Golden dumplings & vanilla custard

Fortunately, yesterday Bori came up with today’s menu, and that way I didn’t need to give it a moment’s thought, I just needed to make it.  Just… Ragout of chicken with tarragon followed by  “Golden dumplings” and vanilla custard. I haven’t made “golden dumplings” for yonks, and I have never made such a deliciously easy vanilla…

Molli’s birthday cake

My second child has grown up. She is an adult (or is getting close to it, at least she has made it to 18), and for her birthday she requested an Ikea almond cake. Obviously not from Ikea, she wanted me to make it because that way it would taste better and she would have…

Dough Twists

I have been planning to make some dough twists for weeks, but it has been too hot and I just could not bring myself to do it. Unfortunately, when the time came, I searched in vain for the recipe in my mother’s old handwritten cookbook, which is where most of my mother’s recipes are, the…

Butternut Squash Jam

This jam was one of the biggest surprises I have had recently. I have been hunting around for a spicy pumpkin jam recipe, and even though I’d never eaten it I had a preconceived idea of the taste: one that was dominated more by the spices and rather less sweet, and certainly with a stronger pumpkin flavour. What…