Category: Recipes

Cheat Almond Pastries

These simple pastries are shamelessly inspired by Jésuite Amandes, a triangular puff pastry filled with frangipane, that’s shaped like a Jesuit three-cornered hat. I devoured a number of them on a recent brief trip to France for a friend’s wedding. These Cheat Almond Pastries are not Jésuite Amandes. I’ve...

Queen of Puddings

I have a vintage and very British pudding for you today! It’s a great recipe to use up stale bread and will certainly solicit curiosity in your friends. I learnt how to make it as a child, my mum was a rather pudding orientated person and...

Nutella Swirl Faux Brioche Buns

Watching my nephew spread Nutella over his store-bought chocolate chip brioche roll gave me a thunderbolt of inspiration. Imagine an enriched, buttery dough bun, studded with chocolate chips with a spiral core of sweet Nutella that you can slowly unroll and devour layer by layer....

Banana, Peanut Butter and Chunky Chocolate Muffins

 An absolutely delicious muffin for you this week! It is a bit of a cheaty post because I’m out in a beautiful pip of France at a wedding, having a wonderful time without any time to bake, other than myself in the glorious sunshine of...

Spiced Rice Pudding with Roasted Rhubarb

Ah rice pudding. Creamy and nurturing, it fills your heart with comforting warmth. I had roasted some rhubarb to top the individual pavlovas and had plenty to spare, it soon dawned on me that it would go rather marvellously with some rice pudding. I’ve been...

Gooseberry Meringue Roulade

Gooseberries in a colander, now that’s summer. A yearly ritual of childhood when we were sent down the garden to the veg patch to pick the goosegogs. We’d wander back up the path with colanders heavy with fruity jewels and our forearms scratched and scraped from the...

Yangshuo Fried Potatoes

This quick lunch dish is my interpretation of some tasty street food we discovered in Yangshuo, southern China. At a tiny stall a hawker was selling cubed potato, fried with mustard seeds which he then tossed with coriander leaves, chilli oil and sesame seeds. It made a...

Neapolitan Ice Cream Cupcakes

This is a super old post from February 2012. It somehow didn’t make it across the migration from the old blog to this so I’ve simply cut and pasted it onto a fresh post.  I spend far too much time on Pinterest. It has absorbed...

Individual Rhubarb Pavlovas

Clouds of meringue topped with velvety fresh cream and roasted rhubarb freshly harvested from the garden, these individual rhubarb pavlovas are luscious and summery. We timed our return to the UK perfectly, the weather has been wonderful these last couple of weeks, of which much...

Our Bon Voyage Pizza and Paella Party!

Before we set off for our travels, our friends in London planned a little Bon Voyage party for us on the night before we left. Their wonderful temporary lodger Paul made a big, authentic pan of Paella {his mama’s recipe} and I whipped up some...

Chocolate and Pistachio Biscotti

  I’m on a bit of a pistachio fling at the moment, throwing them in everything. I just adore their sweet jade loveliness. I whipped up a quick, and small batch of these biscotti over the weekend. It was purely an exercise to use up...

Pistachio Loaf Cake with Salted Pistachio Praline

This would make a superb and easy festive cake, would you just look at the way that topping looks like jewel encrusted gold. I created a completely delicious salted pistachio brittle/praline to decorate my pistachio loaf and I couldn’t be more thrilled with the results....

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