Thank You


I’m afraid this post is rather overdue. But I’ve been in a tricky position. When I wrote this post, I was, without exaggeration, inundated with so many wonderful emails from readers offering their good wishes. Some people I knew, and some I didn’t. Some I had never seen comment before. And yet, they’d all taken the time to write me a lovely email.

I was overwhelmed with the kindness I received both from friends and strangers, and I planned to sit down and write a suitably fitting response to everyone who had taken the time to write to express my gratitude.

And then, to my horror, I discovered that I no longer had their emails. My MacBook Pro seems to have lost an awful lot of emails recently. I have no idea why. Some people seem to email me and I never get their message. And then these messages had reached me, and I read them, but they seem to be lost. And there are people who wrote to me, and I no longer have their details to hand.

So, I wanted to write a little post as a thank you. To every one of you who has supported me this year. It means so much. And thank you to everyone who has commented and offered me their good wishes, which I won’t forget.

Your support has really helped through many tough times this year. And there are lots of positives on the horizon, with my next books and a new business venture underway, which I’m sure wouldn’t be happening if it wasn’t for all your support. So thank you. And watch this space for the next chapter.

An excellent recipe for Strawberry Jam

Scones and Strawberry Jam

  It’s that time of year again. Time for strawberry jam. Everyone has their own favourite flavour of jam and mine is strawberry. Most strawberry jam is, frankly, dire, and so I turn yet again to renowned preserves expert Vivien Lloyd for the definitive recipe. Her strawberry jam has to be tasted to be believed [...]

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Some ideas for a barbecue


  As the weather has been so nice over the last few weeks, we’ve fired up the barbecue several times. Even on a weeknight, it makes for a lovely evening – a chance for us to sit in the sun and enjoy our garden with a glass of wine whilst our supper cooks next to [...]

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Some summer fruit salads


  There is something wonderful about the abundance of delicious fruits in season at this time of year. When ripe, juicy and fragrant, you need nothing more than a napkin to enjoy summer fruits at their best. That said, a fruit salad is a pretty perfect way to end a meal. An elegant bowlful of [...]

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Things I learnt at Ballymaloe

Last day in the kitchen

1) One step at a time Gary taught me, or perhaps drummed into me, in the two weeks I had with him to make sure that all my mise en place was done one step at a time. Before this, I was doing every stage of prep with each ingredient at a time. This does [...]

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