Website refresh!


Good evening to you dearest reader. It’s been too long. So, turns out it’s been nearly 3 years since I posted anything, which is pretty unforgivable. What have you been up to? You can see a chunk of what I’ve been doing if you like over here – somewhere in the region of 300+ recipes, plus some food writing, travel writing, food styling, videos and art direction. But enough of my excuses, let’s get back to business.

Website is all tidied up and optimised for mobile (I think) – let me know if it looks a bit potato on your screen though please. You’ll probably notice a few other changes too, there’s some illustration kicking about for one thing, and my blog posts might start to take a slightly more varied direction…

Thank you so much for all the support over the last few years, especially all the instagram fun-times. This year is going to be a good one I think, not only am I planning our wedding (happening next year – ridiculously excited) but my book Cooking Without A Kitchen is going to be 5 years old in September, so I have half a mind to do something but still trying to work out how best to mark the occasion so if you have any ideas answers on a postcard please (or just use the contact form)

I shall leave you with a bizarre and unexplained selection of photos from the last 3 years. xx

Toad in the Hole


National Butchers’ Week starts today! Great British Chefs asked me to cover this for their blog pages so I went to one of my favourite shops in the East Midlands. The full article is here.


I had a great time at John F. Pitchford’s butcher’s shop as you can probably tell so for my favourite blog readers (you!) here are some extra photos from my visit:

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Local Football Team Photos


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Outside the shop



Southwell Minster


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Ray showed me a picture of some prize winning beef



Ray with the beef in the cool room






Ray (left) Adrian (right)


Southwell Minster

Southwell Minster


Whilst in the shop I picked up 6 of their handmade sausages which I made into a big tray of Toad in the Hole for dinner. Why not grab some bangers from your local butcher this week and have a go!


Toad in the Hole

Serves 3 -4


300ml milk
3 eggs
60g self raising flour
60g granary bread flour or other wholemeal variety
6 sausages
1 tablespoon of sunflower oil

1) Preheat the oven to 200°c

2) Mix the eggs together with the milk in a jug

3) Put the flours in a bowl and the add the milk and egg mixture, whisking to make a smooth batter, place in the fridge to rest until required.

4) Bake the sausages in the sunflower oil for 20 minutes in the oven,


5) Pour in the rested batter and quickly put back into the oven for another 15-20 minutes or until well risen and golden brown



6) Serve with steamed veggies


I hope you have fun checking out your local butcher but if you fancy visiting the Pitchford brothers I can highly recommend it. Southwell is great for a lil’ day trip, have a look round the Minster, check out the WI vegetable market on a Saturday and go say hi to the guys in the butcher’s shop.

John F. Pitchford, 1 Market Place, Southwell, Nottinghamshire, NG25 0HE

Blogtastic Wedding!

Cooking, Events

So excited that my sister-in-law’s article has just featured on major wedding blog site Rock My Wedding! It was a completely brilliant day and a total honor to be asked to make their cakes.
The design process (for the cakes alone) I think took about 12 months, but I’m not complaining; I got to taste them too and what better excuse for churning out cake after cake than in the name of research!


This Summer they will have been married a year and even now I cannot believe how much detail and creativity went into everything from the flowers to the cuff-links to the giant Japanese fish windsocks.
Do go and see the full account from my fantastic sister-in-law here: