Venison Burgers, Chips and Purple Sprouting

It was a picturesque morning when I hopped on the bicycle and cycled to the farmers' market. On setting off I was very pleased with myself for saving the planet and burning calories at the same time. The sun was shining, the birds were singing and I was thoroughly convinced I was the modern day Snow White. It wasn't particularly far or mountainous but to say I arrived less than glamorous and somewhat flustered would be an understatement. Let's just Read more

Aubergine Curry

Every time I have attempted to make a curry I have always been disappointed. I had almost given up when I got a craving for aubergines and a desire for spice. This turned out to be a subtle and fragrant stew rather than a powerful and punchy dish. At the market there is a kind man who sells all the spices you could ever need. I purchased what I knew; coriander, cardamom, cumin, mustard and turmeric. I have since been back and purchased an awful lot Read more

Panettone and Marmalade Bread and Butter Pudding

There are some things that are tasty on their own but become even more so when transformed into a soft, squidgy, sumptuous (and very traditional) bread and butter pudding. This wonderful celebration of stale bread is one of my favourite puddings. It is exactly what you want from a pudding; sweet, light but also filling, warm and most importantly delicious. I think to describe it as stodgy is highly unfair. You will need (for four): One large panettone Butter Marmalade Nutmeg 125g 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