Monthly Archives: July 2013

Meatballs two ways

Whether you like your meatballs with spaghetti and tomato sauce, or mashed potato and gravy, these meaty morsels are for you. Continue reading


Mexican Eggs


Technically, these are called Huevos Rancheros and technically they’re a breakfast dish. But, philistines that we are, we call them Mexican Eggs and eat them for tea. I make no claims whatsoever to this version’s authenticity but they’re tasty and filling and most of the ingredients will be in the cupboard already.

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Chocolate chip cookies and ice cream sandwiches

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANeeding to make something for lunches this week but having no inclination to have the oven on for any longer than necessary I settled on these squidgy chocolate chip cookies which only need 10 minutes’ cooking time. They are from one of my most bashed recipe books (held together with sellotape and bits of cookie dough, it’s a good one). Continue reading

Summer fruit loaf cake


This rich buttery loaf cake is the perfect vehicle for showing off whatever soft summer fruit is at its ripest. It has nuggets of juicy fruit threaded through it as well as a pile nestling on top.  I’ve used strawberries here but any mix of raspberries, blackberries, peaches, apricots nectarines, even blackcurrants, would be super. Continue reading

Strawberry gin smash

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI don’t know about you, but watching Andy Murray turns me into a nervous wreck. A glass of Pimms is not going to be enough to get me through the tennis tomorrow. So I present you with this as an alternative. It’s made of strawberries and gin and it’s called a smash, what could be more appropriate for Wimbledon? Continue reading