Category: Blog

L’Enclume

L’Enclume, established in 2002 by Simon Rogan, is situated in the historic village of Cartmel which is tucked away in the southern Cumbrian Lake District, just outside the boundary of the National Park.  The most striking landmark of the village is the beautiful 11th century Cartmel Priory.  The village...

The Booze Cruise

The theme for May’s Saltaire Clandestine Cake Club gathering called for a scout through the wine rack, a dig in the drinks cabinet or a trip to the local off licence.  The Booze Cruise was all about any cakes containing your favourite tipple.  Depending on how heavy handed we...

My buttermilk scones

I’m a relatively new comer to the world of baking scones; my hand being ‘forced’ (quite  nicely I hasten to add) as I launched my venture that is Chez Shamwari.  And very pleased I am too to have discovered the delight of a warm scone straight out the oven...

One Of Your Five A Day

Let’s face it, we all love eating cake or is that too much of a universal statement?  Be that as it may, what better way to beat the guilt trip than to ensure there’s ‘one of your five a day’ on the menu?  Such was the theme for Saltaire...

Another gluten free shortcrust pastry recipe

I have been really interested and very pleased in the knowledge that my recipe posting of gluten free shortcrust pastry has drawn a lot of interest.  Encouraged, I have been having a play with another gluten free pastry recipe with my own tweaks on it and am pleased to...

Fun and nonsense in Ilkley

What better way to enjoy my last day of ‘freedom’ before starting a new job than a bit of retail therapy and mischief with ‘official partner in crime’.  Destination:  Ilkley, West Yorkshire. It was a very cold winters’ day and this photograph doesn’t do justice to how pretty The...

My all cocoa brownies

I would have defied anyone who would have suggested that brownies are just as rich and fudgy without using melted dark chocolate as an ingredient.  I couldn’t imagine that cocoa powder would deliver anything like the gooey, rich finish one looks for in these chocolate delightfuls.  I had recently...

Baked tomatoes with pearl barley, olive & caper stuffing

Tomatoes take on a rich, sweet, flavour when baked and I love the colourfulness of this dish.  I was inspired to make concoct this recipe one weekend lunch time as I had some olives and lemons  that needed using up along with some cupboard staples.  If you don’t have...

The Angel Inn, Hetton

A visit here for both lunch and dinner confirmed that this is still stacking up to its reputation of delicious Yorkshire pub food.  It’s certainly not your bog standard pub food by any stretch of the imagination.  Rather, it’s of the refined end of the range, well presented and...

Lemon curd cream cake

I had to think of a cake to make for a recent Saltaire Clandestine Cake Club event.  The theme was ‘All Things Bright & Beautiful’ and, as I had some spare lemons in the fridge that needed using up, I thought something using lemon curd would do just fine. ...