Lavender shortbread biscuits

I can’t be the only person who considers the Great British Bake Off to be one of the highlights of my summer.  I’ve had rather a non-stop July when I seemed to be constantly running around.  The heat really doesn’t help, everything seems to take about ten times longer when you’re sweaty and I’ve become […]


Most of my memories of summertime during my childhood is of sweet tastes and warm breezes.  My parents both worked full-time, which meant that I was enrolled in a variety of summer camps and summer activities.  Some of them may have been against my will (regardless of how much of a better swimmer I became […]


It’s slight surreal to realise that famous people eat.  I mean, on an intellectual level, I realise that they must have favourite foods or love to cook, but with the exception of cutting edge Jamie Oliver restaurants, it’s hard to imagine them out to eat.  So when Irish foodie Donal Skehan (known to some, mainly […]

Mint Chip Biscotti 1

August can be a bit hot and sticky in London.  I’m a bit disappointed that for a variety of reasons (primarily that we’re saving our vacation time for a family wedding in October and a long trip back to the US at Thanksgiving), we’re not going to be able to take a week’s beach vacation […]

Irish Comedian Tayto Chocolate Cookies

I would not really consider myself a big comedy person – so it was a bit of a shock to me to realise, when I sat down to watch last week’s episode of the satirical news show Mock the Week (the show that launched Jon Oliver, oddly enough), I realised that I’d seen three of […]


I think I’ve walked by Bumpkin in South Kensington about a thousand times.  For awhile, Beardy Fiance was working on a worksite nearby and I used it as an excuse to constantly visit The Hummingbird Bakery – but unfortunately, I was never there at dinner time and as sweet as the restaurant looked, I never […]

Classic Italian Sponge Cake

People are connected in all kinds of crazy ways.  I was at a family barbeque this summer and, upon hearing that I lived in London, an extended family member mentioned that her daughter in law was Welsh and had actually been travelling back and forth quite a bit for her new cookbook she had written […]


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