Homemade Oreo Biscuit Recipe

Homemade Oreo Cookies Recipe

We’re coming to the end of the summer holidays and my thoughts are turning to organisation and planning. Not just the new school shoes and making sure trousers and blazers fit, but for myself, what I’d like to achieve in the next few months before the next big school holiday. (I won’t mention it by […] Read more…

lardy cake & riders

Feasting on Fiction: Riders by Jilly Cooper with Lardy Cake

Lardy Cake and Rupert Campbell-Black. A strange combination – yet they have something in common. Both you want oh so very much, but you absolutely know that neither will do your health – or your heart – any good whatsoever. Yes, I’m talking Riders by Jilly Cooper, which is where Rupert Campbell-Black first makes an appearance. I’m ashamed to say I’ve only […] Read more…

instagram photograph display

How to Display Your Instagram Photographs

I adore Instagram. I love creating photographs and thinking how I’m going to frame my subject; be it eggs, lemon curd, cake, chickens or the dog. It’s a pictorial diary of what we get up to with the animals, the trees, our walks and what I make in the kitchen. It seems a shame, therefore, […] Read more…

Easy Plum Jam

Easy Plum Jam Recipe

I gain a quiet sense of satisfaction from seeing through the seasons and creating something delicious with the harvest. From that first blossom in spring, to the emerging fruit, then observing it soften and become ripe. It is an amazing natural process. But a process that, thanks to supermarkets and modern means of production, we tend to forget […] Read more…

apple and cheese pie

Feasting on Enid Blyton: The Children of Cherry Tree Farm with Apple & Cheese Pie

The new Feasting on Enid Blyton series where I bake and cook myself through some of my favourite Enid Blyton novels. As a child I adored Enid Blyton books. By that I mean I was absolutely infatuated with them. They would captivate me, fire my imagination and would be responsible for much tiredness in the morning as […] Read more…

white butterfly

Time Out for Summer

This time last year was not a good time for me. I was putting pressure on myself to either write or work outside in the garden all the time. I didn’t have downtime.  And, if I did, I would feel guilty about it. So, for that reason, I’m taking a couple of weeks off. I […] Read more…

red chicken

Nine Ways Chickens Have Given My Life Balance

This post was first published on the UK Huffington Post site. Yes, I am delighted to say, I’m now a Huff Post blogger. If you’ve watched any of the Jurassic Park films it’s hard to believe that the Tyrannosaurus Rex’s closest living relative, the chicken, could be credited with restoring balance into my life. And, […] Read more…

pain au chocolat

Feasting on Fiction: The Silent Hours by Cesca Major with Pain au Chocolat

I can thoroughly identify with a novel when an author uses food to convey emotions, a moment or a sense of atmosphere. Debut author, Cesca Major, oh, I adore Cesca, she is one of my Novelicious colleagues, uses food perceptively in her brilliantly written and heartbreaking novel based in France during the Second World War. The Silent […] Read more…

large red poppy

Poppies Galore

I think I’m what you might call a wimpy gardener. I’m the sort of person who becomes anxious if I cut a few flowers away from the main plant. Worrying because the flowers would have a longer life in the garden than in a vase in the house. I’ll only do this if there is a profusion of […] Read more…

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