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

Vitalbini

In my last post a made reference to Old Man’s Beard/Clematis Vitalba shoots being edible and being eaten here in Tuscany. Not to leave any stone unturned I thought I should at least give it a go and report back… The edible bit of the plant is the new growing shoot, so I picked those from the hedgerow. I went with this very simple recipe for a frittata. You boil a pan of water with … More Vitalbini

More Christmas Makes: Candied Peel

Candied peel seems to be one of those things that you either love or hate. I’m in the former camp, along with my partner, my mum and a number of our friends, so I don’t need much encouragement to make a fair quantity of it at this time of year. As a result I’ve tried a wide range of recipes and methods over the years and have arrived at a method that seems to work every time, … More More Christmas Makes: Candied Peel