Smoked Cheddar, Apple and Rosemary Scones

Rosemary is the herb of remembrance. Try these seasonal scones for a spot of soothing baking, safe in the knowledge they give more back than they ask of you. Smoked cheddar is available at specialty food stores and delis (and decent grocery stores), but of course use an aged cheddar instead, if you prefer. Tip: IfContinue reading “Smoked Cheddar, Apple and Rosemary Scones”

Apple Streusel Coffee Cake

If we’re having people over to stay, I love the idea of baking something the day before that keeps well – or even improves – upon sitting for a day or two. That way when people wake up they can help themselves to a hot drink and a slice of cake, satisfying those immediate morningContinue reading “Apple Streusel Coffee Cake”

A Mindful Holiday: Shrove Tuesday

Read on for why pancakes are so mindful, tips on getting the perfect stack, and a recipe for the fluffiest Canadian pancakes. Whether you observe the day due to its religious significance (feasting before the period of Lent), or just because you happen to really, really like pancakes (me), Pancake Day is one of theContinue reading “A Mindful Holiday: Shrove Tuesday”

Bubble and Squeak

I cannot bear the thought of throwing away food, whether due to my own laziness or having given the sexier items in my fridge preferential treatment. And while some things, like leftover chicken, are very easy to use up, others, such as cold boiled peas and carrots and slightly dried out roast potatoes, left overContinue reading “Bubble and Squeak”

Banana Oat Breakfast Bars

After a year of on-and-off lockdowns, if I never see another loaf of banana bread it will still be too soon. These bars are a great way to use up a big stash of overripe bananas, without the feeling of impending doom. With that said, at this stage I feel I ought to include aContinue reading “Banana Oat Breakfast Bars”

Asparagus and Goat’s Cheese Tart

Asparagus season is a very special time of year. As it’s so fleeting, it’s nice to make the most of it by cooking things that show off this beautiful vegetable. Later in season you find thicker asparagus; these will work too. Slice in half lengthways to preserve the delicacy of the tart and to ensureContinue reading “Asparagus and Goat’s Cheese Tart”

Chorizo, Onion & Cavolo Nero Hash

This is a gorgeous brunch dish that’s quick enough to prepare even if you’re a little the worse for wear, but sophisticated enough to serve for a brunch party. With a sparkling glass of cava, some thickly sliced avocado with lemon and salt, and some really good crusty bread, you’ve got a spectacular late-morning feast.Continue reading “Chorizo, Onion & Cavolo Nero Hash”

Rhubarb Fool

Lovely for breakfast or as a light dessert, this is one of the easiest and most delicious ways to eat rhubarb. Go for forced rhubarb, if you can, for the hot pink hue. Feeds 4 Ingredients 400g rhubarb, trimmed and cut into 3-inch pieces 75g sugar (about half a cup) 400g thick Greek yogurt (plain,Continue reading “Rhubarb Fool”

Perfect Scrambled Eggs

I am comfortable going ahead with this ridiculously immodest title because this isn’t my recipe; it’s my husband’s, gratefully gained from a friend of his who, I’m sure, got it from someone else (not to impugn this friend’s fine cooking abilities and repertoire). But it really is the perfect scrambled egg. Rich, creamy and silky,Continue reading “Perfect Scrambled Eggs”

Ham and Gruyère Quiche

Ham and Gruyère is a particularly Christmassy combination. It would be great with a festive salad for a brunch around the Christmas period. Big Christmas gatherings necessitate lots of food, so I am more than happy to pull out my Grandmother’s beautiful – and enormous – quiche dish (Portmeirion c. 1972). She never did portionsContinue reading “Ham and Gruyère Quiche”