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

Mojito

After the wettest May on record, June has arrived and the sun has most definitely got it’s hat on, hip hip hip hooray! This is the drink that I want at the end of a long sunshine filled day (especially after a day of gardening, yes I’m middle aged), I think it’s the freshness of… Continue reading Mojito

Chewy brown sugar cookies

Me Want Cookies. I know how Cookie Monster feels, because me generally (always) do want cookies. Actually my favourite biscuit is probably a custard cream, but this cookie is absolutely excellent in its caramelly toffee chewiness, plus the dough is also rather wonderful chopped up and mixed into vanilla ice-cream, so it’s one that I… Continue reading Chewy brown sugar cookies

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

Cinnamon rolls

Well these lasted all of about 5 minutes before they’d all been scoffed, they are THAT GOOD. They take a bit of effort, time wise, but there’s no crazy equipment or skills needed. The trick is to do most of the work during the day before the day you want to eat them, then in… Continue reading Cinnamon rolls

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

Chick cookies

As you can see from the bottom of this page, I’ve been making these almond cookies every Easter for literally half of The Teen’s life, and Easter just wouldn’t be Easter without them. They always look like a curious bunch of weirdos, tiny as they are, with their characters really emerging as they bake. Makes… Continue reading Chick cookies

Veggie bean chilli

The Teen has declared that she not only prefers this to a meaty chilli, but she also thinks it may well be in her top 10 favourite meals. So far we’ve eaten it with rice, baked potatoes, baked sweet potatoes, in a wrap like a burrito, and with tortilla chips to create nachos with all… Continue reading Veggie bean chilli