Recipe archive

I cook the vast majority of my meals from scratch, and have a reputation as being an excellent cook (I do tend to get my friends drunk first, though). Sometimes I create something so spectacular that I document it here...

Recipe: Gluten Free Lemon Mousse Cheesecake

In Recipe

A recent(ish) meeting with some of my BFFs necessitated the creation of a cake, and there’s no cake like a cheesecake, but I could not for the life of me find a cheesecake recipe I liked the look of. I wanted a baked cheesecake for… read full entry →

Recipe: Chocolate Orange Cake

In Home & Garden, Recipe

A blogger I follow on twitter recently tweeted a link to her frugal chocolate orange cake made with a jar of value marmalade (amongst other things). I didn’t have time to read through the recipe when I first saw it, but it came to mind… read full entry →

Recipe: Eton Mess Cake

In Home & Garden, Lifestyle, Recipe

Yesterday was Gaz‘s birthday and in true birthday tradition (AKA any excuse for cake) I decided to bake, with the “help” of the kids. Normally for this sort of occasion I would find a recipe weeks in advance and fail attempt to make something spectacular.… read full entry →

Easy Peasy Frugal Fish Pie

In Home & Garden, Recipe

This has been sat in drafts for so long, I figured I’d get it fixed up and posted otherwise it’ll never see the light of day! This is my easy “pea”sy fish pie recipe (it’s a pun, I’ll get to that shortly ;)) For the… read full entry →

My cheaty leftover-lamb curry

In Home & Garden, Recipe

I will start this post by warning you that I make my curries by throwing lots of stuff into a pan until it tastes vaguely like a curry. You could quite easily add/take away from this without it having a massive effect (e.g. I add… read full entry →

WFLW: Tuna Pasta Salad

In Recipe, Work

A cheap and cheerful classic that’s really quick to make. Today’s leftovers from last night contain pre-cooked cold pasta, tinned tuna, tinned sweetcorn (Green Giant Niblets are awesome straight from the tin), and some chopped steamed asparagus and courgette that needed using up. Eaten with… read full entry →

WFLW: Cheapo Beef Chilli

In Recipe, Work

A few years ago I blogged asking you guys for lunch ideas and you duly supplied. I’ve decided to return the favour by doing a new blog series: “what’s for lunch Wednesdays”. Each Wednesday (or, when I remember) I’ll tell you what I’ve got for… read full entry →

Making Toad in the Hole

In Misc, Recipe

Melly was talking earlier this week about Toad in the Hole, and I couldn’t stop thinking about it all week. I love the stuff. Normally, I buy the ready-made zap in oven stuff by Aunt Bessie’s, but I’ve gone off it in recent years (I… read full entry →

Cheesy Scones

In Misc, Recipe

After the piss-pouring rain put a damper on my pottering about in the garden, I decided to do a spot of baking. I don’t have much in the way of ingredients so I made scones, which are about the simplest thing you can bake. I… read full entry →

Mmm Chocolate Cakey

In Misc, Recipe

I decided — a spur of the moment thing — to do some baking today. It’s been a while, but after raiding my Mum’s for baking tins and a reminder about ingredient quantities I set to it. The cake itself is based on a traditional… read full entry →

Random Food Thought #1

In Misc, Recipe

Don’t ever make homemade Macaroni Cheese with Red Leicester cheese, even if the BBC Food recipe website thingy tells you too. Do however buy a small baguette, cut it in half lengthways, drop several small knobs of butter along the squishy side (opposite of the… read full entry →