November 3, 2018

I really enjoy so many things about Autumn. In no particular order; conkers, turning leaf colours, crisp cold mornings with bright sunlight, hot chocolate, all things cinnamon, woolly hats, thick socks, evening candle light and chunky jumpers.  I even like the clocks changing; apart from the fact you have an extra hour in the day, it’s also the season that my beloved step-dad died and somehow, going back to this time feels like I’m back on ‘his’ time.  Grie...

May 25, 2018

I don’t know about you, but when spring comes around, I feel the urge to look at my world and take the opportunity to make changes.  A lot of people do this as part of their new year resolutions, but for me, spring resonates as a start for new beginnings; maybe it’s to do with the change in light and new buds and flowers that have started to grow. 

Upon my reflections, I realised that I had never shared some of the thoughts that led me to Sky Meadow Bak...

March 9, 2018

For Mother’s Day last year, I shared a collection of recipes that you could make to create a beautiful afternoon tea for your ‘Mum’ (or whatever name she may have…Step Mum, Bonus Mum...)  It’s a lovely way to show how much you appreciate them and you get to eat cake!

This year I have added another recipe to the afternoon tea collection, with these dainty Mini Banoffee Pies.  

Banoffee pies were originally created by a fantastic restaurant called the Hungry Mo...

March 2, 2018

So by a happy accident, I added a bit too much self raising flour in the recipe so my churros (Mexican treat, normally long donut like sticks) hit the very hot oil, they puffed up a bit more than usual.  Thinking on my feet, I decided to make them much smaller and they puffed up into small balls…a perfect little snack!

On this very cold day, I would recommend serving them along side a hot chocolate - well why not!?

Mini Churros Balls

70g    self raising f...

February 23, 2018

To be completely honest, I have struggled with flavour inspiration this week.  I think it’s because the new season of fruits is just around the corner and so there is nothing jumping out at me right now.  So looking around my kitchen yesterday, I saw that I had some apples that needed using up - well that leads to cinnamon (naturally) and then onwards to muffins!

I made this recipe for 6, but if you would like 12 then go ahead and double up the ing...

February 16, 2018

These are one of my favourite biscuits, well peanut butter and chocolate chips - what more can you want! 

I realise I share quite a few biscuit recipes and that’s mainly because they are quick and easy to create and make brilliant snacks for the week (If they last that long!).  These little gems are no exception.

You could play around with different nut butters, one of my favourite brands is Pip n Nut and they have all sorts!  I used peanut butter here,...

February 9, 2018

Recently on a trip to London, I visited the holy grail of Italian delicatessens - Lina Stores.  If you haven’t been and you love Italian cooking, then add it to your list, you won’t regret it!

A little treat that I buy myself when I am there are the small Italian chocolates called Baci, translated as “kisses” in Italian.  They are nutty, chocolatey and very moreish and being that they are not easy to come by often, I thought I might have a go at making them.

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February 2, 2018

Hooray it’s February!  Gosh, I don’t know about you, but it felt like January went on for a long time.  I went for an early morning run in the week and I am noticing the lighter mornings, along with some cracking sunrises - spring is on the way.

This weeks blog is quite a personal one to me, my wonderful step dad would have had his birthday this week, I still can’t believe its nearly 3 years since he died - feels like a lifetime and just a minute,...

January 26, 2018

Marmalade making is a bit of a tradition for me at this time of year.  For about 4 years now, 3 wonderful women from my family and me, gather together to boil up a big batch of glorious Seville orange marmalade.  Seville orange season starts in mid January through to mid February - so just a few short weeks, which I think is why I get so excited about it!

Although there is a bit of time needed to make this recipe, a lot of it is just keeping an eye on t...

January 19, 2018

The oven is back on!  I realised that my last few blogs have been oven free, which is of course completely ok, but it’s good to get back to some baking.

To combat the dark days and cold winds, I have channelled comforting flavours and warm spice. These biscuits are packed full of energy producing ingredients and let's face it - it’s always handy to have another recipe to use up a banana that’s on the turn.

They have a lovely texture to them, no...

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