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  • I think chocolate is one of the best foods ever invented! It has taste, color and texture that make it unique but it’s also incredibly versatile. You can mix chocolate with many flavors – orange, ginger, mint, coffee and chili to name a few. Over the holidays I baked my favorite chocolate fudge cake and boy, it went down well! Here it is, minus a big chunk which my husband and son surreptitiously removed whilst [...]

  • Winter is a time for spice! Nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon and ginger all figure in my favorite winter recipes. From ice cream to cake and cookies, a little spice can really liven up a recipe and add a special “Christmas” touch. Let’s take ice cream first of all – I love to make mulled wine sorbet at this time of year. It is colorful, fragant and spicy and, using 3/4 pint of red wine, it is [...]

  • I like mixing old and new ideas when it comes to recipes, and today’s recipe is definitely in that vein. One of the most popular home-baked treats during my childhood in Yorkshire, England was a scone.  Served freshly baked and warm, I would take a scone, cut it in two and spread butter and strawberry jam on each half. Simply delicious! It seems, however, that not everyone has experienced the delights of a good scone [...]

  • I love flowers and I love good food, so today let’s bring them together for some great culinary fun! If you look back in history there is plenty of evidence to show that people used flowers in cooking to a much greater extent than they do today. Medieval recipes often included flowers, particularly in salads and desserts.  From cowslips to daisies, snowdrops to violets, they were all used. Read more about medieval flowers. Moving back [...]

  • Blueberries are one of my all time favorite foods. Juicy, sweet and colorful, the blueberry is a delicious fruit that lends itself to many culinary uses. I serve blueberries almost every day for my family. They’re great sprinkled on top of granola for breakfast, and a handful of blueberries thrown into a fresh fruit salad after lunch never goes amiss. I love to experiment by combining blueberries with other flavors when I’m cooking; and I [...]

  • Last month was National Ice Cream Month and I hope most of you got the opportunity to enjoy a special ice cream celebration. I certainly did, as did my friend June. Why would that be interesting? Well, we were both on holiday, thousands of miles apart, in very different countries — I was in France, whilst June was driving Route 66 taking in Chicago, St. Louis, Oklahoma, Phoenix and the Grand Canyon. When we got [...]