• baking,  Involves Pastry

    Blackberry and Apple Open Pie

    This post has nothing to do with the recipe below, but I feel compelled to share as I have told a few people this today, and I think it’s been enlightening. Today I burnt myself – badly. But that’s not it…… I burnt myself taking a tea spoon out of a jacket potato……..that’s it!! I baked a jacket potato with a teaspoon inside (as I always do) as it half the cooking time. Its a great tip, and one I feel I should share with you all! Stick a teaspoon (or skewer as someone else suggested) into the middle of a potato. Put it in the oven, and while the…

  • Involves Pastry,  Recipes - tried and tested,  Savoury

    TV Treat – Sausage and Fried Onion Rolls

    TV makes me feel old! More specifically, game shows on TV make me feel old. Many children in the family may say I’m old! And when I was their age I also thought that your late 30’s was old – ok, ok, so I only have 3 months left of my late 30’s but I’m clinging onto them for dear life – but in the grand scheme of things, I still have over 25 working years left, more than I’ve already done, so clearly I’m not old…….. However, watching TV game shows, where contestants look like adults, are married and have homes but were only born in the late 80’s…

  • Cakes,  Involves Pastry,  Recipes - tried and tested

    Raspberry and Chocolate Cupcake Bakes

    It’s not just food, it’s M&S food……. Anyone who has lived for more than 10 minutes in the UK will know that strap line. And let’s be honest, as far as ‘supermarket’ food goes, Marks and Spencer is THE best! However………….   Let me set the scene: We have a weekend ritual in our house. No matter how busy we are we always have a 15 minutes sit down. We make sure it’s warm in the conservatory, and we sit down, with the dogs at our feet (or on the sofa next to us), with a good mug of British tea and an ickle sweet treat. In our house, it’s…

  • Involves Pastry,  Recipes - tried and tested

    Life is never too short to home bake….lesson learnt!

    I’ve always preached that “life is too short to make pastry”. Since fresh pastry in a packet has been widely available in the supermarket, I haven’t bothered making my own. How silly I’ve been!!! This evening, for the first time in years I made pastry – real shortcrust pastry! OK, so I used the food processor, but just because I use my own form of power tools, doesn’t make me any less a domestic goddess. And anyway, Delia said it was ok to use an electric appliance, so if she says its ok, then its ok!!! The pastry was used for Mum’s old fave, mince beef and onion pies. They…