Steamed Pineapple Pudding with Coconut Ice Cream

When I visited Harborne Farmer’s Market last week, I picked up a jar of pineapple jam made by the mini jar company.  Having never tried pineapple jam before, I didn’t really know what to do with it, if I’m honest.  All I did know, was that it derserved something better than just being spread on hot, buttery toast (however good that sounds!)

For some inspiration, I turned to my Flavour Thesaurus by Niki Segnit. Pineapple had some interesting pairing suggestions – pineapple and anchovies anyone?!  But it did also describe how well matched pineapple and vanilla can be, and that got me thinking… Continue reading

Pomegranate Martini


Cocktails are my thing. Call me harsh, but I often find myself judging a bar by their cocktail offering alone. I love the exotic names, combinations of ingredients I would never have thought of and the feeling of sheer sophistication whilst drinking one.  A level of sophistication that I’m sure decreases with each subsequent drink.

My husband, many years ago, used to work as a bartender in a Brindley Place restaurant, and so likes to think of himself of a bit of an expert.  I take full advantage of this, (obviously, who wouldn’t?!) and we will often experiment with new drinks recipes at home.

Last night I brought home some pomegranate supplies to see what he could come up with. Continue reading

Rainbow Birthday Cake | Hummingbird Bakery

Last week I had the challenge of baking a rainbow cake. Not a task that I had set myself, but my daughter Verity, who was just a tiny bit excited about her forthcoming birthday!

I was given strict instructions: it had to be rainbow, sweets, silver balls, candles and sparklers. Not much then!! And so, eager to please my ever demanding 3 year old daughter, I began my research. Continue reading