It’s World Curlew Day today! And why do you need to know this? Well, apart from the fact that they are my favourite birds, they are struggling to survive. The UK has seen a 65% decline in curlews since 1970, and half of this has occurred in the last 20 years. They were once a … More Chocolate orange cake – and World Curlew Day
I hope all of you are doing OK during the lockdown, wherever you are. We feel so lucky to be able to spend time in our garden, where the plants are really moving on. There is lots of blossom….. beautiful tulips and the acer looks lovely clothed in bright green spring leaves The broad beans … More Plum and orange cake – and virtual birthdays
Last weekend I met up with some friends in the Peak District. We had planned to have a day walking and then spend an evening in a local Inn. Then Storm Dennis arrived. Wikipedia tells me that Storm Dennis was a ‘European windstorm which became one of the most intense extratropical cyclones ever recorded ever recorded, reaching a … More Blood orange cake – and a winter storm
I haven’t posted for ages. There are a few cakes to share with you so here’s one I made this weekend. It doesn’t look much, but it is lovely, I promise. Mr McGregor complains that he doesn’t like ‘carrot cake’, but he has seen this one off. This is a modified version of Harry Eastwood’s … More Orange and saffron cake (dairy free +/- gluten free)
It’s 2019 then! How did that happen? I’m back to work tomorrow after a Christmas and New Year break (thankfully, Scotland has an extra public holiday on 2nd January just to allow us to ease into the New Year a little more slowly). We spent Christmas in Northumberland where I managed a Christmas Day swim … More Gluten and dairy free carrot cake – and some reflections on 2018….
Autumn is undoubtedly my favourite season. I love the colours, the cold clear days, lighting the fire, layering up with jumpers and yes, the thoughts of getting ready for the festive season….. We’ve had some absolutely lovely days this week – pale blue skies, frosty mornings, still clear air, arrows of geese flying overhead. Most … More Carrot and orange loaf – and autumn in the garden
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
The lovely summer weather continues and I think this calls for a summery cake. This light and fresh orange loaf fits the bill nicely and is perfect for a picnic. There is one small piece left in the cake tin. Mr McGregor is going to be busy for some time planting out his leeks and … More Orange loaf