The Classic Snowball

The Snowball is, I guess a classic cocktail, not one I had tried until recently mind you! I have frequently passed that retro looking bottle of Advocaat so many times, wondering what on earth does it taste like! The Snowball was created in the 1940’s, but it wasn’t until the 1970’s it really took off,…

Mary Berry’s Cottage Pie with Dauphinoise Potatoes

There is nothing more comforting than cottage pie. Simple, tasty and not particularly healthy, unless accompanied by a side of vegetables. It’s no secret that I am a fan of Mary Berry, and the queen of all things comforting has this pretty tasty and artery clogging cottage pie. Rich meaty mince sauce topped with a…

Roasted Tomato and Red Pepper Soup

Winter is definitely coming. So, it is time to get the soup pot out and start to make lots of warming tasty soups to get through these chillier times. Soup is great, warming, nutritious and great to make in bulk and freeze for those soup emergencies. This easy Roasted Tomato and Red pepper soup is…

Braised Beef in Red Wine

With more time on my hands because of the lockdown and the winter nights drawing in, my slow cooker has been getting a lot of use. I received my slow cooker years ago as a wedding gift, it sat in a box for about 5 years before one day I decided to give it a…

Apple Cinnamon Bread and Butter Pudding

As we are now in Autumn, and the weather gets colder it’s the perfect time of year to turn to the more comforting robust foods. Salad for me certainly belongs in summer, it’s now the time for hearty soups and stews, as well as comforting sweet brunch treats, perfect for lazy autumn weekends. I’ve seen…

Seared Peach and Prosciutto Salad

This is a really quick and simple salad, great for a lunch or to be served as part of a wider spread. With peaches in season right now in the UK, it’s a great time to enjoy them, even better with a crisp cold glass of white wine. Seared Peach and Proscuitto Salad (Serves 2…

Challah Bread

One of my favourite types of bread to bake is Challah Bread, a sweet enriched bread which is soft and great to toast or to eat on it own, either way slathered in butter is mandatory! Patience of course is always required in bread making, but in this case it definitely pays off. One thing…

Mezze – Vegetarian Dishes

Meat-based dishes are great as part of a mezze but veggie dishes can really lighten the richness and also help a little with any spiciness!These next dishes are simple and tasty, and don’t have to be eaten as part of a mezze, the hummus and baba ganoush could be eaten just with flatbread while watching…

Mezze – Meat Dishes

I am sure its obvious from this blog that I do have a thing for middle eastern food and could quite happily live off a diet of hummus and falafel! A few weeks ago during lockdown we cooked ourselves a Mezze Feast featuring some of our favourite dishes. As usual both Nigella and Ottolenghi recipes…

Dishoom’s Chicken Ruby & Black Daal

During lockdown there have been many things I have missed, one of which is my all too regular visits to Dishoom. Whether it be for their Bacon and Egg Naan Rolls (more on that in another post!) or a feast of dishes which usually includes their famous Chicken Ruby and Black Daal. So, I grabbed…