Cooking with Kids: Welsh Cakes

My son Jonathan’s wife is Welsh, hence the boys – Freddie (7), Ben (4) and Alex (1) are half Welsh. This fact is mainly discussed in relation to rugby when Freddie is involved. He’s seriously into rugby at the moment – well he was born in Twickenham and lives within walking distance of the famous […]

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Oat & Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yes, I’m still baking cookies and biscuits but not at a pace that keeps up with the family. I recently tried adding chocolate chips instead of raisins to the Oat & Raisin Cookies I made last month, which were a great success. I did it partly as not everyone in the family likes raisins and […]

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Cinnamon Apple Muffins

One of the great things about my newer version of Delia’s Cakes is that there are fabulous full-page photos of all the recipes. The Spiced Apple Muffins have always tempted me but it’s taken me a long time to actually get round to making them. I was going over to the family’s for an early […]

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Oat & Raisin Cookies

I clearly feel a need to make up for all those cooking years of not making biscuits. When I was younger I had a much sweeter tooth than I do now and was very into making fancy desserts. I’ve never been a big cake maker, other than for birthdays or dessert-type cakes like Torta Caprese, […]

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Chocolate Orange Biscuits

Biscuits have never been my downfall in terms of unhealthy eating; I’m not really a biscuit person. Of course, they don’t have to be unhealthy nowadays in these more healthy eating times than when I was a child and there were packets of custard creams and other biscuits laden with sugar, or decorated in bright […]

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Keep Calm and Carry On Baking

I know some people get worried about cooking for me because of the blog. I always assure them that I only blog about the successes in my kitchen, not the disasters or even near disasters. However, I thought I’d write about the weekend’s near disaster because it might be fun to do so and to […]

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Cooking with Kids: Chocolate Chip Muffins for Halloween

When it comes to cakes, I don’t have a great repertoire as I’ve never been a big cake maker. I do make banana muffins a lot due not only to their simplicity but also because they seem reasonably healthy, and all the family love them. Cup cakes aren’t something I usually make but when I […]

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Hazelnut, Peach & Raspberry Cake

I saw this recipe in Ottolenghi Simple ages ago and thought it looked and sounded wonderful. But of course it’s not a recipe for the winter. Well unless you’re happy buying out-of-season fruit that’s been flown in from the other side of the world. This isn’t just an environmental point; out-of-season fruit really doesn’t taste […]

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Scones with Jam & Clotted Cream

It’s a very long time since I’ve made scones; so long I even wondered if I ever had. But I’m pretty sure I made them reasonably often years ago but of late I’ve left the scone making to my daughter Nicola who gets the most amazing results in her Aga and I always refer to […]

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Waste Not, Want Not … the Quandary of the Leftover Pastry

I’m not a great waster in the kitchen but I have to confess I usually just throw leftover pastry away; the small amount of pastry such as was left over after making the Rhubarb Tart yesterday. Sometimes, I’ll leave the little clump of leftovers in the fridge, promising myself I’ll do something with it in […]

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