Chocolate Cup Cakes with Vanilla Frosting & Sprinkles

Recently when my 5 year old nephew and 6 year old neice came to stay, I was woken at a most unsociable hour (well, unsociable for adults who don’t need to get up at 5am)!  I forgot that kids that age wake up as soon as the sun appears – my two are in their…

Ottolenghi Kosheri (Rice n Lentils)

Last night, whilst rooting around trying to find some barley (I was going to make chicken barley soup) I came across some dry green lentils and remembered this great recipe with rice & lentils that I saw in the Ottolenghi Cookbook we were given.  So, that was that, we were going to have rice &…

Easy Lemon Cupcakes

I don’t know about you, but I love lemon drizzle cake… it is delicious and moist and tangy… just perfect with a nice cuppa.. So, as a little surprise this week, I decided to make cupcake versions of this tasty sweet treat…. They are so easy to make, and in fact, you can use this recipe…

Favourite Weekend Brunch Combo

Weekends are for ‘treats’ and we nearly always have a special brunch on at least one of the days.  Our brunch more often than not includes delicious fresh free range eggs from our lovely hens and if we are in the right season, we’ll pick rocket and tomatoes straight from the garden!  This has to be…

My Newest (ad)Venture

This has been quite an exciting week so far.  Having finished my most recent job just before Christmas, I’ve been wondering what I should do next.  With so many opportunities to start your own internet business, and having thought about this for several weeks (if not months and it could possibly be a year or…

Thrice Cooked Chinese Style Pork Belly

  I accidently bought the wrong cut of pork yesterday for our dinner.  I was going to make a lovely pork stroganoff, but realised that you should probably use lean pork fillet rather than pork belly, which tbh tastes lovely when crispy fried.  So, a quick change of plan, and I made us all chinese…

Best EVER Savoury Shortcrust Pastry

We had heaps of pheasant leftovers on Sunday, so I decided to make a pie.  Not just any old pie… one that has deliciously rich red wine gravy which goes so well with this buttery melt in the mouth shortcrust pastry. I have to admit that my pastry making hasn’t been the best in the…