Extra flaky sweet pastry

With a lot more time at home, I have been kinda glued to Instgram and social media. It appears everyone is making things like banana bread or variations of it ( I admit, we have made several loaves so far) and then there is the sourdough starter. I will proudly have made it through lockdown,…

Onion, thyme and parmesan tart

Since I have been back at work after my maternity leave, I haven’t taken a day off. I’m very very lucky to be able to work 8-5 Monday to Friday and weekends off, but ten months is rather a long time in which not to take even a day off. Especially when being a single…

Mini apple, pear and cranberry crumbles

It is that time of year again, the time to gather the troops and talk about Christmas. As myself, my mother and my sister sat around the table having brunch and glasses of Prosecco, we got all our ducks in a row and organised what was happening this year.  We discussed who brings pudding, who…

Spinach pie

The inspiration for this comes from visiting my father in Greece and falling in love with Spanakopita. Spanakopita is a greek spinach pie or savoury pastry dish traditionally using filo pastry. I’m not fond of filo pastry at all. It dries out too easily and is quite fidley. So I came up with my own…

Blueberry Pie

There are good days and there are less good days and on rare occasions I feel like superwoman! The good days involve managing to take a shower and/or actually finishing a cup of tea or coffee and not finding numerous half drunk cups all over the house and the end of the day. Of course…

Easy puff pastry

It’s so very easy just to pick up a packet of pastry from the shop when needed, but it is just so much more rewarding and satisfying not to mention tasty when you make your own. Of course, this isn’t an option for everyone. It does take way more time up and when busy lifestyles…

Profiteroles

Last week it was my hubby-to-be ‘s birthday. We’re not exactly in the celebrating mood these days yet but when I asked him what he wanted for his birthday he replied ‘fire logs’. That’s all he wanted. I didn’t complain, this was the easiest present ever to buy him and I was relieved at the…

The apple pie traybake

There really isn’t much news here from my side. I have been trying to keep my mind totally occupied while my better half is in work. I can’t believe I’m going to say this but I have even cleaned the windows in the house, inside and out! This is a first in the three years…

The basics : Pastry

Where to start… These days, well for the next little while, I am let’s face it, a lady of leisure. I don’t have to set the alarm to get up in the morning, I don’t have to do anything or see anyone if I don’t want to and I don’t have to go into work….

The alternative mince pie

In our house, when I make or buy things and put them in the fridge, there is usually a reason for it and it usually means D can’t have it (well just not yet that is). D looks in the fridge or at the baked goodies and looks at me and asks sheepishly ‘Can I…