Off topic and off to France…


"Where's the food?" I hear you say, "isn't this blog about cooking?". And you'd be quite right. This post, I'm afraid to say, is somewhat off topic. Not a recipe to be found. Instead I'd like to share with you a little corner of France that is my home for the next week or so.  I've been coming to … [Read more...]

The thing about pancakes…

Scottish Pancakes

Until quite recently I was useless at making pancakes. Admittedly, I obstinately refused to follow a recipe. Surely I could knock-out a simple griddle cake without the need for instructions? How hard could it be? Apparently you can't just whisk-up eggs, flour and milk and pour the resulting batter … [Read more...]

The “tastiest” museum in Holland

Last weekend, on a bright but cold spring afternoon, my family and I visited the historic town of Medemblik. A forty minute drive from Amsterdam, this mediaeval harbour town is situated on the IJsselmeer, originally part of the North Sea. Medemblik is home to, amongst other attractions, the baker's … [Read more...]

Shortcrust pastry: a taste of home

Shortcrust pastry

Nothing quite reminds me of home as much as the taste of shortcrust pastry. The crumbly, melt in the mouth texture never fails to make me nostalgic: memories of brightly colored jam tarts and pies filled with home grown fruit. Childhood favourites, baked by my Mother and on occasions my Grandmother. … [Read more...]

A ‘proper’ cup of tea

Tea cup

The hustle and bustle of modern living, has taken its toll on the niceties of daily life. Such as making a proper cup of tea, brewed in a teapot. Instead of tossing a tea bag into a mug of hot water, and giving it a stir. A good cup of tea is neither difficult nor time consuming to make. However, … [Read more...]

Baking: “An affair of the heart”

The other day while sorting through my not inconsiderable collection of recipe books, I rediscovered an old but treasured book on baking. Even though I've never baked a single recipe from within it’s pages, this book, more than any other holds great significance for me. The book entitled … [Read more...]

Lets hear it for radio…

Now, I enjoy watching a good cookery show on TV as much as the next man, or that is I used to. It seems to me that hardly a day goes by without yet another food program hitting our screens: from 'Cake Boss' and 'Master Chef' to 'Gordon behind bars'. It’s easy to see why television producers are … [Read more...]