Baklava

Baklava is one of those sweet treats that has never really excited me. My husband loves it, and it's not hard to see why when this middle eastern delight consists of chopped nuts, enveloped in flaky, buttery pastry, covered in a sweet and fragrant syrup. They sell all different shapes and styles in the multiple… Continue reading Baklava

Elderflower Cordial

Here's a lovely, simple and seasonal new thing that I've been meaning to do for a long time, picking some elderflower and making a cordial. For all my chat last year about wanting to forage and make something delicious with, like a wild garlic pesto for example, it never happened. I was always a bit… Continue reading Elderflower Cordial

Flea Market Love Letters

OK, it's high time I admit to something - I'm a bit of a secret softy. I love an old romantic tale, and go a bit wobbly when I see old people holding hands. I love seeing people's big romantic gestures, and hearing about lives well-lived, together: it's one thing to see and read about… Continue reading Flea Market Love Letters

Miso Caramel Tart

My oven is still broken (five weeks now) so this week I've been searching for some no-bake sweet treats, and somehow overlooked the one I've had saved in my phone since it first came out– Ravneet Gil's miso caramel tart. I prefer my sweet treats actually not very sweet at all, and the juxtaposition of… Continue reading Miso Caramel Tart

Steamed Coconut Buns

It feels like a really long time since I made anything sweet. I cut back on sugar big-time for Lent, and so just made bread for six weeks (I'm not complaining!) but then as soon as I could make something sweet, my oven broke. Talk about bad timing. It's now been broke for around 3… Continue reading Steamed Coconut Buns

Homemade Onigiri

Just over a year ago I tried onigiri for the first time. The simple Japanese rice ball, wrapped in seaweed and with a variety of filling options is quick and comforting - a little like the Western sandwich. Oh, how I'd loved to have tried this in Japan, or even from an authentic Japanese kitchen,… Continue reading Homemade Onigiri

Upcycling

It's hard to be sustainable all the time. I'm always conscious of reducing my food waste (one-third of all food produced for human consumption is wasted every year), I prefer travelling by train (when travelling was a thing I could do), and I take care of and love the clothes I have rather than keep… Continue reading Upcycling

Gluten-Free Bread

Even a cursory glance at my things I’ve done list will show how much I love baking. Last year I managed to conjure up all sorts of magic out of my kitchen, from French patisserie classics to bread from around the world. It was time for a new challenge, and whilst I'm currently not baking… Continue reading Gluten-Free Bread

Fougasse

As you probably know, I tried many, many new things last year: some good, some bad, and some I didn't get quite right. There's a few that I'm happy to leave behind and accept I didn't get it right first time, but some eat away at me until I have to try them, again and… Continue reading Fougasse

Laksa

The first hopeful spring days have arrived here in Frankfurt. After what seems like an endlessly long and dark winter, the sun has finally got its act together and made a very welcome appearance the past few days. Although winter is my favourite season (I love getting cosy under a blanket and hunkering down for… Continue reading Laksa