Monthly Archives: April 2014

OATY BANANA & FIG FINGERS

I like to carry snacks with me when I’m out and about.  I often don’t sleep very well, and it gets in the way of day to day life, making me hungry often, fogging my mind and stupefying me a little bit.  Whether you’re familiar with that particular problem or not, we all need an energy boost […]

BRAMLEY APPLE, RHUBARB & MARZIPAN CAKE

A little lumpy bumpy, a little on the rustic side, this is a cake with a double identity – if you pop it in to bake just before you sit down to supper, then it’ll be ready for you to eat your first slice warm, all steaming and puddingy, with custard or cream.  But by the next day […]

CLOTTED CREAM ICE CREAM WITH COFFEE, CINNAMON & RUM

Our flat is pretty badly proportioned.  It’s mostly beautiful and spacious, and I always feel a little bit guilty, a little bit spoilt, saying anything otherwise, especially when you can’t walk around this city and fail to notice people whom clearly live their lives without any roof over their heads.  We’re lucky to have such a comfortable home.  But, […]

SPICED PICKLED QUINCE

I hope you all had a good weekend, whether working, playing, resting, drinking, eating, or any of the other possibilities.  It rained heavily here for most of yesterday, which gave us the perfect excuse to get cosy indoors with Judy Delpy, Bill Murray, and a spiced roast with lots and lots of sides.  And when an unexpected touch […]

(NOT QUITE) SUMMER PUDDING WITH RHUBARB, RASPBERRIES & ROSEWATER

If you follow my blog, you may have noticed that I love rhubarb.  You may also have picked up that I’m in to fruity puddings in general.  Don’t get me wrong, chocolate desserts can be amazing, but the sheer variety of things that you can do with fruit gets me really excited.  I remember the […]

ROASTED CAULIFLOWER SALAD WITH POMEGRANATE & PARSLEY

Yesterday, I saw that Selma had posted a delicious looking salad recipe.  I didn’t have a pomegranate, but most other things were sitting in my kitchen, so it just had to be made.  We don’t tend to use maple syrup, but I could definitely factor a pomegranate in to our weekly shop.  Taken from Jerusalem, adapted slightly […]

LEEK, CHARD & WILD GARLIC TART

A few weeks ago, B said that she wanted to try and perfect a vegetable tart.  Second attempt in, she baked something really, really good.  Perfection, of course, is relative, but this was everything we wanted, eaten cooled the next day as part of a very successful picnic.  The greens cooked down into a soft, fresh tasting […]

RHUBARB, PLUM & CARDAMOM CRUMBLE

B suggested, a while ago, that we make a crumble involving rhubarb, plums and cardamom.  There was no consideration needed on my part, just a day with time enough to do it.  The humble crumble is one of my favourite puddings, but let me get one thing straight:  when I say ‘humble’, I do not […]

LIME, COCONUT & CAPE GOOSEBERRY CAKE

 Do you like cape gooseberries?  I’ve loved them since I was little.  My mother, who had grown up in Tanzania, used to tell me stories about how when she was my age, she would go with the other local children to pick these, which grew wild in abundance.  She told me that cape gooseberry jam was […]

SPICY CHICKEN, TOMATO, & BEAN SOUP

Spring has sprung, but rather than the beaming sunshine, dancing butterflies, and birds peeping and tweeting, we’re getting April showers by the bathfull.  Which is probably great for all of you with gardens, but I have to admit, it isn’t exactly my most favourite of things.  Definitely weather to enjoy this, though – half soup, half stew, […]