Strawberry swiss roll

Just to add to it’s other joys, 2021 has given the UK an utterly rubbish summer so far, full of rain, humidity, and seemingly only occasional sunshine. While good for gardens, it’s not good for my hair (currently visible from space), nor is it good for barbecues. To compensate for this a delicious pud is… Continue reading Strawberry swiss roll

Oreo chocolate tofu tart

As unlikely as it seems, I promise that you won’t realise that you’re eating tofu when you’re licking the plate clean after eating this tart. It’s utterly smooth, creamy, and moreish, and as an added bonus it’s quick and easy to make. Inspiration came from a recent BBQ with friends where someone explained how to… Continue reading Oreo chocolate tofu tart

Fruit salad with Chilli syrup

I’m not actually going to give you a recipe for making a fruit salad, because lets face it all that involves is washing some fruit, chopping it and ta-daaaaa! You have a fruit salad. What I am going to record here is how to make Chilli syrup, because this elevates the fruit salad to something… Continue reading Fruit salad with Chilli syrup

Blancmange + raspberry coulis

Wave goodbye to those images in your head the word blancmange conjures up of luminous pink inedible stuff of nightmares from school dinners, and say hello to this smooth delicate milk pudding from Raymond Blanc’s new book ‘Simply Raymond’. Call it blancmange if you’re feeling French, panna cotta if you’re feeling Italian, or just do… Continue reading Blancmange + raspberry coulis

Strawberry mousse

There are indeed bigger problems in life than having too many strawberries, but if you should happen to find yourself in that predicament, then so long as you have some double cream and caster sugar then you’re not too far away from this delicious mousse. I’m planning on making it again when raspberries are in… Continue reading Strawberry mousse

Chocolate mousse

My chocoholic husband thinks that this might be the best thing he’s ever eaten, which is high praise indeed because he is the man most likely to be found in the kitchen clutching a jar of Nutella and a spoon. The inclusion of Baileys Irish liqueur is entirely optional, but if, like us, you always… Continue reading Chocolate mousse

Simnel Slice

Or, as I like to think of it, simnel cake without the cake for those who don’t like fruitcake, but still want the utter excellentness that is marzipan at Easter. Making your own pastry is entirely optional and will save you an hour ish of making / chilling time (but it’s not hard to make).… Continue reading Simnel Slice

Rhubarb fool

I cannot hear the word fool without thinking of BA Baracus from The A-Team. Rhubarb Fool! You would be (ahem) foolish not to make some of this because it is yummy. Plus, rhubarb fool stops you from just making crumble with your rhubarb, not that I have anything against crumble. I love crumble. Then, just… Continue reading Rhubarb fool

Pastéis de nata

It was love at first bite when I encountered one of these beauties in Portugal while on a work retreat 4 years ago – they are a custard tart pastry delight. Give me one and a cup of coffee and I’m pretty much ready to tackle anything and consequently they’re definitely on my approved pre-breakfast… Continue reading Pastéis de nata

Chocolate brownie pear pudding

Uh-oh. This may well be the most amazing pudding EVER. Squidgy chocolateyness with pears, flaked almonds for a bit of crunch, and then more chocolate. Enter at your peril! Just to top it all off it can be prepared in advance and frozen as a whole or in portions, then flung into the oven when… Continue reading Chocolate brownie pear pudding