Scottish Shortbread

 This week we will be celebrating Robert Burns birthday, 25th January and we will be hosting a Burns Supper, SupperClub, here at our home in France, a number of friends book to come along to our 'underground restaurant' to enjoy the various meals/menus that we create.This week we have 17 people joining us for Burns Supper, 11 of them French and they want to try Haggis (national dish of Scotland), I will post the details of the menus and recipes later in the week as I prepare them for Saturday evening....more

Italian Meringue

This is the recipe for Italian Meringue, it has many uses as it is more stable than the typical French Meringue, as the egg whites are 'cooked' due to the hot sugar syrup.You'll need...more

Chocolate Fudge Brownies

Chocolate Fudge Brownies

 So this week I was invited to a friends house, she was hosting a Candle Party. A good excuse to have a few friends around for a nice afternoon, you can sit and enjoy the show,  do a little bit of shopping and of course for the host she can earn some money....more

Chinese Almond Cookies To Prepare For Chinese New Year

I’ve actually wanted to make peanut cookies, because I personally savour the fragrance of peanuts more than that of almond. But! Surprise! Surprise! The lack of ground peanuts here, plus a reluctance on my part to grind the nuts myself with a pestle and mortar, has allowed us to enjoy 2 other types of lip-smacking cookies which we would otherwise not have thought of making. How I love life’s little surprises and the blessings in disguise....more

What type of cook are you?

So, the new year is one week old - how many resolutions have you broken? Did your Dry-uary non-drinking pledge hit a stumbling block at the weekend? Did you lose track of how many calories you were counting once they hit double digits? Did you have an unfortunate episode with Lycra that's put you off ever associating with it in public again? ...more

No Fuss Banana Bread

It was a bitterly cold morning in Northern Iowa, which seems to be the way 2014 is going to start out.  TJ and I had spent much of the morning playing, and I had been able to get some laundry and cleaning done, while stll fitting in a short 25 minute workout.  The temperatures on this particular day seemed warm compared to what we had and would be seeing…a mild 10 degrees or so....more

Root Vegetable and Cardamon Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

I considered naming this post ‘Leftover Cake’ but I feel that such a title would disguise the fact that this cake is an exceptional, not merely acceptable, way to use up your food. First and foremost, it’s a great cake; I’d happily go out of my way to purchase the ingredients to make it. All the better if you find yourself with the appropriate leftovers....more

gooey peppermint bars

Merry Christmas everyone! I hope everyone is having a splendid holiday filled with love, laughter, relaxation, and spending time with friends and family. Since it’s Christmas, it only makes sense that I post something chocolate-and-peppermint-related, right?...more