Chocolate Mousse with Mulled Pear and Cobnut Biscotti

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Chocolate Mousse with Mulled Pear and Cobnut Biscotti

My noticeable absence after my last post was not planned at all. In fact last Friday morning I was busy prepping my photos for my chocolate mousse with nary a care in the world. Then mid-save my laptop froze. It’s been doing that more frequently of late and as I turned my laptop off at the power switch after 15 … Read More

Chocolate Mousse with Mulled Pear and Cobnut Biscotti

Hot and Smoky Devils on Horseback

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Hot and Smoky Devils on Horseback

So this week I finalised my Christmas menu for what I’m going to be cooking for all the family when they arrive from Christmas Eve onwards. It wasn’t that hard to be honest, as I took the menu I made for last Christmas and merely changed the header from Christmas 2013 to Christmas 2014. Gone are the days of festive … Read More

Hot and Smoky Devils on Horseback

Bramley Apple and Mincemeat Pudding

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Bramley Apple and Mincemeat Pudding

It’s crazy how much I love mincemeat. In fact it’s just as well that it only comes out once a year as not only do I get to thoroughly enjoy mince pie season but it means I am held back from overindulging all year round. I have made close to 100 jars of mincemeat this year, for selling on my … Read More

Bramley Apple and Mincemeat Pudding

Cream Baked Roast Potatoes

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Cream Baked Roast Potatoes

I first had these potatoes at the old Fire Engine House restaurant in Ely, Cambridgeshire where my in-laws live. It’s a lovely restaurant set in the old fire engine house (the name probably didn’t really need explaining). A small bar is situated in the front of the house in a little sitting room area with a roaring fire and gives … Read More

Cream Baked Roast Potatoes

Apple and Stem Ginger Chutney

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Apple & Stem Ginger Chutney

I have been making chutneys and jams for my friends and family for Christmas presents as long as I can remember. It’s perhaps my annual ritual that I treasure the most. It signifies making the most of the autumnal farmers’ market or foraging treasures and is one of the first steps I take each year when starting to plan for … Read More

Apple and Stem Ginger Chutney

Chicken and Leek Pie

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Chicken and Leek Pie

What is November without a good pie? Cold, that’s what. Is there really any better internal heating system that a plate full of hot bubbling creamy chicken and sweet leeks adorned with a crisp and flaky buttered hat? The best part of any pie is of course where the lid meets the sauce, so that the puff pastry becomes chewy … Read More

Chicken and Leek Pie

Red Velvet Ice Cream

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Red Velvet Ice Cream

I first tried red velvet ice cream a couple of years ago at Taste of London. It was definitely one of the most popular desserts of the day as everywhere you looked people were clutching at cones stacked high with beautifully scarlet ice cream. I don’t know what it is about red food but it just looks terrifically inviting and … Read More

Red Velvet Ice Cream

Spiced Roast Pumpkin Soup with Black Sesame Cheese Straws

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Spiced Roast Pumpkin Soup with Black Sesame Cheese Straws

We made this soup as part of our Halloween celebrations the week before last, bringing a huge vat of it to the front of our house and serving to our friends and neighbours. It was a lovely evening and it is extremely comforting to be wrapped up warm whilst out in the cold clutching a mug of spiced hot soup. … Read More

Spiced Roast Pumpkin Soup with Black Sesame Cheese Straws

Chocolate and Gingerbread Five-Spice Tarts

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Chocolate and Gingerbread Five-Spice Tarts

In my mind it’s definitely worth starting to think about our festive menus roundabout now, especially if you are going to be inundated with work commitments, parties to attend and then slotting in dates with friends and family. November and December are most people’s very busy months and there is nothing wrong with getting ahead. Of course it helps that … Read More

Chocolate and Gingerbread Five-Spice Tarts