What exactly is in our bread? Surely we should be able to buy a loaf of bread and believe that it is a simple and necessary food. However many of us are turning away from bread due to bloating, feelings of lethargy and a general belief that carbs are bad for you. On the other […]

A very quick and tasty soup to make for lunch. You can also use up bacon if you have a couple of rashers in the fridge, rather than the ham which makes it a cheaper option for students. Serves 2 as main course or 4 as a starter  INGREDIENTS 1 Tablespoon mild olive oil (or […]

A taste of summer and perfect on crostini with a glass of chilled pink wine. A regular free treat in South of France restaurants to keep you going whilst you peruse the menu. INGREDIENTS 1 garlic clove, crushed 1 lemon, juice only 3 tbsp capers, chopped 6 anchovy fillets, chopped 250g/9oz black olives, pitted small […]

The perfect cook ahead recipe for a hot day. This recipe was gleaned from a book called Deep France by Celica Brayfield, an account of her living in France in monthly diary form, along with seasonal recipes. This recipe is deeply savoury and very handy when you don’t want to spend too much time cooking […]

  Seeded Soda Bread This is my eldest niece’s favourite bread, especially when topped with smoked salmon, or when in Cardigan, smoked sewin for an extra special treat. It is a very easy recipe using cup measurements. The size of cup I use is a standard teacup, which equates to 200ml. It is perfect party […]

Chocolate Mousse A classic, no frills, chocolate mousse recipe. It is worth seeking out some unusual little glass pots to serve this in. I often use plain glass tea light holders which hold slightly less mixture, stretching the recipe to feed eight. Quantities for 6 Ingredients 110g good quality dark chocolate, or a mix of dark […]

Spelt Bread Recipe After extensive research into what goes into the bread we buy I decided to make as much of my own bread as possible. Experimenting with some white spelt flour from Wessex Mill, I was delighted to discover how easy it is to work this dough. It quickly forms a dough ball without […]