Christmas Gingerbread Cookies

It's beginning to smell a lot like Christmas! Our condo is filled with the holly jolly aromas of Christmas because this morning, having woken with a void in my heart where Thanksgiving once lived, I decided to get my festive freak on and fill it with the joys of Christmas. So donning my Santa hat and … Continue reading Christmas Gingerbread Cookies

Oreo Cookie Brownies

This week I am back in the UK - my god, how cold is it here?!!! I've been as busy as a bee catching up with family and friends. I was also fortunate to celebrate my dear friend Tracey's 40th birthday at The Crazy Bear restaurant in Beaconsfield. If you haven't been to this decadent restaurant before, you … Continue reading Oreo Cookie Brownies

Chewy Gooey Hot Tamales Brownies

I love the change in season. Not for the change in weather, but for the ever changing seasons of food. But rather than harping on about the latest ancient grain or root vegetable that has just been hand pulled from a small batch, organic farm - YAWN! - my wanton desires are driven by the candy aisles and my local coffee store, which … Continue reading Chewy Gooey Hot Tamales Brownies

Spicy Pumpkin Crock Pot Curry

Have you ever seen anyone walk face first into a closed glass patio door? Well my relatives have (yup!) and the utter look of shock on said victims face (me!), is probably as close as I can get to explaining the way we felt as we stepped off the flight back in Seattle. Having enjoyed a week of sheer sunny bliss in Puerto Vallarta, … Continue reading Spicy Pumpkin Crock Pot Curry

Pumpkin Ice Cream (No-Churn)

Have no fear, Autumn is here and it has been Chill Bill! This has been the week when I could deny it no more - the electric blankets have been turned on, the couch blanket is out from its summer storage spot and I have almost, almost convinced my husband that it is time to turn the heating on … Continue reading Pumpkin Ice Cream (No-Churn)

Pomegranate Chicken Salad

Some of the things you find later in life are the things you end up in loving the most. For me that includes my husband, brussel sprouts, meat and pomegranate. It's strange that a food can be so available to you and yet you can reach adult life having never tried it. It wasn't until my husband brought home … Continue reading Pomegranate Chicken Salad

Aunt D’s Pineapple Dessert Pizza

Whether you're partial to Hawaiian style ham and pineapple, Italian sausage and pepperoni, or  barbecue chicken, pizza is a universal food that everyone enjoys. This week, as I indulged in my fave Mushroom, Artichoke and Truffle Oil Pizza at Primo's, my mom excitedly told me about Aunt D's Strawberry Pizza. Now, I am always one to … Continue reading Aunt D’s Pineapple Dessert Pizza

Toad in the Cornhole

Who doesn’t love Toad-in-the-Hole? But before you start calling animal protection out on me, please let me explain! Toad-in-the-Hole is NOT a terrible act of perverse toad punishment, but a tasty English dish consisting of sausages “hiding” in a giant Yorkshire Pudding (Yorkshire Puddings are similar to American Popovers). What’s not to like?! This week, … Continue reading Toad in the Cornhole

Persian Love Cake & Rose Cream – Valentines Day

Are you in the mood for love? Well whether you like it or not, tomorrow is St. Valentines Day, a day on which we all display our love and affection for our sweetheart. I'm in love and I would hope that my husband loves me too, but shouldn't we be expressing our love for each other every day of the … Continue reading Persian Love Cake & Rose Cream – Valentines Day

Estela’s Gluten-Free Scones

I've just arrived back in the UK, so it's perfect timing to share the afternoon I spent baking and taste-testing English Scones with the fantastic Estela, "Head Foodie" at Liberated Foods. Estela is a self-taught cook who specialises in gluten-free and allergen-free cooking and baking. Since the birth of her now 14 year old daughter, who was born with over 50 different … Continue reading Estela’s Gluten-Free Scones

Thanksgiving Countdown: Green Bean Casserole

Green beans are wonderful and very nostalgic. Many people will have grown up with fond memories of eating home-grown green beans from the vegetable patches of their back garden. However, rather surprisingly, it was not until I arrived in Seattle that I discovered the wonderful dish that is Green Bean Casserole. Again it was at mom's dinner table that I got my first … Continue reading Thanksgiving Countdown: Green Bean Casserole

Thanksgiving Countdown: Biscuits & Gravy

Catching up with family and friends is fantastic, but every meeting is held over brunch, lunch or dinner. So while I thought my waistline was going to be endangered by the legendary American portions, it is in fact back home in England where I can feel the pounds invading my hips. The food in America is … Continue reading Thanksgiving Countdown: Biscuits & Gravy

Thanksgiving Countdown: Skillet Cornbread

I've just arrived in the UK and am SO excited to be back. I love living in Seattle, but as Dorothy said "There's no place like home" and who could argue with a girl in such fabulous shoes?!!! But there was something rather disagreeable waiting for me in the arrivals lounge at Heathrow - not my family, my girlfriends, or even George … Continue reading Thanksgiving Countdown: Skillet Cornbread

Slow Cooker White Chicken Chilli

The evenings are drawing in and there's a brisk chill in the air, so I've been seeking warmth and comfort in whatever which way I can. One morning, looking out at a grey sky full of rain clouds I decided to make a bold move and re-light the fires of an old flame. I don't think my husband will mind, … Continue reading Slow Cooker White Chicken Chilli

Gone in a Zucchini (Courgette) Bread

My mom (technically my mother-in-law, but I like to call her mom) is always taking pity on us newly-weds (even though we are fully grown adults) inviting us over for wonderful home-cooked dinners and donating bags of food as we head for home. My husband can never hide his enthusiasm to go "home" for dinner and I have to admit, I … Continue reading Gone in a Zucchini (Courgette) Bread