New York Style Baked Cheesecake

The deal between Mr Madnad and I this Valentine’s day was that he would make dinner of my choosing, and I would make a dessert of his choosing. I requested a chicken and bacon pasta with a sun-dried tomato pesto, and he requested a baked cheesecake. When anyone mentions a baked cheesecake, like me, you…

Valentine’s Day Cookies

You all know I enjoy icing cookies, right? Well, there was a couple of techniques that I have seen a few times on the gazillion cookie Facebook pages I follow that I have been dying for an excuse to try. As no one has specifically asked for them, I decided to make some cookies just…

Jo Wheatley Home Baking

Review: Jo Wheatley Home Baking

Most people will know Jo Wheatley as the much loved winner of the Great British Bake Off in 2011. Home Baking is the second book she has released, the first being A Passion For Baking. This book definitely has a similar cover style as the other GBBO books. If you look at the cover, it…

Comfort Food Cookbook

Review: Comfort Food Cookbook by Editors of Grit Magazine

Since the temperatures are often dipping below freezing at the moment, it’s not surprising our thoughts turn to comfort food, something satisfying, familiar and warming. This book is produced by Grit, an American magazine, using traditional American down home style recipes (although the inclusion of Toad In The Hole was a surprise), but most of…

handmade gifts from the kitchen

Review: Handmade Gifts From The Kitchen by Alison Walker

I was very excited to get an opportunity to review this book. For a few years now, I have handmade Christmas gifts for friends and family, so this was a book after my own heart. Alison Walker is the Food & Drink editor for Country Living Magazine. In her introduction, she extols the virtues of…

Iced Gingerbread Christmas Jumpers

Along with some coconut ice, the final item in my 2014 Christmas goodie box was some Iced Gingerbread Christmas Jumpers. The kitsch appeal of the Christmas jumper has grown enormously in recent years. Turn on the TV during the festive season and many a show host is sporting a ‘horrible’ Christmas jumper. The only thing…