Quick Canapé Recipe for Parmesan Crisps

I normally have some parmesan cheese lurking somewhere in the fridge, so this is a bit of a go to canapé for me.  It's so easy to make and you will look like a domestic goddess when you whip this up for your guests.  The crispy, salty flavour is a great way to start any party....more

Mince Pie Puffs

Last year at Christmas time I went a bit crazy and made so much from absolute scratch.  It was great, don't get me wrong, but this year I'm trying to go a bit easier on myself.  My recipes are just as tasty, but a bit quicker and less involved.  This version of my classic mince pie is absolute tribute to that.  So, if you find yourself craving those Christmas treats and the smells that just HAVE to fill the house, check out the website over the next few days for some easy ideas....more

Shrimp and Avocado Salad

It may seem a bit crazy to be posting such a summer style salad in the depths of November.  But it's always summer somewhere - even if it's only in your kitchen!...more

Who'd have thought you could get such great Italian food in Naples?

Naples Florida of course.......more

Savannah Red Rice

And of course, if you are making southern fried chicken (or roast chicken), you'll be wanting something to go with it.  Look no further, Savannah Red Rice is ideal!Preparation Time: 20 minutesCooking Time: 30 minutes...more

Southern Fried Chicken

This is my tribute to my trip to Savannah and to my first ever taste of southern fried chicken at Miss Wilkes restaurant.  Yes, honestly, I have never ever had southern fried chicken -  and no, I have NEVER even been in a KFC!  This was my first time.  I think it's safe to say that I saved the best for first! Oh, if it's a healthy meal you want, look away now....more

Sweet, Sultry Savannah

I’ve long had a curiosity about the ‘Deep South’. I think it started as a child when I read books like The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and To Kill a Mockingbird. As a teenager and adult I found myself ever drawn to books and films from the area. The Colour Purple, The Help, The Secret Life of Bees, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café and most recently, inspired by my trip to Savannah, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. I can still see myself as a child, wrapped up in my duvet, only head and fingers poking out, just enough to catch the bedside light on the page to read....more

My First Visit to New York wasn't what I expected.

This was my first visit to New York and I went expecting to love it.  Although I hail from a tiny Scottish island, I am a city girl at heart.  I've lived in London, Edinburgh and Amsterdam and loved them all.  I had great expectations from the big apple.  So, it's hard for me to admit this.... I didn't love it.  Sorry.  It just didn't do it for me.  Sorry.  I've thought a lot about why New York and me didn't hit it off and I came to a couple of conclusions. ...more

Back to Basics Beef Burger Recipe

Having spent so many hours developing what got to feeling like a never ending variety of burgers, like my weird and wonderful beetroot burgers. My recent trip to the U.S made me realise that if it ain't broke, there is definitely no need to fix it, so, this is my New York City inspired beef burger recipe....more

Beetroot and Beef Burger Recipe - A Burger recipe too far?

I have a tendency to get slightly obsessive about stuff.  All kinds of trivial things can consume my attention.  That goes for food too of course, eating and in this case developing recipes.  This burger recipe was the combination of two food obsessions.  Firstly I got a bit caught up with beetroots and their health benefits, then burgers.  Every cook seems to have a huge collection of burger recipes at their disposal, I thought I was lagging behind, so... I went for it....more