Archive for October, 2013

October 31st, 2013 by Pie

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Marshmallow Frosting

I hate those recipes that ask you to use a bit of this and a bit of that. If I’m buying a tin of pumpkin puree I want to use the whole thing otherwise it will sit in my fridge for a week whilst I try and decide what else I can do with it. […]

October 30th, 2013 by Pie

Halloween Party Dips

I wonder sometimes if my body is made up of mostly houmous. I eat it by the bucketload and there is usually more than one variety in my fridge just so I have a choice between smooth or course. I count myself very lucky that I live in Haringey where Turkish food is prolific, although […]

October 29th, 2013 by Pie

Pickled Purple Cauliflower Salad

I lucked out in an obscene manner at the farmers market at the weekend. It’s as if all the produce had got together and artfully arranged themselves adjacent to each other so I didn’t have to use my imagination at all. The purple cauliflower sang out immediately. Of course it would – it was purple. […]

October 28th, 2013 by Pie

Gingerdead Men

Do you know what I love? Gingerbread men. They are delicious. I could eat a mountain of the chirpy little fellows. Are they strictly adult food? Maybe not but do I have to feel slightly embarrassed that I spent a wonderful afternoon baking and decorating these without a child in sight? No, I don’t. I […]

October 25th, 2013 by Pie

Maple Pecan Chicken with Baked Sweet Potato

There is something about the time around Halloween which brings out the American flavours in me. When ginormous pumpkins are beaming at you from their orange mountains within Tesco’s doorway and witches and goblins leer out of every shop window there is something in the air that makes me want to reach across the pond. […]

October 24th, 2013 by Pie

Willow’s Wicked Elixir

Did you have squillions of blackberries rolling around your kitchen this year after many an enthusiastic and prickly squandering of all the blackberry bushes within a 5-mile radius? You did? Samies!   This year our Halloween temptress herself requested a cocktail in her name which was very good of her seeing as she only drinks […]

October 23rd, 2013 by Pie

Red Phantom Cake

It is the moment he has been waiting for all year. His dank hollow eyes peered at me from beneath the cheery red wrapping last Christmas morn, a relic of Halloween, his moment dead and buried with October. For the past ten months he has bided his time, trapped within his cellophane prison, a malevolent […]

October 22nd, 2013 by Pie

Halloween Chilli with Cornbread Muffins

I might have to rein myself in. It is coming up to my favourite time of year, Christmas lights, parties and food- and the run up to Halloween is what kicks it all off. You can never be too old for Halloween, at least that’s what I tell myself when I’m squabbling with the ten […]

October 21st, 2013 by Pie


I had been keen to try Smokehouse for a while.  Often a new restaurant opens, I will read a glowing review, then after deluding myself that I’ll book a table right there and then it will be put on a to-do list never to be thought of again.  Then months later I find the to-do […]

October 18th, 2013 by Pie

Jerk chicken with kohlrabi and fennel remoulade

There are a handful of restaurants, pubs and cafes which I go to frequently. You might even say I was a valued regular if you forget for a moment that we live in London where all you would get if you were recognised by the staff would be a knowing smirk. One of my ‘regular’ […]