I used to think of quiche as a dull, beige pastry which got wheeled out from old cookery books from time to time and no one was particularly fussed about it. Turns out I was wrong. It's a most excellent pastry. I cooked my smoked salmon and broccoli quiche a few weeks ago, divided it up and froze it in wedges. Now I'm working from home I love to have something interesting for lunch. When it's quiche day, it's the best day of the week.
Also known as eggs en cocotte this is a classic recipe and one I can't believe I've never made before! My baked eggs with spinach and cheddar take no time at all to make; it's on the table in under 15 minutes. Don't be fooled though, this simple recipe is seriously luxurious and packed with comforting flavours.
Once your fork (or spoon!) hits that runny yolk it mixes with the soft spinach, melted cheese and double cream and it is truly a joy to
There were two things I discovered I loved when I was in Italy. The first was nduja (if it was on a menu, I was having it) and the second was broccoli on pizza. It seemed, to me, a very good idea to combine the two in a nduja and broccoli pizza. With cooler evenings starting now a seriously spicy, warming pizza made from my favourite ingredients is my idea of the perfect dinner.
Nduja is a Sicilian spreadable salami with an unbelievable amount
I can't say no to blackcurrants; whatever they are in I will like it. They have such a distinctive flavour and when I found some at the market I had to set about making a blackcurrant frangipane tart. This tart is a marriage of two of my favourite things: blackcurrants and sweet almond frangipane.
The best thing about this tart comes from using raw blackcurrants. As they cook in the frangipane filling they burst and become sweet and sticky. The
There's honey, and then there's honey. I like all of it but my preference is for local honey. Delicious in so many recipes I wanted to make the honey the star of the dish; so I set about baking a honey cake.
At a market recently I tried some different honeys from a local producer. Not only were they different to each other, and commercial honeys, in colour and texture but the taste was out of this world. I chose the wildflower honey and remembered
This was a gifted meal.
Earlier this year I went to The Fox at Peasemore for dinner. I hadn't ever been there before but it's safe to say that I will be going back. Not long after I'd been for dinner lockdown happened and the pub closed for a little while. So I'm writing about the dinner now they are back open, and getting rather hungry doing so.
The Fox at Peasemore is in a fantastic countryside location with some beautiful views. It
Whenever peaches are in season I always plan to cook something with them. More often than not though I just end up eating the peaches from the fruit bowl because they're irresistible. Not this time! My peach and cherry crumble is so deliciously summery and the colour of the fruit once it's baked is divine. I'm so glad some of the peaches survived to make this crumble.
The delicate white flesh of the peaches combines so well with the vibrant red
Just look at that cheese. All melted and stringy just waiting for you to stick a fork in. My meatball pasta bake combines two of my favourite comfort foods: meatballs in a rich tomato sauce and cheesy pasta. It's almost like pizza meets meatballs meets pasta bake; and it's all the better for it if you ask me.
Frying the meatballs off first and then making the sauce in the same pan gives the tomato sauce a brilliant depth of flavour. I love the
I really like this curry sauce. A lot. I've been working on my baked cauliflower curry for a while now and I'm so pleased with it! Baking the cauliflower gives the curry a delicious nutty taste. The flavour and texture of the sauce when it's blended is really similar to a sweet korma sauce, but all the sweetness here comes from vegetables. It's a really flexible recipe too; there are some suggestions for changing it up at the end.
I can't begin to tell you how many versions of this stir fry I have made over the years. This particular chard and kohlrabi stir fry was a combination of leftover veg from the veg box and a few items I had in the cupboards. It's really a recipe where you can change pretty much any of the ingredients to suit what you have. Using a mix of different vegetables, sauces and meat (or veggie mince or tofu) means you get something completely different every