My Best Books of 2021

2021 has been a tough year for me and my reading has ebbed and flowed along with just about everything else, I just couldn’t seem to find any equilibrium and some of my choices were suspect. Today I’m only going to share with you the best of the books I read this year. Some, and one in particular, I really wouldn’t wish on anyone. Those I’m sharing however, I recommend whole heartedly and without reservation. … More My Best Books of 2021

Introducing The Leonia Project

A new year is traditionally a time for reflections and new beginnings and today I want to share a new project that has been in the active making for the last part of 2021 but that has been active in my mind for a lot longer. The Leonia Project is my response to an intensifying unease with the amount of waste generated by modern living and a concern about the capacity of our shared planet … More Introducing The Leonia Project

Fudge: A simple recipe and the perfect edible gift

Sweet and simple, fudge is a festive tradition rooted in my teenage years when I was learning to cook and bake. It’s one that I return to most years and in which I find in it a sense of continuity and comfort. Some years those things are more important than others and I really hope that this year I can share these traditions with the people with whom they were made and to who they … More Fudge: A simple recipe and the perfect edible gift

Cool Cowls: A lovely little something for everyone this week

I’ve spoken a few times about how I once had my doubts about Cowls, but have since been through something of a conversion. Like so many converts, I now wonder who on earth my sceptical past self was, and want to convert every one of you to the virtues of cowls. As I sit here typing, swathed in wool socks, sweater and cowl, steaming cup of tea to my right and purring ageing black cat … More Cool Cowls: A lovely little something for everyone this week

Candied Peel: A simple seasonal tradition we can all get behind

When the first new citrus of the season comes in, winter doesn’t feel so bad. In fact it feels pretty amazing. One of the things that always provides a lift is home made candied peel. Not only does it taste fabulous but it’s the perfect no-waste treat, practically making something out of nothing. All it takes are the peels you’d normally compost, sugar and a drop of water. I’ve shared the recipe in the past … More Candied Peel: A simple seasonal tradition we can all get behind