Latest Recipes

Appetisers, Baking

Cheese biscuits


 These tasty little cheese biscuits are very more-ish and I have to hide them not only from my family but also from myself. The recipe was originally given to my mother by an old family friend, Rene Merrifield, more than 60 years ago. We have these biscuits every year at […]

Baking, Desserts

Pecan and maple pie


 The American Thanksgiving holiday coming up this week is celebrated each year on the fourth Thursday in November. Thanksgiving was first celebrated in 1621 when the pilgrims invited the Native Americans to celebrate their first harvest. For the Thanksgiving holiday families come together to celebrate and feast on a meal […]

Fennel and rocket salad with pine nuts

Fennel and rocket salad with pine nuts


 Fennel and rocket salad with pine nuts is a favourite salad of mine. It is deliciously refreshing and the perfect accompaniment to my tomato tart (torta di pomodoro), and also for many other Italian dishes. I am sure you will make it again and again. Photograph by Andrew Taylor Serves 6

Fresh strawberries

Strawberries macerated in red wine


 Strawberries are much-loved sweet luscious fruits that are plentiful in the markets now. Some of the best ways to enjoy strawberries are very simple; with just a sprinkle of sugar and squeeze of lemon or a splash of balsamic vinegar. Strawberries and cream are of course a perennial favourite and […]


Easy orange cake


 Orange cake always reminds me of being in the country and of my mother. She always had a freshly made orange cake waiting in the cake tins to welcome me home. This easy recipe is made with a whole orange that is chopped to a puree in the food processor. […]

Main dishes, Vegetarian

Tomato risotto


 Today we travel to the Lombardy region of Northern Italy for a tasty tomato risotto. Tomatoes were introduced into Europe from the New World in the sixteenth century. Initially viewed with suspicion, the Italians were the first to use and appreciate them. In France they became known as pomme d’amore […]