Carrot and Coriander Soup

It’s chilly outside, it’s supposed to be spring and we are on lockdown! So it still feels like the right time to make a nice bowl of warming soup.  On a recent supermarket visit for essentials, I could only get a large bag of carrots, I like a carrot but there are only so many…

Venison Carpaccio

Earlier this year Stuart attended the Ballintaggart Cook School outside the beautiful village of Grandtully near Aberfeldy in Perthshire. I have previously written about our stay at The Grandtully Hotel, which is owned by the Rowley Family from Ballintaggart and staying here is a lovely way to make a weekend of a cook school visit….

Porchetta

I’m not long back from a wonderful holiday with friends in Umbria, Italy. The bonus of staying in a villa is generally they will have an outdoor wood-burning oven and you just have to take the opportunity to use this to make a really tasty dinner and what better thing to cook than a Porchetta?!…

Maraschino Cherries

I love cherries and back a couple of months ago in Cherry season I collected a pile to do something with.  I like them to eat, put them in cakes and also in cocktails, so I thought I would make my own Marachino Cherries. In the US the term Maraschino Cherry refers to the red…

Southern Comfort Ice Cream Bread

I had read somewhere ages ago about a recipe for bread which involved only two ingredients – flour and ice-cream!  This intrigued me, how could this work? Curiosity got the better of me and I thought I would give it a go.  I didn’t want to make a plain bread – naturally, so I did…

Orange Blossom Oolong Shortbread

Last week on the Great British Bake Off it was Biscuit week, and Earl Grey seemed to be the flavour du jour.  I love my teas, but I’ve never really been a fan of Earl Grey.  I liked the idea of a tea based shortbread and came up with the idea of using Orange Blossom…

Strawberry Vodka

Having collected far too many Strawberries at the Pick Your Own, I decided to continue with my exploits with fruit infused booze and set about making some Strawberry Vodka.  The good thing about this recipe is, it requires just two ingredients and a little patience! It only needs between 3 – 7 days to ‘mature’…

Cherry Madeira Cake

You would really have to be living in a cave not to know that the Great British Bake Off is back on our screens. Wednesday nights now revolve around that 8pm slot when we all watch 12 keen bakers bake it out in a tent and try not to get kicked out.  This week the…

Strawberry & Basil Scones

After a very successful trip to Craigies Farm to ‘Pick My Own’, I decided to use some of my haul of Strawberries to make some Strawberry and Basil Scones. I’m not really sure where I got this combination from but strange as it sounds; it actually works! Basil is a herb that goes really quite…

Fifteens Cheesecake

Its no secret I love Fifteens, I have made them before on the blog and I will find any excuse to whip up a batch.  I am also a big cheesecake fan, and it came to me one day, why not combine them both and make my idea of an ultimate dessert!  The base of…