It’s the season to be outside as much as possible and naturally we’re not going to want to starve. But will throwing a few sausages on the bbq and opening a couple of beers really tip us over into bliss this summer? Or is it time to freshen up the eating out experience and steal a few ideas from others who (admit it) do everything with a whole lot more élan than we seem to manage most of the time? From long, lazy Sunday lunch on the terrace to the art of aperitif and proper afternoon tea, here are some…

View Post

Steak and Kidney Pie has to be one of my favourite savoury dishes to make.  If I’m being honest its one of my favourite to eat too.  Big chunks of meat cooked in stock and Guinness topped with golden puff pastry.  My mouth is watering at the very thought of it! When I am making steak and kidney pie I always purchase my steak and kidney from a butcher.  I purchase most of my meat from my local butcher.  I love how knowledgeable they are.  How they have such great quality and a much better range of cuts available.  they…

View Post

This beetroot chutney is a homemade one that I love to keep at hand for adding to burgers and cold meat platters or as a simple dip for raw vegetables.   To make the beetroot chutney you need: 500g fresh beetroot (not ready peeled and pickled), peeled and finely chopped 1kg cooking apples, peeled and chopped. 275g of red onion, finely chopped 2cm piece of fresh ginger, grated, 50g crystallised stem ginger, finely chopped. 375g soft light brown sugar 1 tsp table salt 1tsp Ground allspice 750ml red wine vinegar. Place the beetroot, apple, red onion, gingers, sugar, salt and…

View Post

As Mothers Day fast approaches, my children have asked me what I would like them to buy me. To be honest I’ve asked for cuddles and mugs of tea on tap. Being a single parent means what ever the get me I’ll be paying for myself. As we’ve just moved house, we’ve had so many expenses and still more to come that there isn’t much cash for treats. It doesn’t bother me and I don’t take offence over not getting gifts. However, I have mentally made a noticing a few things that might be nice to have. Crockery I love…

View Post

to my little cooking and baking space on the web.  My name is Candace and I’m a single working mother of a teen and a tween living the good life in the West Midlands.  As well as my two children I also have 4 cats, a rabbit and 8 chickens.  We love our chickens very much and 4 of them are ex commercial hens living out their retirement with us.  Their eggs regularly feature in my cooking. As if I didn’t have enough to do already in life I decided it would be a good idea to set up this…

View Post