Cheese scones

a simple recipe for cheese scones and who doesn’t like cheese scones!

Black bread

Originally found in an early viking age grave in Sweden, it was baked using yeast from the same family as brewing today.

Dandelion cookies

Pick your flowers on a Sunny day, if possible. Dandelions close up at night, so you’ll want to pick them as early as possible.

Lemon & nettle cake

Nettles are everywhere at the moment and if you are new to foraging, you are unlikely to go wrong picking them – just wear a good pair of gloves! They are high in vitamin A and calcium and are a good source of protein.

Dark chocolate rocky roads

I made these for my wife, who has a dairy allergy, as an Easter treat.

Its a fantastic combo, between rich dark chocolate, crunchy biscuit and nuts, with squishy marshmallows and tangy cranberries.

Upside down pineapple cake

Ingredients: 1 tin of Pineapple rings Muscovado sugar 80g Butter 180g Plain flour 160g Muscovado sugar Tsp Baking powder 2 eggs Pineapple juice (from the tin) Method: Melt the butter in a pan and pour into a cake tin. Spread the butter around the tin, as evenly as possible, making sure to coat the sides….

Halva

The history of Halva seems to be a bit of a mystery, with versions of it appearing all over the world

Dairy-free Victoria sponge

No one will ever notice the lack of dairy in this cake. You can use any kind of jam for the filling, raspberry is most traditional, but blackberry whiskey jam is fantastic!

Chocolate brioche

Ingredients: 500g strong bread flour 10g salt 80g caster sugar 20g bread yeast 50g Olive oil 300ml warm soy milk 100g dark orange chocolate Method: Mix the flour, sugar and salt together in a large bowl. Add the yeast and the olive oil. Slowly add a little milk at a time, while mixing together with…

Crisp breads

Thought to have originated over 500 years ago in Sweden. These were originally cooked twice a year, in rounds, with a hole in the middle, to enable hanging from the rafers on a stick.

Lembas bread

The mythical bread of the elves in lord of the rings. Said to keep a man on his feet for a whole day.

Whilst it is unknown what is actually in lembas, there are many recipes around. This version is not unlike shortbread and tastes great with blackberry whiskey jam.

Vegan mince pies

It wouldn’t be Christmas without a mince pie. Here is a vegan alternative to my other mince pie recipe. Best served warm from the oven.

Mince pies

It wouldn’t be Christmas without a mince pie. I like to serve them warm from the oven with a little Bailey’s extra thick cream

Pancakes

Pancakes are not just for February. Serve however you like them. Lemon and sugar? Bananas and Nutella? We have even done them with duck!

Mince pie cupcakes

Much quicker and easier to make than mince pies, and without the need for the long maturing time of a Christmas cake.

Gingerbread

A great dairy-free variation of the classic gingerbread, perfect for Christmas. Once made the dough can be frozen for cooking at a later date.

Cheese straws

Perfect food for the coming party season. Try adding a little paprika, chilli or garlic for an extra twist.

Toffee Apples

The perfect Autumn night treat for Halloween or Bonfire night.

Spiced apple cake

Apples and spices are the first things I think of in Autumn – that and firelit evenings, mulled wine and the coming fetivities – Halloween, Bonfire night and Christmas!

Miniture Christmas cakes

I usually make these in September and feed them every couple of weeks, up till December, with a mixture of brandy, dark rum, and sloe gin, for a really boozy cake. 

Mince-meat

This recipe came about after my neighbour offered us a tree full of pears. Making this in September fills the house with the smell of Christmas and really gets me excited for the cosy Winter nights ahead, sat by the fire and the build up to Christmas season. Ingredients: 500g pears (cored and cut into…

Coconut macaroons

Simple, yet satisfying. These macaroons are really tasty and can be made in just a few minutes. Great for making with kids.  Ingredients: 2 free range eggs 200g desiccated coconut 160g caster sugar 150g Dark chocolate (optional) Method: Beat the eggs in a bowl. Add the coconut and the sugar and stir well. Spoon the…

Banana chocolate melts

Chocolate banana melt I’m not sure if a banana still counts as one of your five a day after you’ve filled it with marshmallow and chocolate, but once in a while can’t do any harm. This one is great when out camping. Ingredients: 1 banana 2 tablespoons mini marshmallows 2 tablespoons chocolate chips Method: Slice…

Crispy flat breads

Based loosely on a Viking crisp bread recipe that was sent to me. These are really quick and easy to make and taste great.

Curried chickpeas

These make a great healthy snack. They are rather more-ish though, so don’t last very long!

Fruity courgette cake

Lightly spiced and fruity, this cake is delicious and another great way of using up this years courgette glut. I’m sure it still counts toward my 5-a-day, right?

Vegan Chocolate cupcakes

Don’t tell the kids about the courgette, they’ll never know that you are sneaking in some healthy veg!

I have a book out now!!

BIG NEWS!! I have a book out now on Amazon. You can buy it here Written with help from my lovely wife. Split into sections the recipes include: 4 seasons of meals and puddings/cakes (28 recipes), campfire cooking (7) breakfasts (5) bread (7) preserves (10) booze (10) non alcoholic drinks (3) I hope you enjoy it…

Elderflower & gooseberry fool

Elderflowers announce the coming of summer. They complement the tartness of the gooseberry, which happens to ripen at just the same time.

Bread pudding

I grew up eating this, when I could get some. Its really popular in our house, even now.

Spicy roasted chickpeas

These make a great healthy snack. They are rather more-ish though, so don’t last very long!

Ginger and lemon meringue pie

A quick and easy pudding to make. Use pre-made lemon curd, if you can. See my other post on how to do that here.