Author: <span class="vcard">Debbie Ross</span>

Sourdough Secrets

Sourdough Secrets

There are probably as many ways to make sourdough as there are bakers making it. There’s so much information, and advice ‘out there’ that one blog post hardly seems appropriate to address such a vast subject.  I will try and impart what I believe are […]

Using Christmas Leftovers

Using Christmas Leftovers

After filling the fridge – and the freezer – with enough food to last an Arctic winter (at least 6 months’ worth), post-Christmas is the time we start emptying it again, unless of course you have another buying spree for New Year. Whatever occasions you […]

Foodie Gifts for the Festive Season

Foodie Gifts for the Festive Season

In the quest to buy less; to enjoy a ‘crap free Christmas’ as one campaign has it, or simply to reduce the amount of ‘things’ we buy people, you could do worse than consider a foodie gift.  I like Christmas.  I don’t want to do […]

Use it. Don’t abuse it!

Use it. Don’t abuse it!

At this time of year two of my favourite pastimes come together in a happy fusion.  Cooking and gardening are two of my abiding passions and are apt to lead me into flights of rapture.  Yes.  I am that sad. The first soft fruit, asparagus, […]

Throwaway Loaf

Throwaway Loaf

I heard a statistic on the radio today. A horrifying one about bread waste.  Apparently, in the UK, we throw away 24 million slices of bread every day.  Let me repeat that.  We discard 24 million slices of bread EVERY DAY!  For something which, for […]

Let’s Talk #realbread

Let’s Talk #realbread

Artisan bread, real bread, proper bread, these terms are sprinkled about like a flour shaker with little attention to what they mean, or why we’re using them. At one time people made bread at home, or bought bread from a baker – someone who actually […]

Fabulous Foodie Gifts for Christmas

Fabulous Foodie Gifts for Christmas

Who doesn’t like getting something to eat for Christmas?  Whether it’s homemade fudge or truffles, some shortbread, or a whole hamper of goodies, everyone enjoys receiving edible treats.  I have a friend who makes pickled onions or shallots for me most years, usually from their […]

A Non Traditional Christmas.

A Non Traditional Christmas.

Christmas food can be anything you want it to be.  You don’t have to cook turkey.  I cooked turkey for years.  I didn’t even eat it, and not all of my family were that keen either.  I did it because, well, it was tradition.  One […]

Let’s Talk Turkey!

Let’s Talk Turkey!

In the 90’s I worked for a company that thought a frozen turkey was a great ‘Christmas bonus’ for their staff.  For some it was perhaps, but this poor vegetarian would rather have had a tenner in her pay packet!  I took the turkey anyway […]

It’s all in the Prep

It’s all in the Prep

If you’re panicking about cooking Christmas dinner for the first time, or the fiftieth, there’s plenty you can do to get ahead rather than having a melt down on the big day. First, however, ask yourself a few questions: Do I need to do a […]