Peanut Butter and Oat Cookies

My Mother recently gave me her old hand written recipe for peanut butter and rolled oat cookies that has to be at least thirty-five years old. It’s covered in stains and has yellowed with age. My sister and I used to love getting home from school to eat a couple of these biscuits – crunchy…

It’s time to marinate…olives that is

At the end of April I preserved a bucketful of wonderful black olives gratefully received from my Step-mother. Over the last six weeks they have been quietly transforming in my dark pantry from unpalatable bitterness in to edible salty fruits. The process of making the raw olives palatable was relatively painless in the end and…

Vanilla Butter Cake with Buttercream Icing

My Mother is having a significant birthday next month and she has decided that my present to her will be a decorated cake for the family get together. Since I have no idea what to get her, a cake seems like a great idea. Of course being very particular, she wants a vanilla butter cake…

My winter vegetable garden

My winter vegetables have been growing nicely over the last couple of months and have started to provide us with nutritious goodness. See my Post when it was first planted in autumn. The weather has been fairly mild; not too cold, lots of sunshine and with enough rain to make my life easier (we could always…

Chocolate and Pear Tart

It’s my birthday today (forty no less! – see Here for my ramblings) and even though I have a strict ‘no cooking’ policy on my birthday, I’ve made an exception to make this decadent tart. I first tasted a chocolate and pear tart from a local Swiss patisserie a number of years ago and instantly fell in love…

Turning 40 is not the end!

I’ve just turned forty! Yikes!! It’s funny how a big birthday milestone can make you stop and reflect a bit. So please excuse me while I self indulge. Turning forty for me is definitely not the end, in fact it actually feels like the beginning. My life was a little slow in getting started and…