Mary Berry’s Lemon Cake

Mary Berry really is the go to baker when you just want cake and you want it to be easy to make, and that’s exactly what this tangy tasty lemon cake is. This is taken from Mary’s Baking Bible, the sacred book of cakes! However, I did a different topping as I fancied a thicker…

Shakshuka

One of my favourite dishes for a weekend brunch is Shakshuka, a deliciously rich and spicy tomato base with eggs softly poached in the sauce, easy to make and good for sharing. I have eaten this dish in a number of Middle Eastern countries over the years, with each region having their own variations, but…

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…