Downton Dish: Brownies

Look, Sybil’s having her baby. It’s tense; you’re gonna want some chocolate, just trust me on this one. And these are possibly the greatest chocolate brownies I’ve ever encountered in my entire life. Rich, fudgy, so, so good. Bake up a plate and have it on hand. Best Damn Brownies Adapted from Martha Stewart Ingredients 1 stick (8T) butter 4 oz bittersweet chocolate 2 eggs … Continue reading Downton Dish: Brownies

Downton Dish: Welsh Rarebit

This recipe will probably make a bit more sense after you’ve seen the episode, but even beforehand, it’s delish, and perfect for snacking on during a cold day (which it certainly is here in Edinburgh!). Perfect for getting your strength back after you’ve been forced to flee your home and ideal for covering up the toast your newfangled electric toaster just burned. Rarebit, unsurprisingly, was … Continue reading Downton Dish: Welsh Rarebit

Ghoulish Goodies: Marshmallow Ghosts

I love making homemade marshmallows. For one thing, they’re fabulous. If you’ve only ever tried the store-bought kind, make these just once so you can taste the difference. Like night and day. For another thing, they’re a great example of kitchen alchemy, and since I’m a tiny bit of a closet science nerd, I love me some kitchen alchemy. It’s hard to believe that this … Continue reading Ghoulish Goodies: Marshmallow Ghosts

Ghoulish Goodies: Pretzel ‘Fingers’

Lo these many years ago, my roommates and I threw a Halloween party. I baked goodies–lots and lots of them, and we invited all my one roommate’s fellow Psych grad students. One of them was a handsome man who later became my husband. I dressed as a saloon girl, he dressed as…a hot guy, I guess, and the rest is history. I like to think … Continue reading Ghoulish Goodies: Pretzel ‘Fingers’

Sourdough Pretzels

I love snacking on sourdough pretzels, but for some strange reason, they’re impossible to find over here. Being me, I decided to start making my own. Sourdough Pretzels Ingredients 3/4-1 cup sourdough starter 2 3/4 cup flour 1/2 cup warm water 1 scant tsp salt 1 dipped tsp honey (optional) 1T baking soda Sea salt for sprinkling Procedure If you’re refrigerating your starter, take it … Continue reading Sourdough Pretzels

Cornish Pasty

  Have you ever met anyone who didn’t like a pasty? Probably not, why would you? Who hates pasties? They’re delicious, you can find all sorts of different fillings to suit your tastes, and they’re extremely portable, which make them a great lunch-on-the-run option. The word ‘pasty’ is an old one, an English adaptation of a French word basically meaning ‘filled pie’. It was once … Continue reading Cornish Pasty

Pork Pies

It’s the beginning of a new week, and most of us are trudging off to work again. In the middle of the day, we’ll sit down to a lunch that, if we’re lucky, will consist of something delicious and homemade, and if we’re not, will be a sad sandwich or cook-in-the-microwave instant soup. Time to break the rut with something slighly indulgent and highly portable, … Continue reading Pork Pies

Cranberry Ginger Scones

Winter weekends always put me in the mood for baking, and what’s more English than whipping up a batch of scones to munch on with a pot of tea? Like muffins and other quick breads, scones are fast and easy to make, just don’t handle them too much or you’ll toughen them. This is one of my favorite recipes, adapted from a recipe found in … Continue reading Cranberry Ginger Scones