I love good honest food, crafting, and creating things that are both useful and aesthetically pleasing.


The recipes on this site are all tried and tested things that can be cooked from scratch. I like to use the best ingredients I can find, but you don't have to spend lots of money because buying quality goods in the right quantities can make all the difference,


Most of the ingredients I use in the recipes on this site are organic, locally sourced and/or in season - it all makes good environmental sense, and it tastes better too!


The handicrafts on this site such as knitting, crochet, and needlefelt are all hobbies that I am passionate about although, in some cases, I have only really just started my journey with them. I am learning and improving every day and want to use this website to share my experiences, my successes, and my mistakes so that other relative novices like me know they are not alone... and maybe they can even learn from some of my mistakes!


Oh yes... and they call me 'Ma' Dashper because I am always creating delights for friends and colleagues!

Fay Dashper-Hughes

This is me with my husband Matthew, he loves wine almost as much as I love cooking and making things. He has kindly given me some information on wine, which is on its own page under the 'Food & Drink' tab.