Feasting at the Witching Hour

As darkness fell over Saturday evening and cats with knowing eyes prowled the hushed street outside I closed my blinds and retreated into to my kitchen. It was time to stir up a little black magic for my Halloween Feast.

A deliciously wicked goulash (or, forgive me, ghoulash) was what I had in mind, followed by spooky meringue ghosts, all washed down with blood-red wine. Read post

Win a Set of Mugs from Cornishware

It’s time for another exciting competition! Cornishware, the company behind the classic blue and white design of a pottery collection which has adorned British kitchens for more than eight decades, has teamed up with A Slice of Cherry Pie to…

Steak and Portobello Mushroom Baguette

Rob went out for an Indian meal with friends last night and I stayed home for a quiet night in with the dogs, so I was cooking just for myself. I didn’t fancy spending ages in the kitchen just for dinner for one so I wanted something quick and easy. But there was to be no girlie, light snack for me, oh no. Instead, I went for a huge man-sized steak baguette with a fried and sliced Portobello mushroom (which you can’t see in the photographs as it was hidden under the steak) and rocket. I devoured the lot. It was glorious.

Chilli Beef and Tenderstem Broccoli Stir Fry

Now that the clocks have gone back and the night’s are drawing in it’s time to turn up the heat and spice up our evening meals.

Lasagna, Salad and Garlic Bread

Over the bank holiday weekend I invited our parents over for dinner. I wanted a relaxed, family meal and what better than lasagna with the classic accompaniments of salad and garlic bread? After all, the Italians sure know how to feed a family! Read post

Beef and Red Wine Stew with Dumplings

We’ve had some beautiful days this week, with clear, bright blue skies and sunshine, the kind you often get on cold, cold days, as these have been. The last few mornings have seen frost; pretty on grass while a nuisance on cars that need driving.

A British Family Favourite…with an Italian Influence

There’s a definate chill around the house tonight, so much so that my toes are cold inside my socks, and we’ve put the heating on. I don’t mind so much, I’m starting to get ready to embrace the cooler weather;…

Proper Burgers

I think there’s something really rather exciting about making your own burgers. Certainly the first few times you make them you get a real sense of achievement – ‘wow, I made those; they weren’t shop-bought’ – and the great thing…

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