Plum jam

Jam is such a wonderful thing – especially when home made. We have a good stock of my rhubarb and vanilla jam and this lovely plum jam on our shelf which should see us through this winter. It appears that people have been making jams for a long time – the first jam recipes appear … More Plum jam

Easy apple cake

It seemed like a good day to harvest our cooking apples today – there are high winds forecast for early next week and I didn’t want to end up gathering them up from the ground once they are bashed and bruised. We haven’t got as many as usual this year, but instead they are all … More Easy apple cake

Orange and apple cake – and half time oranges

I’m not a particular fan of eating oranges. I can never really be bothered with all that peeling and all that pith. And all the juiciness and stickiness play havoc with the keyboard…. But they do taste absolutely amazing at half time during a game of sport when pre-sliced (by someone else, obviously). For some … More Orange and apple cake – and half time oranges

Blackberry galette – and we need to talk about walking…

I was really shocked to read that according to Public Health England, over 6.3 million adults in England aged 40 to 60 don’t achieve 10 minutes of continuous brisk walking over the course of a month. That’s four in 10 people, or 41% of the adult population who don’t manage that in a month. The fact … More Blackberry galette – and we need to talk about walking…

Blueberry and lemon cake – and The Wind in the Willows

It’s been the Edinburgh Fringe Festival over the last few weeks and the city is a bit crazy. It’s a joyous place to be unless you want to get anywhere in a hurry, when your route will be blocked by jugglers, fire eaters, mime artists and drummers….. and by visitors from all over the world … More Blueberry and lemon cake – and The Wind in the Willows

Women and exercise – how much should we do and how can we do more?

Having looked at exercise in children I thought I’d have a look at how much exercise women are doing. The NHS Choices website suggests that to stay healthy, adults (men and women) aged 19-64 should try to be active daily and should do: at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity such as cycling or fast walking every week, and strength … More Women and exercise – how much should we do and how can we do more?

Blueberry Tart

Our blueberries are doing very well this year so I made a Blueberry Tart. The recipe is a wee bit more involved than some of the others – it needs pastry and custard, but I enjoy making it and I do think it looks quite impressive, if you don’t look too hard. We had a … More Blueberry Tart

Banana and chocolate cake – and the Highland Midge

Mr McGregor and I went to a birthday party last weekend in the beautiful countryside in Fife. This area of Scotland, between the River Forth and the River Tay, is known as the Kingdom of Fife as it was one of the major Pictish Kingdoms (known as Fib). The historic and pretty town of St Andrews is on the East … More Banana and chocolate cake – and the Highland Midge

Sugar intake during pregnancy and childhood asthma

A new study suggests that the children of women who have a high intake of ‘free sugars’ during pregnancy are at increased risk of developing allergies or allergic asthma, independent of sugar intake in early childhood. The study analysed data from the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC) which recruited more than 14,500 pregnant women … More Sugar intake during pregnancy and childhood asthma

Raspberry and polenta cake (gluten free) – and Orkney Beremeal

It’s pouring with rain today so it’s been a good day to do some baking. I also found myself looking through my photos from our visit to Orkney. Mr McGregor and I had originally discussed going somewhere warm for our holiday – France? Italy? but somehow we ended up going north by some distance. Although this … More Raspberry and polenta cake (gluten free) – and Orkney Beremeal

Screen time, obesity and diabetes risk

I came across an article this week published in the journal Archives of Disease in Childhood entitled ‘Screen time is associated with adiposity and insulin resistance in children’. In it the researchers studied more than 4000 children aged 9-10 years who had participated in the Child Heart and Health Study in the UK which ran between 2004-2007. … More Screen time, obesity and diabetes risk

Cardamom cake

Mr McGregor and I have had a great weekend catching up with family and very good friends. As usual when doing this we ate far too much, including some foods that remind us of our East Midlands origins. These treats included a Melton Mowbray pork pie, brawn and haslet. For those who are not familiar with … More Cardamom cake

Sticky ginger cake

I was invited to Rotterdam this week to give a talk. I didn’t get much time to see the city but managed a couple of pictures: After the talk, my hosts took me to the Restaurant La Vilette for a great meal. Their menu features seasonal produce, and we ate quite a bit of white asparagus. I love … More Sticky ginger cake