A fuddle

Tomorrow at work is my leaving lunch at work (which they call a fuddle) and traditionally everyone brings something to the table so I knocked up a couple of my corned beef pies. As a kid I virtually lived on corned beef and by far my favourite Geordie dish was these pies which my Mother Katie (bless her) used to make. Just hope my colleagues like them.

Corned Dog Hash


As a kid in the North East of England in the 50s corned beef was staple diet. It came in all shapes and sizes, pies, fritters, sandwiches and more. As an adult it still forms a major part of my diet partly because I like it but also because it is a connection with my past.

This evening I made my Corned Dog Hash which in USA might be referred to as a cowboy dinner but it’s been quite a while since I made my last one so it was really nice…and very filling.

My Corned Beef Recipe Book is beginning to take shape 🙂

Happy Birthday to M’Lady Ms Grace


A good friend of mine who works with me on our charity Xanders Children’s Fund (Katy) is also a very talented cake maker – she has a website called katyscupcakes. A few weeks ago I asked her if she would make me a cake to celebrate my lady’s birthday (which is today) and this gorgeous work of art was the result (a heavy fruit cake within). Thank you Katy x

And Happy Birthday Ms Grace x

Secret Santa

For those who haven’t come across the Secret Santa game it’s something workmates do in the festive season. Everyone agrees a price, draws a name out of the hat and buys that person a small present. Our budget was £5 and I duly went off and bought my workmates a present. When I opened my present I was delighted to find this home made cake – what a wonderful thoughtful present for a sweet toothed dude like me who loves his food. I hope the person I bought a present for is as happy a bunny as me. Cool Yule x


How to cook a turkey

So with Christmas around the corner I imagine people are beginning to plan their day, particularly the ladies of our world who very often get saddled with the very rare job of having to cook a great big bird and look as though they’re an expert at the task; notwithstanding the gentlemen who often do the decent thing and wash up afterwards.

Anyway, since I believe Christmas should be fun as well as spiritual, I came across this recipe and thought it might begin the fun part of the process – I’m sure I’ll get a little more spiritual as we get nearer to the big day.

Happy planning for your big day x