Author: susie

Leek + Barkham Blue pizza bianca

Leek + Barkham Blue pizza bianca

This recipe features in the March edition of Hampshire Life magazine with wine matches from The knackered Mother’s Wine Club. Years ago, I helped my parents build a wood-fired oven from clay in their garden in France. To this day, no visit is complete without 

Crisp + chewy ricciarelli

Crisp + chewy ricciarelli

I’m often asked what my ‘signature bake’ is and I always struggle to come up with an answer. I love variety when I cook and rarely make the same thing more than once without some hefty fiddling. If I was really pressed to choose though, 

Rhubarb, lime + ginger tart

Rhubarb, lime + ginger tart

Like many freelancing parents, I’ve had to put my work on the back burner since January to concentrate on home-schooling my children during lockdown. We’ve managed to incorporate lots of cookery into our curriculum and I’ve loved sharing lunch everyday like it’s the weekend. What 

Miso butterscotch + tahini brownies

Miso butterscotch + tahini brownies

The idea of miso caramel had been on my mind for some time, popping up on my Instagram feed and staring at me from magazine pages and newspaper supplements. When I finally got the idea out of my head and into the kitchen, it had 

Heart-shaped choux for Valentine’s Day

Heart-shaped choux for Valentine’s Day

I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with choux pastry. A top-quality eclair promises so much, sitting there in the patisserie window, all glossy and bejewelled. However, by the time you get it home, even the most perfectly formed specimen is usually soggy and 

Matcha gelato with sesame biscuits

Matcha gelato with sesame biscuits

You know it’s been a hard week when you’ve felt compelled to make two batches of ice cream. This was definitely a two-batch week. The first was strawberry ice cream for the children, which I have secret plans for this weekend. The second is definitely 

Stress-free Valentine’s brunch

Stress-free Valentine’s brunch

This recipe features in the January edition of Hampshire Life magazine with wine matches from The knackered Mother’s Wine Club. Real Bread Week doesn’t officially start until 20th February, but I never need an excuse to visit my favourite bakery, Hoxton Bakehouse. A thick slice 

Quince + pistachio crusted clafoutis

Quince + pistachio crusted clafoutis

Sometimes a single ingredient can inspire a a whole week in the kitchen. The wonderful new General Store in Winchester had the most beautiful display of quinces last week. I had no plan or need for quinces, yet I just couldn’t leave without purchasing some.

Pizza snails

Pizza snails

This was one of our favourite lockdown lunch creations from last May. We were still on ‘the garden’ topic at school which inspired our hummus garden toasts, but I wanted to make something with the children that felt like a proper morning’s project.

Hummus garden toast

Hummus garden toast

My daughter was in Year R for the first lockdown, which meant lots of time to fill without very much actual school work to complete. In a way this was good news, as her 2 year old brother wasn’t particularly supportive of any sensible seated