Pancetta, Onion and Gruyère Tartlets

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Pancetta Onion & Gruyere Tartlets

Tartlets? Tartlets? Tartlets? The word has lost all meaning… …is what I hear every time I hear or read the word tartlet. I made these tartlets for my Mum’s birthday lunch this week. It was a bit of a kickbollockscramble to get the lunch together on time as I have severe pregnancy brain. The night before we had gone out … Read More

Pancetta, Onion and Gruyère Tartlets

Apple, Cinnamon and Ricotta Gluten-Free Friands

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Apple Cinnamon and Ricotta Friands

If you have met a financier (the cake kind not the money kind) then you have met a friand, albeit in a different shape and from another country. Financiers hail from France and are so-called due to their rectangular shape which was thought to resemble gold ingots. They are made with sugar, ground almonds, a kiss of flour and foamy … Read More

Apple, Cinnamon and Ricotta Gluten-Free Friands

Butternut Squash and Chilli Scones

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Butternut Squash and Chilli Scones

Scones are such a homely treat and feel so spring-like which is exactly how I’m feeling as well at the moment as sun pours gloriously through my kitchen and I can see the crocuses brightening up our garden. We have to seize this lovely sunny weather whilst we can as by next week no doubt we will be knee deep … Read More

Butternut Squash and Chilli Scones

Cajun Cod in Brown Shrimp Butter Sauce

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Cajun Cod and Brown Shrimp Butter Sauce

Besides Birdseye’s Cod in Butter Sauce, which was a freezer staple in our house growing up, the first time I had an incarnation of this dish was at the Blues Kitchen in Shoreditch last year. There is something about white fish on a bed of fluffy rice with a clean tasting butter sauce that tastes so comforting. The addition of … Read More

Cajun Cod in Brown Shrimp Butter Sauce

Pineapple, White Chocolate and Coconut Cookies

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Pineapple White Chocolate and Coconut Cookies

If there is one plaintive cry that is often heard in this house, it’s ‘Why do you never make cookies?’ It’s true that cookies are usually superseded by a sudden whim to make a cake or a brownie so they usually fall down the pecking order. Plus cookies are remarkably easy to eat aren’t they? What is it about them … Read More

Pineapple, White Chocolate and Coconut Cookies

Fennel and Chicory Salad with Mango Vinaigrette

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Fennel and Chicory Salad with Mango Vinaigrette

Mango vinaigrette was the first salad dressing I really took note of. Before then I just thought that dressing was a bit of oil and vinegar and there you go. I was still at school and for a treat our form teacher invited the eight of us in her form for lunch after Saturday morning school at her house. Although … Read More

Fennel and Chicory Salad with Mango Vinaigrette

Golden Beetroot and Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Icing

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Golden Beetroot and Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Icing

My relationship with carrot cake is maligned due to the fact that during the first year of our courtship my husband and I tried on a few occasions to bake a carrot cake, every time it failed, producing oily messes that had to go straight in the bin. Whenever we have seen or eaten carrot cake in the thirteen years … Read More

Golden Beetroot and Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Icing

Chocolate and Raspberry Valentine Biscuits

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Chocolate and Raspberry Valentine Biscuits

I’m totally in love with my freeze-dried raspberry powder. It’s proving to be an indispensible ingredient in my larder and I’m learning more about the different ways I can use it all the time. I’ve already used it for making the most amazing homemade lip balm to add colour and flavour, in my Raw Cranberry and Nut Energy Bars and … Read More

Chocolate and Raspberry Valentine Biscuits

Lemon, Honey and Sesame Chicken

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Lemon Honey and Sesame Chicken

Chinese means Valentines Day to us. There have only been a couple of times where we have bothered booking somewhere smart and fancy, but really set menus and other couples don’t really signify romance to me. On Valentines Day you will either find us holed up in Chinatown where you can always get a table, a huge dinner and unobtrusive … Read More

Lemon, Honey and Sesame Chicken