Keripic: caramelised chilli & kamrut lime crisps
I first tried these fabulously addictive crisps at an Indonesian restaurant many decades ago and I still adore making them either for a snack or as an accompaniment to a meal. Continue reading “Keripic: caramelised chilli & kamrut lime crisps”
Baked coconut and lime cheesecake
There are a few piña colada vibes going on with this delicious baked cheesecake!
Chicken curry pasties
Delicate, spiced pastry packed with curried chicken thighs and vegetables. Continue reading “Chicken curry pasties”
Lemongrass & kamrut lime custard tarts
This is a British classic with a twist: sweet, buttery almond and lime pastry with a delicately set flavoured custard filling.
This is my oven-baked version of these delicious potato bites. Continue reading “Latkes”
Baked caramel lemon custard
This dessert is a cross between a crème caramel and a baked cheesecake, with a slightly denser texture than a crème caramel while retaining the divine, slightly bitter liquid caramel element. Continue reading “Baked caramel lemon custard”
Curried crab tarts
These delicious tarts are packed with crab flavour and are quite certain to be devoured without any trace! Continue reading “Curried crab tarts”
Apple & cinnamon upside-down cake
This is a real return to comfort food classics and is always a treat to tuck into. Continue reading “Apple & cinnamon upside-down cake”
Seeded onion bread
Simple, delicious bread that is just begging to be toasted and spread liberally – very liberally! – with butter. Continue reading “Seeded onion bread”
Yorkshire curd tarts with a twist
My take on this great British classic is certainly not fully authentic – but in my opinion no recipe should be so precious that it can’t cope with being tinkered with! Continue reading “Yorkshire curd tarts with a twist”
Chilled pea, mint & bacon soup
This is a very refreshing soup using up ingredients in the kitchen. Perfect for hot weather dining! Continue reading “Chilled pea, mint & bacon soup”
Courgette, sweetcorn & mint fritters
These are very simple bites that I am sure will have you diving in for more!
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Strawberry, cherry & lime macarons
These seriously fruity macarons are inspired by the Exuberantly Fruity chocolates from Hotel Chocolat: my favourite of their chocolates. They give a real flavour explosion as soon as you bite into them! Continue reading “Strawberry, cherry & lime macarons”
Bacon & caramelised onion tarts
There’s very much a Quiche Lorraine vibe going on with these tarts. And this Lorraine has no soggy bottom!
Thai corn fritters
A really quick and delicious take on Thai fish cakes. Continue reading “Thai corn fritters”
Kung po-style prawns
Another sticky, spicy takeaway-style dish: this time, with prawns, but it works brilliantly with chicken pork or vegetables such as cauliflower or broccoli. Continue reading “Kung po-style prawns”
Sticky tamarind and sesame chicken
This is one of my favourite stand-by dishes and always fits the bill when I want something sticky with bags of flavour, take-out style. Continue reading “Sticky tamarind and sesame chicken”
Roasted broccoli with crispy garlic
This is a very simple, delicious vegetable dish and is a regular visitor to my table when I make a roast dinner or a casserole. Continue reading “Roasted broccoli with crispy garlic”
A delicious cake that sashays into gateau territory. Continue reading “Tiramisu cake”
Fruity, sharp with a light chilli kick, this mango salsa is excellent served with fish, with curries, as a dip or simple rolled up in flatbreads and devoured!
Chicken and sweetcorn soup
A delicious, nutritious and comforting soup that is easy to prepare and tastes as good as many restaurant versions. Continue reading “Chicken and sweetcorn soup”
Soft garlic and herb flatbreads
Pillowy soft flatbreads dripping with herby garlic butter: ideal comfort food! Continue reading “Soft garlic and herb flatbreads”
Parmesan & roasted onion sourdough focaccia
A gutsy focaccia that really hits the spot, using chunks of Parmesan and the delicous sweetness that comes from roasted onions. Continue reading “Parmesan & roasted onion sourdough focaccia”
Raspberry gin macarons
This is great way to use good quality fruit gins in cooking – as if excused are needed! You could even serve these with a glass of gin and tonic for the ultimate indulgence…. Continue reading “Raspberry gin macarons”
A light-as-air Swiss Roll sponge, filled with Cranachan and smothered with a little of the whisky and honey cream, this roulade is a delicious centrepiece for any occasion. Continue reading “Cranachan roulade”
Smoked mushroom & Dolcelatte tarts
With the smoked mushrooms, blue cheese and hint of tarragon sitting on crisp, buttery puff pastry, these easy tarts are full-on comfort food. Continue reading “Smoked mushroom & Dolcelatte tarts”
Black Forest choux buns & éclairs
Fruity, tangy and suitable chocolatey, with a cheeky kirschy-kick! Continue reading “Black Forest choux buns & éclairs”
“Break the rules” chocolate biscuits
Shamelessly rustic chocolate biscuits made in moments! What more can I say? Continue reading ““Break the rules” chocolate biscuits”
I love a katsu curry, whether using chicken, pork, prawns or vegetables: the contast of that gorgeous silky sauce smothering the crispy meat, fish or veg is wonderful. Continue reading “Katsu curry”
Bread & butter pickles: spicy, sweet cucumbers
If you have a glut of cucumbers to use up, these tangy and refreshing pickles are sure to hit the spot. Perfect cold from the fridge and great to tuck into during the depths of winter with bread and cheese.
