Urban Foraging for Spring Tonics

Hello dear reader, A couple of weekends ago Mr Vohn and I were invited to a Sunday foraging workshop that I simply have to tell you about. Do you remember the masterclass I went to on Valentine’s Cooking? That class was lead by the head chef at Edinburgh Larder Bistro and it turns out that Edinburgh…

Gaelic, or Irish, Coffee

Happy St Patrick’s Day, dear reader! I’m sure you know that St Patrick is the Patron Saint of Ireland. In the 5th Century he travelled from Britain to Ireland as a Christian missionary. He spread his message far and wide, becoming known as the Apostle of Ireland. I am making a trip home to Northern Ireland…

My “everything but the kitchen sink” Meatloaf

Hello dear reader, I am currently trying to use up the last items in my freezer, so I can defrost it. I wrote a list of the eclectic mix of things that are left so I could try to create some meal plans around them… chicken livers (I’d bought too much for a chicken-liver paté…

Homemade Citrus Syrups for your Pancakes

Hello dear reader, Tomorrow is Shrove Tuesday and for lots of us that means one thing – pancakes! I’ve used the same pancake recipe for about 30 years now – gosh that makes me feel old but I did start cooking at a young age! A couple of months ago Boy (aged 7) and I…

My lunch on National Toast Day

Hello dear reader, Did you know that today is National Toast Day?  Apparently toast is taking a surge in popularity and there are special artisan toast bars springing up in some of the coolest hotspots around the world!  At around £2.40 for a slice or two of toast they are not for me.  I shall…

Home-cured Bacon, Pancetta and Lardons

Hello dear reader, One of my favourite things about food blogging is challenging myself to make food I’ve never made before, especially the food I’ve never even thought of making before.  If you’d told me a year ago I’d be home-curing bacon and making my own pancetta, I would not have believed you! The start…