Pistachio cake with lime drizzle

I’ve just taken down the last of the limes from my lime tree; they were starting to fall off anyway! After giving away the majority of them, I decided it was time to try another lime cake recipe. Needless to say my husband was very happy to hear it;┬áhe LOVES limes! This recipe is definitely…

Fig, almond and honey frangipane tart

Fresh figs are a wonderfully sweet and decadent summer fruit but are exorbitant to buy where I live, even when they are in season. Fortunately my mother in law has a wonderful fig tree in her garden which produces beautiful fruit each summer. As much I love eating figs just as they are, sometimes it’s…

Dark chocolate and beetroot cake

I’ve just pulled out the last of our beetroot crop from the garden and with smaller┬ábulbs I decided to make a chocolate and beetroot cake; the original (& the best) red velvet cake when beetroot was used instead of red food colouring. My daughters have been quite adamant that they do not and will not…

Apple and blueberry muffins

In my quest to try and get my kids to eat less sugar, I’ve come up with these easy to make low fat and low sugar muffins. Considering that they are both little biscuit, cake and chocolate connoisseurs, it’s a miracle that they liked them at all. These muffins are perfect as an afternoon post…

Mandarin and almond cake

Our mandarin tree has finally decided to fruit after six impatient years of waiting! Not only is it finally fruiting, but the tree is so heavy with fruit a few branches are actually dragging along the ground. As much as our family loves eating mandarins straight from the tree, I decided to trawl (not troll)…

Blueberry burst and lemon drizzle cake

One of my pet hates is wasting food; ‘waste not, want not’ was a regular proverb in my childhood home. It essentially means that the less you waste, the more you will have. So whenever some of my fruit starts getting wrinkly or bruised, I never throw it away or compost it, I simply make…

My delicious Pine Nut Tart

This recipe is my husbands favourite due to its buttery richness. Hence why I’m making this for his birthday. Perfect served cold with freshly whipped cream on the side. It comes from an old Italian cookbook, but it looks like an Italian version of a traditional English tart to me. Enjoy Pastry: 115g/8 tbsp unsalted…