Apple Cake

A quick and simple Italian apple cake from ” Twelve: A Tuscan Cookbook” by Tessa Kiros. Its best made on the day you want to eat it as it does not keep well. If you like you can add a couple of Tablespoons of Vin Santo or another liquer to the batter. Serve on its own or with fresh whipped cream.

Orecchiette with Green Pea Pesto (4)

This is from ” The Five O’clock Apron” , the first book by Bristol based chef and food writer Claire Thomson. With this book her aim was ” to inspire parents stuck in a teatime rut” by ” preparing healthy fun and flavoursome food”. This recipe certainly hits the spot.

Strawberry and Pimm’s Jam

Another favourite recipe from ” The Modern Preserver” by Kylee Newton, ideal with scones and clotted cream or poured over vanilla ice cream as a dessert. Its a soft set recipe so when you do the wrinkle test make sure it is on the softer side. It will make 7-8 228 ml jars.

Papaya Chaat (6)

I love to eat chaat as a starter , as part of an Indian meal or even as a salad on its own. This version is from Julie Sahni’s ” Indian Heritage Cookery”. You can replace the papaya with other fruit if wished.