Wild Garlic, Three Ways

Three simple recipes for making use of all the gorgeous wild garlic around at the moment… If you’re lucky enough to live near some woods and can get out for a walk, the wild garlic is glorious at the moment. The sweet, heady scent of it takes me right back to boarding school – it…

Easy Easter Brownies

I absolutely love these brownies. They’re foolproof to make, great for cooking with kids, but mostly they’re the perfect thing for using up leftover Easter eggs. We always have hundreds of rubbish quality chocolate eggs leftover after Easter, and there’s no way we can all get through them, even if I was happy for the…

Five Cookbooks Everyone Should Own

How do you cook? I am an instinctive cook, rather than a precise one. I’m all about opening the fridge, grabbing some leftovers, throwing it together and seeing how it turns out. This creative, slapdash approach makes me a dreadful baker, but an overall good cook. I love food, I love flavour, I love colour…

Green Goddess

I hosted a dinner party for eight girls from my hypnobirthing class on Saturday night. One of our gang is moving to Scotland, and we wanted to send her off properly, and it felt like the right time for us all to take stock and celebrate how much we have achieved and how far we…

Flippin’ Perfect…

Pancake Day…gorgeous recipes, ingenious ingredients, perfect frying pans, and more! There’s nothing like Pancake Day to jazz up the long slow end of winter before Spring arrives. Even the worst cooks can manage to throw a pancake mix together and drizzle it in a frying pan. The most traditional recipe is of course something like…

The Love Edit…

Valentine’s Gifts for busy parents… R has bought me a hand-blender for Valentine’s Day. I know this because I saw it when he tried to hide it in the car after we’d been to the supermarket. “But..but…I bought you the more expensive model…” he protested. It’s ok. I bought him a novelty mug, so I…

Great Granola

Simple to make granola, perfect for using up leftovers… I love learning to make something like granola, something that seems really complicated but is, in actual fact, really easy. There are all sorts of different recipes for granola, some healthier than others, but once you’ve mastered the basics, you can improvise a bit – adding…

Stir It Up

The Ultimate Christmas Pudding…. We missed Stir Up Sunday this year – not because we forgot but because, once I’d read through all the recipes and decided on the best, we realised that the fruit needed to soak for at least 24 hours before mixing with the flour, suet and sugar – so Stir Up…

Salad Days

I used to hate salad. I never ordered it in restaurants, because it was always a massive bowl of bland Little Gem and one sad, white piece of chicken, bulked out with stale croutons. No thank you! No so, anymore. As our awareness of healthy foods and the need for more fruit and vegetables in…

The Weekend Edit

Seven wonderful things from the week that was… Granddaddy and Munchkin, playing with a vintage (ie used to be mine) multi-storey carpark/garage…kids really will play with anything (1970s Fisher Price Garage, now worth £70(!), ebay.com) 2. Tete a Tetes in a pot, finally feeling like spring… (£4.50 for three, Market Garden, Cirencester) 3. Lunch outside, even more like…

The Weekend Edit

Seven wonderful things from the week that was… Out and about on our trike (SmarTrike, £59,99, Argos) 2. Sleeping beauty (Pyjamas, £5.99, Gap Kids; Amber anklet for teething pain, £35, The Amber Shop, Suffolk 3. Anthropologie loveliness (Cup, £12 , Anthropologie, sold out, similar here) 4. Springtime scented sols… 5. Making friends by the bay tree…

Spicy Eastern Eggs…

Shakshuka…or ‘spicy eggs with tomatoes’…. This has to be one of my favourite comfort dishes, and one of those things I always seem to have ingredients for, being as it’s mostly eggs, tomtoes, onions and spices. It’s easy to make, and even easier if you make extra sauce and keep it for next time. This…