Spiced Quinoa salad with chickpeas and mango chutney

D has been travelling (driving) back and fro from the West of Scotland to Essex the past few weeks. He is away again to be with his mother. I have found that I have become rather lazy just cooking for myself, in fact early in the week I came home only to make myself some oven baked chips with beans, the day before that I re-heated a couple of autumnal fritters and slapped them in between a crusty
Spiced Quinoa salad with chickpeas and mango chutney: Spiced Quinoa salad with chickpeas and mango chutney

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Sugar Cookie Rice Krispie Treats

What can I say, I’m on a Rice Krispie Treat kick lately (if you’ve been following you may have noticed I’ve recently posted Cookies and Cream Rice Krispie Treats and Cinnamon Roll Rice Krispie Treats).  I LOVE Rice Krispie Treats!  They are so quick, simple and incredibly delicious.  The possibilities of different flavors are endless.  The great thing a
Sugar Cookie Rice Krispie Treats: Sugar Cookie Rice Krispie Treats

Sugar Cookie Rice Krispie Treats

What can I say, I’m on a Rice Krispie Treat kick lately (if you’ve been following you may have noticed I’ve recently posted Cookies and Cream Rice Krispie Treats and Cinnamon Roll Rice Krispie Treats).  I LOVE Rice Krispie Treats!  They are so quick, simple and incredibly delicious.  The possibilities of different flavors are endless.  The great thing a
Sugar Cookie Rice Krispie Treats: Sugar Cookie Rice Krispie Treats

A tree full of waxwings

Our garden right now can be described as a Twitchers Paradise! Look left Look right ‘Okay, its all right here’ ‘Not the greatest apple I’ve ever eaten, but beggars can’t be choosers, even one so pretty as me’. The waxwings came back. Beautiful. We do look forward to them visiting us, this being the third year now.
A tree full of waxwings: A tree full of waxwings

Leek and Butter bean cassoulet

Cassoulet is a rich, slow-cooked bean stew or casserole originating in the south of France. Traditionally cassoulet is made with meat and white haricot beans. The dish is named after its cooking vessel, the cassole, a deep, round, earthenware pot with slanting sides.I was a little alarmed to read that the Cassoulet has now been commercialised and can be found in cans at many French supermarke
Leek and Butter bean cassoulet: Leek and Butter bean cassoulet

Carrot Cake Pancakes

How I love a stack of hot of the griddle, drenched in syrup, fancy pancakes! Here’s a recipe you are definitely going to want to add to the weekend mornings breakfast rotation. I think I could probably eat the entire batch of pancakes by myself =). They really do taste just like fluffy, sweetly spiced carrot cake, especially when they are smothered with Vanilla Cream or Cream Cheese Syrup. My obvi
Carrot Cake Pancakes: Carrot Cake Pancakes

Mushroom Tofu loaf served with Chipotle runner bean ragout

Although meatloaf is of European origin, I have always associated it as part of American cuisine. So it will not be a surprise to some of you that I have never seen a meatloaf up close. But D having lived in the States for a couple of years vouched that visually this vegan ‘Mushroom Tofu loaf’ looked pretty close. It wasn’t just about the way it looked though, it was about taste too. I’ve mentio
Mushroom Tofu loaf served with Chipotle runner bean ragout: Mushroom Tofu loaf served with Chipotle runner bean ragout

Earthy Chestnut Mushroom soup

I’ve never really enjoyed eating mushrooms, especially button mushrooms. I find them bland. The only time I will compromise using them is when they are combined with other ingredients. The one mushroom I can just about eat because it has depth and an earthy flavour is the chestnut mushrooms. I especially use it when I make mushroom stroganoff.I picked some up to enjoy at the weekend, but never g
Earthy Chestnut Mushroom soup: Earthy Chestnut Mushroom soup

Coconut Cupcakes with Coconut Frosting

These are one of my new favorite cupcakes!  I love how they don’t have pieces of the chewy coconut in them because you grind the shredded coconut in a food processor before adding it.  These cupcakes are pure bliss. Everyone loved them! The frosting melts in your mouth.  The cupcake recipe is one I found in the Martha Stewart Cupcakes book, but I decided to add my own frosting recip
Coconut Cupcakes with Coconut Frosting: Coconut Cupcakes with Coconut Frosting

Strawberry Coffee Cake

I tell you no lie when I say this Strawberry Coffee Cake is the best coffee cake I’ve ever eaten! I love it! It makes sense that I like it so much because I adapted the recipe slightly from my favorite ever blueberry muffins recipe. I had some fresh strawberries in the fridge I needed to use up and I’ve been wanting to make a coffee cake recipe for some time so I decided why not strawberry? The co
Strawberry Coffee Cake: Strawberry Coffee Cake