lemon eclairs

Spring Lemon Eclairs – Bake of the Week

I’m declaring winter to be over – I’ve officially had enough of the cold and misery. Time for some spring in our step and in our cooking. For this week’s Bake of the Week recipe, I wanted a fresh feel – so what better than lemon eclairs with a White Chocolate Ganache topping? I’ve mentioned more »

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Smokefree for Children #brakesonsmoking

See these kids? They are as safe as you can get in a car … dangers on the road aside, at least we know that the air they breathe is clean. As non-smokers we’ve never really had to think about our kids being exposed to passive smoking in our own car. We don’t really ever more »

Eisberg Wine Giveaway

Eisberg Non-Alcoholic Wine – Blog Anniversary Giveaway #1

Its fair to say our weekends are slightly out of the ordinary – We do not often manage to make nights out but like many others, enjoyed a drink at home on either a Friday or a Saturday. Dermot has to work on Saturdays and now I drive Millie to Leeds (1.5 hour journey) every more »

blog anniversary

7 years of blog posts – Happy Anniversary Casa Costello!

Casa Costello is 7 this week! Yay and Happy Blogiversary to me Its been 7 years of really good fun – I started off as a Celebration Cake blog telling the behind the scenes tales of cakes customers had ordered, for example, why someone chose a Most Unusual First Holy Communion Cake and have covered all more »

lemon basil muffins

Lemon & Basil Muffins – March Secret Recipe Club

I’ve been wanting to be a member of the Secret Recipe Club for a year now. A huge group of likeminded bloggers who are assigned a fellow member’s blog and can choose from their vast collection, which recipe to make. The waiting list is enormous as it is such an illustrious gang to be part more »

stuffed meaty mushrooms

Stuffed Meaty Mushrooms – #FoodieFriday

One of my most favourite recipes ever! If there is stuffed mushrooms on any menu when we go out, you can guarantee I’ll be ordering them – Indian, Italian …even those breaded ones on most pub menus! The good news is this recipe is even better than the bought versions. The quantities given are enough more »

minion birthday cake

Minion Birthday Cake & Party – Bake of the Week

Well, its a bit of a different Bake of the Week from me this week. I hadn’t realised how long it had been since I did a properly decorated cake until Tara said ‘Wow Mummy, did you do that ALL by yourself?!’ Bless her! We had our crazy happy week last week, when Tara & more »

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What we learnt from a visit to Alton Towers

We are just back from spending a couple of days at Alton Towers – We stayed overnight in the Alton Towers Hotel and had a day each in the Splash Landings Waterpark, then today at the theme park. We’ve been to the hotel quite a few times before but haven’t visited the theme park as more »

vegetarian spring rolls

Vegetarian Spring Rolls – #JLCook

I’m a big lover of Chinese Food but don’t often get round to making it from scratch. My ultimate in a lazy night is a Hot & Sour Soup with a portion of prawn crackers to dip in. Can’t say I’m not classy! To become more proficient at cooking chinese dishes is definitely on my more »

dulce de leche kisses

Dulce De Leche Kisses – Bake of the Week

There are some things I make that surprise even me, how popular they are. These Dulce de Leche kisses never fail to disappear and I’m always surprised how quickly they do! I have a confession though, I used shop bought Dulce de Leche instead of making my own. I’ve had a huge tub that I more »

cherries in kirsch

In My Kitchen February 2015

Is anyone else finding it REALLY difficult to type February this year? I type all sorts of combinations before I get it right. Just me then?! Anyway, let’s get on … I used to periodically join in with one of the most fascinating linkies around, In My Kitchen hosted by Fig Jam & Lime Cordial. more »