largely dedicated to training for a half marathon in October. It will be my 2nd half and my training for the last one was lackadaisical to say the least! And so, this […]

Hallowe’en Witches’ Hats

Despite the recent stormy weather, today has been glorious and has put me into the spirit of all things autumnal. So, with Halloween just two days away, my 4 year old god-daughter and I visited a pumpkin patch this morning and spent the afternoon making Halloween Witches’ Hats ready for Thursday’s delights and horrors. As […]

Squidgy Chocolate and Hazelnut Meringues

It has been a while since my last post, 3 months in fact, and today I am able to finally post this delicious chocolate and hazelnut meringue recipe. It’s the recipe I mentioned way back here in the early days of spring when we all wondered when winter would end and the great British summer would begin […]

Just Ducks! by Nicola Davies

Quack – Quuuack, Quack – Quaack – Quack. And so begins Just Ducks! with this beautifully onomatopoeic opening. Just Ducks! written by Nicola Davies and illustrated by Salvatore Rubbino is a non-fiction book about a young girl and her encounters with mallard ducks. As her day progresses she, and we, learn all about the mallard […]

Goat’s Cheese Tart

With the sun shining today and the feeling that spring might (finally) be here, I’ve decided the time has come to shun winter’s comfort food and turn to lighter fare. With this in mind, I made this delicious and light Goat’s Cheese Tart recipe. It’s elegant enough for dinner with friends, makes the perfect addition […]

Shortcrust Pastry

My nan likes to tell stories. Stories about being sent to Wales during the war. About my grandad who, at Christmas, was invited into every house on his milk rounds to have a festive tipple and would eventually stagger home 5 hours later than usual. About swimming in the sea in the summer in her […]