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

Red wine onion gravy

Way way way back in 1999, we spent Millennium Eve in London partying with my younger sister and a bunch of her friends, and the evening started with this meal (it ended up by Tower Bridge watching fireworks and dancing the night away). Anyway, what we learnt that night is that it’s all about the… Continue reading Red wine onion gravy

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

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

Cauliflower soup

Soooooup glorious soooooooup, this one is delicious and takes less than 30 minutes to make. Yummo. The versatility of cauliflower never ceases to amaze me, and this recipe really shows it at its best, esp on a cold wintery day. Homemade soda bread is optional, but it takes very little effort and time so I’d… Continue reading Cauliflower soup

Leftovers pie

We do indeed love pie in our house, and I make this one often to use up for whatever is leftover in the fridge (hello there Christmas Turkey), or a pack of bacon comes in handy if leftovers are not forthcoming. The veg included is subject to change, it’s literally what’s in the fridge. Over… Continue reading Leftovers pie

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

Parsnip + apple soup

This soup is goooooooood. Just add some bread and maybe some cheese and you’ve got a perfect lunch ahead of you. Yums. Serves 4. Ingredients 20g unsalted butter 1 tbsp olive oil 2 onions, chopped 500g parsnips, diced 2 apples, diced 1/2 tsp smoked paprika 500ml veg stock 250ml milk Drizzle of double cream Chopped… Continue reading Parsnip + apple soup