Cider Baked Pork Chops

I have been making these cider baked pork chops by the king of comfort food – Nigel Slater for a few years now. Very quick to prepare, easy to bung in the oven and just what I needed now that the weather is turning Autumnal. These chops are not at all dry or tough afterContinue reading “Cider Baked Pork Chops”

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It’s starting to smell a lot like Christmas……….. cake….

So yes it’s that time of year again. My fruit had been soaking in booze for a good few days so I took my cue from the wet and grey Sunday afternoon to get baking the first of 6 Christmas cakes. I’m not sure what the blog etiquette is for annual posts but here areContinue reading “It’s starting to smell a lot like Christmas……….. cake….”

Beef Rendang

I’m not going to lie, this curry takes time but is well worth the investment. This was my second curry from scratch and I am very proud of my first foray into Malaysian curries. Rendang is a dry curry, the rich spiced coconut sauce caramelising and getting darker as it cooks so be careful toContinue reading “Beef Rendang”

Steak and Ale Pies

I didn’t get chance to enjoy the dish that inspired this steak and ale pie recipe while I was in Edinburgh this summer so upon my return set about making the next best thing. A few years back I ordered a steak and ale pie made with Edinburgh’s Innis and Gunn beer and it wasContinue reading “Steak and Ale Pies”

A Real Cuban Mojito

On Friday night I was lucky enough to win tickets to Havana Club’s ‘Nothing Compares to Havana’ rum tasting evening at Kettners in Soho where we learnt about the history of rum, made mojitos in a cocktail making workshop and sipped aged single barrel rum paired with Cuban chocolate. Sadly, I didn’t have my cameraContinue reading “A Real Cuban Mojito”

Fig Frangipane Tarts

My favourite bakery in my hometown does an excellent line in fruit frangipane tarts and vary their filing from raspberries, blackberries, peach and pear so thought I would try a variation using fresh figs seeing as they are so beautiful and in abundance right now. Please excuse my use of ready-rolled pastry, you can ofContinue reading “Fig Frangipane Tarts”

Chocolate Macarons

My workmate Selwyn recently wowed everyone in the office with her amazing chocolate macarons; a surprise raspberry hidden in the centre amongst the chocolate ganache. I immediately demanded her recipe and have spent a good few weeks tearing my hair out every time I removed batch upon batch of wrinkly chocolate biscuits from the oven but finallyContinue reading “Chocolate Macarons”

Shortbread

In my quest for the perfect shortbread I discovered the gold standard seems to be a 3-2-1 formula for quantities of flour-butter-sugar and Claire Clark’s family recipe is held highly as one of the best so in honour of my annual trip to Edinburgh for the Fringe Festival I thought I would bake up the most Scottish thing I couldContinue reading “Shortbread”

A short interruption in normal transmission…

I have ummed and ahhed about this post all morning. Your usual weekly recipe post was thwarted by defective chocolate macarons which emerged from the oven not once but twice this weekend looking more like a cats bum than the perfectly smooth, shiny offerings at Ladurée. I had intended to keep my audience eye viewContinue reading “A short interruption in normal transmission…”

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