Salted golden caramel sauce + ginger hot chocolate
Bonfire night / chocolate / Christmas (and leftovers) / Drinks / halloween / holidays / No oven / Sweet / Treats - no flour

Salted golden caramel sauce + ginger hot chocolate

My favourite salted caramel sauce, made with a goodly amount of golden syrup, and my second-favourite hot chocolate, the sort actually made from scratch. I’ll be straight with you: my favourite hot chocolate is a powder mix and I make it in a microwave. I sincerely love it, not just the associated nostalgia. Now, I … Continue reading

Rhubarb syrup + oven-poached stems, scented with vanilla and orange
dessert / Drinks / Recipes / Sweet / Treats - no flour / vegetarian

Rhubarb syrup + oven-poached stems, scented with vanilla and orange

Quite unlike Tara’s charming rhubarb story, the main way I’ve come by rhubarb recently is squatting on the pavement, picking out stalks from a crate. Once I encountered a slug so tiny that it was like the crescent of dirt beneath one’s fingernail. It glistened on the rhubarb stem. I flicked it off: no need for a … Continue reading

Blood orange, honey and cinnamon yoghurt drink
Drinks / For one / No oven / Recipes / Sweet / Treats - no flour / vegetarian

Blood orange, honey and cinnamon yoghurt drink

Have I been tiresome towards you, friends? Have I been bequeathing you many multi-stage, fussy recipes? Yes. Yes, I have. Have something truly simple. (It does require a blender, though. ETA: I suppose you could also stick it into a lidded jar and shake well.) Blood orange season is, obviously, in full swing. I think … Continue reading

My Mother’s Pandan-Scented Soya Milk
Drinks / halloween / holidays / No oven / Recipes / Sweet / Thai / Treats - no flour / Vegan / vegetarian

My Mother’s Pandan-Scented Soya Milk

I only really enjoy soya milk when it’s absolutely fresh. A fond memory of mine is one of our family trips to the West End, which seems terribly cosmopolitan when you’ve spent most of your life in Croydonian Zone 5. It felt an absolute treat for my younger self to eat out in Chinatown, where … Continue reading

Christmas Spiced Fruit Punch (non-alcoholic)
Christmas (and leftovers) / Drinks / holidays / No oven / Recipes / Sweet / Treats - no flour

Christmas Spiced Fruit Punch (non-alcoholic)

I don’t really drink.  Putting my festive lashmina on won’t be my primary concern during the holiday season. Instead, I’m often the person who takes care of soused friends at parties. This is not because I am a warm and nurturing person: it’s simply because I will usually be sober and it’s all part of … Continue reading