Pear and almond slices

My children are a great cover! In the guise of the heroic mother I can look wonderful while, in fact, I am baking something that I fancy for myself. I came across this particular pastry at a birthday party last week, I liked it so much that I could hardly bring myself to stop eating…

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…

Garlic and Courgette Spread

This blog is getting to have a pretty good lineup of sandwich fillings (as opposed to my fridge, where thanks to my ever-hungry teenagers, overnight all trace of aubergine has evaporated). If you click on the sandwich spreads category you will finpd quite a few options, but now here is one more healthy choice, which…

Tomato and Yellow Split Pea Dhal

The last time I ate yellow split peas was as a child. Not because I particularly hated them, but because the memory of that soggy canteen slop never excited me into nostalgically revisiting the dish. However, now that my way of life has changed, I thought that I would because I realise they are a…

Quick “Chinese” Stir-fry

An easy, super speedy lunch or dinner. A lot of crisp vegetables and durum wheat pasta (or rice noodles), harmonious flavours, though probably not in the least authentically Chinese! Never mind! Ingredients (2 servings): 200g of cauliflower 200g of broccoli 2 red onions 2 cloves of garlic a walnut sized piece of fresh ginger 10ml…

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…