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

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

Cirque de Soleil Workout

Some of my favourite new things from last year were the circus/clown tricks I learnt to do, namely learning to juggle, making balloon animals, learning to mime, and spinning plates. This year, however, except wanting to learn to pratfall like Buster Keaton still being on my list, I've come to a circus standstill. That is… Continue reading Cirque de Soleil Workout

Thukpa

Another week, another new food to make. I've cut down on sugar for lent which is a whole...thing, so I've had to put my long list of sweet bakes to try to one side for a while, but that means I can dive into my equally long list of new dishes to try. Today's lucky… Continue reading Thukpa

Handmade Trousers

I've always wanted to learn how to make my own clothes. A few months ago, I got my first sewing machine and started doing some simple projects to get the hang of things including making these nice, but uneven placemats. Going from advice in Tilly Walnes' Make it Simple book I was going to start… Continue reading Handmade Trousers