Tis the season of umpteen dinner parties. Or at least it’s felt that way. And whilst I may have made a snide remark or ten about having to slave away behind a stove morning, noon and night, I’m secretly thrilled at being able to have all our nearest and dearest round to our home – rather than schlepping into central London to eat sub-par over-priced food and pay circa £17 for a shit glass of wine. By the way, let’s check the best foldable picnic table for outdoor dinner aparties. 

Essentially, it’s been wonderful. And I know I’m entering middle age when I say I’m starting to feel like I’m mastering the skill of dinner party hostess. The first thing I’ve learned, is that pudding (it is always pudding, and never ‘dessert *shudder*), should be made at least a day ahead, and that tarts are an excellent option. (I also whipped up a lemon tart, and lemon puddings from the same mix – so if you’d like to see the recipe for that, shout up below).




The best thing about birthday’s is that you can eat cake for breakfast, and no one can be mad at you. The best thing about other people’s birthdays, is that you can hide away in kitchens for days beforehand, and no one is allowed to miss you. (Ditto, at birthday parties, for the socially awkward among us).



It’s really great when you have an excuse to bake cake. It’s even greater when you can bake a gentle, Saturday afternoon, pottering in the kitchen sort of cake, because the people you’re cooking for will be pleased with any cake – even if it’s a little rough around the edges.


easter nest cupcakes

When I was younger, I couldn’t decide whether Spring or Autumn was my favourite season. Since joining the working world, the two bank holidays in April and May have been the deciding factor. Although, as I’m writing this curled under a blanket, with wind absolutely howling around the house, and all the windows rattling in their frames, this isn’t the most gentle start to a new season.

>> By the way, let’s visit my friend’s new blog for mom: Stroller and Car Seat for Baby reviews


Today’s video is probably one of my favourite yet. This is an absolute fail safe chocolate fudge cake recipe, and marshmallow frosting adds something a bit more special that the average buttercream swirl. Discovered by accident one day, when I (unsurprisingly) was desperate for cake and too lazy to head out to buy the correct ingredients – how wrong can it go?! Well, not very…


London Bakes Salted Dark Chocolate Cookies

This was a record setting read. Time from reading the post, to realising I had the ingredients, to being in the kitchen? Under a minute.
I’ve been looking for the perfect hedonistic chocolate cake recipe for a while, and have become obsessed with sweet recipes that use lots and lots of chocolate, rather than flour.
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Hazlenut butter cookies

I just always figured that someone would have a tonne of recipes making shortbread out of nut butters. But if they’re out there, I can’t darn well find them.
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This could have been a real fail of a recipe, but it’s actually surprisingly tasty. I may try and do something else using up some spelt flour I have – maybe I’ll even go the whole hog and substitute the sugar for honey and we can start a #cleancookie fad? (Some how I don’t see this being the next cronut…)

Orange polenta muffins with lemon and violet curd (GF)

re with me. I realise this sounds like I’ve been beamed up by the foodie knob brigade.
It works. Sweet, citrus, floral. If you want spring time in a muffin, then this is all I’ve got.
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Creme Egg Croissants

I made six of these beauties when home alone on Sunday. Now I’ve stashed five of them in my freezer and I’m desperately filling my fridge with all things green. If there was every a dish that could solidify your arteries with a glance, it is this one.
creme egg croissants recipe
And oh lord, it isn’t half glorious.

Springtime Morsels: Blueberry Muffins

As we’re hurtling towards Easter, I’m forced to admit that spring is finally here, and I have to give up my obsession with all things decadent and chocolate, and turn to lighter, fresher flavours.blueberry muffin recipe

blueberry muffin recipe