Chocolate and Raspberry Cake

I don't need much of an excuse to make a cake. My friend Katie is coming over to stay at the weekend for a much belated birthday celebration, and before the night of heavy drinking and inevitable late night burgers, I thought it would be nice to add a thin veneer or respectability to proceedings with the … Continue reading Chocolate and Raspberry Cake

Homemade Easter Egg

I've always liked the idea of making my own Easter egg, but honestly, who can be bothered?! Well, unless you're going to get some significant joy from either making it, gifting it, or both, perhaps you shouldn't bother. They are pretty cheap and readily available... But I love making things and gifting things, so I'm all over … Continue reading Homemade Easter Egg

Texas-style Kolache

I discovered kolache in Texas this spring, and cannot stop eating them, or talking about them. The traditional Czech pastry contains sweet fillings, but this Texan version is savoury - the most popular filling being sausage and cheese. Most Czechs would probably call these klobasnek, but whatever - in Texas, they're kolache. Kolache are not refined; this is comfort food at it's very … Continue reading Texas-style Kolache

Seville Orange Marmalade

I thought I'd missed Seville orange season this year. I'd been far too busy with the kids to get around to making any marmalade, and had already given my mother the upsetting news that she wouldn't be getting any for Christmas. But then, staring back at me from the shelves of Waitrose, in late March, was … Continue reading Seville Orange Marmalade