Love Island is definitely a summer guilty pleasure. And what could be more perfect than cracking on with a cocktail whilst you watch it? Love Island Iced tea - 100% you’re type on paper.Read More
It’s now been six months since I introduced a new food ritual to our household. Thursdays are now well and truly about Hurray It’s Thursday Cake. The kids even get slightly cross if there isn’t cake on their return from school (as there wasn’t last Thursday). I have created a monster.
Clearly, this family tradition is well and truly here to stay, and this week became even more exciting as I combined cake with biscuits as part of The Great Oreo Cookie Quest.Read More
Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
I want to stay in
And drink negronis with you.
To be fair, this cocktail is equally good on any other day, but it's a great one for Valentine's evening - or a night with friends instead. It takes moments to make, and is gloriously warming and, undeniably, strong. Happy Valentine's Day everyone!Read More
Christmas for me, is all about the food.
Yes it’s about the real meaning of Christmas (whatever that might be to you), it’s about the magic of it all for children, it's celebrating and laughing with family, and the John Lewis advert, but it’s also, very much so, about food.
Here are some of my favourite Christmas food rituals, and a very special new recipe for rocky road that could be served at even an ambassador's party...Read More
In my former life, I was a bit of a salted caramel expert, and whilst making A LOT of them over the last couple of years has dimmed my love of the chewy kind, I still seek it out in most other incarnations (the exception being crisps). At this time of year (and most others too), an espresso martini is always a winner, and this recipe makes it all the more seasonally special with the addition of, the admittedly ubiquitous, salted caramel.
My first homemade espresso martini used the recipe from Nigella’s Christmas cookbook, and this version is a complete homage to that - tweaked to capture Salted Caramel in all its glory.Read More
I’m not really sure I’m supposed to love Halloween as much as I do. It, or rather the over-the-top celebrating-of-it that I love so much, is ‘a bit American’ as my Mum would put it. But I don’t see that as a bad thing. The nights are drawing in, which in itself can be a little depressing. It’s getting colder and I never look as good in a polo neck as I think I should. But Halloween appears at the end of October and it’s a riot of fun, garishness, slight tackiness and faux-gore hilarity. Can’t go wrong really. We're having a tea party after school this year, and I get to indulge my love of this tacky holiday in full.Read More
I love Halloween. It's something about the kitsch, fake spookiness and the excuse for a party. And this cocktail, a violet white wine spritzer, is the perfect adult accompaniment to Halloween goings-on. The good thing about this cocktail is not only is it delicious, but it's also absolutely not restricted to Halloween. In fact I've had this at my friend Zoe's house in summer and winter and enjoyed it every time, I'm just annoyed with myself for only now requesting the recipe!Read More
There are many reasons I love cooking.
I love eating, first and foremost. I’d rather invest time in cooking something tasty than eat something indifferent. I also get a huge amount out of the process of cooking itself: a sense of detachment. My mind can wander as I just focus on the process - it’s meditative almost (that sounds wanky written down). But it’s also, massively, about the rituals food creates. The moments and memories that food can conjure. Eating and laughing together is one of the most joyful of family activities. And if you cook and eat similar things at similar events, those times, for me, seem to become even more precious. To separate the food from the occasion becomes impossible.Read More
I like to think of this as a 'Congratulations, you've made it to the end of the school holidays' type of cocktail. The end is in sight and, miss them as you will, you definitely deserve a drink. Perhaps it's spending too much time recently in soft play and cinemas which means I'm inspired, yet again, by the idea of a grown-up Slush Puppie. I've been wanting to try frosé (frozen rosé) for some time now, and finally got organised enough to make it happen.Read More
These are my favourite summer dinner party recipes, three starters, main courses and desserts to help you throw the perfect summer's evening - without too much stress. All can be prepared in advance, and all adapted to serve a small gathering or a large crowd.Read More
For the third Woman in Progress Cocktail Club, it's a version of the traditional Kir Royale, made with Pinkster Gin and some elderflower liquer. And edible flowers. Pretty right?Read More
The second in our cocktail club is this easy but beautiful number using chocolate milk, booze and sprinkles! It puts the fun in funfettiRead More
What do you bake for a cake-sale with very little notice? This rocky road is both quick and delicious.Read More
The first of our monthly cocktail club posts is an ode to this fabulous gin cocktail with blood oranges and elderflowerRead More