Spicy paprika wedges

Everyone needs a stock wedges recipe and this is mine.  It’s simple but results in a lovely soft, fluffy wedge with a vibrant red hue.  Dependent upon taste, you can reduce or increase the cayenne. […]

Chocolate gingerbread

This recipe was a request by a family member.  They’d been flipping through a copy of Nigella’s Feast and had happened upon her chocolate gingerbread cake, a very Nigella recipe – rustic and erring on […]

Devil’s chocolate chip cookies

These are devilishly delicious! I’ve seen numerous cookie recipes over the years with bread flour added in place of regular flour, the reasoning being that it increases the inner chew and outer crisp.  I don’t […]

St Clement biscuits

For something quite sophisticated, these are incredibly moreish!    It’s rare that I cook a biscuit because I always prefer a soft, chewy cookie, but these are so crisp, so crumbly, with the perfect balance […]

Extra juicy hot cross buns

I’ll come clean and confess to having not always had the best of relationships with the hot cross bun.  In truth, any form of bread making usually involves a degree of finger-crossing.  If baking is […]

Chewy fruit and nut cookies

I made the mistake of making these cookies, for the first time, late at night, intending them to be a treat for my daughter’s play date the following day.  All I can say is that […]

Ultimate arrabiata

I’ll probably be hunted down by any Italian cook who values tradition, but this pasta sauce  is one of the recipes that I’ve tinkered with over the years and is the one that serves me best.  […]

Cheat’s macaroni cheese

My daughter’s favourite meal is mac and cheese and there’s been an occasion when she’s put in a request and I just haven’t had time to knock one together.  Fortunately, my mother came round and […]

Cheese and bacon savoury muffins

I’ve seen countless savoury muffin recipes and have no idea why I’ve not tried one until now.  Probably because my sweet tooth always associates muffins with sugar.  I’ll confess to not liking sandwiches.  It’s an […]

Faithful brownies

These are my fail-safe emergency brownies.  If I’m having company or have been asked to prepare something for guests at the last minute, this is usually my go to recipe.  It never, ever lets me […]

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