Mango with coconut rice

When I was a 22 year old pipsqueak I got on a plane and headed off to Thailand to teach English. While there I ate my first ever mango, and discovered one of my favourite ways to eat said mango, being with coconut rice. For all of 20 baht (50p) you were handed a polystyrene… Continue reading Mango with coconut rice

Mince pies

Christmas joke alert! Q) Who hides in the bakery at Christmas? A) A mince spy! Sorry about that, normal service has now resumed. These mince pies are delicious – light crumbly almond pastry, and the usual fruity filling (no, I don’t make that bit). I don’t actually own a fairy cake tin, so I make… Continue reading Mince pies

American pancakes

Probably my most made recipe from probably my most used cookbook – How to be a domestic goddess, by Nigella Lawson. If you scroll to the end of this recipe you’ll see the state of the pages in my copy of said book, and where I’ve scribbled varying quantities of ingredients in order to feed… Continue reading American pancakes

Bakewell tart

Almonds? Tick. Raspberries? Tick. Well that’s two of my favourite things right there. There’s nothing not to like about a Bakewell tart in my opinion, and it can only be improved by a slurp of cream or scoop of vanilla ice-cream. A cup of tea would work well too. Maybe an open fire and a… Continue reading Bakewell tart

Apple pie with salted caramel

This recipe should probably come with a health warning! It’s both dangerously full of all the really good (AKA really bad for you) stuff, and once you’ve got your head around that you’ll find that the salted caramel is rather addictive. On top of that, it’s difficult to make salted caramel in a smaller quantity,… Continue reading Apple pie with salted caramel

Truffles

In the words of Beyoncé ‘Uh-oh uh-oh uh-oh oh-no-no’. Be warned, these are Dangerously Yummy. In theory straightforward to make (however I managed to turn the kitchen into a chocolately mess!), the end result was wonderful and made a pretty special present for a friend’s birthday. Makes around 24. Ingredients 150ml double cream 60g light… Continue reading Truffles

Pavlova

This is the only Pavlova recipe I’ve ever used, and it comes from Delia Smith’s Complete Illustrated Cookery Course (the one with the black cover, Delia is wearing a red jumper), which my parents gave me for Christmas in 1997. I’ve made many varieties of it though, using strawberries, raspberries, adding cocoa, dolloping lemon curd… Continue reading Pavlova

Crumble

Or if, like us, you’ve watched Friday Night Dinners, it’s crimble crumble. Simply the best way to deal with any fruit that needs eating up – this time around its plums and a random bag of frozen mixed berries I found in the freezer. Technically it should look a little more, well, crumbly, than this… Continue reading Crumble

Ice cream

This is a Public Service Announcement. Go forth and make ice cream because it’s waaaaaaay easier than you might think! Two ingredients plus whatever flavours you care to throw at it, and no ice cream machine needed. Thanks once more to the wonder that is Nigella Lawson for the coffee ice cream recipe, but the… Continue reading Ice cream

Mango mousse cake

Ok so this one isn’t simple, and it isn’t quick, but it is delicious. Mangoes are my second favourite fruit (after raspberries) and this is mangolicous. It needs to set in the fridge overnight so it’s one to make ahead of time, although you could just make the bavarois (the mousse bit) and eat it… Continue reading Mango mousse cake