poetic autumn glory

  The other day, just by chance I heard an interview on BBC Radio 4 with Alan Power, the head gardener at Stourhead.  It stopped me in my…

walnut biscuits

walnut biscuits

I remember helping Gran mixing the eggs and sugar for this recipe:  sitting on the kitchen chair with a big bowl on my lap, a wooden spoon in…

Budapest cake

budapest cake

Based on Maida Heatter’s Budapest Coffee Cake from from her Book of Great Desserts with a few changes.

Classic fruit cake 04

birthday cake

This was a special request bake for the good man’s birthday. Based on the brilliant Anna Olson’s recipe, with a few changes, it makes two cakes, which is handy…



The traditional Hungarian walnut and poppy seed rolls for Christmas.


elephant garlic

membrillo cake

membrillo memories

It’s membrillo cake time again.  I am baking it for the second time.  It brought back floods of memories from the time when I was little and naive…

ready for slicing

quince cheese

This is quince cheese or membrillo in Spanish.  Here is how I made it. Take  as many quinces as you have at hand (I only had a couple)….



The oaty ginger cake from Yorkshire, traditionally eaten on Guy Fawkes Night.  It’s dense and comforting, goes down well with a cup of coffee or tea on any…

squash muffins

butternut squash muffins

I have to admit that I have a slight obsession with butternut squash. Anything savoury or sweet made with the perky orange flesh will find its way onto…



Grandma’s cocoa & nut tart.

lemon drizzle cake

lemon drizzle cake

This is a fragrant, light and moist cake thanks to the yogurt and lemons.  Recipe can be found here.


the hungry cat