Dog Days by Mavis Cheek

I’ll be really honest, when I was offered a selection of Mavis Cheek novels – all of which were promised to be fun, comforting, enjoyable women’s fiction – I chose this one because, well, I like dogs. I’ll tell you now, it does not centre around a dog, rather, the acquisition of a sluggish pet…

Carrot Cake Cupcakes

These are gorgeous and so simple. I recently made a batch for a friend’s birthday at work which fell on the day following Easter. After you’ve been gorging yourself on Easter chocolate, these not totally savory yet not totally sweet cakes are perfect for a celebration. You will need –  200g self raising flour 175g…

Super Simple Chicken Caesar

This is so simple and tasty and will stop you popping across the road to get a fancy, stupidly priced salad… that was my inspiration anyway. Great for a work lunch too! You will need – (serves two) 6 chicken drumsticks/thighs (depending how hungry you are) – they’re cheaper and more flavoursome than breast meat 1…

How to Self Publish – Tips from Harrogate Crime Writing Festival

A few weeks ago, I went further north than I had ever traveled before. Well, almost. I was later reminded by my mother that the Lake District is in fact not the Peak District and, also, really far away from us in the south. (I was young, car journeys always felt long.) Anyway, my second-furthest-north-ever…

London Hotspot – 64degrees, a Foodie Destination

8 months ago, London’s Pimlico welcomed 64degrees. Already doing well in Brighton, this innovative restaurant uses the best of ingredients coupled with cooking methods which allow the food to do the talking. Bursting with beautiful flavours, the menu exhibits small fish, veg, meat and dessert dishes, which are encouraged to be shared between diners. Providing classic…

Rocky Road! A Must Make.

This recipe is barely a recipe because, let’s be honest, you can’t go far wrong when making Rocky Road. It’s more a reminder to make it. It’s so easy and really great to do with kids – you need very few ingredients, few utensils and you won’t get precious about the whisking not being done…

‘The Papoose’ – A Short Story

A Man’s habitual hibernation into the London Underground – escaping the demands of modern life.  The London Underground is my safe haven. Many people hate it; it is a mere Limbo-land necessity to get you from important A to even more important B. But for me, there is no other place that could give me…

London HotSpot – Columbia Road Flower Market

This has been my hot discovery of the week – London’s Columbia Road Flower Market in East London. It’s just wonderful. Flowers of all shapes and sizes – 20 white roses for £5, Orchids for £5. Tray upon tray of pretty little bedding plants, all well priced and turning their colourful faces up towards the…