A birthday cookbook

This delicious looking meal/salad is from the Ottolenghi Cookbook, the one I bought myself for my birthday.So many fantastic recipes I have tried already.  The one you see is Chargrilled Asparagus, courgettes and haloumi. I had the brainwave of doing the char-grilling on our sandwich press which has ridge marks on one side.  It certainly…

Christmas Mangoes, no, these are for chutney.

Before the Christmas holiday period I purchased a tray of mangoes.  I probably should have waited until after Christmas as mangoes are now considerably cheaper than they were then.  Anyway I bought the mangoes to make mango chutney particularly for one of my granddaughters.  The eldest granddaughter loves my mango chutney and I only had…

Attempting to re-use some of my old recipe books

I am making a conscious effort to use the numerous cookbooks I have in my possession.  I find that I tend to rely on just a few and I was going to do a cull of my books when I thought I really should go through them and pick out some recipes to try before…

I have issues with spring-form tins. . . .

Many, many years ago I made a sponge cake using two spring-form tins.  The cakes baked beautifully but when I unfastened the spring-form tin, somehow the hot ring slid down onto my arm and naturally I jumped.  The cake also jumped out of my hand, I just happened to be at the sink at the…

A muffin recipe that didn’t work

This looks good enough to eat? I thought so but the actual taste is not so good.  When I was making the muffins, my husband commented on the amount of oil that was going into the recipe and I told him that most of my muffin recipes use a fair amount of oil.  Well with…

More produce from the garden

We managed to rescue most of our peaches from the peach tree this year.  We beat the birds and the netting meant we were able to get a good crop. I have made a couple of batches of peach and vanilla jam.  We don’t eat much jam but our elder daughter’s family enjoys this particular…