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

My Big Fat American Vacation, or, I still love Americans even though they can't use cutlery!

This trip took me from New York City down the entire east coast of the U.S .  Taking the overnight sleeper Amtrak train from New York to Savannah in Georgia and then driving on to Naples in the southern tip of Florida.  Many miles were covered, and of course much food was consumed....more

12 Salad Dressings That Will Transform Dinner Forever

As I create recipes for my blog, I keep tabs on all the salad dressings I've made with a little document that includes the ones I use most. These dressings are the ones I come back to time and time again, because they are flexible and tasty. Once you have these dressing recipes under your belt, you can transform endless salads! All the following recipes will dress a salad of 4 to 6 servings. ...more

Am I an old lady baker?

You know - people have said to me that I have old lady taste when it comes to cakes.  At first I was offended, thinking of myself as an up to the minute woman in the prime of my life.  Then, I thought about it.  Thought about the cakes I love:- Scones- Spiced Walnut Loaf- Madeira Cake- Lemon Drizzle- Shortbread (ok, not really a cake, but I'm making a point here)- Mince Pies- Madelaines- Banana Loaf...more

Solo Salads (or not)

There's a reason why I came up with these salads and a reason why they are called 'solo'.  Firstly, it always happens, I have people over to eat and I can't help myself, I buy too much food and I make too much food.   My friends always eat lots (I just can't be friends with picky eaters or people who eat tiny portions) and, I often give doggy bags, even so I still end up with lots of odds and ends in the fridge.  This poses a challenge, as I find it almost impossible to throw food away.  I see it as my duty to use it up....more

Tangy Red Tomato Chutney

I'm not that daft, I know that tomatoes are supposed to be red!  The reason why I have been specific in the title is to differentiate them from green tomatoes which are often used to make chutney - so I am not as green as I am cabbage looking.  Anyway, enough of that.  I am a chutney/relish/pickle addict.  I just can't have a sandwich without a wee something to perk it up.  This recipe is based on a classic from the great Marguerite Patten.  It is really simple to make and gives a classic chutney flavour....more

One-Pan "Practical Pork Chops" in Half an Hour

So, what's so practical about this pork chop recipe? Well, it incorporates all my favorite flavors to combine with pork (apples, onions, mustard, honey) in one roasting tray. It's also easy, takes about half an hour to make, and there's only one pan to wash up—what could be more practical than that? ...more
Laurend1985 Karen Vivers So glad you both enjoyed it - yey!more