Weekly Photo Challenge: Sweet


Individually wrapped fruit flavoured boiled sweets in a glass jar for this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Sweet 🙂


JusJoJan: Scrumptious

The last JusJoJan promt word is ‘scrumptious’ not a word that sits naturally in my everyday vocabulary, but if I were to use it, it would definitely be applied to food. So here’s a particularly memorable scrumptious raspberry trifle from a while back that tasted absolutely divine 🙂


JusJoJan: Scrumptious

Daily Prompt: Elegance

I’m not a bad cook by any standards, but somehow my version of any given food dish never looks neat and tidy once put on the plate. None of this minimal bite-sized fiddly delicate artistic presentation for me. If I had to find a food-description genre to fit my cooking it would probably be ‘rustic’.

My food offerings inevitably overflow all around the edges, voluptous portions that are heartily satisfying in taste and texture. I particularly love thick creamy sauces and rich gravies poured generously over juicy cuts of meat and chunky vegetables served on solid, robust plates. Edible it may be, but elegant it is not 🙂

Daily Prompt: Elegance

Serendipitous – Flapjack Cookie Recipe

I’ve always loved flapjacks – there’s something sublime (not to mention sweet and sticky and chewy) about the magical combination of oats, syrup, sugar and butter baked into a bar. So when I saw a recipe for flapjack cookies posted by Ellin Curley on Serendipity, I felt it was simply meant to be!

There are loads of different recipes for flapjacks – some can include flour as well as oats, and all tend to have slightly different ratios of the main ingredients. Ellin’s recipe seemed to fit my expectations, with the addition of a little dessicated coconut which sounded lovely, so this afternoon I decided to give it a go…

I melted my wet ingredients together, added them to my dry ingredients, and mixed thoroughly in a large bowl. But instead of pressing it all down into a flat shallow tin as I usually would, I divided the mix into 24 individual teaspoon-sized heaps, and put the cookies into the oven.


From Ellin’s photographs of her finished cookies, they seem flatter, smoother surfaced and much more delicate than mine – more like a regular oatmeal cookie than a fat, chewy flapjack. Although I did follow the recipe exactly, my cookies are altogether thicker and far more rustic looking, more like my usual traditional flapjack texture – definitely less than elegant. I think my rolled oats are a lot chunkier than Ellin’s.


And I have to report that flapjack cookies are absolutely scrumptious – just like the rectangular traybake flapjacks I know and love, but far less dense and more crunchy and crumbly because of it. Thank you so much for the serendipitous inspiration Ellin. Yum! 🙂

Ahh… Bisto…!


I love cooking, and I still love using some of the very British products I grew up with.

I still use traditional Birds custard powder and always have a tin of Tate & Lyle treacle in my store-cupboard, and when it comes to flavouring and thickening gravy I still prefer to stick to my tried-and-tested favourites – good old Oxo cubes and original Bisto powder (always accompanied by cornflour).

These lovely retro-designed tins sit happily together in my larder, constantly re-stocked as necessary – the Oxo tin speaks for itself, and of the two Bisto tins one holds Bisto powder and one holds cornflour 🙂

Daily Prompt: Spicy


Our kitchen spice rack contains a very personal mix of flavours and tastes that has developed over the years, a blend of my rather plain-cooking northern Scottish UK roots and my husband’s spicier-palated southern Louisiana US roots.

We tend to cook with a fusion of lots of flavours, some spicy and some not so much – black pepper, mustard powder, garlic powder, smoked paprika, chilli powder, various constituent parts of curry powder, dried herbs of several persuasions, chilli flakes, soy sauce, chilli sauce, fish sauce – and also all-spice, ginger powder, and even cinnamon powder (all of which work well as  a flavour-enhancer in savoury dishes).

Most sit in very bland-looking but functional containers, considering the non-blandness of their specific contents, but I particularly like the bright colours in these two small metal tins so have chosen them to illustrate my otherwise rather dull post 🙂

Daily Prompt: Spicy