Preserves are terrific partners for good bakes, and these sweet, spiced and crunchy cucumbers are very easy and quick to make. Essentially these sliced cucumbers are bathing happily in a sweetened and spiced vinegar.
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Poppadoms from scratch
I adore poppadoms either with a curry or just to snack on shamelessly, especially if I have with a fiery chutney or two to scoop onto them! Continue reading “Poppadoms from scratch”
Mini blackberry sponge cakes
These seasonal cakes are so delicious and really make use of blackberries, both in the buttercream, the fondant icing and to decorate. Continue reading “Mini blackberry sponge cakes”
Coffee & walnut Swiss Roll
Ah, the many joys of a Swiss Roll: one of those classic cakes that is just perfect sliced (thickly!) and served with a cup of tea or a mug of coffee. Continue reading “Coffee & walnut Swiss Roll”
Crispy ginger & soy chicken bao with spiced mayo
Quite simply, this delicious food is perfect eaten in the garden for a street-food vibe or piled onto plates inside for people to assemble themselves! Continue reading “Crispy ginger & soy chicken bao with spiced mayo”
Chorizo, Manchego & caramelised onion tartlets
Packed with flavour, I return to these gutsy mini tarts frequently for simple snacks, as part of an Afternoon Tea spread or even for a picnic in the garden! Continue reading “Chorizo, Manchego & caramelised onion tartlets”
Crispy air-fried harissa chicken
These very simple chicken wings are packed with flavour, take moments to prepare and will have you coming back for more. Continue reading “Crispy air-fried harissa chicken”
Teriyaki cauliflower “popcorn”
The combination of crispy, sticky, spicy and utterly delicious ticks every box for me. Ingredients such as soy sauce, garlic, ginger, chilli, sesame seeds and panko breadcrumbs combine with the cauliflower to give an exceptional dish. Continue reading “Teriyaki cauliflower “popcorn””
“Death by Chocolate” biscuits
No excuses, no apologies – just seriously chocolately shortbreads! Continue reading ““Death by Chocolate” biscuits”
Homemade Snickers chocolates!
A Snickers bar is one of my favourite chocolate bars and this is my homemade “cheat’s” take on a Snickers bar.
Mustard and dill potato blinis
These light blinis (or potato cakes in this case), are so easy, so tasty and so much fun to make! Continue reading “Mustard and dill potato blinis”
Mushroom and roasted garlic tart
As the summer tentatively approaches, I get so excited about food that can be eaten outdoors: whether at a picnic, a BBQ or even just on the patio if there is the merest teasing of sun, I love to eat al fresco. This tart is one of those I often have outside but, of course, it makes a wonderful starter indoors for a less informal meal!
Passionfruit and lime drizzle bars
This is an adaptation of my earlier passionfruit and lime drizzle loaf this lily has been gilded somewhat with the addition of a luscious Mascarpone topping and a splash of rum in the drizzle.
The best sticky BBQ wings with blue cheese dip
Sticky chicken wings and a punchy blue cheese dip: two very compatible bed-fellows that always guarantee foodie happiness. Not to mention very messy fingers! Continue reading “The best sticky BBQ wings with blue cheese dip”
Kaspressknödel – cheese dumplings
Deliciously simple pan-fried cheese patties, using left-over bread and a few staple ingredients. Continue reading “Kaspressknödel – cheese dumplings”
Strawberry and orange mini Bakewell tarts
One egg (yes, just one egg) goes a long way: it actually makes 10 of these Bakewell Tarts to be precise! Continue reading “Strawberry and orange mini Bakewell tarts”
Rum baba stollen bites
A simple, kind of “throw it all together” bake, this is basically stollen crossed with rum babas and is a popular sweet treat in this house. It is not just for making and eating at Christmas either; I often make it for Easter and at various other times of the year. Continue reading “Rum baba stollen bites”
My favourite seeded walnut rye bread
Rye bread is something of an acquired taste; some people avoid it, but others, like me, love its dense, slightly chewy qualities with its pronounced flavour. Continue reading “My favourite seeded walnut rye bread”
Fabulous fishcakes: my ultimate store-cupboard standby!
This is what I think is a real store-cupboard winner: they are delicious, take minutes to prepare and taste like you have spent ages making them!
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Ginger and lemongrass macarons
The gorgeous flavours of ginger and lemongrass in a macaron: pure bliss in every mouthful! Continue reading “Ginger and lemongrass macarons”