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

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

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

Nectarine + Almond cake

A fabulous yet simple recipe from Mastering the Art of Baking by Anneka Manning, this cake is wonderful. I love it as is with a coffee for second breakfast, while my family prefer it with a slurp of cream. Ingredients 125g soft unsalted butter (I use stork for cakes) 110g caster sugar 2 large eggs… Continue reading Nectarine + Almond cake

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