Jamming With Carla!

Somehow, in the space of less than a year, I’ve transformed into an earnest WI type before my own eyes. That’s not an insult to Women’s Institute members – I think local social clubs offering talks, cookery demonstrations, craft workshops and cake cook-offs are actually pretty cool*. But I have in mind here the (no ... Read more »

Chicken, Spring Onion & Mushroom Pie

For many years, my username on some sites has been Kaveypie, rather than Kavey. That’s all down to my having introduced the members of one particular website to the delights of Weebl & Bob, back when the cartoon had just a couple of episodes to it’s name. “Mmmmm, Pie!” became a common refrain and I ... Read more »

The Ultimate Macaroni Cheese With Bacon

When Fiona threw down the cheese gauntlet with her Ultimate Macaroni Cheese Challenge, I could not resist! Macaroni cheese is a dish I adore and, like so many, have very fond childhood memories of. And yet, I hadn’t made it for years and years and years. What an oversight! Such neglect meant I didn’t have ... Read more »

Comté Baked Eggs

So! Eggs then. One of the most versatile ingredients available to us and one of my personal favourites and yet, I’ve shown such a lack of imagination in using them. Yes, I enjoy them boiled, fried, scrambled and as omelettes. Yes, I have made eggy quiches and flans. And yes, I use them plentifully in ... Read more »

Michel Roux’s Mini Scotch Eggs

For Christmas, I bought Pete a cast iron mincer. It was an inexpensive (and rather heavy and large) stocking filler which I bought in a charity sale, boxed and brand new. But I had no idea if would even work let alone work well. So I was happy to find a recipe that allowed us ... Read more »

Kavey’s Chicken Liver & Port Paté

Chicken liver paté is one of my favourite things… and yet, a couple of years ago, I’d never made it myself. A friend was kind enough to share his recipe for chicken liver and brandy paté which I duly made and enjoyed. It was very straightforward and inexpensive too! Having gained the confidence to experiment ... Read more »

Divine Cookies of Dreams (Cooking With Divine: Part II)

As I mentioned in a recent post, now I’ve learned more about Divine Fairtrade Chocolate and Kuapa Kokoo, I am keen to incorporate it into my cooking. And something about this time of year gives me the urge to bake sweet-smelling, great-tasting goodies. Maybe it’s the wintry cold weather? Maybe it’s the run up to ... Read more »

Nifty Thrifty: Chicken Croquettes From Leftover Roast Chicken

Lately, every time we’ve had a roast chicken dinner, we’ve made stock from the carcass, skin and giblets (except the liver, which I’ve fried as a snack). And the next evening we’ve enjoyed a tasty risotto made with some of the stock and leftover roast chicken. But last time we had roast chicken, we’d had ... Read more »

Divine Chocolate’s Stem Ginger & Chocolate Chunk Cake

Having found out all about Divine Fairtrade Chocolate (and Kuapa Kokoo) I was keen to use some of the chocolate in cooking. The Bad (But Not Ugly) My first attempt did not go well. I wanted to make a light coffee chocolate mousse using Divine coffee milk chocolate, the flavour I’ve consumed so many kilos ... Read more »