Mandarin & Thyme

              After two years of writing and using my blogging training wheels, I have decided to lay this blog to rest. If you are at all interested… Continue reading

Daring Baker’s April Challenge – Nutmeg Cake

The Daring Bakers’ April 2012 challenge, hosted by Jason at Daily Candor, were two Armenian standards: nazook and nutmeg cake. Nazook is a layered yeasted dough pastry with a sweet filling, and nutmeg… Continue reading

Yvette Van Boven’s Gingerbread Muffins

 After some absence, and a slight revamp of the blog –  I am back to share with you a recipe from Yvette Van Boven’s cookbook Home Made.  There are certainly some perks with… Continue reading

Spring – and news

I am sitting in the sun writing this post. Such a lovely change from the grey days we were having over a week ago. Not only is the weather warmer, the sun shining,… Continue reading

Quail Eggs

 I bought these beautiful quail eggs last week at the Daylesford Organic in Notting Hill, but I have yet to think of a great way to transform these into a tasty meal. Recipes… Continue reading

Be My Valentine

To me there really is nothing more romantic than eating warm crumble with custard in bed with your loved one. (eating in bed…. yes I know). Although I am a true sucker for… Continue reading

Daring Baker’s January Challenge – Scones

  I was very excited when I saw that this month’s challenge was to make Scones. After missing a few challenges I knew this was the perfect one to get back into the… Continue reading

Smitten’s Blood Orange Cake

  Last week we received blood oranges in our weekly Riverford fruit and veg box. We both love fresh blood orange juice, but we only received 4 – hardly enough to make juice.… Continue reading

Heston’s Dinner

  A few weeks ago S and I went with his brother, and his girlfriend to Heston Blumenthal’s Dinner restaurant in the Mandarin Orient Hotel for lunch. S has always wanted to go… Continue reading

Hugh’s Parsnip Soup

Christmas has been and gone and it is now 2012, I now have quite a few new cookbooks for  to drool over , and a new lens to play with! Over Christmas I… Continue reading