Banana Loaf

Banana Loaf

I like bananas on the just barely ripe end of the spectrum, so it is no surprise (especially in summer) when I have a surfeit of ripe bananas which have turned from ‘ripe-but-I-can-cope-eating-them’ into a ‘nope’, necessitating the apron to come down and oven to 

Cheese Scones

Cheese Scones

Scones are amazing. When you need something that is quick, easy, filling and relatively inexpensive: scones come to the rescue. For those who find some cheese scones lacking in cheese, this recipe will give you the cheese. It is also open to variations (some are 

Asparagus Risotto

Asparagus Risotto

I almost titled this ‘Luxuriant Asparagus Risotto’ because the final result is just that – luxuriant. The characteristic risotto creaminess has been amped up to 11 with the additions of butter and a dash of cream at the end. This richness means that it is 

Spinach and Ricotta Cannelloni

Spinach and Ricotta Cannelloni

Here is a bare-bones – dare I say almost ‘Pantry Staple’ – version for Spinach and Ricotta Cannelloni. It makes use of frozen spinach and canned tomatoes in lieu of the fresh options and dried, oven ready cannelloni instead of fresh pasta. One ingredient which 

Banana Sour Cream Cake

Banana Sour Cream Cake

Another recipe that uses up those bananas which have turned from firm yellow to mashable speckled brown! This recipe was born from a surfeit of bananas and a pottle of sour cream in the fridge that needed to be used. It is super easy to 

Best Ever Banana Muffins

Best Ever Banana Muffins

This recipe is an adaptation from a very loved, and very well used, collection of recipes published by Kimi Ora School called “Nuffin but Muffins”.1 It is a delightfully easy and tasty way to use up bananas which have passed from the yellow and firm 

Spaghetti all’ Amatriciana

Spaghetti all’ Amatriciana

I feel the need to emphasise this point: this is by no means a traditional Spaghetti all’ Amatriciana. Instead it is a meat-free version that makes the best of pantry staples. However if you prefer to include guanciale (or a substitute meat), then notes for 

Walnut Cake

Walnut Cake

I had another post planned, but then I made this cake and it took priority. This recipe comes from Rachel Allen’s Bake which is a fantastic cookbook and one that I highly recommend. In fact, I’ve made this cake twice – I enjoyed it so 

Easter Fairy Cakes

Easter Fairy Cakes

This is a deliciously simple cake recipe to use up the left over ground almonds and glace cherries from Christmas. In fact, as this recipe is without butter and eggs, it is good so for those who eschew these products during Lent (or at anytime) 

Chicken à la Meates

Chicken à la Meates

This is my version of Chicken à la King – the one that I grew up eating and which is still a firm and frequent favourite in the weekly meal rotation. In comparison to both the original and contemporary recipes, it is pared back and