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*.

Fruit Jokes

It's January, it's Wednesday, and we're all feeling fed up. So, whilst you're browsing for recipes or checking out my cookery courses, I thought I'd distract you with some jokes. This week - fruit jokes. Are you ready to be cheered up?!

Cardamom Ice Cream or Creme Anglaise

Proper custard……..not a tin of Bird’s in sight, or you can turn it into ice cream


Mashed potato is one of my favourite foods on the planet, it's up there with chocolate and green curry so it goes without saying that gnocchi is going to be up there at the top of my food charts - because it's made with mashed potato.

Bread - Beverley's method

This is Beverley’s basic white bread recipe, this will form the basis of a great loaf, pitta bread, pizza base, flatbread, fougasse, breadsticks and lots more.

The sugar bashing campaign

It's been all over the papers this year, again in the Sunday press today 2014 is sugar bashing year. Just read The Times, The Guardian or The Independant. OK, I know it's January and it's 'diet month' so if it's not 'give up sugar' it's the 5:2 or 4:3 diet or something so I tend to give it short shrift.

A normal Saturday at The Glocks' (?)

"We have 3 jars of umami paste in the fridge but no tapenade! What's wrong with house?" (meaning having 3 jars of umami paste in the fridge is entirely normal for all fridges everywhere but having no tapenade is an offense against society and it's outrageous that we don't have an tapenade in the fridge and she'll have to make do with pesto)

Sweet Potato and Orange Cupcakes

These cupcakes have oranges and sweet potatoes in them so it makes them slightly healthier than standard cupcakes. If blood oranges are season this gives lovely pale pink icing and lots of 'ooohs and ahhhs' from children. Omit the walnuts for people with food allergies or who dislike them. These are my 11 year old son's favourite cupcakes, without the walnuts.

Snowboarding in Passo Tonale, Italy

I spent a week snowboarding with 5 of my girlfriends some 9 years ago. The decision to choose snowboarding over skiing was purely down to the fact that myself and Lisa could ski well and the other 4 had never skied so we figured we'd all try something different - disaster. Nine years is a long time and you forget, it looks cool so let's have another go.

Adamello Glacier, Passo Tonale, Italy

Feeling very self righteous on New Year's Day we ventured out at around 10am to almost empty and perfectly groomed slopes. No queues on the lifts, empty bars and restaurants and no queues for the toilets either, so worth going to bed just after midnight.

New Years Eve in Passo Tonale, Italy

We are staying in THE posh hotel of the resort, the Grand Hotel Miramonti, it's about as close as you can get to the slopes, the food at supper is generally fabulous, the breakfast is best described functional.