All posts by Jane Bryan


Walking east up into Hardwick you get to an amazing viewpoint the other side.  To the left, the A38 and Derriford, in the middle Boringdon Arch and to the right, Plympton St. Maurice with the Moor beyond.

April showers

Yesterday April may have lived up to its name, for the first time in the  month.  Stunning bows appeared in the evening though!

Double bow

Today, another nut roast.

Nut Roast III



OK, so I got a bit cocky about the shopping weather last week.  Today,  waterproof trousers, jacket and brolly were fully utilised!

As advised, yesterday’s bread pudding did make for a nice, but rather sweet breakfast.  It made me think of bougatsa which is a Greek filo pastry and custard sweet breakfast food.

Yesterday another neighbour kindly gave us a delivery of scones.  If there’s a bake-off going on, I’m going to have to up my game… eek!

More cooking

We had apples to use and a malt loaf that got severely squashed last week, so when I saw this Honey-Apple Bread Pudding recipe this morning, it was meant to be!

Usual substitutions – malt loaf instead of challah bread, soya milk instead of real, squirty cream instead of heavy.  I also added a squirt of syrup and put all the apple in on the covered bake.

NYT also had a lasagne recipe from Samin Nosrat, but I went with a tried and tested Quorn one instead.   The top pasta layer parted company with the ‘meat’ layer though and so was rather chewy!  Perhaps the one going into the freezer will soften a little.

And on the subject of substitutions…