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Dorset Apple Cake

I love the quirky English desserts and cakes tradition, each county having its own speciality which is defended to the hilt. A quick wander around the map offers me such delights as The Bedfordshire Clanger, Lardy Cake and Sally Lunn’s Bath Buns but, today, I bring you the absolutely perfect Dorset Apple Cake, warm from the oven with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Vegan Ginger Cookies in a Rhubarb Parfait

Ginger and rhubarb just go together so well and today I want to share the tastiest of vegan puddings. A rich creamy dessert topping, blanketing tart rhubarb nestling on a ginger crumble which manages to be both crunchy and chewy at the same time. It’s a culinary miracle and I’m very pleased with it!

Thyme for Lemon Cake

“I know a bank where the wild thyme blows,  Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows,  Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine, With sweet musk-roses and with eglantine” William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream It may not be Midsummer yet...
Asparagus Salad with Soft Boiled Egg

Asparagus Salad with Soft Boiled Egg

There is something more than a bit sensual about eating and preparing asparagus. My excitement at its first appearance in my veg box or on a market stall is unseemly and I love the sharing of its bounty with my beloved. This is eating it at its simplest, tastiest best – Asparagus salad, green spears enfolding soft boiled eggs served on a bed of crisp leaves with an understated dressing – spring on a plate!

Wild Garlic Spelt Risotto with Black Garlic Sauce

The arrival of wild garlic season sent me rushing to the kitchen to brandish knives, stir stock, taste and fiddle and taste some more as I put together this aromatic spelt risotto topped with a drizzle of deeply flavoured black garlic sauce. I’ve used spelt here...

Polenta Baskets with Garlic Mushrooms and Tomatoes

I seem to be having a bit of a ‘thing’ with polenta at the moment – it’s well on the way to being my new pasta. For quite a while I had an opened packet, shoved to the back of my store cupboard, pulled out only to make a polenta mash to go with...

Goats Cheese Tart with Mint

This oh so simple Goats Cheese Tart is one of my staple dishes; it is delicious hot, cold or in between. It appears in the picnic basket in Summer, with the first of the new potatoes and asparagus in Spring and I particularly like it in Autumn with a baked potato and...
Vegan Ginger Cookies in a Rhubarb Parfait

Vegan Ginger Cookies in a Rhubarb Parfait

Ginger and rhubarb just go together so well and today I want to share the tastiest of vegan puddings. A rich creamy dessert topping, blanketing tart rhubarb nestling on a ginger crumble which manages to be both crunchy and chewy at the same time. It’s a culinary miracle and I’m very pleased with it!

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Food Lovers Visit Dorset

Living where Somerset meets both Dorset and Wiltshire means that I am spoilt for choice with local food producers, farmer’s markets and – of course – Frome’s own utterly fabulous monthly Independent Market. I love knowing exactly where my food...

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How To Make Paper Roses

Today is my daughter’s fifteenth birthday, I brought her home on 14th February 2000 so it seems very appropriate that most of us are going to see her perform in Romeo and Juliet this evening – my Valentine’s baby! In her honour Bonus Boy and I have...

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Patio Garden Makeover – Moving On

My kitchen has windows at both ends, the garden wraps around the house and in the summer the sliding doors from the sunroom/dining room are always open. Over the last 15 years children have run in and out with muddy boots or sandy feet, showing me a pebble which...

Flowers in the Autumn Garden

As August ended we sailed back along the coast past Cornwall and Devon, then across Lyme Bay to Dorset and there was a distinct chill in the air. When we returned to our Somerset garden all the exuberance of late summer was fading and autumn was squaring its shoulders...

My Container Garden Makeover

I have an oddly shaped garden which wraps around the back of the house. We are lucky to have driveway parking in a part of our town where that is like gold dust but it doesn’t make for a pretty entrance to our front door and it has  been neglected in favour of...

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