Marzipan & Mincemeat Madness

Well, not exactly madness, in fact far from madness, an afternoon of pure Christmassy joy in the kitchen this afternoon. I’ve been looking at some Christmas recipes over the past few days, and had my own epiphany. I never realised how easy it was to make my own mincemeat AND marzipan. First for the mincemeat….

Simple Lemon & Poppyseed Cupcakes

I believe cooking should be a pleasurable and simple experience, which is why most of the recipes I post are easy to follow, quick to make, but bursting with flavour. These cupcakes are quick and simple to make, with a delightful lemon flavour, and a slight crunchy seedy texture. 170g self raising flour 170g butter…

Readers Lamb

I love hearing about your kitchen triumphs. This week, one of my original blog followers, who has, I have to say always been very supportive and kind about my recipes and ramblings, emailed me with a few additional questions about my slow cooked leg of lamb recipe. We discussed gravy options, substituting the mint sauce…

Tomorrow

I dont think I can contain my excitement………… It is like it is a never ending Christmas Eve ………………..   I have watched this series of the Great British Bake Off with extreme interest, making notes of the technical challenges, looking at this years contestants signature bakes  closely and looking through many recipe sites looking…

Stage 1 ~ Done!

My Christmas cake has cooked. I’m a little concerned about the texture, as the bottom feels a little bread puddingy, but all in all it seems to have held the fruit evenly and it feels very light. It’s still too hot to wrap up, so in what has become a tradition for me, I have…

The Cake

No, not the Christmas cake, but the cake that someone has asked me to make for them. Normally I don’t practice a cake, I just wing it, hold my breath and hope for the best. But this cake is different. It’s my first ever cake by request, the flavours were chosen specifically, and it’s for…

The Countdown Begins

Hello friends, I’m back where I belong ………. In the kitchen. It’s been a while, too much stress in the outside world, and I’ve neglected the Muddy Floor Kitchen, but as half term begins, I have time to start my own countdown. The countdown to Christmas!! Today I am trying out a new idea for…