Monthly Archives: November 2014

BRANDY, CRANBERRY & MARZIPAN CAKE

We went up in to the hills earlier today, to nourish body and mind in the open air before the creeping darkness set in, which seems to be happening earlier and earlier with each passing day.  I wanted to collect sloes – late I know, but thought we might get lucky and happen on a few […]

GINGER & NUTMEG SCONES WITH SPICED BERRY COMPOTE

Whilst we were away, we made a batch of scones to keep us going inbetween meals (what can I say – it was an indulgent few days: being that they were eaten with generous amounts of clotted cream and fruit compote, one of these bad boys was pretty much a meal in itself!)  Crystallised ginger in soft, crumbly […]

PORT POACHED PEARS WITH BLACKBERRIES

Our break definitely did the job – I feel realigned.  We spent lazy days traipsing through squelchy fields and damp woods, mushroom spotting and deer sighting, and generally building up appetites to sate.  Here’s one of the things I made whilst we were away – spiced poached pears are nothing new, but the port and the blackberries infuse […]

FRANGIPANE PLUMS

I’ve not been looking after myself as well as I should.  It’s easily done, I think.  We’re going away to stay in the middle of the countryside for a couple of days, and the timing couldn’t be better…  I can’t wait to just have some time to sit and be.  Taste the air.  Let the […]