Camp Bestival Planning

Mojitos for tomorrow night and in an ideal world all we would need is three things: Tequila, salt and limes, we wouldn't need anything else to get us through the weekend as no food would be required or remembered. However, we have children so that's not going to happen *sighs wistfully*.

Passo Tonale ski regions

First day in the resort and the hell that is ski hire shop, doesn't change, it's still hell, expect the worst and if it's better then you have a bonus, nuff said.

Easiest ski check in ever

Flight from Gatwick to Verona at 6.30am, check in 4.30am, get up at 2am to leave at 2.30am, pretty standard timing for ski holidays. However with the weather forecast of heavy rain and high winds we took a last minute decision to take advantage of Crystal Ski's day before check in option.

Family skiing holiday in Passo Tonale, Italy

First week skiing as a family ever, in Passo Tonale, Italy with Crystal ski. Days before children we used to spend most of our holidays skiing, usually 2 weeks a year, Christmas and again end of season and a weekend too, so we were pretty good skiers.

Christmas with your AGA

An AGA is fabulous to cook everything for Christmas. You can put sweet and savoury items in the ovens together and the smells and flavours won’t cross over, your kitchen will always be cosy and your dogs and cats will love the warmth.

Christmas Yule Log

This is made using the whisking method, it’s lower in fat than normal sponges as there is no added butter, until you come to the buttercream topping so don’t kid yourself that it’s in any way healthier or low in fat, it isn’t, at all, no way.


These classic German gingerbread biscuits are super easy to make and delicious, great for sharing or giving as gifts at Christmas.

Street Food Lunch Club - launches January 2014

I've come up with a brilliant new idea.....come and cook lunch together in my cookery school kitchen, then we'll sit down and eat together while chatting about how it can be adapted to cater to the tastes of your friends and family, then we'll clear up, wash up and you can go home armed with a fabulous new recipe.

Sausage and Mash Cupcakes

These are sausage and mash presented in a cupcake case rather than sausage and mash flavour cupcakes, not sure about this one, could be 'interesting'. Part of my new Confused Food range.

Veggie three bean chili with flatbread

This vegetarian version of a classic chili con carne is packed full of flavour and goodness, lovely served with a dollop of sour cream, guacamole and home made flatbreads

Tiny Stuffed Jacket Potatoes

Super easy canapes for Christmas and New Year, all you need is a bag of small Charlotte potatoes and some toppings, some of which you may find in your fridge or larder.