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-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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Crumbly Rhubarb Sandwich Bars

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Crumbly Rhubarb Sandwich Bars

Vibrant pink stalks of rhubarb racing away in the garden are always a welcome sign of spring. Forced and early garden rhubarb are especially good for baking. Sharp and reviving, rhubarb adds an extra dimension to sweet cakes and pastries.

These more-ish crumbly bars are perfect with a cup of tea or coffee and make the most brilliant tempting breakfast treat with a dollop of yoghurt – especially if you can snatch a few minutes to have your breakfast actually in the garden on a sunny morning.

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