In Mistletoe and Mulled Wine at the Christmas Campervan, we welcome back Jack, Lucy and Dachshund Daisy for more Northumberland adventures with the wonderful Cocktail Campervan and Pizza Horsebox! And this time we're in for some festive treats with a feast of Christmas markets, winter weddings, walks on the beach, evenings by the fireside and cosy coastal cafes.
Thursday 27 October 2022
Sunday 8 May 2022
Toot, toot! My new book The Seaside Cocktail Campervan is here!
Set on the beautiful Northumberland coast, it's an uplifting celebratory summer story.
With love, friendship, fun and fizz-filled celebrations, get ready for a gorgeous seaside escape!
There's pizza, prosecco, and gorgeous cocktails, cakes and bakes. Gin and Tonic cake anyone? Or, Nonna's fabulous Chocolate Mousse cake?
Thursday 23 July 2020
Thursday 31 October 2019
Wow, I never imagined I'd be telling you about my 8th published book! So, dare to dream folks, work hard at it, and it can happen! Welcome to Christmas at Rachel's Pudding Pantry ... 🎉🍾🎄📚❄️
All best wishes,
Saturday 11 May 2019
Thursday 28 June 2018
A couple of years ago, I was doing one of my first ever library talks with a grand audience of two people. The wonderful thing was that one of those people was a chocolatier. In conversation that evening, the lovely June Carruthers said I could always contact her if I ever felt like writing about chocolate. Well then, that set the seed in my mind.
When I wanted a new setting for my second series of Cosy books where better than a chocolate shop by the sea! I always say to write what you are passionate about and I'm certainly passionate about chocolate - it's such wonderful stuff and you can make so much with it: truffles, ice creams, milkshakes, brownies, cakes, croissants, cookies, all sorts of divine chocolates and more.
So the research had to begin in earnest (it's a hard job but somebody's gotta do it!). June was so friendly and welcomed me to her home where we ended up having a chocolate making and tasting session.
Next, I visited the fabulous chocolate shop and café Cabosse in Warkworth, in my home county of Northumberland, where I met and interviewed Louise Frederique a french chocolatiere. Her shop is so inspiring and quaint that the Chocolate Shop in the fictional village of Warkton-by-the-sea in my novel is based on that. It was Christmas time and the displays were wonderful - enough to make your mouth water.
I have also chatted with The Chocolate Spa in Alnwick, Kiki's Chocolates in Coldingham and Bev Stephenson from North Chocolates. Huge thanks to everyone for their time, help and support.
I hope you enjoy reading my new book. Settle down on a summer's day with a chilled glass of prosecco, your favourite chocolates and escape to The Cosy Seaside Chocolate Shop. And look out for the truffle recipe in the back! Here's some I made earlier ...
Love and best wishes,