Category: Memories

  • No place like home

    No place like home

    Yesterday, my parents moved out of the house we as a family have lived in for twenty-seven years. It is white and has bumpy roughcast exterior walls, and when I was younger I would find a soft section and dig my finger in, dislodging the occasional pebble. I apologise to the new owners for the […]

  • Rice pudding pancakes

    Rice pudding pancakes

    At the beginning of this little hiccup known as Covid, panic descended on the world’s population and people stormed the supermarkets. A natural instinct, sure, although I still can’t understand the toilet roll wipe-out but that’s for another day. In the general rush of stockpiling, everyone went mad for tinned goods, just in case we […]

  • Chocolate self-saucing pudding

    Chocolate self-saucing pudding

    Imagine me aged seven. ‘What’s for pudding?’ was my favourite expression (ahem has anything changed?). Along with a winning grin, minus a front tooth, I would enthusiastically chant this, along with my table of classmates, in an infuriating sing-song voice every school lunch time when a lovely lunch lady approached to collect our empty plates. […]

  • Europe 2011: An inter-railing adventure

    Europe 2011: An inter-railing adventure

    It was a ‘Gap Year’ style holiday unlike all others. Look no further for sun-kissed beach bodies, drunken out-of-focus photographs of the Full Moon party, fluorescent face paint and sky diving. You won’t find them here. This holiday, my dear reader, took me to Europe for a tour of gastronomy. I think holidays reflect our personalities […]

  • Favourite Combinations: Apples and pastry

    Favourite Combinations: Apples and pastry

    Apples and pastry. And with that, I take my leave. I doubt I am the only one with a weakness for this combination. The comforting, familiar taste of juicy apple softened by the heat of the oven, enclosed in pastry, has always been my go-to treat. The days when my parents took Fiona and I to a […]

  • Memories of food

    Memories of food

    Food triggers memory so poignantly and some of my most treasured memories are deeply entrenched in flavour and the act of eating. Hot chocolateWhen the weather is like this – the sky, the bare trees, the wilting hedge are all roughly the same colour, and rain drips half-heartedly (also known as miserable) – I remember […]

  • A&E and Gooey Honeycomb and Sea Salt Chocolate Brownies

    A&E and Gooey Honeycomb and Sea Salt Chocolate Brownies

    Today I have been thinking about cake. Generally speaking this is a normal day for me. Cake is satisfying, whether to eat or simply think about; the softness of the crumb, the smooth crack of icing under your teeth. Ok, I appreciate eating cake is much more satisfying than just thinking about it, especially for […]

  • Coconut cheesecakes in a glass

    Coconut cheesecakes in a glass

    University is not the time to be channelling your inner culinary goddess. Amid the daunting hubbub of your new, shared living-space, independent lifestyle, and friends with whom to socialise and act cool around, spending time cooking in a dismal, slightly greasy and stained student kitchen is low down on the priority list. Instead, you become […]