Hello! I’m so pleased you could pop in! I’m Mrs Simkins and a very warm welcome to my new-look website.

If you like lovely food and cooking, fresh wholesome ingredients and faffing around in the kitchen then you’ll enjoy browsing through these pages. Here are plenty of nostalgic old-fashioned traditional treats given a bit of a modern makeover plus lots of up-to date trends as well.

There’s a good selection of vegetable recipes plus snippets on gardening and keeping a small flock of hens.

Mrs Simkins: recipe developer and writer, champion of good food, Guild of Fine Food Great Taste Judge and on a mission to get everyone cooking.

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Recent Recipes

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English Monkey

Chocolate Butterflies VE Day

Traditional Yorkshire Cooking with Mrs Simkins


Recent Posts on the Cooking Blog

Tinned Vegetable Salad Blast from the Past

Pink Meringues

Beetroot Brownies

Crumbly Rhubarb Sandwich Bars

Raspberry Smoothie

Toasted Wensleydale on a Muffin with Red Onion and Mushroom

Surfers Chips

Granola Bars Classic and Updated

Honey Oat Cereal aka Homemade Granola

Tarte Flambée

Sugar Free Sponge from 'Sugar Free Baking'

Asparagus Soup

Pork Pie Picnic

Lemon and Elderflower Butterfly Cakes

Summer Garden Pie and Cowboy Pie

Crispy Buttermilk Onions

English Monkey

Lockdown Holiday Cooking at Home

Cornish Hevva Cake

Chocolate Butterflies VE Day

Cherries Cherry Pie Filling and Cherry Betty

Sardines Elodie on Toast

Spanokopita

Dundee Cake

Banana Loaf Cake

Potato and Rosemary Pizza

The Perfect Fried Egg Sandwich

Victoria Sponge

1917 Snack Recipe Cheggion

1917 Trench Kitchen Pudding Recipe Milk and Biscuit Pudding

WW2 Potato Peel Pie

Lunchbox Pizzas

Strawberry Scones

Cornish Saffron Buns


Seasonal Recipes


English Monkey

During lockdown nostalgic snacks on toast, especially those involving cheese, are enjoying a bit of a revival. If you are fond of cheesy things on toast, who can resist something called English monkey? Dating back a couple of hundred years or more this thrifty relative of Welsh rarebit helps eke out the cheese and goes further than the classic rarebit mix. Store leftover monkey topping in the fridge: it keeps fresh for several days.

Chocolate Butterflies VE Day

This is my tried and tested chocolate sponge cake: I’ve been making it for years and years. Adaptable and useful for any cake-requiring occasion, I’ve halved, doubled, trebled quantities and all sorts and it never fails.

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