Tiny little gingerbread houses together make a village, which makes me happy. I’ve always had a slight issue with the lone gingerbread house. It’s all a bit Hansel and Gretel to me. I worry about who might jump out of the woods. READ MORE
How could anyone not be happy to receive a jar of something called Christmas chutney? This is the bejewelled stuff of dreams. Red as Rudolf’s nose, lightly spiced and teeming with sweet onion. Pretty jars help this on its way to being the perfect gift, when accompanied with a truckle of something strong. READ MORE
We’re almost there. Less than a week to go. So today I give you my cashew pesto. Shall I tell you how I came up with this recipe? Well, I was given a lot of very fiery basil by my pal Lynne some years ago. It was wonderful stuff. We just couldn’t get through it though. And I happened to have some cashews knocking about, and so, well, the rest is history and now we all love this cashew pesto. It makes such a great edible gift, as most people expect sweet treats at this time of year, or chutney. But this is just divine and a little bit different. Only give it to those you love. Or very good teachers. READ MORE
These are Christmas biscuits. There’s no point in making them at any other time of year. They’ll just make you feel a bit depressed and nostalgic. Maybe even start you off on out of season cravings for Quality Street. So make them this week. Enjoy them. Then bookmark for next year. READ MORE
Happy Boxing Day! I am on The Saturday Show on Channel 5 today at 9am making this recipe along with a few others. This is a lower fat version of pulled pork and a damned sight more exciting than turkey curry in my humble opinion. Once the marinade is assembled this is about as easy as it gets when providing food for a crowd. READ MORE
Happy Boxing Day! I am on The Saturday Show on Channel 5 today at 9am making this recipe along with a few others to help with leftovers. This is a light, crunchy morsel to serve with coffee at the end of a meal. Add whatever extra nuts you have to hand and be sure to serve with the brandy and clementine dipping cream. It helpfully uses up leftover Christmas pud and custard! READ MORE
Happy Boxing Day! I am on The Saturday Show on Channel 5 today at 9am making recipes to use up leftovers. We simply didn’t have time to make this pie live on air but I wanted to post it up. It’s mighty useful when the leftovers mountain feels too steep to climb, as it get leftovers out of the fridge and safely stowed away in the freezer for another day. READ MORE
Happy Boxing Day! I am on The Saturday Show on Channel 5 today at 9am making lots of recipes for using up Christmas leftovers. I didn’t get a chance to make these on the show as there wasn’t time, but here’s the recipe anyway. I hope you like it. READ MORE
I’m a mum of 3 boys, a cookbook writer and also a finalist on the 2011 Great British Bake Off.
I’ve decided to record the recipes I use, partly to save them somewhere and partly in case someone else might like to use them...