Honey, honey

Years ago, one Christmas I realised that I had never made a pie from scratch so for our New Year celebration I made a whole raft of them – pecan, pumpkin, an impossible (no pastry) pie, you name it! Since then I have often made pies at New Year, just because we can, but also…

No, really – ’tis the season …

In the thick of making Christmas treats to taste for the family and the neighbours. This gorgeous specimen of an old style fruitcake is destined for my mother-in-law – 92, and still enjoying all the mixed peel goodness! Sadly, the mixture is too big for my current favourite cake tin, so I have to hive…

‘Tis the season …

For years we did the combat shopping thing to get all the foraging done while working full time and wrangling a couple of school age boys. Now I have the luxury of shopping in small bursts whenever I feel like it, and taking a leisurely walk to get it done rather than battling the traffic…

Crank out the pasta

Whenever you need some cooking therapy to break the work monotony, settle nerves jangled by irritating neighbours, or sooth away the rigours of, say, dealing with mindless bureaucracy, my strong recommendation would be to crank the handle on a pasta machine.   Embrace your inner Italian soul to make as complex or as simple a sauce as…

(No) rush

On the way to Easter (in both traditions), we’ve had the fun of working our way through various breakfast possibilities in no rush at all, so I thought I’d keep going in that vein by posting the ‘how to guide’ for a few favourites. First up – slow cooked baked beans and rice. The recipe is simple…