Mini Pear Pies, Oh My!

‘I’m sorry it’s all bought stuff.’ Our friend apologized as she brought round a meal for us. I remember it well – mashed potato, chicken cacciatora, vegetables and then for dessert…chocolate pear pie. All from Marks and Spencer. I appreciated every bite, there was no need for an apology – and discovered that chocolate and…

Travelling and Tiramisu Cake

My first whole week off in a year. So exciting. It’s a dream of mine to drive across the States, actually maybe across Canada, down the West Coast to California and then wind back right across the United States – with time to stop and enjoy places. Like I said, it’s a dream. I like…

A little patience

I know – it is a little late, but the task for this week from the Great British Bake Off required a little patience so… Bread week. Ciabatta technical challenge. I have made Ciabatta before and each time the dough turned out a bit too wet and sticky and the loaves a little flat. I…

Cherry Cake Challenge, Birds and a bit of swiss roll

Friday. Day off. Changeover Day as one daughter is departing for Boston for a long-awaited concert tripĀ and only son is returning from camp for the weekend. My first delight of the day, before baking, was watching some little birds expertly picking caterpillars off my kale plants. They were very thorough, enjoying theirĀ feast and saving me…

Ready, Steady…BLOG

Julie and Julia. I don’t know why it took me so long to watch that film. I love cooking and baking so it figures that I would like it. So I got round to watching it on Netflix a couple of weeks ago. If you haven’t seen it, it tells the story of Julia Child’s…