Plum Chutney

Opal Plums

Noisy, chaotic, scruffy and yet irresistible. I love street markets. Rows of stalls selling everything from herrings to hummus. I can't help but come away with a bulging shopping bag and a head full of recipes. Thursday is market day on the 'Wilhelminaplantsoen' in the centre of Bussum. I've just … [Read more...]

A taste of summer: Elderflower Cordial

The elder flowers are in bloom, it took a while but the large creamy-white blossoms are ripe for the picking. For the past few weeks I've been passing by, looking in anticipation at the large bushes near my home, waiting for the right moment. The moment when I could harvest these wonderfully … [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...]

The Perfect Scone

The scone is probably one of the simplest cakes you can bake and yet there seems to be no end of variation in the recipes and techniques for making them. From overly fancy to the just plain strange - who would of thought of using fizzy lemonade? When all is said and done a scone stands or falls … [Read more...]