New Improved Chocolate Cheesecake

I always try to make necessity into an opportunity and a new version of this recipe came about because I can’t get hold of the Cremovita whippable soya cream any more. My suppliers tell me it’s been withdrawn. How true this is, I don’t know, but the fact remains that I can’t get hold of […]

Un-baked Chocolate Cheesecake

This, I think, even surpasses my tiramisu recipe. It makes a stunning centrepiece for a dinner party, it feeds at least 12, and it’s so low-tech that I’ve even made it while camping. If you tend to be on holiday when a family celebration occurs and most people would go out and buy a cake, […]

Lorraine Pascale’s cookie “lollipops”

This week’s Fast Fresh and Easy from Lorraine Pascale (BBC2 Tuesday 8.30pm) included a little munchy made from what looked like Oreos. The final thing ended up as a sweet treat looking like a tray of chocolate lollipops made from biscuits and chocolate spread, dipped in melted white chocolate and coated in hundreds and thousands. […]

Cherry Oat Munchies

These make a great alternative to a slice of cake in a lunchbox. They taste delicious and the oats mean that they’re good for slow release energy to get you through the afternoon. They’re quick and easy to make, they keep for about a week in an airtight box: can’t ask more than that!

Recipe: […]

Viennese Fingers

These are easy to make and taste DIVINE! They melt in the mouth and they make great presents for teachers at the end of term. You can put a handful in a little cellophane bag, tie it up with some gift ribbon and voilĂ , one individual present at less cost than a box of chocs […]

Good News!

Good news! I’ve just been in my nearest large Tesco’s and they have safe value digestive biscuits again. No milk anywhere. It is only the blue and white value ones, NOT their red packet own brand ones, NOR the Tesco’s Finest. Neither of those is safe. However, the value ones are fine and we now […]

Tesco Value Digestive Biscuits Also Toxic!

Yet another one to cross off the list! I’ve just been contacted with this news. I don’t know how long it’s been since the recipe changed; I don’t get up to a large Tesco very often, so the last time I bought a packet was quite a while ago.

If you have a packet in […]

Choc-mint squares

These are so easy to make and they make a lovely after-dinner mint which is sadly lacking these days since pretty much everybody commercial has started to put milk/butterfat into plain chocolate. You do need to be lucky and have one of the few stores to have dairy-free digestive biscuits on their shelves nearby, but […]

Waitrose Digestive Biscuits Now Toxic!!


Waitrose have gone and deprived us of one of our staples for making cheesecakes!

The biscuit shelves in one of the Waitrose stores which I use now carries a label stating that their own digestive biscuits now contain milk!! They’ve changed the recipe. Apparently all new batches have new labels which have […]

Dairy Free Biscuits

I am currently playing around with an unbaked cheesecake recipe and to this end I have been investigating the availability of dairy free biscuits for the base. While I like baking biscuits very much, I find I’m much less enthusiastic if I know I’m baking them simply in order to crush them up for crumbs. […]