Bored with brambles?

Hello dear reader, A strange thing happened to me yesterday – I was out brambling with Mr Vohn and a lady came up with a big icecream tub full of brambles and asked if we would like them.  Would we?  Of course!  I can’t believe anyone would be giving away this beautiful seasonal fruit after…

Q is for Quesadillas

Hello dear reader, I recently discovered a blog challenge called Alphabakes run Ros at The More Than Occasional Baker and Caroline of Caroline Makes.  They choose a random letter each month and the challenge is to cook something, or use an ingredient, whose name begins with that letter. . Caroline is hosting this month’s challenge and the letter…

The Great Custard Tart Fiasco…

Hello dear reader.  Do you watch the BBC’s Great British Bake Off?  A bunch of amateur bakers are being given various challenges to see which of them will be crowned “Best Baker” at the end of the series.  It’s a show I’ve dipped in and out of in previous series but this year I’m quite…

Sliding into autumn with easy baked mushrooms

Hello dear readers, Here in the northern hemisphere we are beginning the gentle slide into autumn, which means an abundance of fungi for clever foragers.  I love foraging but still stick to the easily-recognised berries and have not yet made that scary step in foraging for fungi, which can so easily have disastrous consequences.  Every…

Chocolate and Orange Marmalade Cupcakes

Hello dear readers, This is my third recipe in the series that I have developed for the “Baking with Mackays” blogger challenge. You can read all about Mackays and how I got involved with this challenge in my first Mackays recipe, which was for Strawberry Crunch Icecream and my second Mackays recipe, which was for Chocolate Lime…

Not Quite Nigella – the book – my review

Hello dear reader, I mentioned in a recent post that there were two blogs which inspired me to start my own food blog and which I still delight in reading.  One of them is Not Quite Nigella written by the beautiful Lorraine Elliott and described by her as “the slightly eccentric eating, cooking and travel…