Rock cakes are a traditional British bake and they are one of the easiest to make. Craggy lumps of stiff cake dough are mounded onto a baking tray and bunged in the oven. The result are these scrumptious little morsels that look a bit like rocks. If you’ve never had them before, don’t worry, they are not rock-like in texture. They are in fact crumbly and utterly delicious. These sultana and prune rock cakes are a variation of the classic bake, but you can use whatever dried fruit you like.
Despite the unprepossessing name that Cornish Hevva Cake is sometimes given, this lightly fruited bake is not particularly ‘heavy’. It is, however, absolutely delicious. The bake falls somewhere between a sweet scone and a light fruit cake. As with many traditional bakes, Tesen Hevva (its Cornish name) is very easy to make.
This lemon caraway seed cake recipe is a riff from a Rachel Roddy recipe I spotted in the Guardian. I thought a version of it would be perfect for an upcoming visit from two of my aunts last summer.
It may be cold and blustery outside, but I’m noticing signs of spring here, with snowdrops and even daffodils emerging. This combined with the fast approaching, St David’s Day on 1 March put me in mind of Wales’ national bake, Welsh cakes. My wholemeal spelt Welsh cakes are super easy to make. They’re crisp on the outside, soft and buttery on the inside and incredibly moreish. This wonder food from the west is the perfect antidote to the Beast from the East.
When I spotted Cornish new potatoes at my local greengrocers at the weekend, I couldn’t resist purchasing some. Somehow, a bunch of Cornish asparagus made its way into my basket too. It seemed like the perfect opportunity to make a vegetarian salade Niçoise.
CT recently returned from a trip to York. Whilst there he popped into Bettys Tea Rooms for a cuppa and a curd tart. Fat rascals are a classic Yorkshire bake and one that I very much associate with Bettys. I’ve never actually tried one, so in order not to feel left out, I decided to have a go at making some.
Cornish asparagus is up and out and I’m at the ready with my knife and fork and pan of boiling water. Not quite, but I couldn’t resist buying a bunch when I passed our local greengrocer yesterday. Apart from grilling them and eating them for breakfast with scrambled egg on toast, I thought a fresh and simple Cornish asparagus risotto with peas and wild garlic pesto would be just the thing.
We were walking along the North Cornish coast path last weekend when CT spotted a massive patch of rock samphire. We didn’t want to be greedy, but it seemed too good an opportunity to miss, so we picked enough to make a meal out of. This dish of samphire noodles with marinated tofu was the result.
Back in August last year I posted a review of some classic British biscuit cutters and promised you the recipe for the bourbon biscuits I made using them. Well never let it be said that I don’t fulfil my promises – if somewhat dreckly. If you don’t know what dreckly means, you clearly haven’t been to Cornwall. They may be a bit late, but here follows the afore mentioned recipe.