The Alchemaster’s Apprentice

“Cooking is alchemy and alchemy is cooking” It’s such a shame that the books of Walter Moers haven’t become as popular as the Hunger Games or Twilight, because they are just as magical and just as imaginative. I thought I’d give you a literary taste of one of his greatest creations – and one of… Continue reading The Alchemaster’s Apprentice


Faraway Tree Lemon Pop Cakes

Faraway Tree Honey Pop Cakes “Where’s our food, Joe? Let’s ask Silky to have some.’ Silky was pleased. She sat there brushing her beautiful, golden hair and ate sandwiches with them. She brought out a tin of Pop Cakes, which were lovely. As soon as you bit into them they went pop! and you suddenly… Continue reading Faraway Tree Lemon Pop Cakes


Pasta, Pasta, Everywhere

The Strega Nona Spaghetti Experiment There is something very pleasurable about pasta. Golden ridged tubes, pretty yellow twirls, flappy butterfly farfarelle, or tangled tagliatelle – whatever their shape – they all make for comforting bowls of scrumptiousness. I think that knowing that most pasta is still made by hand makes it taste even better. I… Continue reading Pasta, Pasta, Everywhere



Honey, honey. If I were a bee, I think I’d be permanently annoyed. Annoyed because of all the creatures that steal my hard work – for absolutely no financial reward. Maybe that’s the reason bees always look busy. “When you look like you’re annoyed, people think that you’re busy” (George Costanza, Seinfeld). Having some slobbering,… Continue reading Honey


The Mock Turtle’s Soup

Today, I bought my sixth copy of Alice in Wonderland – this one with illustrations by Tove Jansson of Moomin fame. And I also got the inspiration for my first recipe – Mock Turtle soup. “Beautiful Soup, so rich and green, Waiting in a hot tureen! Who for such dainties would not stoop? Soup of the evening, beautiful Soup!… Continue reading The Mock Turtle’s Soup


About Me

Hello. My name is Jules and I live in the frozen north (Scotland). I grew up eating a mixture of traditional ’80s food like Sara Lee gateau, spaghetti bolognese and Fray Bentos pies, with the occasional Jamaican recipe thrown in (sweet potato pudding, oxtail, rice and peas). I have now combined my guilty pleasure of… Continue reading About Me