Rhubarb Shortbread; My very own food love story

Do you ever have those days when you’re just getting on with things, doing chores while your mind wanders, and then you’re stopped in your tracks by the sheer joy of something. A joy you’d forgotten about. I had this feeling today about, of all things, rhubarb! I was making my ever popular and much requested rhubarb shortbread. I do it every year and that’s perhaps why I wasn’t thinking much about it until I … More Rhubarb Shortbread; My very own food love story

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

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

Pan Co’Santi: A Favourite local recipe for this time of year

It seems that it’s that time of year when some peoples crafting goes down a rather spooky road, and while halloween themed crafting doesn’t really grab me, all seasonal baking does. Here in Siena, the lead up to All Souls or the Festa dei Morti (2nd November) is marked as so many Italian festivals both local and national, with a particular food; Pan Co’Santi. This is a sweet yeasted bread with dried fruit, walnuts and all … More Pan Co’Santi: A Favourite local recipe for this time of year

A Winter of Natural Plant Dyeing Experiments: Striking Neons, a few cowpats and a surprise

It’s been a while since I posted regarding my natural dyeing experiments so I thought I’d do a round up of the various colours and shades that I’ve been cooking up over the winter months, in anticipation of, and to clear the decks for, the opportunities that spring will bring. Today I will stick to plant dyeing but will also be sharing some mushroom experiments, (spoiler: variable outcomes but some spectacular pictures!), and some lichen … More A Winter of Natural Plant Dyeing Experiments: Striking Neons, a few cowpats and a surprise