I know the food historian Ivan Day carved his own but my woodworking skills are rudimentary at best. I'm investigating the possibilities of getting one made but on the other hand, unglamorous plastic pots store well in the fridge. Although in theory you can keep quince paste, once dried out, wrapped in greaseproof paper I prefer to play if safe and refrigerate it.
I have never ever hankered after a daughter. Obviously if one had appeared then I'd have loved her and been very happy indeed. But one never did. And I now find myself in the curious position of being a mother of three sons, still under 35 and yet about to sell all the unisex baby bits on eBay. I'm getting rid of everything.
Jamie's 15 Minute Meals. Have you ever actually made one? It's a common consensus between all my friends that these 15 Minute Meals are impossible. Whether you need to be Road Runner on speed to get through the list of tasks, or whether the 15 minutes actual excludes prep time, cooking time and cleaning time, it cannot be done!
In this week's Friday Food Off, Olivia and I put our sweet tooth to the test. My sweet canapé is an all-time favourite, the Banoffee pie. My recipe uses budget ingredients and it's quick and simple to make. Unless your guests are bananaphobes, you're onto a winner.
Roasting tomatoes really brings out their flavour and sweetness and although these ingredients came from our Suffolk garden, the soup is packed full of Mediterranean flavours, a last burst of summer.
One of my favourite seaweeds to cook with is dulse. It is a ruby, red seaweed, which dries to a deep pink, and turns green when cooked. Dulse grows on rocks in the subtidal zone or sometimes grows as an epiphyte. It often hitches a ride on kelp.The pretty fronds resemble fingers and its stalk (stipes) are short.
This is a really great way of serving some delicious vegetables as a starter or just a nibble. The combination of the artichokes squash and mushroom is not just interesting flavour combinations but great textures too. By using milk and flour as apposed to using a batter they are not too greasy and will have a really crisp coating... Have a great week!
Pizzas are usually a mighty faff to make because you have to make the dough with yeast etc and leave it to rise for a few hours and then use a really fancy oven to get the right results. I have neither the time nor the equipment for such endeavours, or the inclination.
My sister and I have been busy cooking up a storm in the battle to find out which of us is the better chef. Olivia, who's also a make-up vlogger, is ...
Whether it's hours in the kitchen making the ultimate lasagne, cooking an insane burger on the barbecue with some friends, or a reviving ramen when you're feeling down...
Don't like oysters? I heard them described recently as "snot on a shell". Personally I'm rather partial to a raw oyster with just a little shallot vinegar and a dash of Tabasco but if that doesn't appeal, they're also fabulous cooked.
The teenage girl next to me sat reading a classic novel, earphones in, occasionally rolling her eyes. I'm not sure whether to be impressed at their joie de vivre or appalled as she was. The only answer to the trauma of this very long journey of being terrorised by inebriated middle aged men was to make a batch of these brownies just as soon as I got home.
Cuttlefish is just as tasty as squid but not as popular. It has a thicker tougher texture than Squid but if you cook it longer it becomes sweet and incredibly tender. I love artichokes and I am a big fan of combining them with fish and pasta because they have so much flavour, you do not need that many of them, they also have a wonderful texture.
I fell off the wagon. Thump, spectacularly to the ground. I was so very nearly there. Just 1.5 stone to go in my five stone battle of the bulge. It started with just one night off and ended in a weekend of gluttony. Here's how I regained 6lb in just three days...
I know this dish is a bit heavy on the cheese but do try adding the mozzarella. It provides a degree of gooeyiness that's deeply satisfying (unless you're on a diet but hey, it's nearly time for those big, all-enveloping jumpers).
Another year, another memorable Big Feastival with Alex James and Jamie Oliver celebrating awesome music, delectable food and family fun! There were highlights galore, from Jamie and his Food Tube friends cooking in the AEG kitchen to Fat Boy Slim rocking it on the main stage.