Chocolate & Orange Torta Della Nonna

I love an excuse to bake something a little bit special so when I invited some friends over for dinner last weekend I had a good rummage through the recipe books and hundreds of magazine cuttings I’ve saved to look for some inspiration. I fancied a chocolate tart and settled upon this one as making…

Chocolate, Hazelnut & Salted Caramel Torte

Since there’s only two of us in my household, fancy desserts are not something I make all that regularly at home. I tend to save them for dinner guests or special occasions. Plus The Boyfriend is the one with the real sweet tooth so he’s the one that will usually jump on the opportunity to…

Gluten-free Chocolate, Courgette & Pumpkin Seed Loaf

I’m a huge fan of vegetables and I’ve always been one to stuff as many as possible into most of my meals. It goes without saying that the trend for vegetable cakes is right up my street. All of the vegetable cakes I’ve tried making have turned out really moist and delicious and you can’t…

Marble Loaf Cake

I’m sure, like me, you’re all mourning the end of The Great British Bake Off. Paul and Mary will not grace our screens for another year and quite how I’ll cope without the drama of Nadiya’s fabulous facial expressions in my life, I simply don’t know. Naturally I’ve channeled my grief into baking. You may…

How to… rescue a failed meringue

Even the most accomplished cooks sometimes have disasters in the kitchen. Sometimes it’s because you’re having an off day and forget to do something, sometimes it’s because you’re not used to your new oven/pans/hob etc. It’s happened to the best of us but it’s not always a total disaster. Some things can be rescued, you’ve…

Joe’s Southern Kitchen, Covent Garden

American Diner style eating has become absolutely HUGE in London in recent years, you really can’t move for Southern barbecue dishes, mac’n’cheese and burgers. Some of it is great, a lot of it, however, is distinctly average. Too many places have jumped on the bandwagon and assumed all they need to do to get a…

Taste of London Winter

It’s Christmas tiiiime… there’s no need to be afraaaaid. It’s Christmas tiiiime, we let in light and we banish shaaaade…  Ooops, sorry I got a bit carried away! Start again. It’s Christmas time in London which means, much to my delight, the return of loads of exciting food fairs and Christmas themed festivals! Woohoo! The…

Camino, Oakland

Having visited Tartine on a recommendation and been thoroughly impressed, my friends and I were given another California restaurant suggestion to try and squeeze into our trip. This time Camino was our destination. Heading up there late on a Sunday we were slightly worried it might be closing up or there’d be no one else in there….

Farmers Union, San Jose

There’s a really great little area in Downtown San Jose that’s absolutely packed with places to eat. From tiny little sushi bars, to Greek to Mexican to classic American diners there’s so much to choose from. One place I ate in a few times was The Farmers Union.  The The Farmers Union has a pretty large dining room…