Damson, Plum and Blueberry Jam

It has been a long time since I posted anything on the blog.  Work has taken over my life in the last month as I am leading a major systems upgrade which goes live in 2 weeks time.  Much nail biting, many sleepless nights, and a lot of hours have meant there has been little time to…

Summery Strawberry and Banana Tarte Royale

My brother is over from the States to visit my mother and we had a family get together on Saturday.  The hubby made a delicious Shirazi onion, tomato and cucumber Middle Eastern salad and I was tasked with pudding.  The specific request was another Gateau Fraisier but whilst it was tempting to iron out the imperfections…

Gooseberry and Thyme Syrup Cake – a rare treat

What on earth happened to the Gooseberry, one of the quintessentially British summer fruits? It was a staple of my childhood and used to always be in the shops at this time of the year.  But over the last 20 years it has virtually disappeared from all but the larger Waitrose stores and completely from most…

A Gateau Fraisier for a Garden Party

Strawberry season is definitely here with a bang and strawberries in season taste so much better than the imported variety bought out of season and they are quintessentially part of the British summer.  However it is the French who turn the humble strawberry into a work of culinary art with the Gateau Fraisier, which sounds so…

A Sensuous Summer Berry Gateau

Our old friend Jamie rented a house near us for his 50th Birthday party, and on a glorious English summer day, we spent a lovely 10 hours in the garden drinking bubbles, eating lovely food,  playing croquet (always interesting after bubbles), talking about the weather (for we English it is a constant source of fascination)   and…

Ottolenghi’s Orange and Almond Syrup Cake – a Birthday Treat

Well it has been a long time since I blogged.  The last few months have been dreadful and I have  had little time or inclination to sit down and write.  But it is time to get back in the saddle. (Cue slightly strange pictures depicting said saddle getting) Firstly though I will  give you a feel…

The Miracle that is a Quark Cheesecake

Yesterday was a fulfilling day which ended with the huge surprise of how fabulous a Quark based cheesecake can be, so please read on.  Our super new Neff oven (to replace the rust bucket I had turned our old one into from bread steaming) was fitted on Saturday morning, and I then started what was…

A Valentine’s Date with the Cardinal Slice

Some stories are best started at the end. One of the issues with baking every weekend is how to consume the produce. If I keep the pace up,  both the husband and I are set to be either very popular at work or get even more portly than we already are, not to mention all…