Hemp oil

Hemp oil, or more correctly, hempseed oil, is refined from varieties of the plant Cannabis sativa, but should not be confused with hash oil which is made from the Cannabis flower. Hemp oil is made […]

Pink Lady cookies

These are actually a variation on a favourite muffin recipe, believe it or not. If I want to knock up a quick pudding for visitors, cookies are always my go to recipe and I just […]

Devil’s triple chocolate chunk cookies

I have previously claimed that my Devil’s Chocolate Chip Cookies are the best cookie you’ll ever eat. Well, I’m here to eat humble pie and tell you that they’re actually the second best cookie you’ll ever […]

All butter shortbread fingers

There are many ways of making shortbread but nothing beats a simple traditional Scottish recipe using just one part sugar to two parts butter and three parts plain white wheat flour. Shortbread is always cooked at […]

Lemon meringue tarts

These lemon meringue tarts are ideal when you don’t want the inconvenience of serving a complete pie. Eight individual tart-sized portions delivering exactly the same punch of the sweet meringue and the tang of the […]


Kalpasi, also known as the black stone flower or sea lichen, or in the Middle East shebat al ajooz or ishna, is a species of lichen used as a spice in certain parts of India. […]

Dried cornflower

The cornflower centaurea cyanus is an edible flower belonging to the daisy family. Most notably associated with its vivid azure-blue (“your eyes are like cornflowers”) it does in fact come in several other colours including […]

Jackson Pollock birthday cake

Jackson Pollock saved my life. Well, not quite, but he did avert a catastrophic party. Thanks to illness, bad timing and a last minute rush, my wife and I discovered that we had 30 minutes before the […]

Mega s’mores

Sometimes simple really is best. We had the perfect day planned for a BBQ and some fun with our entire family in the garden when the good old English weather decided to intervene. Undeterred, I […]

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