This week has seen me step away from the excitement of filming and travelling and return to the kitchen and a spot of preserving bliss. With the British strawberry season upon us I must confess that I just couldn’t resist reaching for my preserving pan, but this week I didn’t reach for the granulated sugar, but instead tried a few refined sugar-free preserving techniques including adding arrowroot and a recipe using a local honey. The resulting jams were undoubtedly fruiter and not as sweet as a traditional jam, but tasty and healthier. I am currently testing the keeping qualities of my sugar-free recipes and will be sharing them with you in due course.

20150519_202023As my jam set I began penning the last few amendments to my new book which will be launched at The Dig for Victory Show on 13th and 14th June 2015. It’s not surprising that my new book is focused on vintage cooking, but it is not just full of recipes and instead has lots of authentic tips and advice for housewives from yesteryear for everything from keeping your house spick and span to making an eggless sponge cake and dealing with problem husbands.   I was delighted to see the cover design in full fruition and am really looking forward to the launch and indeed the show itself where I will be giving lots of wartime cookery demonstrations.

My cookery demonstrations at The Dig for Victory Show this year will be focused on home front ingenuity and will feature lots of ‘mock’ recipes. My victory rolls will be in full force as I cook everything from mock goose to mock apricot tart and carrot fudge.   If you fancy popping along to sample any wartime culinary delights you can read about the event at

20150519_202954This week my old fridge will be undergoing a transformation as it gets transformed into a food de-hydrator, so I’ll let you know how that experiment goes next week and until then I bid you a fond farewell from West Wales.