Headingley & Meanwood Clandestine Cake Club

If there’s anything better than meeting a friend for coffee and cake… it’s meeting lots of friends to eat cake! Tonight’s Clandestine Cake Club was organised by my lovely friend Linda at East Of Arcadia in Meanwood.  Great venue, fantastic cakes and a table full of lovely people! Cake club rules! No dates in the…

Autumn’s Coming… 2016

It’s suddenly becoming autumnal up at the allotment. Pumpkins are changing colours, sprouts are gradually growing larger, cabbages have become round! Whoop whoop… sorry… and breathe! I really thought I couldn’t grow rounder cabbages but there are at least four that are!  In the spring we grafted two apple trees which we have lovingly watched…

Caramelised Red Onion Chutney

This is absolutely delicious if I say so myself!! Recipe 8 red onions 1 red chilli 25ml rape seed oil 200g dark muscovado sugar 150ml balsamic vinegar 150ml red wine vinegar Method Cut your onions and chilli into short, thin slices and put them into a pan with the bay leaves and oil. Cook gently…

Apple Chutney

Autumn means chutney and the smell of vinegar!  This was a prize winner for me at the 2016 Pudsey Show. Recipe 1½ kg allotment apples, peeled and diced 750g light muscovado sugar 500g raisins 2 medium homegrown onions, finely chopped 2 tsp mustard seeds 2 tsp ground ginger 1 tsp salt 700ml cider vinegar Method…

Toffee Apples

I wanted to make some toffee to use for toffee apples that  I wanted to use on top of a Spiced Pumpkin Cake I was making. This was the recipe I found and it was absolutely delicious! Highly recommend! Toffee recipe. This was my finished cake.

#IsItOk

Written a couple of days ago when I had no internet signal! I really enjoyed the Rio Summer Olympics 2016. I’ve always loved the Olympics since being little, winter and summer games. It’s when I discovered how exciting sport, different kinds of sports, could be. I’m British and have always been very proud to cheer…

Oven Roasted Courgettes With Garlic, Lemon and Parmesan 

These were absolutely delicious. I cut my courgettes in half as suggested but I think next time I would cut them into smaller strips like they were in this original post.  I sliced some leftover courgettes up the next day and added them to a frittata, the lemon gave a lovely extra zing to our…

The Kelpies, Falkirk, Scotland

I’d been told about these stunning sculptures last year but hadn’t been able to fit them into any of our post box trips north of the border.  Following a recent trip to Fort William I decided to take a slight detour south en route to Glasgow.   It’s well worth taking a detour! The Kelpies…

Smoke Barbecue, Arena Quarter, Leeds, West Yorkshire

The Curly One hadn’t tried meat at Smoke in Leeds so a great excuse for a family lunch! Blooming delicious!  Great meat and amazing fried onions. Lunch is £8 for certain mains including twice cooked chips! PhilI Cheese Steak Hot Dog Pulled Pork Butty Crisp Onion Strings  The only thing missing is Strawberry Milkshake!!! Please…

Jamie’s Italian, Harrogate, North Yorkshire

I have never eaten at Jamie’s Italian in Leeds. Why? Because everyone said nope… not nice, staff rude, can’t take shopping in… so many reasons why I shouldn’t eat there that I haven’t!  Went yo Harrogate with my mum a couple of weeks ago at the end of August and I managed to park opposite…

Little Kitchen BIG IDEAS with Wren Kitchens

The lovely people at Wren Kitchens have sent me their book Little Kitchen BIG IDEAS that’s been compiled by Linda Barker with lots of great recipe ideas from Bloggers.   They asked me if I’d like a copy of this recipe book to try with my family, I had to admit I didn’t have any little…