Gingerbread Iced Christmas Wreath cookies

2015 Christmas Hamper round up

Yes, I know it’s February, but I decided to take some time off over the festive season to recharge the old batteries. While much of the northern hemisphere has been under a blanket of snow, Nottingham is under it’s usual grey clouds. Temperatures are strangely mild for the season. We had some proper wintery weather, but that has long gone now. Anyway, I thought I really should get around to updating Read more […]

Game of Scones All Men Must Dine

Review: Game of Scones: All Men Must Dine

A few of you, certainly those who know me in real life, may already know that my husband runs the book review site, The Eloquent Page. This book came to my attention through his fiction contacts, not mine. I think there must be few people now that have not heard of Game of Thrones. Even those not familiar with the TV show or books will find it obvious that this book is a parody in a cookbook of Read more […]

Back To The Future cookies full set

Back To The Future Cookies for Parkinsons Charities

I am taking a little break from the squash recipes today to tell you about some cookies I made for charity. As a big fan of the Back To The Future movies, and of their lead actor, Michael J Fox, it was unthinkable to allow Future Day to go by unacknowledged. What is Future Day? In the second movie, Marty McFly travels forward in time to 2015, October 21st at 4.29pm to be precise. Something needs Read more […]

roasted squash and spinach lasagne

Roasted Squash and Spinach Lasagne

After serving this lasagne, my husband proclaimed it to be his favourite dish of #SquashAppreciationMonth so far. It has quite a few steps in it, but the resulting dish is extremely tasty, making it very worthwhile. Despite being vegetarian, you could easily serve this to the most ardent meat eater and you won’t hear any disappointment. I used  half of a large culinary pumpkin, which are in shops Read more […]

Squash and bacon risotto

Roasted Squash and Bacon Risotto

Risotto is one of those dishes I usually order at a restaurant than make at home. Why? Anyone that has spent time making a risotto knows that they involve a lot of work. You have to toast the rice in butter, keep the stock warm, add stock little at a time and stir constantly. This is how it has been done for generations. Well, what if I was to tell you none of this is necessary? I only recently Read more […]

Creamy Squash Soup

Creamy Squash Soup

Is there any better soup than one you make yourself? Yes, one that is super easy to make. Most of the work in this soup is done by the oven so you can do something else as the squash becomes sweet and tender in the oven. And the roasted garlic is just delicious. The addition of the cream makes this soup quite decadent. You can add a low fat alternative if you must, but its only 150ml between 4 Read more […]