Rosehip syrup and honey

First published Oct 2015 Autumn is the perfect season for foraging as the hedgerows burst forth with elder, bramble and sloes. Among these sit an often forgotten bounty of ruby-red wild rose hips, once a very popular crop for those seeking winter nutrition. This member of the Rosaceae family is a relative of apples, quince … Continue reading Rosehip syrup and honey

An apple dish fit for a king

I love finding ancient recipes and trying to cook them at home. Living in York certainly means that I can find plenty of historic inspiration right on my doorstep. As a small nod to local royal celebrity Richard III - and in celebration of Bramley Apple week - I thought I would share one of … Continue reading An apple dish fit for a king

A healthy nutty pudding from Noah

First published January 2015 on The History Girls There are times when a new recipe develops through hours of research. Others flash into life from a simple word, smell or taste while I’m thinking of something completely unrelated. Then, like this one, inspiration visits via someone else. Noah’s Pudding first appeared in a novel my … Continue reading A healthy nutty pudding from Noah

The original energy snack – Tiger Nuts

First published July 2015 Consisting of a mix of dried fruits, almonds, honey and sometimes sesame seeds, Tiger Nuts date back to 1400 BC. They are named after the edible tuber of Cyperus grass, a commonly used plant native to ancient Egypt. The ingredients can be found engraved into stone tablets of the era and … Continue reading The original energy snack – Tiger Nuts