A sliced golden loaf cake, the top covered in snowy white shredded coconut, a bite missing from one of the slices.

Pineapple coconut whole wheat cake

The weather here in Shetland has been a bit disconcerting of late. We’ve encountered -over the course of several disconcerting meteorological events- snow and sleet at seriously pout-inducing frequency. “But it’s spring” I proclaim in outrage, and Buddy scoffs. So this weekend I’m bringing on the sunshine with some the sunny flavours of the tropics […]

A rustic, straight sided tart filled with glossy chocolate filling and topped with a dollop or shiny red sorbet.

Vegan chocolate tart

Happy Saturday! Here we are at another weekend, and I must say that the week that this one proceeds has been a really good one! The weather has been magnificent surrounding us with the undeniable signs of spring, we’ve been busy, productive and have spent time with family and friends, have made jam and bread, […]

Vegan Passion fruit Chocolate Delice

Vegan Passion Fruit Chocolate Delice

Happy Valentine’s Day!! In my view, Valentine’s Day is a bit corny, a bit cheesy, and because of these factors… fun! Really, what fun is life without a little bit of over-the-top sentimentality. And what better to celebrate such an occasion than with Vegan Passion Fruit Chocolate Delice! There was a time when I would […]


Banana chocolate bread pudding

Today feels a little blue. The sun is shining and it’s a beautiful still, crisp winter’s day, but yesterday’s news of the death of David Bowie is still weighing on my mind. When I think about it logically, I can see that it’s all a bit silly to be sad about the death of someone […]


Squash and rye gingerbread

Well, I’ve saved the best for last. This will be my last post before Christmas, and the piece de resistance of my Christmas recipes? Squash and rye gingerbread. Gingerbread is glorious and has traditionally been associated with Christmas in one form or another in many cultures, particularly in Europe and Scandinavia. Some historians think it […]


Sugar-free mincemeat

Well, I think it’s safe to say that the Christmas countdown has officially begun. The time for mincemeat making is upon us. Truth be told, this year I’ve kind of let the Christmas preparations slide a bit. Normally by this time I would have the Christmas pudding made and maturing, chocolate croissants made and frozen […]


Fig flaugnarde

Once a week, on a Wednesday evening, we have music night with my sister-in-law, Viv. She comes over with her mandolin, Buddy plays guitar, I play guitar and bodhran (I use the term “play” fairly loosely when it comes to my guitar playing, but I am improving all the time) and we all sing a […]


Pumpkin pie

HAPPY THANKSGIVING! This weekend is Canadian Thanksgiving. It’s a time for family, food, crunchy orange leaves and pumpkin patches, and of course, the most integral part of the Thanksgiving meal (for me anyway); pumpkin pie. I love pumpkins. I love everything about them, the taste of them, their seeds, their beautiful orange colour, their curly […]


Avocado chocolate pudding

Today I’m feeling grumpy. There, I admitted it… I sat down to write a post for today and started it about a dozen times trying to tap into the spirit of joyful magnificence that I’m striving for, but each time it just came out really contrived and a little insipid. So instead I’m coming out […]