Review: My Feast

My feast with Peter Kuruvita

Another review from my fellow foodies at Northfields Cook Book Club… this time member Ellinor Fitzgibbon got her hands on Peter Kuruvita’s tome of recipes from the Far East… My Feast  By Peter Kuruvita Published by Hardie Grant Books £25 Who is it for? This is a grown up cook book for someone with plenty […]

Review: The Amalfi Coast

The Amalfi Coast

Northfields Cook Book Club is still going strong, the Facebook page is gathering new members and i’m hoping for a big turn-out at the next meeting which is going to be a Vintage Tea Party fundraiser for The Children’s Society, and the theme, shall be CAKE! If you’re local to West London and fancy joining […]

Win Sacla’s pesto recipe book

Sacla Big Book of Pesto giveaway

A jar of pesto is a permanent fixture in my fridge. Whether you prefer home made or shop bought, the tasty green sauce can bring something special to run-of-the-mill recipes when you just want that extra taste fix. At home I spread it onto fillets of fish before baking in foil, mix it with creme […]

Northfields Cook Book Club #1

Northfields Cook Book Club

I’ve started a new Cook Book Club in my local area… it’s an excuse to talk about food, swap recipes and ideas with fellow cooks. I was inspired by The Bath Cook Book Club and then Ren’s in St Albans – I just couldn’t stop thinking what a great idea it would be to start […]

Review: Mums Helping Mums Cookbook

Mums Helping Mums Cookbook

I’m not sure if you’re aware of the Mums Helping Mums campaign from Tilda rice in association with the World Food Programme.  You might have noticed the special packs of Tilda rice in the supermarket… Well now they’re extending the scheme to include a new downloadable cookbook. For every cookbook downloaded Tilda donates a meal […]

Review: Nosh for busy mums & dads by Joy May

Nosh for busy mums and dads

I had a lovely email ping into my inbox a few weeks ago from Ben May, asking if I’d review his family’s latest cookbook Nosh for busy mums and dads. Bypassing conventional publishers, the May family decided to go it alone producing Nosh for Students 10 years ago when Ben was away at university learning […]

Review: GBBO Learn To Bake

Review of The Great British Bake Off: Learn To Bake

The huge juggernaut that is the Great British Bake Off just keeps on trucking, rolling out brilliant telly and making stars of some pretty good home bakers. This last series was compelling stuff – the steely blue-eyed Paul Hollywood playing attractive silver fox bad cop to twinkly eyed kind Mary Berry’s good cop, they were […]

Review: Biscuit by Miranda Gore Browne

Biscuit by Miranda Gore Browne

Great British Bake Off fans will no-doubt recognise finalist Miranda Gore Browne, whose skill for making and decorating biscuits stood out from the start and certainly caught legend Mary Berry’s attention. “Miranda is the iced biscuit queen” declares the baking grande dame, in a quote on the cover of Miranda’s new book Biscuit. But can […]

Book review: First Preserves

First Preserves by Vivien Lloyd

Making jam and marmalade can be a daunting prospect for the uninitiated. I was lucky enough to have a trained WI judge teach me (thanks Mum!), but this book is the next best thing! First Preserves author Vivien Lloyd has 25 years’ experience of making and demonstrating award-winning preserves. As well as judging competitions, Vivien runs […]

WeightWatchers: the complete kitchen


I’ve owned a fair amount of diet recipe books over the years, but to be honest they’ve never appealed enough to use them very much. The food styling is usually non existent, and the recipes just don’t have any ooze appeal, you know, those tempting pictures in normal cookery books that make you want to […]