Rose + pistachio macarons

It’s the return of one of my favourite flavour combinations here, rose + pistachio, this time in macaron form as a present for my wonderful Mother on Mother’s Day, because she’s really lovely (and also reading this. Hi! đź’•). If you look at the photo you’ll see that a) I can’t get the tops of… Continue reading Rose + pistachio macarons

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

Pistachio, Lemon + Rosemary cake

Now don’t let the rosemary bit put you off – my husband likes it, but my daughter doesn’t and it can simply be left out. Then you’ll have a super moist Pistachio & Lemon cake which (lets face it) won’t exactly be hard to eat. The recipe is from Sabrina Ghayour’s superb new book Simply,… Continue reading Pistachio, Lemon + Rosemary cake

Smoked mackerel, orange + almond salad

I’d forgotten all about this salad, then remembered it when standing staring inside the fridge looking for something for lunch and spotted some mackerel and half an orange – eureka! Consequently I’ve eaten it twice this week. Yums. I’ve even managed to get my salad hating teenager to admit that its ‘ok’. High praise indeed.… Continue reading Smoked mackerel, orange + almond salad

Damp Lemon + Almond cake

This is from Nigella’s book ‘How to be a domestic goddess’ which is one of my most used cookbooks. Her recipes never fail, and this one is great for the almond obsessed (me!). I’ve added the buttercream icing & decorations because my family don’t seem to understand un-iced cakes. Philistines. Ingredients Cake: 225g soft unsalted… Continue reading Damp Lemon + Almond cake