Debora Harding’s Halloween chocolate chip cookies

“Own your own magic”. Hot off the interview trail with Jane Garvey, Mariella Frostrop, Kate Mosse and Jeremy Vine with her book, Dancing with the Octopus, The telling of a true crime.

Debut author, Debora Harding chats to Noni Needs about her Halloween in the US in her haunted house. A fire station no less.

Sharing a fast, easy and magical chocolate chip cookie recipe.

Debora Harding cookies
Cooking up a magical batch of cookie dough
Debora Harding cookies
Debora Harding cookies

Cocktails with Kate: the Merry Mixologist

Think you know cocktails?  

Meet Hayley Buckle, whose online mixology tutorials brought solace and cheer to hundreds of people in Petersfield and further afield on Friday nights during lockdown.  

Hayley riffs on rum with Kate Fairweather and conjures up the Caribbean to her kitchen for their friend, Simon Stanley.  Ever considerate, she even recommends a refreshingly light version! Could we ask for more? 

Simon Stanley enjoys the taste of the Caribbean, thanks to Hayley Buckle’s mixing skills

Two versions of the Pina Colada, a Caribbean classic

The classic Pina Colada

  • 50 ml premium white rum
  • 2 bar spoons (tea spoons) caster sugar
  • 75 ml pineapple
  • 35 ml coconut milk
  • ice

Put all ingredients into the Nutri-bullet (or blender) for a couple of minutes. You’re looking for something like a slush puppy in terms of consistency…if you remember those!

Pour into a milkshake glass. Decorate with two pineapple leaves and a triangular piece of coconut (see below, rather lovely example). 

The classic version

A refreshingly light (healthy alternative) Pina Colada

  • 50 ml premium white rum
  • 3-4 cubes of fresh pineapple
  • 2 spoons caster sugar
  • 75 ml pineapple juice
  • 35 ml coconut water
  • shake in cocktail shaker
  • cubed ice

Crush 3 or 4 cubes of fresh pineapple in the bottom of a cocktail shaker.

Add sugar and muddle together.  Add pineapple juice, coconut water and shake. 

Strain over over crushed ice into a milkshake glass.

Get in touch!

Do you mix a mean cocktail and have a story to tell? Get in touch yourself, or nominate a friend to share Cocktails with Kate from 6 o’clock on Fridays.  Email 

Wilde Walk – Iping Common

Suzie thinks about ghosts, seances, the pandemic and how WW1 and WW2 experiences of these foreshadowed today. But at Halloween, she also shares her own family’s hauntings. 

Suzie would welcome supporters for the third book of her trilogy – Landfall. Find out the what the story is at:

A new Wilde Walk airs on Petersfield’s Shine Radio every Friday and is repeated through the week. Or listen to the podcast at