Sometimes you want a sweet and effective dessert but have zero time to be baking.

here si a little pud so simple my daughter could create it all by herself and I think it is fabulous if you can get kids involved in preparing meals.

All you need is

Any fruit

Any icecream

Honey (or golden syrup or maple)  and

ooh about 60 seconds!

Here is how they are made

How super simple is that!

Cooking does not need to be complicated to be fun and tasty and impressive.

Eat simply and you will have far more time to play!


St Albans is marking the 10th anniversary of its autumn food and drink festival with an 11-day event that will celebrate the growth of artisan food and drink providers in the city as well as its strong pub heritage.

St Albans food and drinks festival

The St Albans Food and Drink festival takes place from 27 September to 7 October and two major highlights of the festival are the Street Feastival on 1 October and the St Albans Beer and Cider Festival organised by the Campaign for Real Ale 27-30 September.

The city is marking the 10th anniversary of its autumn food and drink festival with an 11-day event that will celebrate the growth of artisan food and drink providers in the city as well as its strong pub heritage.

The Street Festival will see 100 market traders, pop-up restaurants, cafes and pubs, serving up a wide range of dishes inspired by flavours from around the world, including Lebanese, South African, Spanish Caribbean and Moroccan.

For those who love a tipple there will also be a gin distillery and micro breweries as well as wine tasting and cocktails.

The Everblades Pop-up Village Green in Market Place will showcase the city’s thriving pub culture with pop-up versions of many of the city’s pubs on the green, which will be located in the same place that the city has held a market since the 9th century.   Roger Potz, one of the world’s leading writers and editor of the Good Beer Guide. Potz describes St Albans as the “pub capital of the UK” as it has 50 pubs in and around the city, with real ale being a big feature of most.

The headquarters of CAMRA is in St Albans and the city also lays claim to having the oldest pub in the UK. Ye Olde Fighting Cocks, which is located in Verulamium Park and was once the third largest Roman town in Britain, dates back to 793 AD.

Sustainable Saturday closes the festival on 7 October with a series of events, talks and demonstrations about food and sustainability.

I think this all sounds rather exciting!

Have you started looking for apple recipes yet?

The apples in my garden are flourishing and I am so excited about cooking with them.  I have some lovely recipes here form an array of fabulous bloggers.

Lets’ start with apple pies!

Mummy Wales has a lovely and simple recipe for everyone’s favourite  homemade apple pie

Gee Gardener has a raspberry and apple pie – so pretty!


And at Me and B we have a raw apple pie!



Casa Costello give us these delightful apple and passion fruit puffs

(oh wow! do these look tasty)



And what about the cinnmaon apple fries from Mum in the Madhouse. A perfect snack indeed.



Or houw about this really easy soft apple sponge cake from Wave to Mummy ?



Over at Mummy Alarm Carolin has made a beautiful tarte tartin



Next we have a lovely famiclt recipe form The Newhouse Family Blog  and it is Aunt Ruby’s warming pudding. Can you imagine it with a dollop of custard on a cold day.



And up next we have this wonderful gluten free breakfast recipe for overnight oats with apple and cinnamon from the Intolerant Gourmand blog



Over at Captain Bobcat we have this wintery and warm apple and walnut strudel



and at Daisies and Pie we have this beautiful toffee apple crumble

Nom Nom Nom!

And last but certainly not least one of my favourite gardening blogs Growing Family shares a lovely recipe for apple tarts

Pin for later …..

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I had a version of a lentil salad recipe at my sons surprise 13th birthday party hosted by my  in laws this summer. I was blown away with how tasty and filling it was. She had very kindly been looking up some vegan recipes as a nod to the cleanse I was on.

My mother-in-law’s salad was quite simply delicious. I was surprised how much I enjoyed it. I think of sunshine and family when I think of lentil salad now and I have been so keen to make my own version.

Lentil Salad Recipe

I was worried it was going to involve a lot of time spent prepping veg and soaking lentils and I am time short – especially in the long summer holidays. So I was determined to take a few shortcuts and make this as quick and easy as possible, take a look


This is a 10 minute recipe as I used prepared Puy Lentils and already chopped herbs and spices. It is nutritious and delicious. Lemons, a red apple and spring onions gave it a real sunshine kick and I am delighted with the end result.

Do let me know if you give this protein packed salad a go – it is the perfect picnic vegan recipe and a lovely light lunch idea too.

Quick and Easy Lemon and Lentil Salad

Quick and Easy Lemon and Lentil Salad


  • 250g puy lentils
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 red onion
  • 2 spring onions
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp garlic granules
  • 250 g plum tomatoes
  • 80g baby spinach


  1. Heat puy lentils according to pack instructions
  2. Meanwhile mix lemon with vinegar and a pinch or two of salt.
  3. Slice onion rings from red onion and add to the lemon mix. leave for 5 mins,
  4. Mix oil cumin garlic and give it a whisk with a fork
  5. Add lemon mix to onions and add lentils
  6. Slice the tomatoes and apple, chopped spinach (washed and dried) and add to the lentil mix.
  7. Give it all a good stir and it's ready!
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Tomato & Chilli Jam

Tomato and Chilli Jam


This barbeque season, put down the bottle of generic tomato ketchup and surprise your guests with something a little more original

Adam Woolven, Head Chef at Island Grill, shares his recipe for a tangy Tomato and Chilli Jam.



1kg Very Ripe Plum Tomatoes

5 Red Chilli Peppers

8 Garlic Cloves

Ginger (10cm piece)

60ml Soy Sauce

550g Demerara Sugar

200ml Red Wine Vinegar

Pinch of Salt and Pepper



Step 1: Bring a large pot of water to the boil. Add the plum tomatoes to the water and boil for 10-15 seconds. Following this, run the tomatoes under cold water, then peel and quarter them.


Step 2: Peel the ginger (easiest done with a spoon), then finely chop it, along with the garlic cloves and chilli.


Step 3: In a large pan, cook the tomatoes, garlic, ginger and chillies on a low heat until the mixture becomes of pulp-like consistency. Pour the soy sauce, red wine vinegar and Demerara sugar into the mix. Stir well. Season with a little salt and pepper.


Step 4: Don’t wait for the jam to cool – store the jam in a sterilized jar whilst still hot.


Step 5: Scoop a generous spoonful of jam onto your freshly barbecued burger – and enjoy!



Do pop over here to find my quick and  easy veggie burger recipe and then why not finish your meal off with a peach and lime lolly?


Island Grill, Lancaster London, Lancaster Terrace, London W2 2TY Reservations on 020 7551 6000 or visit