Broad Bean Omelette

To tell you nowt but the truth, my broad beans have been nothing short of prolific. I cannot urge you enough to throw a few broad beans in the ground and watch them develop. They are so nutty and so so green. There's nothing like picking a few pods and whiling away a few moments popping the little guys out of their silk lined beds. I really enjoy squeezing them out of their old grey skins once cooked. Unless I'm in a rush. Despite all the care Read more

Strawberry Ice Cream

It has been such a busy time recently. As you may note, not even a tiny snippet of bloggage crossed my keyboard in the whole of July. Not for lack of wanting to but for a lack of time! During the hectic haphazardry that ensued I did manage to whip up a few culinary delights. And so to begin... Strawberry Ice Cream. What you will need: 600g strawberries, stemmed and sliced 4 tbsp fresh lemon juice 330g granulated sugar 330ml milk 600ml double Read more

Caramel Shortbread

I fancied making some shortbread and in my quest I stumbled across an interesting variation of this classic. It was in James Martin's book entitled 'Desserts' (see link below). I love this book, the recipes are so easy to follow and are always yummy. He calls this particular recipe 'Grandma's caramel shortbread' and I am so grateful she shared this recipe with him so I was lucky enough to be able to make and eat it. What you will need: 397g Read more

Feed 2 for £3 – Gnocchi with Bacon, Broccoli and Creamy Garlic Sauce

This is another cheap and cheerful recipe that was recently discovered. Again, it feeds two for less than £3 and counts as two of your five a day. My recipe for gnocchi, bacon and broccoli with creamy garlic sauce is quick, easy and frugal too. It's really creamy and just what you need when you're craving a dauphinoiseque meal. What you will need (for two people): Potato gnocchi - 59p 4 rashers of bacon - £1 Small head of broccoli - 35p 150ml Read more

Feed 2 for £3 – Spaghetti Bolognese

It's the end of term and funds are running low. Gone are the days of spontaneous eating out and in are the days of making whatever is edible from the darkest corners of the cupboard. Never fear. Over the last few days I have made meals which feed two for £3 or less and even if I do say so myself are rather nice. Also, they are at least 2 of your 5 a day! Here's my recipe for a budget spaghetti bolognese. What you will need: 200g minced beef Read more

Gateau à la Crème

This classic French dessert sounds so impressive but it's so easy to make and I didn’t have a food processor with a dough hook either! I used my cheap hand mixer and it did the job perfectly. Raymond Blanc made this recently on the television and I was determined to give it a go. Don’t be put off by the bountiful amounts of butter and the gargantuan number of eggs. It’s a treat and so worth the effort. What you will need: For the brioche Read more

Lamb Neck Stew

This was so easy and really what you need when you want warming comfort food. What you will need: 2 lamb neck chops, cut in half Plain flour Olive oil 3 onions, peeled and cut into wedges 2 parsnips, peeled and cut into four or six depending on the size 6 garlic cloves Salt and pepper Fresh rosemary 6-8 small potatoes, cut in half Stock – I used vegetable Firstly, when I bought my lamb neck it turned out that getting British lamb Read more

Chocolate and Brioche Bread and Butter Pudding

I have had a request for this recipe but unfortunately I haven’t made it since I started blogging so I have no pictures to go with it! My apologies.  What you will need: 220g Brioche Butter for spreading 50g dark chocolate chips 1 egg 2 egg yolks 3 tbsp caster sugar 410g can light evaporated milk Firstly, cut the brioche into thin slices and butter each slice on one side. Place a layer of brioche (butter side down) into an ovenproof Read more

Anzac Biscuits and Chocolate Nut Biscuits

What a week! I felt like I’d earned a good baking session. The following two recipes are really easy and truly yummy. Anzac Biscuits Yes perhaps I am a bit premature for Anzac day but nonetheless, they are a deliciously oaty crunchy cookie. What you will need: 100g rolled oats 140g plain flour 100g unrefined light brown sugar 45g flaked coconut 110g unsalted butter 2tbsp golden syrup ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda 1tbsp hot water Preheat Read more